If you are sick and tired of having to shave your body every few days, and yearn for a permanent solution so that you can remain virtually hair free for life, then there’s no better hair removal method than laser hair removal.
Before we go into the advantages of laser hair removal, let’s dwell a bit on how it works. Lasers for hair removal work by emitting a pulse which travels through the skin, heats up the hair’s shaft and root, and destroys it. Because the hair follicle is damaged, no hair regrowth takes place again. With the latest laser systems, the lasers are able to target many hairs simultaneously, meaning it can destroy multiple follicles at once. This translates to mean that hair removal for large body areas can be completed relatively quickly.
Possibly the only complaint one often hears about lasers for hair removal is the prices involved. Because several sessions are needed for virtually any part of the body (due to the fact that hair grows in three phases), the cost can really add up and run into thousands of dollars. But if one were to look at the laser hair removal pricing from the perspective of the permanency in the result, then the cost involved may seem reasonable.
In any case, the prices of laser hair removal has come down significantly over the years because of fierce competition, better technology innovation, and a growing customer volume. Statistics have it that worldwide customer base currently stands at above 6 million, and growing.
Laser hair removal is approved by virtually all relevant authorities globally, including the United States’ FDA (Food and Drug Administration), for any part of the body except those near the eyes. This means it can be used on the face, armpits, legs, arms, and even one’s private parts.
Side effects from laser treatments are very minimal when done correctly by experts. Possibly the only side effects are some redness on the skin in the treated areas, and tingling or pinching sensation. But these will generally disappear within a short period of time.
Some people complained of experiencing pain while receiving the treatment, and also suffers post treatment irritation. To ensure a comfortable treatment experience, and eliminates the possibility of the epidermis from burning, overheating and scaring, the latest range of lasers can now automatically spray coolants or cold air onto the skin prior to each laser pulse. In the case of irritation, topical creams are often provided when deemed necessary.
Before laser hair removal came into being, just about the only solution available for removal of unwanted hair permanently was electrolysis. It is a process whereby small probes are inserted into each hair follicles, and electricity is passed through them to destroy the follicles. Most people don’t fancy the idea of permanent hair removal using electrolysis because it is painful, and very labor intensive and time consuming even to remove unwanted hair from a small area. In addition to that, common side effects include bumps and skin inflammation.
Laser hair removal systems, on the other hand, can finish the same job much faster and without the pain. For instance, both armpit hairs can be removed in about 10 minutes. To clear unwanted hairs from both legs would take about 50 minutes longer.
Laser treatment can be done in a salon, physician’s clinic, or spa by a doctor or qualified therapist. One of the great thing about this treatment is that no one can tell you had just gone for a laser hair removal procedure because there are no tell-tale signs for them to spot. There is no bandage, minimal pain (if any), and you can go back to the office immediately after treatment as no “rest” or “recovery” time is required. It is no wonder then that some people termed laser hair removal as a “lunch time” treatment.
With having a hairless body fast becoming a fashion statement, and the ease with which lasers can help virtually anyone achieve their goal of permanent hair removal, it is no wonder then that laser hair removal centers are mushrooming all over the world.