Doing away with unwanted body hair on your legs, chest and back can turn out to be a daunting task. It gets much worse when the hair keeps growing back despite all your shaving and waxing attempts. If you have run out of options like most people have, then it might be the right moment to think about laser hair removal or IPL. It is an effective method for hair removal that has helped hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.
To give you a better understanding of this procedure, here are 4 important things to know.
1. Laser hair removal does work as it’s purported to
If you have been sceptical about undergoing laser hair removal on your legs, chest and back, then it’s time to cast away your doubts, because it does work wonders! This procedure uses laser beams that specifically target and eliminate follicles of hair by absorbing hair pigments, thus leaving the rest of the skin untouched. The good thing is that it works on just about any part of the body and the results are long term.
2. Plan right for the procedure
So you have already decided to go for laser hair removal and you want to know how to prepare for it. Well, the first thing to do is to understand it is a medical procedure and by that fact, you will need to visit a professional. Also, keep in mind that there is some degree of risk included in the process. Some people may have some skin irritation depending on the sensitivity of the skin, but it’s temporary and also any professional will have given you a patch test first anyway.
The most important preparation is to ensure that, six weeks prior to the procedure, you avoid any sort of waxing or electrolysis on your skin. This is because IPL works on your hair follicles, and therefore, the procedure might be less effective if you interfere with them. Shaving is allowed since it doesn’t interfere with the hair follicles.
3. What to expect during the procedure
The whole procedure can take anywhere from 3 minutes to an hour depending on where the hairs are, how many you have and the type of machine used. Your doctor might need you to wear some eye-wear depending on the area of your body that needs the procedure. In some cases, you might need to return for extra treatments to ensure the growth of hair is halted for good. But once the skin specialist evaluates the specific treated area, they will know how much time is needed to get the job done.
4. Laser hair removal won’t cost a fortune
Like any other medical procedure, laser hair removal prices will vary according to the requirements of the treatment needed. If the procedure is being performed on a smaller area, say above the lip or on the chin, then it will definitely cost less than a procedure performed on both legs and chest. It is also important to understand that different clinics will offer different packages and thus different prices. However, you should do your research thoroughly, because the cheapest is often the least effective. So talk to the clinics and find out what machines and technology they use and how their customer care and safety is handled.