Laser Hair Removal: Benefits, Side Effects, and Cost
Life is unfair. Some people suffer because of lack of hair while others have too much of them.
As much as baldness can affect the self esteem of people, having hair in the wrong places can also make a person self conscious. Especially for women, having facial hair can cause serious self esteem issues.
The easy solution for most is waxing just shaving off the unwanted hair, but both are temporary and waxing is painful and uncomfortable.
The long term solution is permanent laser hair removal.
A few decades back, when the method was new only a few people used it, but now, as the technology has advanced and the procedure has gotten much safer, more and more people are opting for this.
The reason is simple. It saves time and money, and it also you from the painful spa appointments.
But before you rush into your nearest cosmetic clinic, just take some time to read this article and learn more about laser hair removal.
How it works?
Basically, a strong laser will penetrate deep down into the root of each hair strand and damage the follicle. The result is that the damaged follicle will not grow any hair.
It treatment takes three to seven sessions.
Before the procedure, the doctor will trim the target area. Then, they will adjust the equipment according to the requirements. Things like color, area and thickness determine the settings.
They will take proper safety measures to make sure that no mishaps happen. You will be given eye protection.
They’ll apply a cold gel on your skin. This helps the laser penetrate the skin.
Next, they will start actual laser process. When it’s done they’ll inspect your skin to make sure that the settings are proper and there are no unwanted reactions to the skin.
After the procedure, you’ll be given lotions and creams to ease any possible discomfort.
The whole process is quite simple and comfortable.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Obviously the best benefit is, well, less unwanted hair. Whether that may be on the arms, legs, back, or even the face.
The most important benefit however is not physical but mental. Without those unwanted hair, you’ll feel much more confident.
This is especially true for women. Having facial hair may make some women feel less feminine. This has a huge impact on her self esteem, she’ll feel less attractive.
Our sense of attractiveness is closely related to our self confidence, and as you know, your confidence level will affect everything in your life–work, relationships, social life and even health.
If the unwanted hair problem is affecting the quality of your life, then you should seriously consider a treatment option.
There are some other benefits too. For instance, It is much less painful than waxing, plucking, or threading which you’ll have to suffer on weekly bases.
During laser treatment you can feel a little temporary discomfort, but that can be fixed with an anesthetic cream. And since the hair removal is mostly permanent, you’ll not have to go through it again.
Finally, in the long run, it will save you thousands of hours of time you would have otherwise spent in the spa awaiting for the painful experience every week.
Note: Lasers are powerful tools. Treatments like these take skill and experience. If you are opting for treatment, make sure you hire an experienced doctor.
Mostly, if you go to a qualified cosmologist, the side effects of a hair removal treatment are rare. The procedure is fairly safe. And the best clinics will take all possible precautions to make sure nothing goes wrong.
Still, there are possible side effects and I will mention them. Some of them common and some rare.
- Skin burns – Powerful lasers emit a lot of heat and sometimes during the procedure, the skin might get a burn. This is more likely to happen in dark skinned patients since darker pigments absorbs the laser more readily.
In most cases the burns are mild, but in a few rare instances, severe burns have been
reported. Talk to your doctor about this.
- Eye injuries – You can imagine what will happen if your eyes get exposed to a strong laser. So if the operating team doesn’t provide you with eye protection, ask for it.
- You may feel some pain and numbness around the treated area. This is normal and occurs in most cases. They might also be itching. Consult to your doctor immediately if the pain is too uncomfortable.
- The skin around the follicle swells and so make the skin look red.
- It may lead to hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.
Costs of Laser Hair Removal
The average cost of hair removal treatments is ₹3,000 – ₹20,000 The cost varies depending on different factors.
A person who wants to remove full body hair will have to pay more than someone who needs to remove facial hair.
Also, the number of treatments required to achieve the results. Some cases require more than others.
Cost charged by the clinic.
In the end, no article or blog post can ever tell you the accurate cost. For an accurate number, just get a free consultation with a doctor. They’ll study your case and give you the estimate.
Then, once you know the details, it’s up to you to opt in for the treatment or not.
Note: Decent clinics will cost you more because they have a well qualified staff they have to pay for. If you go for the cheap clinics to save money, think about the risks.
At least thoroughly check the qualifications of the doctors and the staff before making a decision.