Unwanted hair can be embarrassing and negatively affect your confidence and quality of life in a number of ways. While there are several different hair removal methods available that have proven to be effective in the short-term, most of these require frequent and repetitive use, such as shaving, or may be painful, such as waxing or tweezing. Even the commercially available hair removal creams and other similar products offer only temporary results. For people looking for permanent and virtually pain-free solutions to unwanted hair growth, whether on your face, bikini area, arms, legs, or even chest and back, laser hair removal may be the right choice.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a highly common cosmetic procedure and works by emitting light energy, which is absorbed into the hair follicles, thereby destroying them. Make sure that you do not have a tan when attending your appointment as this may reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. Moreover, for the best results, avoid waxing or plucking the hair in the area to be treated for about six weeks prior to the procedure.
In general, between five to ten sessions ten weeks apart are needed for permanent hair removal. You can expect a reduction of between 10 and 25 percent after each individual session with the hair growing back finer each time. During the hair removal procedure, you may experience some very mild, temporary pain, but for those of you who are used to waxing, it will feel like nothing.
What Determines the Efficacy of Laser Hair Removal?
In addition to patient-related factors, such as the color of your body hair, the efficacy of laser hair removal is determined largely by five main factors.
First is the type of device used. There are a number of light-based devices currently used for hair removal, and these can be classified as Class I through IV, depending on how deep they can penetrate the skin (with Class IV penetrating the deepest). Class IV devices can deliver up to 1,500 times more energy than Class III devices, thereby greatly reducing the time of the procedure while increasing its effectiveness.
Second is the wavelength used. Depending on the color of your skin, the wavelength needed to obtain optimal results varies. Ideally, your body hair removal expert should customize the wavelength used for each individual patient.
Third is the treatment protocol. There is no universal treatment protocol for laser hair removal, and the protocols may be either created by the manufacturer of the laser device or directly by the provider. In the former case, the focus is not always on the efficacy of the treatment, but rather on protecting them from lawsuits; whereas in the latter, extensive research and testing have gone into developing the most effective protocol.
Fourth is the skills of the treatment provider. This point is pretty self-explanatory; the more skilled and highly trained the hair laser removal provider is, the better he or she will be able to customize the treatment to your individual needs and the better the results will be.
Lastly, look for a treatment center that provides a free lifetime guarantee with the key word being free.