Ditching your razor and avoiding annoying stubble days after shaving sounds like a dream. That’s where laser hair removal comes in. But, is it worth the cost? And how do you know if it’s right for you? Is laser hair removal permanent? We’ve got you covered.
Before you commit to a treatment, it’s best to research any questions you might have. Lots of people love the results laser hair removal brings, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. You have to commit to several sessions for the best results, and let’s face it: it isn’t cheap. There’s no guarantee you’ll be hair-free forever, but at least you won’t have to shave on the daily.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to remove unwanted hair from the body and face. When performed, a laser emits a light that works to absorb the melanin (pigment) in the hair. This damages the hair follicle and prevents future growth.1 It is important to have a pre-treatment consultation with a professional to determine what type of wavelength will be used based on the
How to Prepare For Laser Hair Removal
Once you decide on laser hair removal, you’ll will be told to either shave a day or two before your sessions. You’ll also want to avoid tanning and self-tanners before and after treatment. It is possible that you will need to stop taking certain medications to avoid adverse effects, so be honest about everything you take.
On the day of your appointment, avoid using any products on your skin, including lotions, deodorant, or anything else. Be sure to check with your aesthetician about any other things you should and should not do before and after your sessions.
It’s often advised to take a couple of ibuprofen an hour before your session
The pulsed light in laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin, although some machines perform differently. Not every zap will hurt and some areas, like the lower legs, hurt more than others, like your thighs.
What to Expect During a Laser Hair Removal Treatment
The treatment itself typically doesn’t take long. It depends on the area being treated, though. Your back or legs may take an hour or two, while the upper lip may only take minutes.
You’ll see results after your first appointment, but it will take several treatments to permanently remove hair. According to Body Lipo Lincoln, “After each treatment, the hairs may seem to continue to grow for a period of 1-2 weeks, but these hairs are, in fact, lifeless and are simply being cast out by your body. Once these hairs are pushed out, a finer hair grows back in its place. With each treatment, the hairs get finer and sparser. Usually, it takes up to 6 treatments to see no re-growth.” For best results, get maintenance treatments done once a year for at least a couple of years.
Laser light target several follicles at once (making them great for treating back, shoulder, arm, and chest hair), so you can treat large areas of skin. While it can take years to perform electrolysis on larger areas, a typical laser hair removal session on both legs usually takes less than two hours. Lighter coloured hair on the upper lip and chin can be tricky. Some lasers are able to target light hair without issues, but it can take a few treatments.
After treating an area, hairs fall out within 10 to 14 days. Using a mild sugar scrub in the shower on the tenth day will help exfoliate skin and remove hair. It’s also a good idea to use products your aesthetician may recommend and follow their after-treatment suggestions carefully.
While the side effects are minimal, the most common is skin irritation. Redness and swelling can occur and will typically subside within the first few hours after treatment. Skin pigment discoloration can also be a concern, which is why it is important to do your research and go to a professional that you trust.
The Final Takeaway
Laser hair removal is not cheap. Depending on what body part you choose to treat, it can run anywhere from £50 to £120 per session.
Many salons advertise discounted procedures, but the best places don’t have to resort to discounts. Do your homework before signing up for services. Protect yourself and your skin by booking an appointment with a highly qualified aesthetics practitioner only.
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Should you wish to book a consultation, the cost is £25 which is redeemable against any treatment plan. To Book your consultation you can click the link below or call 01522 523777 in office hours.