Pros And Cons Of Laser Hair Removal

Date March 15, 2018

Nowadays, women can choose their preferred way of getting rid of unwanted hair on their bodies. Shaving, sugaring, depilation, and other types of hair removal... Of course, all women dream of saying goodbye to the problem of unwanted hair forever. This is when they turn to procedures that are more effective and expensive.

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In recent years, laser hair removal has become especially popular among women. ''Get rid of unwanted hair forever!'', ''Laser hair removal. Safe, painless, and effective!" Should we believe these countless advertising slogans we see in cosmetology clinics?

Is it really so simple? Is the procedure painless? And most importantly, will you get rid of unwanted body hair once and for all? Let's find out!

How does the 'laser' actually work?

Each hair consists of melanin. A laser beam that is at the hair stem heats it and thus completely destroys the hair follicle. This method can eliminate hairs that are 0.11-0.19 inches (3-5 mm) and are in the so-called phase of anagen (the active growth phase).

It is important to remember that there are always 'hairs' under the skin's surface. Sometime after the hair removal procedure, these hairs will go into the growth phase. Therefore, in most cases, a single procedure is not enough if you want to get rid of all the unwanted hairs on your body.

One of the tangible benefits of laser hair removal is that this procedure is practically painless for the skin. The skin quickly heats up and it cools down just as quickly. No scars, lesions or burns are left after the procedure. Consequently, the risk of infection is completely excluded.

The laser apparatus allows you to 'process' a quite large area within a single session, for example, the bikini zone, a shin, or a thigh.

Laser hair removal contraindications

This hair removal method is not recommended for people with light skin and light hair color. The laser beam can actually 'see' only contrasting hairs. Women with light skin and blond or fair hair will see no effect from the laser hair removal procedure.

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Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of laser hair removal is the high cost of the procedure. Besides, no doctor can give a guarantee that the effect of the procedure will be long-lasting if hair growth in unwanted places is caused by hormonal disorders in the body. In this case, you need to eliminate the source of the problem and only then get rid of unwanted hairs.

A 'fresh' tan is another contraindication to the laser procedure. If you've been at the beach or in the sun for long, you have to wait at least two weeks before you undergo a laser hair removal procedure.

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To summarize, we would like to briefly list the benefits and disadvantages of this popular hair removal method.

The benefits of laser hair removal include the following:

  • the minimization of pain;
  • the absence of scars, spots, and burns after the procedure;
  • the long-term effect of the procedure (at least 5-6 years).

The disadvantages of laser hair removal are as follows:

  • the method is ineffective for women with light skin and hair ;
  • the expensive cost of the procedure;
  • the short-term effect of the procedure in the case of hormonal problems.

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