What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. It had been performed experimentally for about twenty years before becoming commercially available in 1995 and 1996.
Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?
If you have lighter skin but are tanned, you need to wait until you are no longer tanned before undergoing laser hair removal. Self-tanner and lotion also count, so avoid this as well. Save yourself the time, and avoid sun exposure if you are considering laser hair removal!
If you have darker skin, hope is not lost! You may still be a candidate.
Hair removal lasers work best on dark, coarse hair. Some with blonde, gray, or red body hair might not achieve desired results when undergoing laser hair removal. Lighter hair is more difficult to treat, and will require more time, money, and sessions. Even with the extra effort, there is not a guarantee that you will be happy with the results. White or grey hair might be untreatable, as no pigment exists.
Other individuals who might run into difficulties are those with very fine and thin hair. For example, “peach fuzz” hairs are untreatable. Be aware that you might not see the results you hope for if you are trying to treat fine hair.
Another important thing to consider regarding hair type is the location of the hair. The eyebrow is the only area that cannot be done.
Your hair type and color can affect your candidacy. If you have concerns, a professional can evaluate your hair to determine if you’re the right fit.
What is recovery like after laser hair removal?
Most laser hair removal procedures take fifteen to thirty minutes; however, a longer time period may be required, depending on the area being treated. Your provider will follow the treatment plan discussed with you. After your procedure is completed, you will be able to return home and resume your normal activities.
How long will results last?
Even then, some hair may eventually grow back. While "permanent" laser hair removal is a misnomer, after six to eight treatments, you can expect a marked reduction in hair. Any regrowth can be managed with touch-up treatments every six to 12 months.
Cost-$100-250 Depending on area