Lately I have been looking into laser hair removal options and have decided to really do my research before investing my time and money into something that really doesn’t come cheap. This may be a step away from my regular postings but I find it very informative and appealing to everyone, as laser hair removal has become very popular amongst not only women but men as well. Today I “sit down” with an industry insider to discuss laser hair removal, the pros/cons and whether it is a worth it investment for you.Is Removing Hair with Lasers Worth It?If you are embarrassed by unwanted body hair, you are probably doing everything you can to remove it. That may mean waxing or shaving it away frequently at home. But shaving and waxing unwanted hair has several drawbacks. Both take a lot of time and effort. It can also be easy to miss hairs while waxing or shaving. Additionally, the hairs grow back quickly.
You may have heard removing hair with lasers is a far better option, but is it? Are the trips to the clinic really worth it? The answers to those questions depend on how much you want to get rid of your unwanted hair and how quickly, as well as how long you want it to stay gone. Here are some facts about laser treatment to help you decide if it is the best option.
Laser Hair Removal is Not Instant
The biggest reason you may want to have laser hair removal is because you view it as more convenient than shaving or other methods of hair removal. It is true that laser treatments provide more long-lasting results than most other hair removal options. However, the results are not instant. Lasers do not vaporize hairs, as some people think. Instead, they use certain wavelengths of light in combination with heat to make hairs less strong over time.
Laser Hair Removal Results Take Time, But Also Last a Long Time
When you go in for your first laser hair removal appointment, you may expect to see results right away. If so, you will be disappointed. Clinical hair removal equipment that utilizes laser technology does not provided instantaneous hair removal. Instead, it damages the hairs in the area being treated. Eventually, the shafts are weakened enough that they fall out, but that may take multiple sessions to occur. The hairs are also likely to fall out after you get home, not in the clinic.
When hairs do finally fall out after a series of laser treatments, which usually consists of four to six treatments but can vary, they will disappear for quite a while. Hairs return after a few days when you shave them away. Hairs removed with lasers may stay away for weeks. That is because lasers, unlike shaving razors, can get deep down into your skin to damage complete strands of hair.
Do Not Expect Permanent Hair Removal from Lasers
Laser treatments also damage hair roots. Those roots are called follicles. By damaging the follicles, regrowth can be delayed even longer. However, the level of damage to follicles after laser treatment varies. Some follicles may be damaged enough for the hairs to never regrow. Others will have delayed regrowth. For that reason, results from laser treatment vary. You may see that a few hairs never return, but most will after several weeks.
Not Everyone is Suited to Having Laser Hair Removal
The laser hair removal process is not for everyone, so you must talk to your clinician about your eligibility for treatment. Certain skin conditions, such as acne, can be exacerbated by laser treatment. Oily skin may also preclude you from being a laser treatment candidate, since the oils can be heated by the laser and cause burns to your skin.
Another potential complication of laser treatment is it tends to work better on light skin because the lasers are calibrated to focus in on dark hairs against light backgrounds. However, modern advances in technology have led to the development of lasers capable of treating darker skin. If you have dark skin, you may just have to spend a little extra time locating a clinic with equipment capable of treating you properly and removing your unwanted body hair safely.