Laser Hair Removal: Is it Worth the Risk?

Have you ever wondered (looking at models or actresses) how you could have fabulously smooth legs and underarms consistently, without spending a long time grooming yourself or touching up your pictures…?

After all, how you want to appear is entirely up to you. And while there are many ways to remove body hair, each method has its limitation. Shaving leaves behind stubble, and the hair starts growing back immediately. Plucking, threading, waxing etc. can be painful.

Most of these options offer temporary relief. But if you are looking at a permanent or long term solution laser hair removal might be one of the better options. 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal works by targeting hair follicles by using light. The heat from the laser travels to the roots and destroys the hair making it fall off. It may require a few sessions to completely remove hair as individual strands of hair will be in different stages of growth. The hair that survives is usually thinner and harder to notice on the skin. It works best for individuals with light complexion and dark hair. A skilled technician can make it work for any colour of complexion though.

Is it Safe?

Laser hair removal is not without any pain. The pain is much lesser when compared to other forms of hair removal like waxing. Also, the pain is momentary and not more than little pinpricks. It is also faster than most of the other procedures.

The procedure is safe in most cases. Some people report issues like redness, changes in skin colour, blisters, irritation, skin infection, and crusting of the skin. While such instances are rare, these can be largely prevented by having a detailed discussion with the doctor or professional performing the procedure. There are plenty of service providers like Thérapie Clinic with relevant experience and expertise. The right practitioner can give you the best hair removal solution through laser.

Most of the problems arising from laser hair removal are due to ill-prepared procedures, incompetence of the practitioner, or lack of care before or after the procedure. If the area to be worked on has thick and long hair it should be shaved a while before going through a laser procedure. After the procedure you should protect the area from the sun. If you have very sensitive skin, you should have a discussion about that with the practitioner. With all precautions in place, the procedure usually goes without a hitch and also has a high success rate.

How does it compare to other procedures?

Compared to procedures like shaving, waxing, threading etc. laser hair removal gives long-lasting or permanent results. While the other options appear cheaper at first glance, if you consider the lifetime spend on the products that you would need to use periodically those options will definitely become more expensive. The only comparable permanent procedure is electrolysis. While laser uses light, electrolysis uses electric currents to destroy the hair. It tends to be more expensive and much more time consuming than other procedures since it targets only one hair at a time.

Whatever you decide, we always recommed that you have a detailed discussion with the practitioner and make sure that they are reliable and competent. 

Wassana Lampech

Wassana Lampech is a medical technology graduate and a freelance writer. She has been writing since her college days, and has been a freelance writer for the past 4 years. You can follow her on Twitter here: @wassmam

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