Shaving and waxing and plucking and trimming hair day after day, week after week can get old fast, especially when the hair just grows back within a day or two leaving scratchy, uncomfortable stubble. Many women and men alike are turning to laser hair removal to permanently get rid of hair that they'd rather not have to deal with ever again. For women, popular areas of hair removal include their bikini line, under their arms, unexpected hair growth on the face and the legs. Men often opt for laser hair removal on their backs, their chests and their faces. As hundreds of thousands of people look to laser hair removal each year to create smoother, more appealing skin and less hassle, there are some things to understand beforehand:
Laser Hair Removal worth the Expense
Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions that some might think to be costly. For those who are sick of dealing with unwanted hair it's a small price to pay for permanent results. Waxing sessions can add up as well over time and don't provide permanent results and many of the spas and doctor's offices that provide laser hair removal offer payment plans.
It's Not Ideal for Every Hair and Skin Type
Expected results can be discussed with your technician or doctor to determine if laser hair removal is a good option for you, however, keep in mind that those with lighter skin and darker hair follicles have the best results. A patient with fine, blonde hair for example might not be a good candidate.
Several Sessions Are Required
It's generally recommended that each patient undergo somewhere between 6-9 sessions in total to enjoy full, long lasting results.
Hair Must Be Allowed To Grow Back Before Laser Hair Removal
Before your first laser hair removal session you must allow the hair in the trouble area to grow back in full, usually for around 6-8 weeks before the session. The hair needs to complete a full growth cycle before removal which means no waxing, plucking or shaving. Then plan on shaving the area the night just before the appointment.
The Process Isn't Painful
Though laser hair removal isn't exactly comfortable, it's far from painful, especially for those who are used to the pain associated with regular waxing sessions. The skin gets a little warm in the treated areas and can feel slightly tender the day following the procedure.
Full Results Take Time
Following your laser hair removal session, you won't see full results for about 2 weeks. The hair doesn't all fall out immediately and the treated areas will appear patchy until full results are achieved. Be prepared to be patient but within two weeks you should be able to enjoy hair-free skin for good!
Dr. Eric Seiger is an experience board-certified dermatologist and a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon.