Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser beam of light to target and remove unwanted hair. This light travels through the skin to hit the hair follicle, permanently destroying it. This procedure can remove up to 80-100% of the hair in a specific area. Both men and women are candidates for laser hair removal. The most common treatment areas include the legs, bikini area, underarms and face for women, and back, chest, legs, arms and face for men.
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Laser Hair Removal Procedure
During laser hair removal, the aesthetician will place a laser vacuum directly on top of the skin where the hair resides to draw the skin into the handheld piece of equipment. The device stretches and pulls the skin thin so the energy source can target the melanin in the hair. During this process, the follicles absorb the heat the laser beam emits, which damages the follicle and makes it difficult for the hair to grow back. Most patients are able to achieve results in a 30-45 minute session that occurs once every 3-4 weeks over the course of several months.
What to Expect
Throughout the procedure, patients will feel slight pressure as the device is pulling up the skin. However, the laser beam itself only feels like a light sting. Most devices are made with a cooling sequence that occurs between the laser pulses, which helps ease discomfort and reduce the chance of unwanted side effects. There are multiple laser hair removal vacuum devices on the market today that come in different sizes depending on the size of the area being treated. The laser technology will depend on what works best with your hair texture and skin type.
The cost for laser hair removal will depend on various factors. This includes the size of the area being treated, the laser that is used, the number of sessions, who is performing the procedure, and the type of hair that is being removed. For areas such as the bikini and underarms, the approximate cost is about $200 per session. These areas often take fewer sessions to produce good results. Larger areas, such as the back and legs, will require more time and will cost more. On average, these larger areas are about $600-$800 per treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $200
- Average Procedure Time
- 30-45 Minutes
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
Anyone with unwanted hair is a candidate for laser hair removal. However, individuals with darker hair and lighter skin often experience better results. The number of sessions that will be required to produce the desired results will depend on the thickness of hair, how much hair exists in an area, color of the hair, and what the ultimate goal is. Individuals with lighter colored hair may require more treatments.
Why so Many Sessions?
Hair growth occurs in cycles. Some hairs may be in the middle of their growth phase during the treatment session, while others may be dormant. Spreading out the treatment allows the dormant hairs to grow and gives the area time so that all of the hairs are eventually targeted during treatment. Between treatments, the hairs that do grow can be shaved because the follicle is not affected.
What is the Recovery?
Laser hair removal results in zero downtime. The skin will be pink and a tingling sensation may reside on the treated area for a couple of hours after treatment. Patients can leave their appointment and go directly back to work.
Will the Hair Grow Back?
Laser hair removal is considered a solid solution for hair removal, however it is referred to as semi-permanent. There can still be some hair growth that occurs where the laser technology did not hit. Therefore, even though the majority of the hair will be gone, some hairs can still pop up. Patients find that these are tremendously easier to manage than before the original treatments. Additional laser hair removal treatments can also be scheduled to take care of these as well.