Laser hair removal is considered as one of the permanent ways of removing unwanted hair. If you are tired of using temporary methods like shaving or waxing, you may want to try laser hair removal since it can provide long lasting results. However, before you go to the salon, you must know at least some background of how laser hair removal is done.
Laser hair removal is not appropriate for all types of skin and hair. People with light skin and coarse dark hair often have the best results with this method. This process generally targets pigmented tissue, which makes it unsuitable for blond, white, red and grey hair.
Laser hair removal is commonly used on areas such as the armpits, bikini line, chest, back, legs, around the lips, and arms. This method requires more time and it is costly especially when applied on larger areas of the body. You will need to visit the clinic or salon 6 to 8 times in order to completely remove unwanted hair on a specific area. This will also depend on the hair and skin color, and size of the area.
This method works by passing laser beams through the skin and into the hair roots. The heat from the laser light destroys the follicles and stops hair growth. A cooling device is often used to cool down the skin after the laser beams are passed. Depending on the size of the area, it may take around 15 to 60 minutes to complete one session.
The most common side effects of laser method is soreness and swelling on the treated area for a few minutes to a few hours. There is sometimes lightening or darkening of the skin. Blistering, scarring or change in the skin’s texture may rarely occur. These rare side effects may happen when the wrong technique was used, or when wrong settings were applied on the equipment, or if an inexperienced staff administered the treatment. Make sure that you check if the clinic or salon is approved by the Healthcare Commission.
Make sure that you research about laser hair removal if you want to undergo this treatment. And also ask around for the reputation and background of the clinic or salon you’re planning to go to for the treatment. You should also have thorough consultation for the pre and post laser treatment in order to ensure your safety and the best results.