By now, you've definitely heard about laser hair removal services. They are all the rage thanks to how quickly they remove unsightly hair. Whether getting ready for bikini season or just removing that undesirable facial hair, laser hair removal is the most efficient way to do it. I had it done years ago under my arms because I have such sensitive skin and shaving would cause a painful rash. It did work and lasted fully about 10 years, now I have a few hairs but not many. The technology has obviously moved on dramatically since then and it is far more widely available now, but is it the right choice for you? You have to look at the facts about this treatment including what it costs and how well it works to do the job.
Laser Hair Removal is More Effective
There are a lot of different ways to remove unwanted hair. Using depilatory creams, shaving, and tweezing are just a few of the methods used at home. While they are more convenient than going to a clinic, they are by no means more efficient. Each of these methods results in the hair growing back, some faster than others.
What makes laser hair removal more effective? The device uses concentrated light beams that target the base of the hair where the root grows. It then heats the follicle until it destroys it. If it catches the hair at the right growth cycle, the follicle is permanently destroyed and won't grow back.
The Right Treatment for the Right Hair Type
Laser hair removal devices use light to pass the skin and seek out hair follicles. Light skin with dark hair is ideal for laser treatments, hence why my treatments worked so well. Dark skin and hair or light skin with light hair can be a problem for the lasers as it has trouble determining which is the hair as opposed to the skin. The regular laser machines won't work correctly in these instances. Does that mean you are out of luck if you have one of these special skin types? No, they do have laser equipment that can deal with varying skin and hair colors. You would need to make sure your clinic has one before setting an appointment with them.
Is One Treatment Enough?
One treatment with the laser hair remover is enough if you are looking to just temporarily remove hair from an area of the body. However, if you are looking to permanently remove that hair, you will need to go back for more treatments. It generally takes several returns to thoroughly treat the area and possibly returning again at a later date if you still see hair regrowing.
How Much Can You Afford?
Going to the clinic seems like a big expense, especially if your funds are limited. Don't automatically dismiss laser hair removal as an unaffordable option. First think about just how much you will spend over the years in hair removal at home. You might just be surprised at how much it costs you over the years. If it totals more than getting it done at the clinic, save up the money for the professional treatments. It might be worth the investment.
Removing hair at home week after week can be really annoying. Laser hair removal offers a more permanent solution. When considering the cost of going to a clinic for the procedure, factor in the value of not having to keep up the constant maintenance schedule.
No matter what you decide, you may wish to speak with your physician and find out what their opinion is on hair removal procedures. They can easily recommend one suited to your needs and may be able to direct you to a good clinic.
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