Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses laser light technology to inhibit hair growth. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that’s done in-office. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the procedure, its cost, and what to expect.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a noninvasive medical procedure that uses a beam of light (a laser) to remove hair from the face. It can be done on other parts of the body too, like the armpits, legs, or bikini area, but on the face it’s used primarily around the mouth, chin, or cheeks.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by sending a light into the hair follicle via laser, which is absorbed by the pigment, or melanin, in the hair. When the light is absorbed by the pigment, it’s converted to heat, which is what actually damages the follicle. After the laser damages the hair follicle, the hair vaporizes, and a full round of treatments later the hair will stop growing back.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
One session of laser hair removal will typically cost anywhere between $200 and $400, and you’ll likely need at least 4 to 6 sessions, spaced about a month apart. Because laser hair removal is an elective cosmetic procedure, it will not be covered by insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Is laser hair removal safe? A: Laser hair removal is generally considered to be a safe procedure. Side effects may include redness or swelling, and in rare cases burning, blistering, or infection.
Q: How long does a session take? A: The procedure itself is quick and takes less than 30 minutes for the face.
Q: Who can perform laser hair removal? A: It should only be performed by a medical professional or a highly trained aesthetician.
Q: How effective is laser hair removal? A: If done correctly, laser hair removal on the face will permanently get rid of hair. A 2003 study showed the majority of patients (71 percent) are satisfied by the treatment1.
Laser hair removal is a promising solution for those seeking a permanent solution to unwanted facial hair. While the cost can be significant, the results are often worth the investment. Always consult with a medical professional before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.
Remember, everyone’s experience with laser hair removal can be different, so it’s important to have realistic expectations and to discuss any concerns with your provider. Stay informed, stay beautiful!