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By East Hill Medical |    May 15, 2018

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a great alternative to shaving, tweezing, and waxing for the removal of unwanted hair. If you are tired of having to shave several times a week, tweeze pesky eyebrow hairs that won’t seem to go away, or undergo painful waxing once or more a month, you should consider laser hair removal. It is one of the most common and convenient cosmetic procedures in the United States.

During laser hair removal, highly concentrated light is beamed into the hair follicles. Once inside the follicles, pigment absorbs the light and destroys the hair. The laser pulses at fractions of a second and the laser can treat a surface area the size of a quarter each second. Laser hair removal is so quick that smaller areas such as the upper lip and eyebrows can be treated in less than a minute. Depending on the individual, larger areas such as backs, legs, and chest, may take much longer.

Most patients wonder how long it will take before laser hair removal yields permanent results. The answer varies per individual, however, most patients will experience some form of permanent hair loss after about 5 sessions. Other benefits include precision and minimal impact to the skin surrounding the hair. Lasers can selectively target unwanted hair while being gentle the the surrounding skin area.

Laser hair removal is a simple concept, yet it requires consideration and preparation. Like all medical procedures, it should only be conducted by trained and qualified professionals. You should always check the credentials of the technician before going in for your visit. During your visit you may be required to wear eye protection. You may also need to put on a layer of cold gel or use a cooling device to facilitate the penetration of the laser. The physician will first test the laser on your skin and wait several minutes to ensure the correct settings are used.

Recovery for laser hair removal is minimal. You may need to put ice packs or anti-inflammatory lotions on the treated area to ease discomfort. Your skin will feel and appear sunburned for a couple days post treatment. Unless your skin is reacting with blisters, you can carry out your normal make-up and skincare routine. Blisters are unlikely, but are more common in people with dark complexions. Side effects may include swelling and redness. Permanent scarring is rare, but may occur in extreme reactions post treatment.

The average cost for laser hair removal, per session, is $235, as estimated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, the cost varies depending on the size of the treatment area and time required for each session, the number of treatments required, and the part of the country where the procedure is being performed. Cost also varies depending on whether a physician or specialized technician is performing the procedure. It is always a good idea to ask for a consultation to get a better understanding of the cost, time, and goals for the treatment.

Laser hair removal is easy, safe, and quick. Unlike shaving and waxing, laser hair removal does not cause bumps or stubble. It targets coarse, unwanted hair, and gets rid of it, no matter the skin tone or hair type of the individual. Once the hair is destroyed by the laser, it cannot easily grow back. Many parts of the body may benefit from laser hair removal. This is convenient for those hard-to-reach areas.

For permanent hair removal success, multiple sessions are required. The amount of sessions depends on the amount and type of hair being removed. Although multiple treatments are needed, results are seen quickly and improve after each session. Patients can expect their skin to be silky and smooth in feel and appearance.