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What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Tuesday, 05 Oct 2010 10:09 AM

Forget about waxing, shaving, and tweezing. Instead, try laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted body hair forever. Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal method that removes hair by using the light energy of a laser.
Laser treatment can target small and big areas — your face, chest, legs, bikini area, back, and other places where there is excess hair. The best results of laser hair removal are found on people with light skin and dark hair. This method works better on coarse hair than on fine hair.
Laser hair treatment is a well-defined process. The area in question is first shaved and cleaned. Then, an anesthetic cream is applied and a beam of light is passed through the skin. The laser beam strikes the hair follicle and destroys it with its intense heat. The procedure can be a bit uncomfortable, but it is not painful. If you notice any redness or swelling of the affected area, do not worry; it will disappear in some time. 
Laser hair removal is a safe procedure if carried out by an experienced professional. However, there are some complications associated with the process, including darkening or lightening of the treated skin, acne, swelling around the follicle, and infection. Sometimes, burning or blistering has also been noticed. This does not mean that laser hair removal should be avoided. Just make sure that you get it done by an experienced and certified professional. As a precautionary measure, any tanning before the procedure should be avoided as darker skin is more susceptible to pigment changes.
The number of treatments you need may be between four and six sessions for one area. The length of a laser session may vary depending on the area to be treated. However, the procedure may need to be repeated at regular monthly intervals. The cost of the procedure depends on the area to be treated and can range anywhere from $50 to $500. The cost usually depends on factors like the area of the skin to be treated, the number of sittings required, and the type of hair removal equipment used. 
The time required to achieve complete hair removal differs from person to person. You should know that no hair removal clinics guarantee 100% permanent results. However, laser hair removal is a tried and safe method that claims to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. It is practiced all over the world.

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