As I get older, I’m constantly searching for ways to maintain a youthful appearance. I faithfully apply moisturizer to my face two times each day. I also regularly utilize a portable microdermabrasion system. However, despite my efforts, I’m starting to notice some undesirable fine lines around my mouth and under my eyes. Therefore, I may need to step up my plan. I know my available options are plentiful. For example, I could choose to inject collagen into my lips, get Botox injections, or undergo a chemical peel. On this blog, you will learn about the advantages of undergoing various cosmetic procedures.
If you are sick of shaving your legs, armpits, bikini area, etc., you may want to look into laser hair removal. This cosmetic procedure is quick, non-invasive, and provides good results. Here are some questions you may have about laser hair removal.
Why would it be better than other hair removal options?
If you shave your hair, you may have to do it every other day if you get stubble quickly—plus it can get old avoiding razor burn and ingrown hairs. Waxing and depilatory creams may be better than shaving because they provide smoother skin and last longer. However, these options aren't great for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Laser hair removal trumps other removal options because after a few sessions, you won't have to worry about unwanted hair for years. You may have to do touch-up sessions here and there, but this cosmetic procedure has long-lasting results compared to other options.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost will depend on the prices in your location, how much hair you want removed, and where it will be removed from. For example, one session for a bikini area may be between $75 and $200 and one session for back hair could range from $250 to $500. Keep in mind that you may need a few sessions to get the results you want, so that can add to the cost.
Do you need to stop shaving before your treatment?
You will need to pause your shaving and/or other removal treatments for a few weeks beforehand. The medical facility or spa that you go to for the treatment can give you specifics on when you will need to stop shaving. It's important to stop shaving because in order for the laser hair removal to work, the technology needs to pick up and be absorbed by your hair's pigment. If you've shaved, then there won't be a difference in pigments between your skin and hair. Once the laser targets the hair, the heat from the light will destroy the follicle in your skin so that more hair won't grow back.
What is treatment like?
If you don't have a lot of hair that needs to be removed, sessions may only take a few minutes. During your treatment, you'll wear protective eyewear so that your eyes aren't hurt by the laser. Then your doctor will spray a little numbing agent in the treatment area. When they use the laser, you should expect a little discomfort—like a rubber-band snapping feeling. Once the hair has been removed, you may have a little swelling and redness, but this should only last a couple of days.
Contact a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist in your area for more information on laser hair removal.