Imagine removing your hair and not having it grow back for a long time, or ever. That’s what permanent laser hair removal can do. It works when the laser damages the hair follicle, keeping it from growing back. Here’s everything you need to know.
Pros of Permanent Laser Hair Removal
This method of hair removal slows down hair growth to the point that you won’t have to shave anymore. It works on many body parts, including armpits, legs, the bikini line and the face. It’s also much less painful than waxing and electrolysis.
Cons of Permanent Laser Hair Removal
For many people, one of the biggest drawbacks of laser hair removal is that it can take several sessions before results are noticeable. The procedure can get pricey and it works best on people with lighter skin. Though rare, there’s also the risk of burns and scars after laser hair removal.
What to Expect at a Session
During your permanent laser hair removal session, you’ll wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the laser and your technician may apply a numbing cream to the area before you get started. During the actual treatment, your doctor will pass the laser beam across your skin. You may feel the heat, but many doctors use a cooling gel to make you more comfortable. A small area can be treated in just a few minutes, while a larger one can take several hours.
After the Treatment is Over
You may have to go back for a repeat session, usually with several weeks in between. Your hair will begin falling out after several days or weeks, post treatment. The results last at least several months but may last for many years. As hair regrows, it is usually lighter and finer, so it’s less noticeable.