Laser hair removal is a non-surgical treatment that is rapidly growing in popularity. It is the 4th most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in 2019, with 1 million procedures done. However, despite its popularity among Americans, some still have unanswered questions about the treatment. Here are the top seven most frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.
- How does laser hair removal work?
The laser hair removal treatment uses laser pulses that emit light into the skin; the light will be responsible for targeting the skin’s dark pigment called melanin and destroying the hair roots and follicles. Through this, the hair growth will be drastically reduced, giving the skin a silkier and smoother appearance. Take note, though, that it should be administered during the active growth phase or when most hair is actively in growth for the treatment to be very effective.
- Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal treatment is a permanent solution to reduce the growth of hair in the body. Meaning, it doesn’t remove the hair permanently, but it slows down its growth. The good news is, it would still take several months before the hair grows back again. The hair grows in different phases. Because of this, to see better results, a series of follow-up treatments, typically every six to 12 months, will be required.
- Does laser hair removal work on all skin types?
Laser hair removal treatment works in any type of skin tone. Typically, laser hair removal works best on individuals with darker hair and fair skin. But with the advent of technology, laser hair removal procedures are not using laser technology that will be able to target hair from dark skin more efficiently with burning the epidermis.
- How long will the treatment take?
The length of time for each laser hair removal session depends on the area to be treated. Usually, a single session can last as fast as 5-30 minutes; the bigger the area to be treated, the more time it will need.
- Does the treatment hurt?
You may feel a slight pinch, similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin, during the treatment, but it is never painful. However, if you have a low pain threshold, then you may request to have topical anesthesia applied to the area to be treated.
- What are the risks involved in laser hair removal treatment?
Laser hair removal treatment is FDA-approved; thus, the side effects are minimal and rare. Laser hair removal can efficiently reduce hair growth in the treated area by 80-90%. You may feel a slight swelling and redness after the treatment; however, that is normal and will go away eventually in a day or two. You may be prescribed a soothing cream to reduce the inflammation. Make sure to seek a licensed physician to perform the treatment to prevent undesirable side effects.
- How much does it cost?
The cost of laser hair removal treatment depends on your body’s area size that you want to be treated. To enjoy a discount, it is best to book a series of treatments at once.