With 2023 finally here, many people are looking ahead to the summer months, especially during the freezing and grey winter weather.
Plus, on top of this, some people may already be thinking of the best ways to keep their armpits, legs, or chests hair-free this summer, so they can enjoy the warmer weather without razor burn or uncomfortable waxing being needed.
This is where laser-based hair removal comes in. This option has been growing in popularity in recent years and, due to its affordability, more people are seeking it out as a way to reduce the appearance of hair.
So, if you want to undertake a more permanent form of hair removal, but want to know a bit more about the process, read on for answers to commonly searched queries on the subject.
Is This Treatment Permanent?
Laser hair removal is seen as a long-term hair reduction treatment, rather than a permanent solution. It is not uncommon for some hair regrowth to occur after treatment, although it is usually much finer and lighter in color than the original hair. The number of treatments required depends on several factors, such as the color and thickness of the hair, the area being treated, and the individual’s hair growth cycle. Additionally, touch-up treatments may be needed periodically to maintain results.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The number of sessions needed to achieve significant hair reduction can vary depending on several factors, such as the color and thickness of the hair, the area being treated, and the individual’s hair growth cycle. Typically, a series of 6-8 treatments are recommended, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve the best results. However, some people may need more or fewer treatments. It’s important to remember that every individual’s hair growth cycle is different, and this will be taken into account when creating a treatment plan. A consultation with a licensed professional can give you a more accurate idea of how many sessions you may need.
Does Laser-Based Hair Removal Hurt?
Some people may experience discomfort during laser-based hair removal. The sensation has been described as a stinging or tingling feeling, similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin. However, most people find the treatment to be relatively painless and tolerable. Some clinics may use cooling devices, such as a cooling gel or air cooling, to reduce discomfort during the treatment.
It’s important to note that pain tolerance levels vary from person to person, and some areas of the body may be more sensitive than others. It’s recommended to do a patch test first to gauge how your skin will react to the laser.
What Are the Side Effects?
The most common side effects of laser-based hair removal are temporary and include redness, swelling, and mild discomfort in the treated area. These side effects usually resolve within a few hours to a couple of days. Some people may also experience mild itching or a rash in the treated area.
Other less common side effect includes changes in skin color (lightening or darkening), blistering, and scarring, but these are usually rare and can be prevented by following aftercare instructions and avoiding sun exposure before and after the treatment.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost may vary depending on the area of the body that needs to be treated: small areas such as the upper lip or chin can cost around $75 to $200 per session, while larger areas like legs, back, or chest can cost around $300 to $500 per session.