The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Unwanted hair is a real pain. As such, laser hair removal is one of the most revolutionary beauty treatments of the last few years and it has a lot going for it. The method works by targeting hair pigment with pulsating light and impairing the follicle. While it has many advantages, it is not perfect, and it’s important for anyone thinking of seeking treatment to know some of the drawbacks of the procedure as well so they know what to expect. Here are some of the pros and cons of laser hair removal treatments.

Pro - Laser Treatment can Make a Significant Difference

If you’re a good candidate, the results of laser treatment can be astonishing. While you might not be able to get perfectly smooth skin forever, you see a noticeable difference and you won’t need to put in so much time in shaving and waxing your hair. It has been estimated that lasers can reduce the density of hair by as much as 80%, and in some cases, you may not have to shave again.

Con - They Don’t Work on All Skin Tones

The reason why we mentioned that you need to be a good candidate to get results is that these do not work on all types of pigmentation. In general, these work better with people who have a light complexion and dark hair. That’s because the laser will target the contrast between the hair’s pigmentation and the skin.

This is why you will need to check where you fit on the Fitzpatrick skin scale before you get the procedure. This will not only help you find out if you’re eligible for treatment but prevent conditions you might be predisposed to. Note that lasers are being developed for people with light hair and light skin or dark hair and dark skin, but more research is needed.

Pro - It’s Fast and Easy

One great thing about laser hair treatments is how simple they are. Large areas of the body can be treated at once and you can have your whole procedure completed in less than an hour. Compare this with electrolysis when each follicle has to be treated. However, you have to know that you might have to come for multiple visits since your hair will not grow at the same rate. 

Laser hair removal is also much more comfortable than waxing. While you might feel a little pain at first, technicians will numb the area before and after the procedure. It also gets more comfortable with time.

Con - It Can be Costly

We have to warn you that laser hair removal treatments are not the most affordable. Each session could cost you anywhere from $200 to $400. However, if you count all the money you’ll be able to save on shaving supplies and treatments over your lifetime, it’s well worth it.

These are just some of the pros and cons of laser hair removal treatments. If you were still on the fence or had questions, we suggest you speak with a reputable clinic and see how they can help.

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