Thinking About Laser Hair Removal? Things You Need To Know

Do you find yourself dreading shaving, especially when you want to wear a dress or shorts? Have you tried waxing but just can't handle the pain on a regular basis? You may be one of many consumers who are thinking about trying laser hair removal. While laser hair removal may not result in completely permanent hair removal, it can help cut down on the amount of hair that regrows and how often shaving or waxing is needed.

But going through a process that involves a laser can be nerve-wracking for anyone, even the most well prepared. So what are some things that you should know up front?

Am I a Good Candidate?

While it may seem like anyone can be a good candidate for laser hair removal, this actually is not true. Those with light hair may not see the results they expect because the laser targets the pigments in the hair - lighter hair simply does not have a large number of pigments.

Because of this, individuals with darker hair are actually better candidates for laser hair removal. On the flip side, individuals with lighter skin generally have better results because the lack of pigment in the skin helps with the contrast between the hair and the skin.

What is the Procedure Like?

Consumers should actually expect to have between four and six laser hair removal procedures in order to achieve the desired results. During the procedure, the laser is guided along the skin and is used to break down and destroy the pigments that are in the skin.

Because the lasers target hair that is in the growth process, most providers recommend shaving a few days before the procedure.  Someone getting laser hair removal on both legs can expect to spend up to two hours getting treated. 

After the laser hair removal is complete, patients may not see any results until 10 days later. At this point the hair will begin to fall out. Most patients go back for another treatment in four weeks, and annual maintenance treatments are recommended.

Where Can I Be Treated?

Laser hair removal can actually be performed on larger areas of the body. This can include the legs, back, arms, chest and shoulders. Smaller areas such as the face, neck or bikini area may also be treated.

Is it Expensive?

Because laser hair removal is considered cosmetic, consumers should not expect insurance coverage. However, the exact cost will depend on a number of factors including the prices at a specific salon and how many sessions are needed. Consumers can expect to pay at least $200 per session for laser hair removal.

If you are considering laser hair removal, make sure to talk to a salon or spa in your area. The staff can help you decide if you are a good candidate, how many sessions will be needed, and discuss the results you can expect.