Laser hair removal can be a permanent solution to a frustrating problem. More immediately effective than the old electrolysis that used to take forever to work, it can make a noticeable difference in a relatively short period of time.
What is the promised timeline? Often you will see a significant difference after 3 treatments but the magic amount of treatments necessary is often not until the 6th to 8th treatment. Although laser treatment establishments can tell you that significant reduction of hair growth can be achieved with multiple treatments, they cannot guarantee that all the hair will be removed through the sessions.
How it works:
Short term- laser therapy on the hair follicle causes injury to it with an almost immediate improvement in the growth. This short term improvement acts much like waxing the hair would and is not permanent. But to truly know the long term affect on your hair it will take up to 6 months after your last treatment in order to assess what hair remains. And as mentioned above, best results can be seen with at least 6 sessions- 3-6 weeks apart, before you take that 6 month break to assess results.
Facts you should know:
Laser hair treatments work best on dark, course hair on light skin.
Different areas of the body will work better with laser treatment than others. That’s right- legs, the bikini area, arms and under-arms respond better and become more successfully hair-free with laser treatments. The reason is that the skin is often thinner and the hair thicker in these parts.
Laser doesn’t work equally as well for everyone. If you have darker skin, you will need a different machine than the traditional one to get rid of your hair. Allure.com says that it can be actually-dangerous for olive or dark-skinned persons unless they have the special Nd:YAG laser that’s safe for dark skin.” Other traditional lasers work solely for fair skin with dark hair. And, they add that because they seek and destroy dark pigment, “it’s incredibly dangerous and can burn and scar you.” So this is of prime importance for darker-skinned candidates to know and research.
Don’t get laser treatments if you have a tan! For the same reason that it is dangerous for dark-skinned persons to get treatments with a traditional laser, having a tan while you are being treated is also taboo. As mentioned, traditional lasers seek and destroy dark pigment. For this reason, unless, you never go in the sun, it is recommended that all your laser sessions are done in the fall and winter.
Don’t go to a spa or even a med-spa. Tina Alster who is featured in an article from Allure.com magazine on laser therapy, says that aestheticians may not spot a wart or skin infection that lasers can spread. Also if the laser touches a tattoo, “it can cause burning, and aestheticians don’t always know to ask about sun exposure,” she added. “I’ve seen people who had two laser hair-removal sessions that were fine, and then the third one burned like crazy because they’d been out in the sun.”
Sorry, it’s not a permanent fix for upper-lip hair. Unfortunately, upper lips and other facial hair can be controlled by hormonal changes in women. Since these changes are ongoing, laser treatments in these areas are not reliable.
Blonde hair is not a good candidate for laser treatments.”There’s no laser that removes blonde hair,” says Alster, adding that electrolysis isn’t a valid alternative. “It’s difficult to control an electrolysis needle, and people get scarring from it,” she says. Better to wax or shave she adds.
You will be able to shave in-between sessions but not tweeze. Whether you reach total hair-free results or not. you can expect to shave any strays. Tweezing between sessions is a definite no-no. It just makes sense because if you tweeze a hair at the root there is no dark pigment there in the skin for the laser to target.
According to WebMd the average cost of laser treating a certain area is about $235 per session, however this price can vary according to size of the area being treated, the number of treatments needed, if the doctor or an assistant is doing the procedure and of course what country and part of the country you are having the laser treatments done.
When you are assessing whether laser treatments are best for you, consider all these facts. It does take time and it does cost a fair bit. But being hair-free or greatly hair-diminished is worth the time and the cost of laser hair removal for many people. And most are happy with whatever results they get when they compare it to the alternative.