Unwanted hair is unsightly and objectionable. Women and men undergo tedious, painful, repetitive, time-consuming, and costly treatments to eliminate this nuisance. This includes depilatories, shaving, waxing, plucking, and electrolysis. Well, if you are fed up with these treatments, your wish has been answered-Laser Hair Removal. Lasers allow facial and body hair to be removed quickly, easily, relatively painlessly, and with long-lasting results.
The word Laser usually connotes great mystique. It is usually perceived as the ultimate technological advancement. In fact, it is nothing more than a light beam. However, its effects are truly wondrous. In the use of hair removal, the laser generates a beam which is absorbed by the pigmented portion of the hair shaft, called melanin. The hair shaft is then heated up and destroyed. The CoolGlide Laser prevents damage to the skin by cooling it.
However, only those hairs in the growing phase of the hair cycle will be affected, not those in the resting phase. That is why you generally need to perform more than one treatment, so that with subsequent treatments hairs which were previously in the resting phase will be in a growing phase, and thereby be susceptible to the laser effects. Usually, the number of treatments varies from two to five, with the most common number being three. Because CoolGlide Laser spares the skin and only attacks the hair follicles, even dark-skinned individuals can benefit from this treatment. However light hair which lacks melanin will not respond as well to the laser and will require more sessions.
Laser hair removal is done in the office without the need for anesthesia; occasionally a topical numbing cream can be applied before the procedure. The treatment is relatively painless, although some people describe a fine scratch sensation. The session can last from 10-15 minutes to 1-2 hours depending upon the size and number of areas involved. You can return to work immediately (it can easily be done during lunchtime). There is no real after-care other than avoiding the sun for a few weeks and using a sunscreen. A topical soothing lotion can also be used. It is important not to be exposed to the sun for several weeks after the treatment. You must generally wait for a minimum of 5 weeks between laser hair removal treatments. The risks are minimal, including slight reddening of the skin and local swelling; rarely is there blistering. The cost varies from $300 to over $1000 depending on the size and number of areas involved. There is a discounted fee for all subsequent sessions.
In summary, Laser Hair Removal has many benefits:
- You can throw away your razors and tweezers
- You don’t have to handle messy depilatories
- You can stop the endless and painful electrolysis sessions
- You will no longer see evidence of any rash, irritation, reaction, or skin bumps
- Treatment is generally painless
- Treatment is safe and effective
- Treatments are cost-effective
- You can better make use of your time