The removal of unwanted hair with lasers has rapidly gained popularity. However this form of treatment is not for everyone and it is important that consumers become educated as to the different and competing hair removal procedures available.
Some procedures still in use are outdated, whilst some are more suitable for certain hair and skin colors.
What are laser hair removal requirements?
It is most important that the surrounding skin is lighter than the hair. Also very dark skins absorb excessive laser energy which is not ideal.
Patients with light hair and tanned skin should not consider laser hair removal treatment.
However if you have dark hair and a tan, you must wait for the tan to fade before having treatment. Note that you will require several treatments depending on the body areas, and although relatively cheaper that electrolysis, laser hair removal costs could exceed $1000.
How much will laser hair removal cost?
This depends on the size of the area being treated. Top treatment centers average around $500 a session, and generally four treatment sessions are prescribed.
Whole back or leg areas will cost a lot more, whilst small upper lip areas could be cheaper. You would need to have an individual assessment by the laser center for more exact costing.
What is the effect of skin color on laser hair removal?
What is the effect of hair color on laser hair removal?
How many treatments are required for laser hair removal?
A single laser session could result in long-term hair removal, however multiple treatment sessions are usually required for best results. This is mostly due to the fact that hair grows in cycles and individual strands are not all in a growth phase at the same time which is when laser hair removal is most effective.
What body areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
Anywhere except next to the eye. The most requested areas are:
Are laser hair removal results permanent?
Hair removal techniques such as waxing, shaving, and plucking all have temporary results. Some newer lasers show positive evidence that laser hair removal produces permanent hair reduction after each treatment on an accumulative basis. However results can be individually variable, even using the latest lasers.
Some Important Laser Hair Removal Considerations.
Latest Advancements In Laser Hair Removal
Lasers for hair removal from tanned and black skin have continued to advance with new long wavelength multi-pulse lasers.
Specialized laser clinics can offer at up to three different laser hair removal technologies for optimal treatment of different skin and hair types:
Skin cooling techniques should be used before, during and after the laser pulse as the best way to keep discomfort at a minimum during the laser hair removal session.
All laser hair removal settings must be determined for each individual patient’s hair and skin color, as well as for the location and coarseness of the hair to be treated and the patient’s reactions.
It could be dangerous to use topical anesthetic creams or solutions excessively. Better to avoid them completely if possible, particularly whilst the proper laser settings are being initially determined.
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