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What is Laser Hair Removal?

Are you tired of removing unwanted hair?

Sometimes, shaving, waxing or tweezing unwanted hairs can be time-consuming and exhausting. Don’t forget the pain that you have to endure while doing the procedure. If these hair removal methods make you unhappy and dissatisfied, you should consider having a laser hair removal procedure.

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure of removing unwanted hair by exposing the follicles of the hair to laser light pulses, so they destroy them. It’s one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures worldwide.

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What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

  • It can remove unwanted hair from the body painlessly
  • Laser light concentrates on the hair follicles without damaging the skin
  • Hair removal time is lesser than the conventional and chemical methods
  • You can have a permanent hair loss after undergoing three to seven hair removal sessions

If ever you’re new to laser treatment, here are a few guidelines on what you should do if you’re going to do a laser hair removal treatment.

You may think that a laser hair removal treatment is an easy procedure of removing unwanted hair. This procedure needs to be done by a well-trained and well-experienced skin doctor. You don’t know the potential risks and complications that might happen if a poorly trained doctor will do the job for you. Make sure you check the doctor’s credentials, certificates, and reviews.

Laser light targets the hair follicle’s roots. So, plucking, waxing, and other hair removal methods must be avoided at least six weeks before the procedure. These hair removal methods temporarily remove the hair roots.

Avoid the heat. Six weeks before and after treatment, it’s advisable that you keep yourself away from sun exposure. The treatment may become less effective if you expose yourself to the sun. It might also create complications especially after the hair removal treatment.

What Should you Expect During a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

  • While you other avoid hair removal methods for at least six weeks, you’ll have unwanted hairs growing on your body. Before the procedure, the trained staff will trim the hairs a few millimeters above the surface of the skin.
  • Adjustments on the laser machine will be made depending on the color, coarseness, and location of the unwanted hairs to be treated. It’ll also be adjusted to your skin color.
  • A protective eye wear must be worn by both the client and the technician or doctor for protection. A cooling device or a cooling gel will be applied to your skin to aid the laser light to penetrate well into the skin.
  • The doctor or technician will then do the laser hair removal treatment carefully. You’ll be checked to make sure that everything is done properly and if ever there’ll be adverse reactions.
  • When the hair removal treatment is finished, the doctor will provide you with anti-inflammatory creams, cold water or ice packs for relief to any discomfort encountered after the procedure.
  • If you wish for a permanent hair removal, you may opt to undergo three to seven sessions until your hair doesn’t grow anymore. It’s best to set your next treatment schedule four to six weeks later.

What Happens after the Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

You’ll get a feeling like you’ve got sunburned for a few days. This is the reason why the doctor will provide you with cold packs and anti-inflammatory creams or lotions. After a month, the hairs will fall out on areas that underwent laser treatment. You’ll need to wear sunscreen or any sun protection solution to prevent temporary discoloration on the treated areas.

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In rare cases, clients may observe blisters forming. This had been observed in clients with dark complexions. Other rare adverse effects are redness, scarring, and swelling.

How Much Does it Cost for a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

The cost for a laser hair removal treatment usually depends on the experience of the technician or doctor, geographic location of the facility, and equipment used. However, according to the 2016 statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), laser hair removal treatment has an average cost of $306 per session. This price excludes miscellaneous expenses and is for the procedure alone. Other factors that may affect its price are:

  • Number of treatments needed (for permanent hair removal treatment)
  • The size of the area and location to be treated
  • Time spent on the procedure
  • Post treatment medications or prescriptions

Be reminded that health insurances may not cover the expenses for your laser hair removal treatment. However, many doctors offer financial plans for their services. It’s better to ask them so you may avail it.

Always have a positive mindset if you decide to undergo this procedure. Soon, you’ll get a smooth and flawless skin that’s free of unwanted hairs!

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