Understanding Laser Hair Removal

One of the permanent methods of removing unwanted hair is laser hair removal. It is ideal to switch to laser hair removal if you want permanent results that you cannot achieve from temporary methods such as shaving or waxing. However, before you go to the salon, you must know at least some background of how laser hair removal is done.

Laser hair removal is not suitable for all types of skin and hair. Those who have light skin and/or coarse dark hair often achieve the best results using laser treatment. This method typically targets pigmented tissue, so it is not suitable for white, grey, red and blond hair.

Laser hair removal is commonly used on areas such as the armpits, bikini line, chest, back, legs, around the lips, and arms. This method requires more time and it is costly especially when applied on larger areas of the body. It generally takes 6 to 8 visits to the salon/clinic to completely remove unwanted hair on an area. This also depends on the skin and hair color, and size of the area.

This method works by passing laser beams through the skin and into the hair roots. The heat from the laser kills the follicles and stops hair growth. A cooling device is often used to cool down the skin after the laser beams are passed. Depending on the size of the area, it may take around 15 to 60 minutes to complete one session.

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Swelling and soreness of the treated area are the most common side effects of laser method. There is sometimes lightening or darkening of the skin. Blistering, scarring or change in the skin’s texture may rarely occur. These rare and extreme side effects usually happen due to wrong techniques, incorrect settings of the laser equipment and inexperience of the person who administered the treatment. You can prevent these by checking if the clinic or salon is approved by the Healthcare Commission.

Make sure that you research about laser hair removal if you want to undergo this treatment. And also ask around for the reputation and background of the clinic or salon you’re planning to go to for the treatment. For your safety and to ensure best results, you must go through a thorough consultation for the pre and post laser treatment.