Laser Hair Removal

Jan 27, 2022 | Beauty Tips, Blog Tips, Body, Laser

Laser hair removal is a non-surgical technique to remove all the unwanted hair from your body. Though the procedure doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal, the results may last longer than other hair removal methods. The procedure can be carried out on any part of your body that you need your hair removed. The most common areas are:

  • Armpits area
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Bikini line
  • Legs
  • Back

Laser hair removal is a very convenient option if you don’t like the other hair removal techniques. Some procedures such as tweezing and waxing are painful and may cause damages to your body.

Laser hair removal has become a standard procedure presently and has gained preference to many people. The treatment can be performed on men and women regardless of their age.

 

Laser Hair Removal: Benefits, Side Effects, and Cost

The hair on your body can sometimes be an issue of concern, and some people would even wish they didn’t have it. In addition, shaving, waxing, tweezing to remove the unwanted may not be a lasting solution since the hair tends to come back within a few days or weeks!

Laser hair removal is an effective option for removing unwanted hair, saving you the money and the time of visiting a beauty and treatment spa regularly.

There are many benefits associated with laser hair removal, which may include:

  • It’s precise. Laser hair removal is a speedy and convenient procedure compared to other hair removal methods. If you have rough or coarse hair, the procedure leaves the skin around the treatment unharmed. The pain and extreme redness that occurs with waxing and other hair removal processes doesn’t occur with laser procedures.
  • It’s a speedy procedure. The laser procedure takes a few seconds to work on a lot of hair simultaneously. Every laser pulse takes approximately a second to clear hair from a large part of your body.
  • It’s a long-term hair removal solution for the majority of the people who love the procedure. In some isolated cases, a person may need a touch-up after some months or years. In the long run, you will notice a significant reduction in hair growth which will be easier to maintain.
  • It’s cost-effective because you don’t need to visit a beauty spa regularly to have the hair removed compared to shaving, tweezing or waxing.
  • Minimal pain during treatment. If you are sensitive to pain, the practitioner can apply some ice packs before and after the procedure.
  • Reduced risks of ingrown hair. Some people may not experience any hair regrowth in the treated areas.

Side effects of laser hair removal

The laser hair removal technique doesn’t have severe or lasting side effects. The following are some of the side effects that you may experience after laser treatment:

  • Redness around the treatment area after one or two days.
  • Numbness
  • Blisters
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Herpes outbreaks

At O De Rose spa, laser treatment is performed by an experienced and professional team that ensures minimal risks during and after the procedure.

Cost of Laser hair removal

The average treatment cost for laser hair removal is estimated to be between $250-400, but it may vary from one facility to another. Also, the cost depends on the number of treatments required, the parts of the body the removal will be carried out and the person performing the treatment.

It’s always advisable to talk with experienced cosmetology professionals to know whether this procedure is the best for you. They will help you understand the entire procedure, the costs, benefits and whether this is the best hair removal treatment for you.

Laser hair removal treatment

Laser hair removal treatment involves laser light travelling down the hair shaft into the hair follicles. The laser heat destroys the hair follicles around the treatment area that hair cannot grow from the follicles. Laser hair treatment reduces your hair quantity, and in some cases, the hair may grow again over time though it may be smooth and lesser than before.

All the subsequent laser treatment sessions are evenly spread out to avoid excessive stress on the skin. Though hair may grow again, it appears thinner and more refined than before the treatment.

It’s always good to have a sitting with our skilled laser practitioner, who will guide you through the entire process to be sure of what to expect.

When you walk into our treatment room, our care provider will:

  • Clean the treatment area.
  • Give you protective goggles to put on during the procedure starts.
  • Treat your skin with a laser. The treatment may take minutes or hours, depending on the size of the treatment areas.

After the laser treatment, you may feel some minor pain on the skin. The treatment area may also appear reddish or swollen, and you can use cold compresses to relieve the pain and soreness. You should not expose the treated part to sunlight.

Laser hair removal preparation

After a thorough consultation and you now feel ready for laser hair removal treatment, it’s advisable to shave the areas you need the treatment 2-3 days earlier. This is because the procedure can’t be effective on areas with long hair. Don’t wax or tweeze the body parts that need laser treatment before on in between the treatment period. Also, it would be best if you avoided tanning weeks before the laser treatment because it can make the procedure less effective and result in adverse reactions.

The treatment parts should not have any makeup, sunscreen, or lotions during the laser. If you apply prior, inform the laser treatment practitioner to wipe or clean the area before the treatment begins.

Laser Hair Removal: Is It Really Worth It?

You know how annoying it can be shaving hair, and it grows back in days. Besides, waxing or tweezing is a painful experience, and you will still have to shave your unwanted hair again in a matter of days or weeks.

Laser hair removal is a technique that damages targeted hair follicles by using powerful heat from the laser. After a few laser treatment sessions, you don’t need your shaving razor again or regular waxing appointments.

The treatment is not a permanent hair removal procedure, but it can dramatically reduce the amount of hair growth on the treated body parts. Some people may notice decreased hair growth or very fine hair than the original hair, while others may not experience any hair regrowth.

The laser hair removal process can be carried out on any part of your body, such as the chest, back, face, underarms, bikini and many more. The procedure is less painful than waxing, and the practitioners can apply some ice packs to numb the treatment area before and after the procedure. The pain will gradually decrease as your continue with your treatment sessions, and eventually, your hair will become thinner and more refined.

