The truth about laser hair removal

Are you tired of shaving every other day, waxing or enduring weeks of unsightly re-growth while you wait to schedule an appointment at the beauty salon? Then permanent laser hair removal may be the solution you’ve been looking for. This procedure is considered non-invasive but still requires research and consultation before undergoing treatment.

The truth about laser hair removal

How it works

In a nutshell, lasers are used to target the root of the hair follicle using concentrated light energy. Heat generated by the laser is absorbed into the skin, damaging the root and permanently disabling hair growth.

It is not for everyone

Although laser technology is constantly advancing, the treatment is still known to be most effective on pale skin with dark hair. Lasers can be used on warmer skin tones, such as Asian complexions, but very dark skin is more resistant to the treatment and runs a higher risk of burning.

Effective

Laser hair removal is not a sure thing and there’s no guarantee. On average, you’ll need to schedule at least five to seven sessions at four to eight week intervals. Over time, some hair may re-emerge, but it will be much lighter and much more sparse.

Symptoms and complications

Laser hair removal is less painful than waxing, but the risks involved are greater. Health Canada lists redness, bruising and swelling as the most commonly reported temporary side-effects. On the other hand, if mistakes are made, or if you’re not a compatible candidate, you risk encountering burns, blisters and skin infections.

Choose a reputable clinic

A few precautions to take before deciding on a treatment:

  • Verify and confirm the equipment is up-to-date and has been approved by Health Canada.
  • Ask about dual lasers which offer a skin-cooling system, this reduces the risk of side-effects.
  • Ensure the technician is adequately trained and certified.
  • Check with consumer rights and protection agencies to know if the clinic has received any malpractice complaints.

Costs

If you’re in the habit of visiting a beautician on a regular basis for waxing, you’ve already made an investment. The expense of laser treatment, although spread out over several months, is substantial For example, here's what ten sessions could cost you:

  • Half leg: $1600 to $1900
  • Underarm: $500 to $600
  • Bikini area: $1000 to $1400

Even if you’ve established that you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal, it’s up to you to decide if the results are worth it. Take time to reflect, and determine if you’re prepared to assume the investment and the risk.

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