Laser hair removal: Do lasers really work to help you stay hair-free?

Shaving and waxing can be the pits, especially when you have hair that is really thick or grows really...

Shaving and waxing can be the pits, especially when you have hair that is really thick or grows really fast. It can seem like you just shaved or waxed, but your legs, bikini area and underarms may still feel like a hairbrush. Many people decide to try laser hair removal because they want to be hair-free permanently without suffering pain in the process.

So, can lasers really help you stay hair-free, or do they only give a false dream of smooth legs at a high price? Everyone is different, so it's a good idea to keep these hidden facts in mind before getting laser hair removal treatments:

  • You may need many sessions for total hair removal. Although the hair follicles will stop producing hair once they are sufficiently "shocked," it does not happen completely over the entire area. This means that you might need to have many treatments, each of which can cost a lot of money.
  • The service is not totally pain-free. The lasers that are used to remove hair from your body are powerful enough to shock the hair follicles, but weak enough to not cause burns and damage your skin. A numbing gel is also used, which allows you to sit and have laser treatments without jumping out of your skin. While the gel reduces the pain, the laser treatment will still feel like a rubber band popping on your skin.
  • Not everyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal. People with extremely thick or heavy hair may not have the same results as someone with fine, sparse hair. You may even walk away feeling just as hairy as before you spent all of your money.

For the best results, make sure a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist performs your laser treatments, instead of a spa assistant or beauty technician. Talk to your Atlanta-based doctor to make sure that you do not have any other health conditions that may interfere with your ability to have laser treatments, such as diabetes.

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