Pros And Cons of Laser Hair Removal

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Pros And Cons of Laser Hair Removal

While we sure do love the smooth look of the skin after laser hair removal, the procedure itself is still something major and you need to consider it before making the decision. Just like other hair-removing procedures, each of them has its pros and cons that you need to take into account, before confirming an appointment. Read on to find out more.

The price

Some say it’s pricey, some will say it’s worth every penny. When it comes to laser hair removal, the procedure is gaining attention due to the appealing results that a lot of us would love to have; the super smooth look on the skin and saving a lot of time from shaving regularly, the procedure is becoming common nowadays that at some point, it can be a necessity.

Unlike other hair removal treatments, laser hair removal is on the pricey side. A session of full body laser hair removal in Mumbai might cost you Rs 15000 and upwards. Of course, when considering the overall, long-term cost with other hair removal treatments, the money spent initially will become worthwhile in the long run so you can consider it as a beauty (and time) investment.

Laser Hair Reduction

Even if the results are semi-permanent, laser hair removal is still appealing as the procedure can be done rather quickly and it does reduce the next cycle of hair growth dramatically that after a few sessions you can stop shaving for good. The procedure itself is virtually painless and the technician will apply a numbing cream before starting as a safety measure (undoubtedly, shaving and waxing pose is sure is painful), and there’ll be no pain at all once the hair starts to grow thinner and finer.

Plus, you can opt to get the laser done pretty much anywhere on the body, be it on a large surface area or in any nook and cranny, guaranteeing the possibility of getting smooth skin.

Time Required

Still, there’s a con or two when it comes to laser hair removal, and you might want to consider these points before making the decision. For a start, the procedure is a lengthy process. On one session (depending on the area to be treated) it may take less than 30 minutes but you need multiple sessions to get the optimal results and coupled with the wait time (for a few weeks) between sessions that can eventually add up to a lot of time. Unless you can spare some and are not in a hurry, this won’t pose a hassle for you.

Skin Type and Hair Type

Just like the name suggests, the procedure uses a high-energy laser that detects the hair (without damaging the skin) by focusing on the pigment within the hair roots, burning with the hair and the roots with supercharged energy, causing the hair to fall out.

As mentioned, the treatment works by targeting the pigment/melanin within the hair follicle hence it works best if your skin has significant contrast with your hair (as in fair skin with dark hair). The procedure is not suitable for dark skin as the laser will focus the pigments both in your skin and in the hair roots. Fortunately, thanks to the technology laser-based treatments are continuously improved and there are ones (for example Nd: YAG-based lasers) that work well to differentiate skin and hair color for effective treatment.

Dermatologist Led Procedure

Another con to consider is the procedure is a complex kind (hence the price) so you need to research thoroughly to ensure you’ll be getting the results you want, minus the damages. The procedure should be monitored by a dermatologist.

Untrained staff handling such complex equipment can cause you burns and scars to the skin and that’s the last thing that you want. The procedure requires training and certification as the equipment used for the procedure is continuously revamped with the latest technology. If you can ask for their certifications to be sure.

The downsides listed here aren’t meant to put you off but rather providing information so you can make an informed decision. We surely would love for you to get the results that you want, after a session or two.


Published by Dr Niketa Sonavane

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