Thursday, December 09, 2021

Laser Hair Removal: Benefits, Side Effects, and Cost


You probably know how frustrating and time-consuming hair removal can be. If you have tried all the traditional methods to remove hair such as tweezing, shaving, or waxing, you are well aware of how temporary those methods are and how much time you have to dedicate to them on a weekly basis. That is why laser hair removal is so attractive, since it provides an almost 95 percent reduction of new hair, making any hair that grows much easier to maintain.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

There are countless benefits of laser hair removal, among them:

Fast treatments – In less than 20 minutes you can take care of your underarms or bikini area and just a little longer for arms and legs.

Save money – In the long run, opting for laser hair removal means that you no longer need to purchase shaving cream, razors, waxing products or pay for appointments. Laser hair removal is financially smarter.

Eliminate ingrown hairs – Laser hair removal offers you the possibility of eliminating or preventing ingrown hairs. And if your problem is skin irritation after waxing or shaving, you can forget about that too.

Save time – When you have laser hair removal, you can use the time you previously dedicated to appointments such as waxing, to other pursuits. 

Are there any side effects of laser hair removal?

Although generally minor and temporary, laser hair removal does come with some side effects like:

Redness and irritation – When hair follicles get damaged with the laser, the body may react by experiencing irritation and redness. In some cases, people may experience tingling or swelling that goes away within a short period of time.

Changes in skin pigmentation – Some people may notice slight color changes of the skin in the treated area. In some cases, the skin turns lighter and in others, darker.

Risk of infection – As is the case with any cosmetic hair removal procedure, as the hair follicles get damaged with the laser, there is always a small risk of infection. That is why you should always treat the area as a wound and take care of it accordingly, reporting any signs of suspected infection to your dermatologist.

Other risks – It is uncommon for skin to develop burns or blisters when getting laser hair removal. However, when the procedure is not done correctly, they may appear. A professional will apply a cooling device to your skin before laser hair removal to avoid this issue. Some people have reported scars, but they are usually a result of an error on the part of the practitioner. Read more here about other uncommon risks.

Cost of Laser Hair Removal

The cost of laser hair removal depends on the area being treated, the number of treatments that will be required to achieve the desired results, and the person who is performing the treatments. Generally speaking, when you are having laser hair removal in a small area of the body, you can expect to pay between $150 and $275 per session. This can include underarms, chin and lip, or sideburns. Medium-sized areas like upper or lower legs can run between $275 and $400 per session. If you want a much larger area treated such as your entire back, each session can cost you between $375 and $400.

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