What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a permanent way of getting rid of unwanted body hair, and it lasts longer than shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal is right up there with the topmost commonly provided procedures in the cosmetics industry. It is performed by shooting highly-concentrated beams of light into the hair follicle which absorbs the light, and destroys the follicle.
Laser hair removal is only to be used on areas a patient never wants to see hair grow in the future, as it usually becomes permanent in most patients in as little as four sessions. Laser hair removal shouldn't be used on parts of the body a patient may want to change, such as a man who changes beard and mustache shapes or on the eyebrows if you're going to be able to shape them differently in the future. A combination of laser hair removal and waxing is recommended for permanent hair removal and removal of hair that you may want to style differently at some point in the future.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser Hair Removal is only to be performed by a skilled and licensed technician in a spa specifically licensed for the procedure. The process uses a laser (a highly concentrated beam of light) that gets into the hair's pigment or melanin. The energy produced by the light becomes heat which damages the hair follicles in the skin; it's this damage that either significantly reduces how fast a follicle can regrow a hair or damages it entirely to the point where the follicle can no longer produce any hair.
A common misconception is that laser hair removal works best on light skin with dark hair, but the fact is that this is no longer the case. Different skin types respond to other lasers more effectively, so Pristine Spas use different lasers for different skin types.
What is the cost of laser hair removal?
The cost of laser hair removal varies and is dependent on many factors, such as the location of the hair being removed and how many treatments are needed to remove the unwanted hair altogether. For an accurate cost comparison, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our laser techs. The technician will thoroughly go through the options and examine the skin and hair type you have, devise a plan of how many treatments it would take to remove the unwanted hair to give you an actual cost for your unique situation.
Is laser hair removal worth it?
Laser hair removal is not only about removing unwanted hair but also a beauty investment. Sure, if you add up the cost and time of shaving throughout one's life, laser hair removal makes perfect financial sense. However, since laser hair removal means you may never have to shave again, never have to deal with razor bumps, ingrown hair and shaving constantly, laser hair removal can easily be seen as a great investment into your beauty routine and a time saver.
What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
As with any medical procedure, some patients can see side effects from laser hair removal. The worst side effects can easily be avoided by ensuring that you are using a medically licensed spa that knows not only how to perform the treatment but also knows the procedures for different skin and hair types and the ability to analyze the skin for treatment. Using untrained, unlicensed spas or technicians (which are in abundance) can cause burns or permanent damage to the skin leaving behind scars where you hoped you'd have silky smooth skin.
One of the most common and most likely side effects is skin redness, swelling, and irritation. For the most part this type of irritation is unavoidable due to how the laser works, but it is something that corrects itself pretty quickly.
You must follow your technician's after-care routine carefully. Since lasers target the pigment in the skin to destroy the follicles, increased exposure to the sun immediately after a laser hair removal session can cause temporary changes in the pigment of your skin.
On very rare occasions, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, or other changes in the skin's texture. Another rare side effect can occur during laser hair removal around the eyes as having the service performed around the sensitive skin of the eyes will cause flinching and if not done extremely carefully and appropriately, this could result in eye damage. At Pristine Spas, we recommend waxing still be used on those very sensitive areas.
What are the Before and After laser hair removal preparations?
- Avoid direct sunlight on the day or the procedure.
- Avoid using sunless skin darkening creams.
- Avoid other hair removal practices for at least four weeks before undergoing laser hair removal.
- You can shave the treatment area before a laser session as it will remove the hair above the skin and destroy the follicle directly without the opportunity to burn the hair above the skin.