You need to know before trying laser hair removal
Shaving, plucking, waxing... all of this takes time, but for those who prefer smooth and hairless, they seem to be the only available option. However, if you are willing to pay a little extra cash, you can choose a longer result: laser hair removal. This high-tech method uses light to actually destroy the hair follicles, leaving your skin without the fluff.
Before completing this process, we ask some professionals to tell us all the information you need to know.
1. Laser hair removal is not as complicated as it sounds.
Any service with the word "laser" in its name may look daunting, but it's actually very simple. “The energy from the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, causing damage to the roots,” explains Dr. Margarita Lolis, a New York dermatologist. Once the root is destroyed, it will not produce more hair.
2. There are three main types of lasers.
According to Rachel Sharoff, authorized beauticians at the Skintology Skin and Laser Center can quickly learn about the most popular types of lasers:
Diodes: Diode laser hair removal machine are very effective for light and dark skin.
Alexandrite: This laser is the fastest of all laser types and is ideal for treating larger body areas in patients with mild olives.
Nd:YAG: This long pulse laser can be safely used in all skin types, including tanning skin. It is less effective for light or fine hair than other types of lasers.
3. Laser hair removal works best in four aspects.
Although laser hair removal can work on any body part where you want to remove hair, it is especially effective for bikini, lip, chin and underarm areas.
A person with thick, thick, black hair is the best person for laser hair removal.
In other words, it takes longer to use thicker hair completely. “Some hairs are just very durable, sometimes new because of hair changes or other hairballs becoming active during treatment,” explains Dr. Birnur Aral, Director of Good Housekeeping Beauty Lab with personal experience in lasers.
4. You will see real results after about 6 to 8 treatments.
Dr. Lolis said that everyone is different, so the number of conversations for each person varies from person to person. “Laser hair removal works when the hair is at an active growth rate,” she explains. Different parts of the body have different growth rates, so it may take longer or shorter depending on the area you are treating, but Sharoff points out that most patients require an average of six to eight treatments to completely remove the hair.
5. One thing you need to do before you make an appointment: shave.
“We ask you to shave the area you are treating beforehand so that the laser can penetrate the roots of the hair – not aiming or burning any hair on or outside the skin,” Sharoff suggested. She is very concerned about the shaving aspect of this preparation, because: "One month before the start of your meeting, you should not wax any hair, lice or bleach because the roots need to remain intact so that the laser can effectively destroy the hair.".
6. After treatment, you need to apply SPF to the affected area.
After the end of your meeting, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure and it is highly recommended to use sunscreens such as Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector ($29, kiehls.com). (But, hey, you use sunscreen every day, right?) Dr. Aral also pointed out that any hair growth between sessions should be shaved - don't wax or thread.
7. Each meeting costs between $50 and $300.
The price of your laser hair removal machine varies from vendor to vendor, but Dr. Lolis says it can depend on where you remove the hair.
Considering that multiple treatments are usually required to completely prevent hair growth, this is not an inexpensive treatment. But if you like hairless skin, imagine using a razor or going to the salon to spend the rest of your life with wax - laser hair removal can be seen as a more long-term investment when you think of all the costs. In addition, some service providers offer packages for customers who purchase multiple sessions at a time, so be sure to ask for any available specials.
8. There are some risks.
Although laser hair removal is considered a safe treatment, Dr. Lolis pointed out the risk of burns, and the FDA added that blistering, discoloration, redness and scarring are also potential side effects. It's also possible that your hair will grow back, Dr. Aral pointed out that an annual treatment may be needed to keep the hair growing.