What You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal
So, you’re thinking about laser hair removal? Here are some things you should know before booking an appointment. Knowing what you can achieve, how to maximize effects and minimize costs will make you more satisfied and less disappointed.
Laser hair removal works better on people with light skin and dark hair. So, if you are blonde, you won’t see optimal laser technology results. As for ones with darker skin tone, machines aren’t usually capable to notice the contrast between the pigment in the hair and the skin. If you’re an ideal candidate, limit sun exposure prior the treatment and don’t use self-tanning lotions a few weeks before laser hair-removal.
Wax or pluck before the laser hair removal treatment is a big NO. Therefore, if you’ve set a date for your first treatment, hold off on your usual routine. This is because it’s necessary to ensure that hair follicles are in the proper growth stage. If it’s not the case, you simply won’t get the best results. Nevertheless, this doesn’t go for shaving. In fact, you should shave on the day of your treatment exactly those areas that are going to be treated. The laser focuses more precisely on the hair follicles that way, so your results will be better.
This is important – one appointment will not be enough! Multiple treatments are a must, so you have to be consistent and treat the desired area every four to six weeks. In general, for facial hair, it usually takes six to eight session, while it requires more appointments for body hair, about eight to ten sessions.
In U.S. laser hair removal would cost you approximately $5,000, given the average cost of treatment about $300 per session. Of course, this can vary depending on the required sessions, the size of the treated area and cost (if you get special discount, you might save a lot of money).
Will you be totally hair-free once and for all? Well, some women experience that, while others just have some fine hairs left behind, because laser cannot eliminate them.
Finally, don’t be scared if you notice that your skin is irritated or slightly red after the session. It’s normal and expected, but use a cool compress or ice pack to soothe the irritated area. Also, keep out of the sun and don’t forget to drink a lot of water.