Unwanted hair can be quite normal but undesirable (eg. bikini lines, armpits etc), or can be abnormal in amount, thickness or location. It is important to diagnose contributing medical conditions prior to beginning any treatment to remove unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal opens the door to carefree swimsuit wearing or baring bodies in the gym, as well as getting rid of hair growing in places you mum did not warn you about. The advantages: no more shaving, waxing, ingrown hairs, red irritated skin or time consuming rituals. Although waxing is still the most popular method of hair removal, laser hair removal is gaining in popularity. The benefits of laser hair removal includes:
- Less painful than waxing, plucking or electrolysis
- Faster than waxing and electrolysis
- Permanent hair reduction
- Hair growing back is reduced even after only one treatment
Most of what is thought of as laser hair removal is now a laser like technology called intense pulsed light (IPL) or Broadband Light (BBL). This is newer, faster, more comfortable than the original laser hair removal techniques. A course of 4-6 BBL treatments every 6-8 weeks can results in long term hair reduction, reducing the need for shaving, plucking and electrolysis. A series of treatments is needed as there are three phases of hair growth, and only hair in the active growth phase, anagen, can be successfully treated. This treatment is less ideal for darker skins due to the risk of pigmentation. For best results, do not pluck, wax or tan the intended area for at least a month before treatment.
Cost: $250 for lower face & upper neck, and $150 for underarms.