Laser hair removal, what you need to know

Laser hair removal. Vector diagramOver the past couple of years, laser hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the US. More and more people are ditching the traditional shaving, waxing and tweezing for laser hair removal. This cosmetic procedure involves the removal of unwanted hair by beaming laser light pulses that in turn lead to the destruction of a hair follicle. Let’s take an in-depth look at the benefits, preparations, expectations and the inherent risks involved in laser hair removal.

Why most people opt for this procedure

Laser efficacy cannot be gainsaid and it has been sanctioned in the dermatology sphere when it comes to the removal of unwanted hair on a person underarms, face, bikini line, arm, leg and in any part of your body. Some of the benefits that you can accrue from using laser include:

Highly accurate: The precision of laser is simply admirable as it can be able to select the hairs you want removed and leave your skin unharmed.

Fast: It takes less than a second for many hairs to be treated at a go with each pulse of laser. Areas that are smaller like the upper lip will consume less than a minute to treat whilst large areas like the legs or back can consume over an hour to treat.

Reliability: The probability that you will have permanent hair loss is up to 90%. This is after you have at least undergone 3 to 5 sessions.

How do you prepare for this procedure?

Unlike tweezing, waxing or shaving, laser is a medical procedure that is fraught with dangers if not carried out properly. To avoid the associated risks check the credentials of the medical practitioner who will carry out the procedure. It is imperative that you cease waxing, plucking or electrolysis 6 weeks before undergoing the procedure. Stay away from direct sun 6 weeks before and after you have undergone the procedure to make the laser hair removal successful and to avoid complications.

What you should know during the procedure

Before the procedure progresses your hair will be trimmed to a bare minimum just above your skin. The laser equipment is tuned to be in sync with thickness, color, and where the hair is located. The laser is also adjusted to be in tandem with your skin color. In some cases, you will be required to wear eye protection gear but that depends with the laser machine used. Your skin should be protected by a specially made cooling device or a cold gel. This will aid the laser light into penetrating to your skin. The technician will be at hand to check how the treatment area is reacting and if the settings are correct. To ease discomfort after the procedure, you will be handed lotions, ice packs or anti-inflammatory to calm down the discomfort.

Side effects and recovery period

After the laser procedure is successfully completed, you feel discomfort akin that of a sunburn. Using moisturizers and cool compresses will help mitigate that discomfort. If your skin isn’t blistering after the treatment then you can apply your makeup in a day or two. The hair that has been treated will start falling off and it is advisable that you wear sunscreen to curtail your treated skin from temporarily changing its color. Some side effects include blister on rare cases, scarring, swelling, and redness and in worst case scenario permanent change in skin color or scarring.

The cost of this procedure varies although it has been pegged at $235 per session by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Some of the factors that determine the cost include size and time for treatment, number of session and from which country the procedure will be conducted.