In the past, hair removal methods produced short-term results, which provided temporary relief for unwanted hair, but thanks to advances in technology and science, there is now a long-term solution to excess body hair and laser hair removal is taking the world of cosmetic treatment by storm.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a technique used to remove unwanted facial or body hair; it involves using laser beams to slow the growth of the hair. The laser effectively damages the base of the hair follicle, which decreases the speed of re-growth. Laser hair removal is a long-term alternative to popular hair removal methods, including shaving, waxing and epilating, which are time-consuming and work only for a short period of time. According to figures, in the UK we spend more than £500 million on shaving and waxing every year, so it is no surprise that laser hair removal is one of the fastest growing cosmetic treatments on the market.
Why would I consider laser hair removal?
Many people take steps to remove hair from their bodies, for example shaving their legs once a week, but for some, unwanted hair is a real problem, which affects the way they live their lives and also impacts their confidence and self-esteem. For women, for example, laser hair removal on the top lip is very common, as shaving and waxing hair in this area is often unsuccessful and the results do not last very long. Laser hair removal is beneficial because it enables people to forget about worrying about getting rid of body and facial hair for a long period of time; there is no need to remember to shave every day or buy new products every month. Laser hair removal also helps to boost confidence by eradicating the embarrassment caused by unwanted body or facial hair.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal depends on the clinic you attend, the length of the treatment course and the part of the body that is treated. Some areas of the body have much thicker hair than others and therefore more sessions are required and the cost of treatment will be higher. Typically you can expect to pay between £190 and £3,000 for a full course of treatment.
Where is it possible to have laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be used on virtually every part of the body; the most popular areas are:
• the underarms
• upper lip
• bikini line
In addition to cosmetic reasons, some people also choose to have laser hair removal for professional reasons; for example, elite swimmers may have treatment to make them more streamlined in the water. Some people want a hair free body so that they can look and feel confident, these people may have visited a cosmetic surgery centre, have spray tans and hair extensions and cosmetic dentistry on their teeth to improve their looks.
Is it safe?
Laser hair removal is a very safe and effective treatment when provided by a trained practitioner. The procedure is non-invasive and no anesthetic is required. Treatment is painless and when the laser is directed towards the skin it simply feels like air blowing over the surface of the skin.