Is Laser Hair Removal Effective?
Summer is finally here but with the increasing popularity of crop tops, flip flops, and cutoffs, it comes with the dreaded task of removing unwanted hairs. Before you cringe at the sight of a razor on your dresser, you should know that there are plenty of hair removal options that you should consider; one being the laser cap. You may have learned a lot about this today, but you’re probably wondering if this laser treatment works.
Dr. Nasimeh Yazdani, M.D. from the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center said, “Absolutely it works. It’s the most common medical aesthetic procedure being performed in centers throughout the world.”
How Laser Hair Removal Works?
Despite its increasing popularity, most people nowadays still think that this procedure is impossible and it happens only in the movies. However, laser removal of hair actually works with the use of a pulsating beam of light that targets each of our hair follicle in order to stop the impending hair growth.
“The way it works is that the laser light latches on to the hair follicle going underneath your skin and traveling down to the root of the hair. The laser is using your hair to absorb heat. We all know wearing black colors in the summer will absorb more sun than wearing white. The darker the color, the more heat absorption,” says Adriana Martino, a laser medical esthetician and the founder of New York City’s SKINNEY Medspa.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Laser Hair Removal
Although laser hair removal tends to be more long-lasting compared to shaving and waxing, it is actually costly in comparison. But despite it’s being expensive, it also has many advantages.
Dr. Yazdani said, “One of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal is the speed of the treatment in comparison electrolysis, which is much more time consuming. If the technique is performed properly, it can be less painful than other methods and is more effective for removing hair from large areas such as backs and legs.”
Note, however, that like any other beauty treatment, it also has its disadvantages such as the side effects. Side effects actually vary depending on the person.
Dr. Yazdani explains, “There can be side effects that can range from itching or swelling which will disappear after a few days to more serious but rare side effects like burning, skin discoloration, blistering, and infection.”
Although this treatment generally gets the job done, there are certain hair types that have a better shot at success with the procedure compared to the others.
“Since the laser targets melanin (pigment that gives skin and hair color), people with dark hair (more melanin) have more success with this treatment than people with light hair,” Dr. Yazdani added.
Aside from that, cost is also a disadvantage.
“The cost of treatment varies by the size of the area being treated. Several treatments are needed (usually 6 to 8) to remove hair from the desired area. The time each session takes will depend on how big the hair removal area is,” Dr. Yazdani said.
To put it simply, laser treatment removes hair longer compared to manual removal through shaving and waxing; however, it won’t guarantee permanent hair removal.