Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reduce hair growth. It is a treatment that usually includes a few sessions six weeks apart. Patients will need roughly a year to be done with the procedure. Due to many misconceptions, it may be a bit scary or intimidating to undergo laser hair removal. However, below are five reasons why you should actually do it!
Laser hair removal saves you a lot of time
Let’s compare laser hair removal to other very popular (or less so) hair removal methods: waxing, shaving, using depilatory creams, and undergoing electrolysis. Shaving may seem very convenient and fast, done under the shower. However, chances are you will always miss a spot. Plus, it is not that fast in the end. And you need to do it every other day. So it is quite time-consuming.
Depilatory creams need to rest on the skin for three minutes before they are cleaned off. In reality, the whole process of applying and cleaning takes much longer. Plus, since the results are similar to shaving, you will need to do it very often too. Waxing takes up to an hour and a half if you treat the usual full legs, bikini, underarms and upper lip.
As for electrolysis, well, a session for a small area is 15 minutes while a large area will need up to 60 minutes. However, electrolysis treats each single hair individually. Thus, 15 minutes may not be enough to treat the whole of one armpit. A patch of skin may be hairless, but the rest won’t be.
On the other hand, a session for laser hair removal can take as little as ten minutes and up to two hours should you decide to treat your entire body. Yes, this includes your full back. Every single area of your body. So really, if you think about it, it is much faster than any other method. Plus, an additional 20% of the hair on the area will be treated during each session.
As a result, you will see hair growth reduction rather early on. Not only are laser hair removal appointments short, but since you will not need any more after your treatment, you will save a lot of time you’d have spent removing body hair years after years.
The treatment does not hurt
One huge misconception about laser hair removal is that it is a very painful treatment. This could not be further from the truth. Especially if you compare to other removal methods such as waxing and electrolysis. We have all been through our share of waxing and how unpleasant a bikini wax is.
No one is more tense than during a bikini wax. It hurts. And so does electrolysis. After all, it may be permanent but it also inserts a needle in the skin and sends a current to the hair follicle. On the other hand, the sensation felt during laser hair removal is akin to pinching. It can also be compared to a rubber band snapping at the skin very fast.
Pain is subjective. Each patient will have a different reaction to a laser treatment based on their level of pain tolerance. However, one cannot say that laser hair removal hurts or is painful. Not if you ever went through bikini waxes. Sure laser hair removal is not pleasant nor comfortable but the sensation is more than bearable.
Laser hair removal is cost-effective
We went over how affordable laser hair removal can be already. It is after all a big misconception that it is very expensive. While in fact no. Especially because it may be a significant upfront investment, it is a one time investment. Indeed, you will have to pay for your treatment at once. This treatment will be done over a year. A bit more if you need touch up sessions.
After a year, your initial treatment will be over and you will not have to worry about hair removal ever again. However, if you decide to carry on waxing or shaving, you will have to do so for years and years. Shaving does not reduce hair growth. Thus, if you shave twice a week for 50 years, you will end up spending over $35,000 in equipment.
If you wax your full legs, underarms, bikini and upper lip once a month for fifty years, you will end up spending $60,000. And even though waxing contributes to hair growth reduction in the very very long term, you will still have hair no matter how long you wax. Compared to the one time cost of laser hair removal for the same areas, up to $5000, laser hair removal is a pretty good solution.
Not only is it cheaper in the long-term but it is cost-effective and will thus save you a lot of money in the future. You need to think about laser treatments as a skincare investment for the future. If you think about it, $60,000 spent on waxing could have been spent on a car or a house down payment!
It eliminates ingrown hair
One big reason to undergo laser hair removal is to prevent ingrown hair outbreaks. Shaving cuts the hair in the opposite direction to growth. Waxing removes the hair in the same way. Thus, upon growth, the hair may curl on itself under the skin, becoming ingrown. After successive waxes, the hair will get thinner and thinner. Thus, it may not be strong enough to pierce through the skin.
The issue with ingrown hair is that not only are they coarse but they can also become infected. The temptation to stroke or scratch ingrown hair is very high but this may lead to skin infections. Ideally, you would have ingrown hair removed by a dermatologist. But yes, they can become quite a pain.
The thing with laser hair removal is that it damages the hair follicle. No hair can grow out of those follicles anymore. Thus, the source of ingrown hair outbreaks, the hair, is non-existent and therefore ingrown hairs cannot happen. If you have been having a lot of ingrown hair then laser hair removal is just the solution for you!
Laser hair removal cuts out regrowth
The point of laser hair removal is to reduce hair growth. Which it will do, by up to 90%. Laser hair removal only works when the hair is in the anagen phase of growth. It is indeed the only time the hair and follicle connect, allowing the energy to go from the former to the latter. The thing is, only 20% of all body hair on the treated area will be in the right stage of growth at any point in time.
Thus, one session can only treat up to 20% of hair. This explains why patients will need at least six sessions. This will ensure that most hair is targeted. Thus, after even three sessions, a good 50% of body hair on the area must have been treated. Results will start to show even after a few sessions.
After the initial treatment, most hair follicles will be damaged and hair growth will be reduced. It will be close to permanent. Thus you are unlikely to need shaving or waxing after a laser treatment. Hair that was not treated because it was not in the right stage of growth or because the hair follicle needs more treatments to be fully damaged will look thinner and lighter.
Laser hair removal reduces hair growth to a point where patients no longer need to worry about unwanted body hair. They may need a touch up session here and there a year or so after their first treatment, but they will essentially not be bothered by their body hair anymore.