Bikini season is fast approaching! It’s that time of the year where shaving, waxing, threading is at its peak. These methods are considered “quick fix” options. If you want long-lasting results without the pain, why don’t you try laser hair removal? In this article, we will go through the pros of having laser hair removal done and why more women are trying this no-fuss procedure. If you are curious about the price, laser hair removal can cost up to $235 per session. This price can go down or up depending on the area where you want hair removed.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent hair removal option that damages the hair follicle to minimize hair growth. What the laser does is that it detects the hair exclusively by focusing on the pigment cells that live in the hair follicle. After a few sessions, you can forget shaving and waxing altogether.
The Pros of Having Laser Hair Removal
Although laser hair removal doesn’t get rid of hair permanently, it does drastically reduce hair growth. Imagine having to shave once a month as opposed to once a week. After completing the recommended sessions, you can stop shaving altogether.
Laser hair removal can be done anywhere on the body. The machine can cover large places of your body such as your legs, underarms, stomach, bikini line, face, etc.
If you have low pain tolerance, clients described the pain level between shaving and waxing. Before the procedure, the technician will use ice to numb the area. The thicker the hair, the more likely the patient will feel pain in the area. Don’t worry though. Doctors say that it becomes less painful as the hair becomes finer.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
Before the procedure, your technician will trim your hair to a few millimeters above the skin surface. After this step, the laser equipment will be adjusted to the color, location and color of your hair. Regardless of where you will be having the laser, both the technician and the patient will always wear eye protection. Your technician will also apply a cooling gel on your skin to help the laser light penetrate more in the skin. Right after the procedure, you will be given ice packs, lotions and anti-inflammatory creams. These products will help lessen the discomfort. The next session will be about 4 to 6 weeks later. This is to give the skin ample time to heal.
Risks and Recovery
After a day or two, the treated area will feel and look sunburned. If you feel a slight discomfort, apply cold compress and soothing moisturizers to help the skin recover faster. In the next few days or weeks, the treated hair will fall out. Always remember to wear sunscreen to prevent changes on the treated skin. Some patients would experience blistering. Blisters are rare and patients with darker complexions are most likely to have them. Some of the common side effects are scarring, redness and swelling.