While it might not seem like it, summer is inching closer and closer. This usually means shorter skirts and dresses, but it also means that shaving and hair removal become more of a necessity.
Unfortunately though, whether you are shaving or waxing, hair removal is a cumbersome process. Especially when you factor in red bumps, ingrown hairs, and all of the other associated issues.
However, laser hair removal is an extremely efficient process for those looking for solutions towards a large reduction in hair in a semi-permanent way. Although laser hair is still somewhat under the radar for many, it is a great long-term solution to hair reduction.
In this post, we explore some of the more common questions associated with the process, with real answers to help guide understanding on whether this is the right process for you.
1) Will it hurt?
For many, the real factor in whether or not laser hair removal is the right choice for them is the pain element. But truthfully, there is not a whole lot of lasting pain. You may feel a stinging or pinching sensation during the treatment itself as the laser is going over the designated area. However, laser hair removal rarely leads to lingering pain after the treatment is over.
2) How long does it take to see results?
This is very much dependent on several factors such as the area of choice, the texture of the hair and how many total sessions there are. While the actual procedures are short, people tend to start seeing results from anywhere after the second session. Generally, the best results are seen after five to six treatments.
3) What preparation is needed beforehand?
Generally, the only preparation really needed before a laser treatment is that the area needs to be clean and freshly shaven. Any dark stubble or growth might not be able to target the follicles as effectively, and the hair will continue to grow. For an effective treatment, it is extremely important to thoroughly shave the area beforehand in order for the laser to work best.
4) Are there any side effects?
While most people do not report lingering side effects, there is always the possibility depending on skin type and sensitivities. Some report that the effect on the skin resembles a mild sunburn, which is easily treated by cold compresses or Aloe Vera gel. Others report bruising, peeling, and prolonged itching but that is less common.
5) How much will it cost
Another major factor to consider cost and what works best for your budget when thinking about laser hair removal. Pricing is dependent on the size and topography o the area, as well as the number of sessions. Smaller areas such as underarms may be less, while larger areas will generally cost more.
However, it is important to note that laser hair removal may seem costly in the short-term, but the return on investment makes it a great option. Consider how much you spend on hair removal products and services such as waxing and shaving products. Comparatively, laser hair removal will be a much better investment since it will have longer lasting results over a shorter period of time.
6) Am I the right candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is usually suited for almost any candidate. Since the laser targets dark melanin pigment in growing hair follicle, candidates that have brown or black hair and fair skin see the most success.
However, candidates across skin tones and hair colors see very good results, and unless the hair is extremely light or fine, laser hair removal will remain a good option.
Ultimately, laser hair removal is an investment but its results make it well worth the time. Whether it is a large area or small, candidates tend to see a substantial reduction in hair over the course of treatments. Consult with us today to see if this is the right option for your hair removal needs.