Hair removal treatments such as those done at laser skin care centers have become very popular in the past 2 or 3 years. One reason this is happening is because the cost is dropping and making it more affordable and price competitive with shaving and waxing several times a year.
Another reason more people are interested in laser hair treatments is thanks to home laser devices which claim to produce similar results for less money.
These products aim to mimic the results you receive when having professional laser hair removal treatments done at a spa or clinic but at home and for less cost. Of course the results are rarely as stellar using a small device at home as you would get from a commercial grade machine, but none the less their popularity is huge right now.
What should you know before you head off to have laser hair removal done?
It takes time
Getting the best permanent results possible does take some time. You can’t go in unfortunately for only one treatment and expect to walk out hair free. For some men and women it can take four to eight sessions which must be separated by three to six weeks to achieve the best results, but the wait is worth it.
Why so many and so long?
Hair, which grows from follicles on your skin, does not all grow at the same time, some follicles are actually in a none growing phase while others are actively growing hair. During a laser session the only hair removed and treated is from those follicles which are actively growing hair at the time of that treatment. However those other follicles that aren’t currently growing hair will be unaffected.
Returning in 3-6 weeks will give other follicles time to enter the growth stage and then the next treatment can destroy those and so on and so on for several more treatments.
The number of sessions a woman or man requires will vary based on the darkness of their skin, hair and the thickness of the hair in the area they want treated.
What are the potential side effects?
Laser hair removal has been evaluated in the US and Canada by their respective health agencies and it has been cleared as safe. So there are no long-term health risk associated with it. There are however some shorter term side effects that most men and women will experience including slight rashes, redness and slight burning in the area where treated.
New advancements in lasers are reducing the pain, heat and redness after treatment, but there is still some. The after effects of a session can be treated with cool aloe vera creams and gels however be advised to avoid any product that contains alcohol as that will drastically irritate the skin rather then relieve the pain.
How Can You Get Started
It’s important that you speak with a professional prior to starting your own laser hair removal treatments. Most clinics like Laser hair removal Halifax offer free consultations to each potential client as a way of educating prospective clients on how treatments are done, what they can expect, how many treatments they might need and also answer any questions you might have.