Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?
Many people have heard of laser hair removal and might even be interested in trying it – but it’s perfectly normal to wonder whether laser hair removal is actually worth it. If you’re considering saving some time and effort on hair removal by undergoing laser hair removal, then here’s what to know about it and what you can expect.
How It Works
During laser hair removal, the laser energy is directed at the skin and targets the melanin, or pigment, in hair follicles. It travels down the hair shaft into the root, generating heat and causing damage to the follicles to discourage any future growth of hair. The pulses of concentrated light from the laser destroy the hair growth mechanisms in its root, making the procedure highly successful for most patients. Research shows that 90% of laser hair removal clients have successfully attained hair loss after three sessions.
Pros of Laser Hair Removal
1. Semi-permanent Results
Laser hair removal can’t fully prevent hair growth, but it can make it drastically easier and quicker to remove at home by shaving or plucking. It can still save you a lot of time, money, and labor on hair removal.
2. The Laser Machine Can Cover Large Body Areas
Laser hair removal can be done anywhere on the body since the machine is designed to cover all areas, including the underarms, back, legs, stomach, bikini line, and face. Your laser technician can indicate the best laser platform for your specific needs.
3. Minimal Discomfort
Laser hair removal comes with minimal discomfort (depending on the treatment area) and can even be performed with a topical numbing cream if needed. Most patients report it feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Cons of Laser Hair Removal
1. The complete process can require multiple treatment sessions for best results. Your laser technician can give you the best estimate of how many appointments you’ll need.
2. Laser hair removal is expensive compared to waxing sessions, with each session costing between $300 and $400.
3. It’s most effective on fair skin with dark hair because the lasers depend on the skin color to identify the hair follicle. If you have darker skin tone or lighter hair, you may need a more specialized laser platform.
4. Laser hair removal is not recommended for pregnant women.
5. Undergoing laser hair removal by an unqualified technician can be risky to your skin and health.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Daniel Richardson, MD, for all your cosmetic procedures, including laser hair removal. Schedule an appointment to learn more about whether laser hair removal is right for you by calling our Gulfport office or filling out our online form.