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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can provide a permanent reduction in hair growth in the treated area. Using laser hair removal, individuals have longer lasting results than with shaving, waxing, or depilatories.

Laser hair removal treatment can permanently reduce hair growth in any area on the body, using a simple procedure. Laser hair removal treatment is rapidly gaining popularity as the technology involved improves and the cost declines.

Is laser hair removal recommended for me?

Benefits of laser hair removal include ease of treatment and duration of results. Most individuals who have used laser hair removal report a permanent reduction in hair growth, and many never experience regrowth following laser hair removal.

Individuals with light skin and dark hair tend to have better results with laser hair removal, because the laser is absorbed more fully by darker pigment. Some people are not laser hair removal candidates for this reason, their skin is too dark and their hair too light for laser hair removal to be effective. Individuals with tanned skin are also poor candidates for laser hair removal, they should wait for their tan to fade in order to achieve optimal results.

How is the procedure performed?

Epilight hair removal is a non-invasive non-surgical cosmetic treatment that delivers a number of benefits. The treatment utilizes cutting edge laser technology to provide a long term solution to unwanted hair on virtually any part of the body. Controlled pulses of light are used to remove hair from a targeted area and arrest the hair growth process.

The Epilight hair removal system allows a qualified professional to customize the treatment process to accommodate each patient according to hair color, texture, and location on the body. The procedure is safe and effective in treating the following areas:

  • the upper lip
  • chin
  • legs and arms
  • back and chest
  • underarms
  • cheeks, ears and nose
  • bikini line

Depending on hair color, texture, and the size of the treatment area, a procedure can take anywhere between ten to fifty minutes. During this time, the cosmetic surgeon will apply a cooling gel to the skin and use a hand held instrument to deliver pulses of light to hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously. During the procedure a patient may feel a mild sting comparable to a rubber band snap. The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are able to resume normal activities immediately following a treatment session.

To achieve the optimal results, a patient should seek four to six subsequent sessions. No local anesthetic or pain treatment is required to complete the process. About thirty minutes after the treatment a patient may experience mild redness and swelling in the treatment area, symptoms which subside within a few days. It is important for patients to avoid the sun after the procedure to mitigate the risk of sun-related complications.

Am I facing any risks?

Laser hair removal problems are few and usually quite minor in nature, but they do exist. Individuals with laser hair removal problems are generally those with darker skin, as the pigmentation absorbs more of the laser's energy.

Some side effects include pigmentation change in the skin of the treated area. While this adverse reaction is temporary, it can last a few months in extreme cases. Those laser hair removal candidates with fair, untanned skin almost never experience pigmentation change. Also rare are blisters and burns, although they occasionally occur following laser hair removal on patients with darker skin, since dark skin absorbs the laser more readily.

After the procedure, the skin may appear red and swollen for a few days to a week. Generally, an area of the skin will be tested before the procedure in order to discover a person's individual reaction to the laser treatment. Permanent laser hair removal treatment is most effective when used on hair that is one to two millimeters in length.

For certain individuals, it may turn out that the risks are greater than the possible benefits of receiving the treatment. Each person should weigh laser hair removal problems against the advantages of this method over other hair removal techniques. The rarity of laser hair removal problems speaks to its overall safety and almost universally good results; the few existing problems are usually minor, and compared with the discomfort of alternate treatments like electrolysis, these problems usually do not present a major obstacle.

How expensive is a treatment?

Because Epilight hair removal is an elective procedure, health insurance will typically not cover the cost of the treatment. The cost varies depending on the size of the treatment area but can range from two hundred to one thousand dollars per treatment session.

The cost of a full treatment depends on a number of factors including:

  • where you are having the procedure done
  • who is performing the service
  • how large is the area you wish to be treated
  • the density of the hair
  • how many session are required for optimal results

Clinics offering laser hair removal costs that are significantly lower than their competitors should be investigated with caution. Reduced costs may not include all the fees for the clinic and unusual costs can indicate a clinic that cuts corners, resulting in poor results.

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