There are several ways to remove unwanted hair. Only Laser or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) will result in permanent hair removal by disabling the hair follicle. Another advantage of laser hair removal is the ability to treat large areas faster than waxing, plucking or stringing with little to no side effects at a reasonable costs.
Laser vs IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?
Both use light energy to heat the hair follicle causing damage and eventually leading to the follicles death. The difference is the source of the light. Lasers use a diode laser to produce the light and IPL uses a high intensity lamp. Both emit a short burst of light energy and work exactly the same.
How Do Lasers Remove Hair?
The light energy from the laser or IPL penetrates the skin and acts only on the melanin in the hair follicle. Melanin is also present in dark skin and some people with very dark skin tones will not respond to laser hair removal. There is a 3rd type of hair remover that use what is called Thermicon Heat Technology (See No No Hair Removal). This style uses a micro filament that contacts the hair transferring heat to the follicle.
Laser Hair Remover Prices?
Personal Laser hair remover prices range from around $200 up to $1000. The difference in costs is usually due to the amount of accessories included in the kit. Comparison studies have shown the lower price units to be as effective as the more expensive units. Another consideration is the size of the treatment area with the more expensive models having a larger light producing area.
Will Insurance Cover A Laser Hair Remover?
Laser hair removers are generally not covered by insurance. However, you can often use your employers FSA (flexible spending account) to pay for home laser devices. Please consult your tax adviser for guidelines.
How Long Does A Treatment Take?
This depends on the size of the laser and the area you are treating. On average, one leg will take between 15 and30 minutes, bikini area about 5 to 15 minutes, upper lip 2 to 5 minutes. These are of course approximations and your time may be more or less.
How Many Treatments For Permanent Hair Removal?
The average number of sessions needed to produce permanent hair removal is between 3 and 5 and you will see a noticeable difference after your very first treatment.
How Long Do I Wait Between Treatments?
This really depends on the type of hair being removed. You shave the area before your first treatment. After the first treatment, the hair will grow back but will be noticeably finer. Brushing your hand across the hair will even remove some of the smaller strands. At this point, you shave again and re-apply the laser. The usual wait time is about 2-3 weeks between each treatment.
Can I Use Laser Hair Remover With Dark/Light Skin?
The combination of light skin and dark hair is the best for permanent laser hair removal. This is because the light can more easily travel through the light skin to the darker pigmented follicle. The ability to adjust the light intensity of today's lasers allows an application level for almost any skin type.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
The FDA has approved laser hair removal as a safe method for permanent hair removal without side effects. Always use all products according to directions.
Are There Side Effects Of Laser Hair Removal?
Some people report a slight rash or “sunburn-like” sensation immediately following a treatment. However, this skin discoloration and any sensation quickly disappears.
Which Body Areas Can I Use My Laser On?
Any area of the body, except close to your eyes, can be treated with a home laser. The most common areas are legs, arms, back, underarm, bikini area, face and upper lip. But again, anywhere you have unwanted hair can be treated