Laser Hair Removal Basics – Pros, Cons, and Cost
Removing body hair has been the bane of women for many years. Most of us have tried almost every method available in order to remove hair painlessly. Shaving, creams, and strips are all used with a certain degree of success.
Although plucking and waxing are quite painful, a lot of women prefer it because it gives a smoother and silkier finish.
Whenever a new method comes up, most of us are more than ready to try it out, hoping that this at least will be the elixir we were waiting for.
Removing hair using lasers is something that most women want to try out but are afraid to because of the pain or the high costs associated with it.
Before you dismiss using a laser here are some basics on that will help you make an informed decision.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
This is the process of removing hair with the help of lasers. Lasers work by damaging hair follicles resulting in reduced hair growth.
Permanent hair removal achieved over 5 to 8 sittings. At the end of these sittings, hair growth retarded to such an extent that you will have smooth hairless skin.
Laser Hair Removal Pros
- Relatively Painless – The maximum pain most people experience is close to a prickling sensation that one feels while plucking out your eyebrow hair. For those who are wondering, no the laser does not burn as many people think.
- Long Lasting – In most cases, hair does not grow back at all
- Retards Hair Growth – If hair does grow back, the rate and thickness of hair growth are reduced to a large extent.
Laser Hair Removal Cons
- Skin Irritation – Swelling, itchy sensation, and redness are to be expected for a few days after each sitting.
- Serious Problems – such as pigmentation, scarring, burning, and formation of scabs are some of the risks involved in using lasers to reduce hair growth.
Laser Hair Removal Cost
The cost of removing hair with laser technology depends on the area where you want your hair removed. Generally removing hair on your upper lip and armpit is cheaper as the area to be covered is smaller.
A basic removal session that covers a small treatment area costs around $100. The cost increases proportionally with the area of hair that needs to be removed. Laser hair removal must however never be undertaken without consulting a dermatologist who specializes in laser technology.