Permanent Hair Removal At Home
Permanent hair removal at home
There are many options available for today’s consumers who want a more affordable and safer method of permanent hair removal at home. It would make all the difference to start the search with a detailed knowledge of each method of hair removal so that you can make the right choice for yourself.
The 3 main methods of permanent hair removal at home include: Laser Hair Removal, Electrolysis, and Topical cream. So what about the good, the bad and the cost of these treatments you say?
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal used to be available strictly in a physician’s office or a spa. With this method, the beams of concentrated light are used to penetrate into the hair follicle and destroy the hair within that follicle.
The major advantage would be that it does provide long-lasting or permanent hair removal. However, it is usually effective for dark hair on light skin, rendering it useless for dark skin as well as red, blond, or gray hair. Also, there is some sensation of pain or heat during procedure which varies in degrees from person to person. The treatment takes about 15 to 45 minutes for doing the lower legs which can be somewhat tedious but then again, if it works, it’s time well spent.
When performed in a professional setting, a comprehensive treatment can cost in excess of $3,000-$4,000. Which brings us to the fact that it now is available as a do-it-yourself kit. The cost of these units can run about $450-$600, so the savings are substantial. But be ready. If you choose to use this method at home you have to follow the directions to a tee and even then use caution. It can cause some unsightly and uncomfortable rash that by all accounts seems to be gone in a week or so.
Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis is an effective method of permanent hair removal that may be used at home. With this method, the hair roots are destroyed by applying a short-wave electric current with a needle-shaped electrode.
Hair removal by this method appears to be reported most “permanent”, making it that much more desirable. The downside is that though many times it is touted as painless, it can be painful, especially if not done properly. It can also be very time consuming since you are after all, zapping the hair one by one. It’s probably not wise to even bother with the ones that do not require that you do zap one at a time since they will not actually destroy the hair roots, effectively stopping the hair from re-growing.
The going rate for a session with a certified professional electrologist seems to be around $50-$150 and hour, which places the grand total to well, up there. Lets face it, we can’t count them and it’s a pretty good guess to say it will take some time. But nonetheless, it may not be above the laser treatment costs. The do-it-yourself home kits range from about $30-$70 which is cost effective. The trick here would be to know what unit will actually do what it promises and how to go about using it correctly so you can avoid unnecessary pain and see desirable results. Though it seems a bargain, considering the level of possible pain, time needed for effective treatment, and more importantly, the skills to apply this hair removal treatment effectively without damage to skin, leaves one wondering if it may be wiser to leave it to the professionals.
Topical Hair Removal Cream
Topical Cream is another route you may consider when trying to remove
unwanted hair at home. Really the only option here is the prescription
cream Vaniqa which slows the growth of hair rather than removing it.
Vaniqa is applied twice a day and results are often seen within 4 to 8 weeks. The catch is that it is only used for unwanted facial hair, so no go on the legs. You have to be a female 12 or older to use it and it may or may not work just like any other medications. It can’t be used while pregnant or breastfeeding so that’s another limitation. Side effects seem mild for the most part and include redness and irritation. The manufacturer states that when used in conjunction with laser treatments, it increases the rate of success in hair removal so that’s something to consider if you go with an at-home or professional laser hair removal treatment.
The cost ranges from $40-$75 depending on the size and most health insurances don’t seem to cover it as it is considered “cosmetic”. So all in all, it might be worth a try at this price if all you’re trying to address is some unsightly facial hair but it has limitations and may not always work as it always the case with most medications.
So there it is. When you go about permanent hair removal at home, there are some perils to be considered and some advantages to be thought of. At the end of the day, what you want is an outcome worthy of a celebration at a reasonable cost and it can obviously be obtained albeit some built-in risks as it is the case when we try to partake in what only professionals have done so before. Understanding these methods of hair removal is a first step in the right direction for that smooth skin. So good luck!
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