Laser Hair Removal

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from {the} face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.

Benefits of laser hair removal include:

Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving {the} surrounding skin undamaged.

Speed. Each pulse of {the} laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat numerous hairs at {the} same time. The laser can treat an area approximately {the} size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as {the} upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as {the} back or legs, could take up to an hour.

Predictability. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting  laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check {the} credentials of {the} doctor or technician performing {the} procedure.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because {the} laser targets {the} hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Just before {the} procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above {the} skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to {the} color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.

Depending on {the} laser or light source used, you and {the} technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect {the} outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help {the} laser light penetrate {the} skin.

Next, {the} technician will give a pulse of light to {the} treatment area and watch {the} area for several minutes to make sure {the} best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.

When {the} procedure is completed, you could be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You could schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You'll get treatments until hair stops growing.

Recovery and Risks

For a day or two afterward, {the} treated area of your skin will look and feel like it's sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers could help. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup {the} next day unless your skin is blistering.

Over {the} next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for {the} following month to help prevent temporary changes in {the} color of {the} treated skin.

Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare.

Costs of Laser Hair Removal

According to {the} American Society of Plastic Surgeons, {the} average cost for laser hair removal is $235 per session. The cost varies widely, depending on factors that include:

  • Size of {the} area being treated and time required for treatment
  • Number of treatments required
  • Whether a doctor or someone else is performing {the} procedure
  • The part of {the} country where you are having {the} procedure
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