Laser Hair Removal is quickly becoming a popular alternative to shaving or waxing, and is often used by both men and women. There are many choices for the removal of hair, but often shaving and waxing can affect the skin, leaving rashes or tenderness. As of yet, there are no hair removal techniques that guarantee permanent eradication of the hair follicle, but Laser Hair Removal is thought of as being the most effective and best for longevity.
The procedure uses concentrated light lasers which pulse light directly at the target area using either a wand instrument or an articulated arm. The light energy can be controlled to target the specific pigment of the hair, and then converts to heat which is absorbed by the melanin found within hair. The heat damages the hair cells and the follicle, usually destroying the root and affecting the surrounding area, impeding the chances of reoccurring growth.
There is little discomfort with Laser Hair Removal – at most you may feel a slight stinging sensation which is no worse than what you’d feel getting the area waxed. Generally the treated area will feel warm and because the treatment is fast the sensation soon goes. One session can take between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the area being treated. A cool gel is usually applied after the treatment to sooth the skin.
Hair loss is noticeable after the first session, but it is recommended to have a course of around 6 or more treatments for long lasting effects. The hair shaft will remain in the damaged follicle until the skin renews itself, so you may not notice the hair falling out immediately, and it may seem that the hair is still growing due to it being slowly pushed out. However, due to the weakened state of the follicle the hair will eventually fall out, and can easily be pulled out with tweezers. Once you have started a course of treatments, you will need to continue to ensure a lack of regrowth, and after the initial course you will need to go for ‘top ups’ every month or so, depending on individual needs.
Laser Hair Removal Prices vary depending on which area is being treated. Whilst a course can be pricey, it does well to bear in mind that the continued use of epilators, creams and razors will probably cost just as much over time. Below are lists for both men and women detailing the most common areas and general Laser Hair Removal prices: