When it comes to laser hair removal, for men and women there’s a lot to consider. Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the cost. But there are some other things you’ll want to think about, too.
First off, let’s talk about the dollars. Laser treatments for hair removal can be expensive. Some treatment centers charge up to several hundreds of dollars per visit–and it may require several visits, in order to get the results you want. Most sources say each treatment can take up to about 30 minutes.
The best news about this method of hair removal is that the results can be very long-lasting. Here’s how it works: Energy from the laser light goes inside the hair shaft, and the root of the hair actually dies. But the hair follicle is still alive. Why is this important? Because hair growth begins inside the hair follicle. That means it’s possible for another hair to begin growing, but most of the time, it would be pretty hard for that to happen. That’s why the results of laser hair removal tend to last a very long time (1). Because the results are “almost but not quite” permanent, you may need some touch-up treatments. On average, touch-up treatments are needed about once a year. (1).
But is laser hair removal the best choice for everyone?
Here are the areas that laser hair removal works best on (1):
If you have dark hair and light skin, here’s some more good news: this type of hair removal works best on you. Blond and white hair are not well-suited for laser hair removal. And for black skin, right now there’s only one type of laser that will work well (1).
When it comes to laser hair removal, for men and women, there are several factors to consider before making an investment. If this is the route you choose to go, check out several treatment centers, and ask if they can give you references. (That’s right–you’re interviewing them!) Know what you want, and be sure to ask your care provider lots of questions before you spend your money.