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What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has been and continues to be one of the most sought-after cosmetic treatment. Despite its popularity among celebrities and everyday individuals, some people remain hesitant. Their fear does not stem from their unwillingness to undergo the procedure, but more from not knowing about the pros and cons, and why the calculated risk involved is far less than the benefit you will gain.

Why sacrifice beauty, self-confidence and convenience because of ignorance? If a number of laser hair removal sessions will save you from regular waxing or even constant shaving, then isn’t it something to consider?

Nobody likes hair in unwanted places, and this isn’t just limited to women. Men who are more meticulous with how they look also want to get rid of unwanted hair. The most convenient way is through laser hair removal. It is fast, effective and yields long-lasting results. But before you get zapped, here are some things that you need to know about the procedure:

How does laser hair removal work?
The procedure uses light that is emitted in pulses. This light can penetrate the hair follicles and is absorbed by the hair’s pigment, which eventually “kills” the hair. Since the treatment targets the hair from within, the long-term effect includes minimized to no hair growth.

You can cover large areas, so the procedure can be done on almost every part of the body. Treatment can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. The number of procedures required depends on the skin area and hair growth. Patients who undergo this type of hair removal procedure notice that it takes longer time in between sessions, as the hair does not grow back as rapidly as before.

How do you prepare for laser hair removal treatment?
Like any cosmetic treatment, it is important that you go to a good clinic. Despite its aesthetic nature, the procedure must be done by a licensed individual.

A consultation is done prior to the procedure. The aesthetician will examine your skin and hair, before recommending the treatment plan. It is best to have some hair growth in the area, so the direction of growth and thickness of the strands can be determined.

Before your scheduled treatment, avoid any other hair removal techniques, such as waxing and plucking. Your hair will be shaved right before the treatment, so ask your aesthetician if you have to do it before you come into the clinic or if they will do it themselves. Find out what kind of skin products you can and cannot use. Any kind of whitening ingredient must be avoided. Sun exposure should also be avoided before and after the treatment, as it can render the procedure less effective or cause certain complications, depending on the photo-sensitivity of your skin.

How much does the treatment cost?
This procedure is offered by different cosmetic and dermatological clinics. This competition drives certain businesses to offer promos and discounted rates. Do not be blinded by these marketing tactics. It is important to do your research to find out the credibility of the clinic and its aestheticians. Ask the people you know, and they may be able to make recommendations. The Internet is also a good place to get information, but make sure that you are checking reputable websites as well.