The differences between IPL and laser hair removal

Many people out there don’t have a clear understanding of laser hair removal and IPL. Both technologies use light and look similar, but the treatment procedures and the results are different.

  • Intense Pulsed Light or IPL is a hair removal technology that utilizes broad-spectrum lights with several wavelengths. This means that the light is spread over a large treatment part since it doesn’t focus on the specific hair or part being treated. On the other hand, laser hair removal treatment uses a single light wavelength using a laser and focuses on the specific hair or area that needs treatment.
  • When light is subjected to the skin, the melanin pigment directly absorbs it into the hair follicle. The absorbed heat interferes with your hair growth cycle. The focussed light during laser treatment targets particular hair follicles in a specific treatment area. On the contrary, light from an IPL targets a broader area due to the scattered light. The required heat to destroy hair follicles cannot be reached easily, and therefore, it cannot be an effective hair removal procedure compared to laser.

During an IPL treatment, the surrounding skin tissues may absorb. Since IPL involves scattered light and doesn’t focus directly on the target, it may require high energy levels to destroy the hair follicles, resulting in skin damages like pigmentation, burning or blistering. On the other hand, light from a laser treatment targets the specific hair follicles on a specific treatment area. Hence light cannot be absorbed by surrounding tissues, and the skin will not be affected.

  • Every person’s hair grows in varying cycles. Laser hair removal treatment can’t determine the different stages of the hair cycle and can only destroy a small percentage of the present hair follicles. Therefore, you may require approximately 6-8 laser treatment sessions for optimum results. On the other hand, IPL utilizes weaker and spread-out light and doesn’t work on targeted hair follicles. This means it can only destroy fewer follicles at each session, and you may require additional sessions to get satisfactory results.
  • Cost

Laser hair removal needs advanced technology, and the equipment used during the procedure comes at a high cost. Nevertheless, the procedure is highly effective in removing unwanted hair and reduces your hair removal appointment, saving you some money. However, the IPL procedure requires additional sessions for optimum results. This means you will spend more on an IPL procedure than a Laser procedure.

  • Safety

Laser lights are more potent and only works on the targeted hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin tissues. IPL lights are not stronger than lasers’, and you may require more sessions to remove unwanted hair. This exposes your skin tissues to more light and stress and will take a little longer to heal.

  • Pain level

Laser treatment tends to use more concentrated light, which may cause some pain that IPL machines. However, current laser hair treatment equipment is customized to give maximum comfort. They have an in-built cooling system that blows out continuous cool air during the laser procedure, reducing your pain levels.

Is laser hair removal permanent? What are the side effects?

Laser hair removal is not a guaranteed permanent hair removal treatment. Some people may experience hair regrowth after the treatment, while the hair can be resistant to the treatment in others.

There are some common side effects after laser hair removal, which may include the following:

  • Mild swelling around the hair follicles
  • Temporary skin pigmentation
  • Skin redness around the treatment area
  • Irritation that may result in blisters
  • Scarring

What are the short and long-term effects of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal treatment tends to work effectively on individuals with darker hair than their skin completion. This may result in some people experiencing fantastic hair removal outcomes in the short term. The outcome may vary from one person to another based on their skin and hair complexions, the treatment area and commitment to the treatment sessions.

Long-term laser hair removal may become more evident within a certain period. Some people may not experience any hair regrowth, while some may experience barely visible hair to the eye. Therefore, laser hair removal may result in substantial hair reduction on the treatment body areas in the long term.

Laser hair removal treatment leaves your skin with increased sensitivity to UV rays due to the strongly concentrated wavelengths in the short term. Our practitioner may advise you to avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight for about two weeks to give your skin enough time to heal.

After successfully finishing your laser hair removal treatment sessions, you may notice the hair regrowth is different from your original hair. The re-growing hair may seem finer or softer than your previous hair and may also be less visible in the long term. Still, the re-grown hair will be easier to remove when you decide to book another treatment in the future.

Does laser hair removal cause any sort of damage to your skin?

Skin irritation/redness:

Since laser hair removal damages the targeted hair follicles, your body may develop some reactions and experience skin irritation and redness around the treatment areas. You may feel some tenderness, tingling and slight swelling. These reactions are usually temporary and will disappear within time. You can get some relief from cool baths or placing some icepacks on the affected areas.

Crusting

Some persons may experience some crusting in the treatment parts after a laser hair treatment. Crusting can be pretty uncomfortable, and it’s advisable to apply a moisturizer on the affected parts.

Skin pigmentation

The skin color of the treated areas may change and appear darker or lighter after laser hair treatment. If you have light skin, the treated body part may appear darker, while your skin may appear lighter if you have darker skin. The skin pigmentation is temporary and will disappear fade away within time.

Injuries to the eyes 

Laser hair removal treatment uses powerful lasers, which can cause eye injuries when removing hair from the face. It’s recommended that you put on protective eye equipment during the procedure to protect your eyes. The practitioner should put on the protective equipment too.

Skin infection

Laser hair removal causes damages to the hair follicles and increases the risk of skin infection in the treatment area. If you notice any sign of infection, you should immediately report to a practitioner for prompt medical attention.

At O De Rose, our skilled laser removal practitioners can diligently and effectively perform the procedure at the highest level of comfort. We have first-class equipment for maximum safety for a smoother body skin free from coarse and disgusting hair and help you achieve your body’s confidence.

We have a team of professional, experienced and friendly practitioners, and you can get in touch with us today and enjoy a hair-free body. Call us now!

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