Laser Hair Removal Pros and Cons

Laser Hair Removal Pros and Cons

Laser hair removals are FDA approved treatments for permanent hair control instead of hair removal. To get the best results, it takes several treatments. 

How does Laser Hair Removal work? 

It sends pulsed light on the skin to get dark pigment of hair and damages hair follicles. Hair starts falling off in the next 14 days post treatment. Hair growth takes place in various stages, including resting, growing and shedding. Since all of the hair is not on the similar stage at any specific period of time, it takes several treatments to get hair in the growing phase for effective laser removal. 

Laser Hair Removal Pros and Cons 

Pros

  • You can see the difference for yourself – You may not get silky smooth hair completely forever. But it will need less waxing or shaving and it will be less noticeable. Lasers can result in a 40% to 80% reduction in hair counts, as suggested by The Mayo Clinic. 
  • Treatments don’t need much hair growth – As per the type of laser you choose, hairs just need the growth for a few days or can be properly shaved at the day of treatment. 
  • Saves time – Laser hair removal doesn’t take much time. You can get large areas treated completely at once instead of electrolysis, in which each follicle is treated separately. It takes around an hour to do laser treatment on the back. 

Cons

  • Blisters, scarring, and burns are possible side effects – Though they are not so common, they can still occur if treatment is not done properly. 
  • Expensive – The cost of laser hair removal relies highly on the type of facility and location. On average, each visit costs up to $200 to $900 as per the size of the area to be treated. 
  • Requires several treatments – Usually, it needs up to 4 to 6 treatments and it takes around a month to get the best results. 
  • Everyone cannot get this treatment – Since laser targets dark areas. So, it is best suited for people with light skin and dark hair. Some lasers can also give results to people with dark skin and dark hair and light hair with light skin. But there is still room for advancement.