Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment that allows for both men and women to experience smooth skin without having to shave, wax or tweeze the hair. It is important that you have some background knowledge about laser hair removal before deciding if it is the right treatment for you. The following are some important facts to know beforehand.
Not all of your hair will be removed during a procedure. Laser hair removal gets rid of approximately 85-90% of your hair in the area that is being treated. Most people are happy with the results, but for those who are looking for 100% elimination of hair, the only treatment that can do that successfully is electrolysis. Unfortunately, electrolysis can be expensive if you are looking to do a large portion of your body.
There is some maintenance that you will need to do after a laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal is an excellent treatment for those looking to get rid of hair in a large portion of their body, but in order to maintain results, there will need to be some maintenance treatments. Fortunately, maintenance treatments do not need to be happy very often and will usually only require the laser to be utilized in a few smaller areas.
Some people do not realize that in order to get optimal results, there needs to be more than one treatment. In fact, it generally requires 4-6 treatments of laser hair removal. Many patients do notice an improvement after one treatment, but really noticeable improvements do require 4-6 treatments.
There are some people who will not be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Laser hair removal typically works best for patients who have lighter skin and dark hair. Patients who have dark skin or light hair do not usually get the same results since the laser needs a chromophore in order to respond to it, and light hair does not have this. Technology does continue to improve and evolve though, so there is great hope that this will be an optimal treatment for more patients in the future.
A wonderful benefit of laser hair removal is that it can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Razors and shaving gel are expensive, as is waxing. Although upfront, laser hair removal appears to be more costly, in the long run, it can actually save you money by eliminating the usual expenses associated with shaving. Results are also much better from laser hair removal than with shaving or waxing.
You can talk to your aesthetician and ask any questions you have about laser hair removal and determine if this would be a good treatment option for you. It is important that you have this procedure performed only by accredited and trained professional staff. There are some unfortunate side effects, such as redness, blistering and swelling, that can result from going to someone who is inexperienced.