Guest writer - Tim Hardwood.
How does laser hair removal work?
Removing unwanted hair can be tedious and time consuming which is the reason why people are always searching for a permanent hair removal solution. Laser hair removal is not considered a permanent solution but it can produce long lasting cosmetic results. The procedure can be carried out on all parts of the body and is used on both men and women.
How does it actually work and what should I expect?
Laser hair removal works by destroying the melanin pigment within each of the individual hair follicles in the area being treated. The melanin is the molecule that is targeted by the laser but by damaging this pigment the rest of the hair follicle is also destroyed preventing the hair from growing back again. Although there is some discomfort during the procedure most people tolerate it without any problems. Most laser hair removal procedures take around 15 minutes and you will normally need at least 4 repeat sessions.
During the procedure the clinician will first shave the area that is being treated and apply an anaesthetic gel to ensure a smooth and workable surface. The laser itself is actually a handheld instrument which is held over the target area for around 10 – 15 minutes. Most people experience a small amount of redness after the procedure but this wears off very quickly.
The results will vary between different skin and hair types but most people will achieve a 70% reduction in hair growth. In addition to this, if the hair does return, it tends to be thinner and lighter in colour making it less noticeable.
What is the cost?
Laser hair removal cost will naturally depend on the size of the area being treated with the upper lip being around £50 per session, in Britain. There are a number of beauty Salon's around Ireland that provide laser hair removal with the starting cost for a bikini line and underarm wax being approximately €80. Don’t forget you are likely to need around 6 separate sessions which will need to be budgeted for. The most expensive areas are likely to be the legs as these take the longest amount of time to treat. Like with all cosmetic surgery treatments, the cost will also vary depending on the clinic in question and also the reputation of the clinician.