Curious about laser hair removal? You’re not alone—laser hair removal has become one of the most popular ways to remove hair in the United States, surpassing waxing and shaving. As with any cosmetic procedure, however, there are often questions or worries about how laser hair removal works, what to expect, and if it’s the right choice for you. We’ve compiled this list of the top 10 questions people have about laser hair removal. Whether you’re considering laser hair removal or just want to learn more about it, you can find your answers here!
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a method of removing unwanted hair from specific areas of skin. In order to determine which type of laser hair removal is best for you, it’s important to understand exactly how they work and what kind of results they can give you. The word laser refers to a light beam that is produced by a machine and doesn’t refer to any particular tool or technique used in removing hair.
Currently, there are five types of lasers used for various types of treatments: IPL laser hair removal, Alexandrite laser, Nd:YAG laser, Diode laser, and Neodymium Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. Each one has its own properties and strengths when it comes to treating different parts of the body.
What Can I Expect During My First Session?
The first time you have laser hair removal done, you can expect to be at your doctor’s office for approximately an hour. The actual laser treatment takes less than five minutes. You will not feel anything during or after treatment, but you may experience a slight stinging sensation in some areas. Your skin may look pink immediately after treatment and some patients have reported feeling swollen and sore for a day or two afterward.
What Can I Expect After My First Session?
After your laser hair removal session, you may experience some mild redness and/or swelling for up to 24 hours. This is normal and should disappear within a day or two. If irritation continues beyond that, contact us for advice. Do not pick at ingrown hairs! They will clear up on their own over time. Many patients choose to apply a topical solution to reduce redness if they feel it is needed after a session—your technician can recommend a good brand of anti-inflammatory lotion or ointment before your appointment. However, do not apply any products for at least 24 hours after treatment because they could interfere with effectiveness.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Laser hair removal isn’t cheap. For a full-body treatment, expect to pay between $600 and $1,000—and sometimes much more. The good news is that you can generally find at least one treatment for less than $200 and may be able to negotiate discounts with your provider. If you keep up with treatments once or twice a year, they can quickly become cost-effective. Most clinics offer package deals for those who purchase multiple sessions in advance as well as Groupon-type sales so there are always great deals out there.
How Much does a laser hair removal device cost?
These days, you can find a basic laser hair removal device for around R2000 ($150). For an at-home IPL Laser Hair removal model, expect to pay between R2500 ($200) and R7500 ($500). If you’re getting one professionally done, you’ll usually pay somewhere between $1,000 and $5,000 per session—depending on your hair color and skin type. The more hair you have to remove, the more treatments it will take—and thus cost money. Then there are maintenance costs: sessions after your initial treatment are called maintenance sessions because they keep your body from growing new hairs in that area again.
Where Can I Get Laser Hair Removal Done?
If you’re considering getting laser hair removal done, you’ve probably already checked with your insurance to see if it’s covered and how much you can expect to pay out of pocket. However, that answer isn’t always so straightforward and sometimes requires a deeper dive into your specific plan and coverage details. Let’s take a look at what questions you might have: How does laser hair removal work? That depends on which type of laser is being used, but we’ll walk through some of the most popular lasers here: #1 – Alexandrite Laser This laser is typically used for darker skin types. It works by targeting the melanin in order to destroy follicles, making them unable to grow new hairs.