Most people have a very similar graduation process when it comes to the removal of unwanted hair. First, they started off by using a razor. Often this was during puberty when body hair really gets going. For many, this turned out to be a not so ideal solution (a whole article in itself), so they soon graduate to using depilatory creams or waxing once they are old enough to book their own spa dates.
But with all these, there was one problem—hair was growing back fairly soon after it was removed! But thanks to advancement in cosmetic technology, all hope is not lost. Hence, laser hair removal! Sadly, there are many myths and misconceptions about laser treatment for hair removal that have made many people overlook what is an excellent alternative to waxing or shaving.
Here all the only five reasons you need to dispel every myth and give you the nudge you need to book your first or next laser hair removal appointment.
Pain is Kept to a Minimum
Laser hair removal isn’t as painful as many people wrongly presume. In fact, it is usually a far more tolerable method of hair removal than waxing or using depilatory creams. Many people compare the sensation to that of a rubber band snapping against the skin.
While that might sound rather uncomfortable, the laser targets large areas at once, and it’s over fairly quickly, meaning you can barely notice it. Better still, we use Splendor X from Lumenis (a global leader in laser technologies), which works even better than traditional laser, covering an even greater area faster without overlapping (less risk of getting burns)
Laser hair removal is a highly safe treatment, with adverse side effects a rare occurrence. Some people may experience itchiness, redness and a warm sensation on the skin – but that will usually subside within a few hours after the treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Safely Targets Individual Hair Follicles
Many of us have those stubborn areas on our bodies that seem always to grow hair no matter how many times we wax. Common problem areas for many of our patients are the underarms, bikini region, and legs. Yet, here is where laser hair removal excels by targeting individual hair follicles.
The high-intensity laser beam is absorbed directly by the hair’s melanin. The light energy is then converted to heat which damages the hair follicles without harming any of the surrounding skin tissue. But there is a crucial caveat; the person performing the procedure must be well trained and experienced.
Damaged hair follicles can not easily grow back. If/when it does grow back, the hair is less coarse, lighter, and not as visible as it was before. Also, with a series of treatments, most of the hair follicles can be destroyed, ensuring permanent hair removal.
Advancement in Laser Technology has Made it Ideal for All Skin Types
Laser hair removal has come a long way since its inception by Theodore H Maiman in 1960. Like any inventions, it’s only gotten better with time. Early lasers were tedious, incredibly painful and often resulted in severe burns. Fortunately, the lasers used today are very safe, pain-free, quick and effective for permanent hair removal. Traditional hair removal lasers only worked on very light skin as the light wavelengths emitted didn’t discriminate between melanin in the skin and melanin in the hair follicles.
As a result, people with darker skin tones regularly suffered from excessive peeling and skin burns. However, with the latest advances in laser treatment, it is now suitable for all skin types and colours. There’s also been a great advancement with the invention of laser cooling systems that help greatly lower the chances of side effects such as burning or blistering from heat build-up in the skin. For example, Splendor X, our preferred laser hair removal technology here at Dr Aesthetica, is designed to deliver cold air precisely over the laser beam treatment area— actively removing heat from skin tissue during the session.
These are some of the advancements that have made laser hair removal extremely popular over the last few years.
In the Longrun Laser Hair Removal Costs Less Than Waxing
Cost is the number one deterrent that discourages people from getting laser hair removal. However, if you look at how much you’re likely to spend on waxing over a lifetime, the laser option simply makes sense.
If you visit a salon or spa for a leg, chest, Brazilian or Hollywood wax, you’re looking at a bill of anywhere from £25 and £80 on average per session. Say you only return once a month and only get that one area done each time. You’re still spending anywhere from £300 to £960 on the service alone over the course of a year. Over five years? You’re looking at a minimum of £1500 for just one area of your body!
On the other hand, Laser Hair Removal upfront costs are indeed much higher. Still, they come with one overwhelming advantage—the high potential of permanent hair removal over the course of treatment ( average five sessions). After your treatment plan is complete, that’s it!
Many patients see the savings add up after just a year or so. On top of that, Dr Aesthetica through Payl8r offers flexible financing options (subject to approval) making your monthly costs the same or even better than what waxing would generally cost you.
If you’re ready to experience the difference in laser hair removal vs waxing for yourself, Schedule a consultation today and come speak with our laser specialist. We will review your laser hair removal goals, address any questions or concerns you may have, and put together a custom-priced treatment plan to make your “hair-free” dream a reality.