Most people, men and women alike, go for laser hair removal without knowing about the process, what to expect, the pros and cons of it. However, being knowledgeable about the process will make you more confident.
Laser hair removal, as the term suggests, is the process of removing unwanted hair from your body.
- In this common cosmetic process, FDA approved laser beams are used that destroys the hair follicles from within. This excellent and widely used process is dermatologically approved.
- This process is the best and most effective alternative, both result wise and cost-wise, to hair plucking, shaving or waxing.
The most common areas of application include chin, upper lip, underarms, legs and bikini area. This process produces excellent results on light-colored skin and dark-colored hair.
You will need to prepare yourself before you go for laser hair removal. You will not only need to get your medical history checked by the dermatologist, but you will also need to undergo a few basic physical exams and avoid the following:
- Waxing, plucking, electrolysis, and peels for four weeks prior to the treatment
- Tanning beds or sunbathing
- Using perfumes and deodorants or any possible irritants both before and after the treatment
- Taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements before the process.
All these will reduce the chances of any complications during and after the process and provide the best results.
The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal
Though this medical process may not guarantee permanent removal of hair from your body but still there are lots of benefits of laser hair removal.
- It will reduce the growth of hair dramatically so that you do not have to shave frequently
- This process can be applied to almost any part of your body whether it is large or small and
- This is the most cost-effective and somewhat painless process.
As for the pain factor, this process falls in between painless shaving and painful waxing. It is for this reason the technicians use ice during the hair removal process. This numbs the area both before the process and after it.
As for the downsides of the laser hair removal process:
- It is also an expensive process but when you add up the cost of regular shaving and waxing, this will prove to be cost-effective and a worthy investment and
- This process works best on dark hair and fair skin than on darker skin because the color contrast makes the laser to pick the hairs to remove much easier.
Lastly, this is a time-consuming process and specific areas may need multiple sessions for complete removal. Therefore, this is not the process for you if you are impatient and want results in minutes.
Other Things to Know about Laser Hair Removal
Apart from the basics mentioned above, there are a few other important facts that you need to know about the laser hair removal process.
- You will need to trim or shave the area before applying a laser to prevent irritation or burning of hair.
- The process is actually fast but the sessions may be more and the results may take 8 to 12 weeks to show.
- Since the heat of the laser will stay in your skin for a day or so, you will need to avoid gym, hot showers and saunas to prevent bacteria from growing and multiplying, creating ‘spots.’
- You must consult with your dermatologist so that you know when exactly you can go again for sunbathing and tanning.
Lastly, few specific types of hair can be stimulated to grow longer and thicker after the laser hair removal process but do not worry as the dermatologist will let you know about it beforehand.