While we like the smooth appearance of the skin following laser hair removal, the process itself is significant and should be considered before making a selection. As with other hair removal techniques, each one has a number of advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before booking an appointment. Continue reading to learn more.
The cost of full body laser hair removal
Some may argue that it costs too much, while others will argue that it is well worth the money. When it comes to laser hair removal, the technique is growing popularity due to the desirable outcomes that many of us desire; the extremely smooth look on the skin and the time saved from shaving frequently, the procedure is becoming so commonplace that it may become a requirement at some point.
Compared to other hair removal methods, laser hair removal is more expensive. In Mumbai, a session of full body laser hair removal may cost between Rs 15000 and Rs 30000. Naturally, when compared to the overall, long-term cost of alternative hair removal methods, the money spent initially will become useful in the long run, and you can view it as a beauty (and time) investment.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Even with semi-permanent results, laser hair removal remains appealing because the process is very short and significantly reduces the next cycle of hair growth, so that after a few sessions, you can stop shaving for good. The technique is virtually painless, and the technician will apply a numbing cream prior to beginning as a precaution (undoubtedly, shaving and waxing are painful), and there will be no discomfort at all once the hair begins to get thinner and finer.
Additionally, you can choose to have the laser treatment performed virtually anywhere on the body, whether on a vast surface area or in any nook and cranny, ensuring the potential of achieving smooth skin.
Nonetheless, there are a few disadvantages to laser hair removal, and you may want to examine them before making a decision. To begin, the treatment is extensive. While a single session (depending on the region to be treated) may take less than 30 minutes, optimal results require numerous sessions, which, when combined with the wait time (for a few weeks) between sessions, can add up to a significant amount of time. Unless you have some spare time and are not in a rush, this should not be a problem.
Types of Skin and Hair
As the name implies, the process utilises a high-energy laser to identify hair (without causing damage to the skin) by focusing on the colour within the hair roots and then burning the hair and roots with supercharged energy, resulting in hair loss.
As previously stated, the treatment targets the pigment/melanin within the hair follicle, and hence works best if your skin contrasts significantly with your hair (as in fair skin with dark hair). The technique is not recommended for individuals with dark skin, as the laser will concentrate pigments in both the skin and hair roots. Fortunately, because to advancements in technology, laser-based therapies continue to improve, and some (for example, Nd: YAG-based lasers) are effective at discriminating between skin and hair colour for effective therapy.
Procedure Supervised by a Dermatologist
Another disadvantage to consider is that the treatment is sophisticated (thus the cost), which means you must conduct extensive study to guarantee you achieve the results you desire without causing any damage. A dermatologist should supervise the operation.
Untrained personnel handling such sophisticated equipment can result in skin burns and scarring, which is the last thing you want. Training and certification are required for the procedure, as the equipment utilized is constantly updated with the latest technology. If possible, request their certifications to be certain.
The disadvantages described here are not intended to dissuade you, but rather to provide facts that will enable you to make an informed decision. We would really love for you to achieve the outcomes you desire after just one or two sessions.
Published by Dr Niketa Sonavane