Benefits and Risks of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal offers a chance to permanently reduce the amount of hair on various areas of the body. However, it does not work for everyone and does have some risks and drawbacks, as well as benefits.

Laser Hair Removal Can’t Be Used by Everyone

Laser hair removal works by heating up the hair root, and unfortunately cannot do this if the hair is too light, or the skin surrounding it is too dark. Very sensitive skins might also react negatively to the treatment. When in between treatments, exposure to the sun should be reduced as much as possible, so it might not be suitable for those who work outside.

Laser Hair Removal Can Be Painful

Laser hair removal can be more or less painful depending on the sensitivity of skin and the type of machine being used. The feeling is often compared to the sensation of a flicking rubber band and some say the shock of each “flick” is more of a discomfort than the pain itself. However, laser hair removal is generally much less painful than waxing or electrolysis.

Laser Hair Removal Is Expensive

Laser hair removal can cost quite a lot of both time and money. At least 3 to 4 sessions, and up to 10 or 12, are needed for each area and can cost $100 or more per session depending on how large an area is being treated. Extra products might be required to calm down the skin after the treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Reduces Hair Growth

While laser hair removal is quite effective, it is rarely totally effective in removing hair. It will only remove darker hair, often leaving some lighter hairs still in place. It will not remove any gray hairs that might be included in the area. Occasionally the hair will also grow back, particularly if it was caused by hormonal imbalance.

Recovery Time Is Minimal

Laser hair removal requires no down time and is usually barely noticeable after the first few hours. It may only leave a slight redness on the skin, or may cause some swelling that can last several days. It might also create slight scabs on freckles or moles, but this helps to reduce the color and size of these, leaving skin with a more even tone. The scabs will disappear within a few days.

Laser Hair Removal Is Safe and Versatile

Unlike electrolysis which effects removal hair by hair, laser hair removal can be used over a large area in a single session to reduce hair growth. It can be used almost anywhere on the body and, as it reduces hair growth over time, may look more natural than a hair by hair removal. Laser hair removal is considered very safe when performed by a professional.

Laser hair removal is not for everyone, but it can significantly reduce amounts of unwanted hair growth, improving appearance and self esteem. While not guaranteed effective, the treatment will usually provide some improvement and is very safe to try.

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