If you are thinking about laser hair removal, you probably have a lot of questions. Is it safe? How much does it cost? How often should I go in for treatment?
Laser hair removal is a relatively low-pain, low-risk procedure that can help eliminate unwanted hair for both cosmetic and health reasons (e.g – acne bumps or breakouts).
In this article, we will answer five of the most common questions people have about laser hair removal, including how it works, treatment costs, risk, frequency and prep. You’ll gain a basic understanding of this modern procedure and can determine if it’s right for you.
According to the National Laser Institute, there are more than 1 million laser hair removal treatments conducted each year. When compared to other procedures, this means that laser hair removal is incredibly common. Additionally, the NLI estimates that laser hair removal procedures have increased by more than fifty percent since the year 2000.
With the hair removal industry expanding, people are discovering they have more options available than ever before. Below are some FAQ’s to help you decide if this treatment is right for you.
1. How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal involves using a laser to emit a light that is then absorbed by the pigments within the hair. These pigments are referred to as melanin. This light energy is converted into heat, which is used to deconstruct the hair follicle.
By targeting hair follicles, hair production can either be significantly delayed or stopped altogether. When compared to other hair removal strategies, such as waxing or shaving, laser hair removal produces the longest-lasting results.
2. How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
There are several variables that will affect the number of laser hair treatments you need.
Hair removal is most effective for individuals with dark hair and light skin. Dark hair absorbs light better, allowing each laser movement to be more efficient.
The density of hair follicles and the area you are targeting will also affect the amount of treatments that you need. Legs, armpits, upper lips, and near the “bikini line” are among the most targeted areas.
While this varies by person, generally, it is recommended that you start with six treatments in order to make sure each follicle in the targeted area is effectively treated. If you have not gotten the results you wanted after six treatments, we will review further options with you to ensure you get the results you want.
3. How much does laser hair removal typically cost?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that the average hair removal treatment cost about $235 for each session. However, there are quite a few variables that can impact the total cost of hair removal, including the targeted area, the color and texture of your hair, and whether you have received any hair removal treatments in the past. If you are willing to commit to multiple sessions at once—then you may be able to save on a per treatment basis. We will discuss all payment options in the initial consultation to make sure it fits your budget.
4. What are some of the common risks of a laser hair removal treatment?
Laser hair removal is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, meaning there is little risk involved. However, if the laser manages to target the skin—rather than the nerve free components of the hair—there can be mild complications. The most common complications are mild skin irritation and temporary pigment changes. Usually, these complications are very temporary.
The other risk of laser hair removal is that it may be painful. According to the Hair Removal Journal, 84 percent of people experienced temporary pain that was described as “mild to moderate.” This pain was only experienced during the treatment, which typically lasts 20 minutes or less. 11 percent of people surveyed experienced no pain.
5. How can I prepare for laser hair removal treatment?
There are quite a few things you can do to prepare for laser hair removal treatment. In the days leading up to your appointment, make sure that you avoid any activity that will cause your skin to get darker. This means avoiding extended exposure to the sun, avoiding any sort of tanning beds, and avoiding any skin-darkening makeup.
While you should lightly shave the treatment area (using shaving cream) before your appointment, it will also be important to avoid any sort of invasive hair removal alternatives. Activities such as waxing and plucking will irritate the targeted areas and may contribute to discomfort or complications. Furthermore, you should be sure to avoid taking any medications or substances that may cause your blood to get thinner.
Laser hair removal is a safe, effective, non-invasive way to remove unwanted hair. The laser hair removal industry is growing—and for good reason. Now, more than ever, removing your unwanted hair is a simple procedure that can be accessed by almost anyone.
As time goes on, many of these treatments are becoming more affordable and—consequently—much more accessible. CaTara’s Certified Laser Hair Specialist will walk you through your options and make sure you understand your cost and the procedure before starting any treatment. This will ensure you get the results you want.