Posted on: 7 October 2015
If you have excess hair on your legs, bikini area, or face, you may have considered getting it removed using laser therapy. This process has been touted as one of the most successful and longest lasting ways to have unwanted hair removed. Before you make an appointment to receive laser hair removal, it's important to know all of the facts. Read on to have some of the most commonly asked questions answered.
Does It Last Forever?
The answer to the question of whether or not laser hair removal lasts forever is a tricky one. The short answer is that it really depends on the individual. Some clients claim this procedure means they'll never have to pluck or shave again, while others may have to return for repeat treatments every few years. Regardless of how fast the hair grows back, most people see a significant reduction in regrowth.
Will It Hurt?
Many clients are concerned about the possibility of experiencing pain while undergoing laser hair removal. A typical session usually feels like a rubber band being snapped against the skin repeatedly, so there is some irritation, but it is not overly painful. Of course, the pain factor depends on the person's skin sensitivity, the type of laser used, and how long the treatment session lasts. Everyone has a different pain threshold, but you can also ask the technician to apply a numbing gel or spray to your skin before they begin to help minimize pain.
Is It Safe?
Laser hair removal treatments are generally safe for most people. If you have recently been tanning or spent a lot of time in the sun, it's not recommended that you receive laser hair removal until your skin has healed. Any damage to the skin prior to treatment can cause rashes, blistering, and other irritation. Some medications can also cause you to be more sensitive to the treatments. Before you begin, ask your laser professional about any risks and have them take an assessment to ensure your safety.
How Long Will It Take?
The length of time for your treatment often depends on where the hair is being removed and how dense the hair is in that area. It should take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to remove hair on the leg area, and about 15 minutes for the facial area per treatment. The average patient requires anywhere from four to six treatment sessions before the hair is finally and completely removed.