There are plenty of advantages to laser hair removal and perhaps just a few disadvantages. There are plenty of options when figuring out how to remove body hair, and it pays to consider them all before making a permanent and possibly expensive choice. Some hair is easily controlled by shaving, but it grows back quickly and leaves unattractive stubble in the short run. Some creams dissolve hair on the surface but do not destroy the hair root. They can also smell.
The only way to get a longer-lasting effect is to temporarily or permanently remove the hair root. A hardening semi-liquid such as wax or thick sugar can be used to grip hair and rip them out by the root. While this can eliminate regrowth for weeks, it tends to be painful to remove hair this way, and the process is tedious. Hair eventually regrows thicker and sometimes with an uncomfortable itch.
A ladder rung higher on the level of technical sophistication is electrolysis. This method inserts a very fine needle into each hair pore and then zaps the hair follicle to kill the growing cells. It is slow and a bit painful, but the hair is essentially killed and will take a very long time to start growing again if it ever does. This method does at least avoid killing the hair follicle with chemicals.
If none of these other methods appeal to you, then the latest solution is laser hair removal. It is popular, and it is very effective at slowing hair growth. It does not destroy a hair follicle but damages it enough that growth is ground nearly to a halt. The device works by using an optic sensor to detect the pigment cells in the hair follicle. Activated by melanin, the laser automatically fires into the hair root and burns the actively growing hair cells.
Like electrolysis, this method targets one hair at a time and takes multiple sessions to clear a wide swath. A few sessions can remove all the hair from troubling areas. While this can free you from the need to wax and shave for a long time, it is important to know some of the disadvantages as well as the advantages to make the right choice before starting your first session.
The Many Advantages
Laser hair removal is not completely permanent, and only electrolysis is approved by the FDA to advertise as truly permanent hair removal. That said, it slows down hair growth dramatically, and the affected follicles will rarely have to be shaved. This method can be used anywhere on the body, even sensitive areas where fine nerves might reside. This method does not damage nearby nerves and does not damage the skin. It looks great anywhere, even on your bikini line.
Laser removal can range from painless to somewhat painful. It is not usually as excruciating as repeatedly ripping your body hair out with wax. The technician is experienced with helping to dull the pain. A cold compress is used to numb the skin before treatment and to soothe the pain afterward. Later sessions are less painful because regrowing hair tends to be much finer.
Studying The Disadvantages
The top disadvantage of laser hair removal is the time frame. Thicker hair often takes repeat treatments, while thin hair that is designed to fall off quickly tends to be the easiest to remove. To remove hair from the back or a limb usually takes several session. A skilled technician might be able to remove armpit hair in a few minutes.
On the other hand, a limb might need three to eight sessions. A hairy back is a beast that takes repeat sessions to tame. Some of those hairs are fine while others are thicker and rather persistent. It is necessary to wait about a month before a repeat application on the same surface because the hair has to regrow enough to check its status.
All these treatments are definitely expensive. “As a cosmetic procedure, it would take an amazing insurance program to cover it,” according to a laser clinic. A single session might cost between 200 and 400 dollars. Only do it if it is a worthy investment. If you want to show your body in summer, then clearing unsightly hair might be worth it.
Another disadvantage is that it works best on light-skin patients. This is because the laser optic focuses on melanin, and darker-skinned people have a lot more melanin as this is responsible for skin coloration. Certain devices are better able to distinguish between skin and hair cells, and it is important to ask about this ability if the customer has darker skin.