If you plan to undergo laser hair removal, it’s best to study first about it. Here are some questions that people looking into undergoing laser hair removal usually ask:
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates for laser hair removal are people with dark hair and light skin. Although new devices were invented to enhance results for people with light hair and dark complexion, results are not as effective. It is only half as effective on people with blonde or gray hair. Those with dark or tanned complexion meanwhile can experience discoloration.
How does it work?
Hair undergoes three phases of growth: growing, resting and shedding. The pulsed light coming from the laser breaks down and destroys the dark pigment in the hair called melanin during the growth phase. Hair will fall out within 10 to 14 days. It’s recommended to use a mild sugar scrub in the shower on the 10th day to help in hair removal and skin exfoliation.
What areas can be treated?
Large areas of the skin such as legs, back, shoulders, arm and chest can be treated since pulsed light can target several follicles at the same time. Upper lip and chin may also be treated but only on dark hair. It’s better to undergo electrolysis for permanent hair removal of blond or gray hairs in upper lip and chin areas.
How long does it take?
For most people, the recommended number of laser hair removal sessions is four to six, with 4 weeks intervals in between. This would generally result in 70 to 80 percent hair growth reduction. To get the best results, it’s advised to get maintenance treatments at least once a year for a few years.
How do I prepare for a procedure?
The aesthetician will usually recommend shaving a day or three days before the treatment, depending on the type of laser or pulsed light machine to be used.
How painful is the treatment?
Degree of pain varies depending on people’s threshold. Most people describe the pain as similar to a rubber band popping against the skin. Pain also depends on the area to be treated. Lower legs for example hurt more than the thigh areas. If you don’t handle pain that well, it’s a good idea to take ibuprofen an hour before the session or applying spray or cream with 4 percent lidocaine to numb the area to be treated.
How much does it cost?
Cost depends primarily on the area to be treated but the range is usually from $200 to $2,000 per session.
Now that you know almost everything there is to know about this procedure, it’s time to find a reputable salon that offers this and any other treatment that you may want to undergo.