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Laser Hair Removal: Should You Opt for It?

Most common hair removal methods can be a nightmare. They’re expensive, time-consuming, and unless you have very light and thin hair, not as effective as you’d like them to be. And that’s not all. Waxing, tweezing, plucking, and even epilation can be extremely painful.

In contrast, shaving and depilatory creams may not be effective in removing all the hair, the hair comes back within, and the tips are usually sharper. Not to forget, the risk of cutting yourself with a razor.

With all possible hair removal methods having more flaws than you’d like, one would just want to give up removing their hair altogether. Or, you could opt for laser hair removal.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that targets the roots of the hair follicles. The highly concentrated light is beamed into the hair follicles, which is then absorbed by the pigments, thus destroying the hair from the root.

This is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. and is deemed generally safe for most people. Here are a few reasons you should consider getting laser hair removal done, especially if you’re fed up with other traditional methods of hair removal.

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1.      Precision

One of the biggest issues when it comes to most hair removal methods is the lack of precision. Even waxing can potentially leave a strip of hair that went unnoticed but can stick out like a sore thumb once you notice it. Sure, you can get rid of them with a tweezer or something; but wouldn’t you like something more precise?

That is exactly what laser does. It gets rid of all the hair in the area it targets. At the same time, it can selectively target the dark coarse hair while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

2.      Save Time

How much time do you spend on removing your hair? No matter what hair removal method you prefer, you likely spend anywhere between 15 minutes to a couple of hours on a regular basis for this purpose.

With laser hair removal, you can save most of this time. Even a full body treatment only takes a couple of hours, and you need to do it a lot less frequently than waxing or other methods. And once you undergo the initial procedure – which may require you to go in for a session every 3 to 4 weeks for up to 6 to 8 months – most of your hair will be gone. So you’ll only need to go in for a minor touch-up after that.

3.      Save Money in the Long Run

One of the major reasons that prevent people from getting laser hair removal is the huge price tag attached to it. It comparison, other methods of hair removal seem more feasible, as they cost less than half the amount.

However, it is important to take into consideration that laser hair removal is a short-term investment. Once you go through your initial treatment, the cost for follow-up appointments would cut down drastically. Plus, the cost of waxing appointments, razors, depilatory creams, etc., will cut down to zero once you’ve had your hair removed.

4.      Eliminates Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair is another major issue that comes with most hair removal methods. While waxing is generally said to prevent ingrown hair, certain common mistakes made while waxing can still cause this issue.

Laser hair removal is one of the only hair removal methods that can completely eliminate ingrown hair. So if you’ve been suffering from pesky ingrown hair, the laser should be something you seriously need to consider; especially if you have sensitive skin.

5.      You Don’t Need to Grow Hair Between Treatments

You know how annoying it gets when you have to grow out half an inch of hair before you can wax. But that’s not the case with laser hair removal. Since the laser targets the root of the hair, you don’t need to grow out hair. In fact, the hair is actually shaven off before performing the procedure to prevent the skin from burning.

However, make sure you don’t pluck or tweeze any hair that is being treated, as it may reset the hair follicle, and the treatment would go back to square one.

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Are There Any Cons of Laser Hair Removal?

While laser hair removal doesn’t have any major downside, there are some things that you’ll need to keep in mind if you are planning to get the treatment.

  • It’s Not 100% Permanent: There’s a misconception that once the laser removes the hair, it never comes back. This isn’t entirely true. Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent method of hair removal. However, it can take up to years for hair to come back. The hair that does come back would be a lot thinner and lighter than your original hair. And it is true that most – and if you’re really lucky, all – of your hair won’t come back. But don’t be too surprised if they do. Just call your dermatologist for a follow-up.
  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must even if you haven’t had laser hair removal. However, the need increases ten-folds once you do. You should not skip sunscreen once you get laser hair removal, or else it could seriously damage your skin. For at least 24 hours after the appointment, try to avoid the sun completely.
  • No Gym: This is temporary but still needs to be taken into account. The heat from the laser stays on your skin for up to 24 hours. So you’ll have to wait at least 24 hours before going to the gym, sauna, hot showers, or anything that warms your skin. Or else, you run the risk of creating an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and give you spots.

Bottom Line

Overall, the cons of laser hair removal far outweigh the con. So if you’re tired of traditional methods of hair removal, it may be worth it to book a consultation with a good dermatologist in your area.

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