A Few Facts About Laser Hair Removal
One of the most popular cosmetic procedures sought after by both men and women is hair removal. There are several hair removal treatments available, such as laser hair removal, waxing and shaving. In fact, laser hair removal has become so popular in the last couple of decades, that there are salons and clinics solely dedicated to this purpose. Claims are being made that it is painless and permanent. However, laser hair removal is not all that it's cracked up to be.
Laser hair removal uses a beam of light to heat and destroy the hair follicle. Sounds simple, right? On the contrary, there is a lot more that needs to be discussed before you choose this particular method. Number one consideration is whether or not you would make a good candidate. If you have dark hair and light skin, you're perfect. Darker skin tones, and people with light colored hair will have less success. As with all procedures, there are possible side effects. Changes in skin color have been known to happen, especially for those with darker skin tones. This is usually temporary, but has been known to last several months or even become permanent. Other side effects include scarring, crusting and scabbing.
The best way to avoid or at least minimize side effects is to pick the most qualified professional to perform the procedure. Laser hair removal should be performed in a doctor's office by a board certified professional, such as a dermatologist. Many times, it's the physician assistant or nurse who does the actual treatment. Unfortunately, those with non-medical backgrounds have been also been allowed to do the same. Improperly trained staff performing this procedure can lead to disastrous results. It is also very important to avoid sun exposure for several weeks both before and after the sessions. The procedure works best when clients are at their lightest.
Then, there's the question of what type of laser system or equipment they'll be using for your treatment. Yes, there is a huge difference. There are several laser systems used for hair removal. The Alexandrite and Ruby systems work best on white skin. They are more likely to cause changes in skin color and are not advised for darker skin tones. Nd: Yag systems work on all skin tones but the hair will grow back completely in about six months. They are also the most painful. The Diode lasers are good for light to medium skin tones and are less likely to cause skin pigmentation issues than the Ruby, Alexandrite and Nd: Yag systems. Many hair loss clinics may gloss over these details during the consultation. So either you know or you don't. There are of course, at home systems. However, as stated earlier, only a board certified physician should perform laser hair removal.
The cost of a laser hair removal session can vary widely depending on several factors: size and difficulty of area, whether the treatment is performed in a doctor's office or a spa and even which billing methods are being used. Spas and clinics will often advertise special packages but rarely advertise actual prices. Compared to other hair removal methods, laser treatments can seem expensive. Each session can range between $100 and $900. You'll need at least five or six of these for good results.
Finally and most importantly, laser hair removal is not permanent. Successful treatments can leave you hair free for several months to several years. However, that is the best case scenario which is most likely achieved only after more rounds of treatment.
Laser hair removal is a long term commitment that requires time, research and a considerable financial investment. Choose wisely.
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