In our Western culture, there are certain things that are downright necessary to be considered “beautiful”. One of these things is to be hairless – or at least in particular areas of the body. Hairy legs on a woman is unsightly, hairy armpits are unfashionable these days, and a hairy upper lip is thought to be masculine and very unattractive. Unwanted hair in general is something that is encouraged to be removed and rid of permanently, which explains why there are so many methods to removing body hair.
Shaving, waxing, sugaring, plucking, depilatory creams – these are all common ways that we use to get rid of any unwanted body hair. But then there’s another method, one that may be the best of them all: laser hair removal.
Why Choose Laser Hair Removal?
One of the best things about laser hair removal is that it’s fast. Depending on the area that you are covering, laser hair removal can take 5 minutes to an hour. Though this does take longer than the methods of hair removal mentioned above, the hair loss lasts longer (if not forever) and it’s faster than electrolysis when it comes to hair removal.
Before you start wondering if laser hair removal is even safe or healthy for you, it’s important for you to know that it is FDA-approved. This means that the US Food and Drug Administration has put it’s seal of approval on it for being a safe and effective way to lose hair for the long term (as long as you go to a professional who is licensed). If you choose to go to an unlicensed professional, then you leave yourself open to injury and scarring.
Here’s something that most women are wondering about: is it painful? The answer is, not at all. The pain that you would feel due to waxing or sugaring is far greater than laser hair removal. The most that you may feel is a slight burning sensation, but this feeling disappears within a few minutes time (or you may never feel it at all!).
Why you should Not Choose Laser Hair Removal
Let’s get the first misconception out of the way: laser hair removal is not permanent. We all may have heard at one point in time that it is, but it really is not 100% permanent, especially if this is your first time going. With continued treatments, you will definitely notice a significant decrease in hair growth and it will take longer and longer to grow back every time – but do expect it to come back.
Laser hair removal is also a very costly procedure that may not even work for everyone. A laser hair treatment may cost you up to $3000, depending on the size of the area being treated. That’s a whole lot of money if you go for follow up sessions – which is highly recommended. Is that something that you are prepared to spend your money on?
Lastly, there is always the risk of side effects. Though these do run few and far between with laser hair removal these days, don’t be surprised if there is some skin discoloration after the treatment. You may also wind up with more harmful side effects such as burns, skin abrasions, and deep discolorations.