Laser hair removal has been steadily growing in popularity. It is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that is non-invasive and expedient for reducing hair growth. If you are dissatisfied with waxing, tweezing, and shaving in order to get rid of unwanted hair, going the route of laser hair-removal may be the best option worth considering.
The technique of removing hair by laser consists of beaming a highly-concentrated light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the coloring in the follicles, and this is what destroys the hair.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL BENEFITS
Lasers are beneficial for eliminating undesirable hair from the bikini line, underarm, arm, leg, face, and other places. Benefits Include:
- Lasers are precise and can aim right for the dark-coarse hairs while the surrounding skin area remains unharmed.
- They are faster. Each beat of the laser requires only a mini-second and is able to eradicate multiple hairs simultaneously. The laser can deal with areas roughly small to medium sized areas every second. Minute spots like the upper-lip can be treated quickly, and large areas, like the back, can take at least one hour.
- The majority of patients, at least 90%, have long-term hair loss within several sessions.
- Skin color and complexion can appear more even.
- Only a small amount of discomfort.
- Laser treatments are a perfect replacement for bleaching, shaving, and electrolysis.
- Little, if any, time is required for recovery.
TWO TYPES OF LASERS USED FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES
There are mainly two kinds of lasers utilized for cosmetic purposes, ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers essentially vaporize the upper layers of damaged skin. Non-ablative lasers delve deeper into the skin minus the need for removing, or, damaging the upper layers, hence, the absence of any downtime needed for patients.
OTHER COSMETIC USES FOR LASERS
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Skin Tightening
- Pigmented Lesions
- Precancerous Lesions
- Vascular Lesions
- Acne and Acne Scars
RECOVERY AND RISKS
For a couple of days after a hair removal procedure, the treated area of skin will appear and feel like it has sunburned. Cold compresses and moisturizers will make things more comfortable. If the face was treated, makeup can be worn the following day unless the skin is blistering.
During the month after laser hair removal treatment, the hairs will fallout. Sunscreen should be worn to help avert temporary modification to the color of the skin that has been treated.
Blistering is rare; however, it occurs more often in individuals with darker complexions. Additional possible side-effects include scarring, redness, and swelling. Permanent scarring or alterations to the color of the skin are uncommon.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL COSTS
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states “the average cost of most laser hair removal treatments are approximately $235 per-session.” Cost may differ extensively depending on the following factors:
- Total size of the area treated and time needed for treatment
- Amount of treatments needed
- Whether the doctor is performing the actual procedure or someone else
- The area of the country where the procedure is being carried out
ADDITIONAL LIGHT THEMED COSMETIC PROCEDURES
There are numerous types of treatments of light-based technology being utilized worldwide in the field of cosmetic surgery. Though these techniques are frequently called laser procedures, the tools being used are not really lasers. Additional light technologies include Titan, LED treatments, IPL, and comparable infrared energy powered radio frequencies and technologically based procedures such as Thermage.