What do I need to consider before getting Laser Hair Removal

Posted on 05 Mar, 2015

Laser treatment is an exciting prospect for those who have a lot of body hair and want it gone for good! The improvements in technology means that laser treatment has become more effective, and less expensive too. However, there might be some niggling doubts in your mind about whether this sort of treatment is for you and it’s wise to consider the following before you go ahead and book treatment.

What do I need to consider before getting laser hair removal

The way that the laser works is pretty simple. The laser pulses light into the skin, which penetrates and destroys the melanin (which is the dark pigment) in the hair.

Where do I want the hair removed?

Laser treatment works well for most people but for people who have dark hair and light skin, it is said to be more successful. Laser treatment targets large areas of skin, so it is perfect for targeting your legs, arms, chest and back. Other areas can be targeted too however, and your Laser Practitioner should be able to explain which areas they are experienced to treat, so that you know whether the treatment will be able to focus on the areas you want.

Will it cause me pain?

Many people are concerned about the pain involved with laser hair removal treatment, so let’s get onto that next. With today’s technology Laser hair removal on the whole is not a painful experience although it is not exactly a relaxing experience but some people have been known to fall asleep whilst having a large area treated. Some people find that it is a similar sensation to waxing. The laser can sometimes feel on sensitive areas like a zaps like feeling of a rubber band against your skin – many people describe the sensation as a little uncomfortable but not painful. Some areas are more sensitive than others and some people have higher pain thresholds than others. All in all, it’s not too bad especially when you consider the results you are going to see. To prepare for treatment, some clinics require the individual to shave while some don’t, so it’s best to check with the clinic you have chosen, to avoid any embarrassment on the day as well as having to re-book your appointment to a later date.

What results will I see?

After you have gone through the treatment, the hair will fall out from anywhere up to 2 weeks afterwards. It is said that gently scrubbing the area where you have had the laser, could slightly reduce this time period but don’t expect miracles overnight. You are unlikely to be hair free after just a couple of treatments, most candidates require a minimum of 6 treatments for the best and long term results, but this can vary from person to person. For the optimum results you will have to carry out the full course recommended by the skin specialist. However sometimes with stubborn or hormonal hairs you may find that you require more.

Can I afford it?

Laser hair removal costs vary. It really depends on a lot of factors, from how much hair you have, how many treatments you need and so on. It’s always best to look for an experienced established clinic with good reviews, even if they charge a little more. You are putting someone in charge of your body so it’s important that you choose the right person for the job – somebody who makes you feel comfortable and does the treatment well. In effect, you’re likely to save money in the long run on hair removal products if you have the treatment, especially if your hair growth is rapid. Definitely something to take into account when deciding wether to go ahead with the treatment or not.

The price, effectiveness, pain and more, in fact a full in-depth consultation are what you need to have to be fully informed, before you make the decision wether to have the procedure. Now that you know what to consider, you can make a decision as to whether laser hair removal is for you.


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