Is Laser Hair Removal Right For You? The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal

Shaving is a necessary evil for many people. We love the look and feel of soft, smooth skin, but removing unwanted hair can be time-consuming and inconvenient. If you're looking for an alternative to shaving, waxing and depilatories, you might want to consider laser hair removal. Check out some of the pros and cons of this treatment and see if it makes sense for you.

How it Works
A cosmetic laser directed at the skin targets hair follicles, damaging them at the root and inhibiting new growth. Multiple treatments are necessary, generally every 4 to 6 weeks for best results. After about three months, most experience a reduction in new hair growth in the treated areas.

Depending on how many treatments you get and how responsive your hair is to the laser, regular shaving could be a thing of the past. You may have the occasional stray, but without the need to shave regularly, you're less likely to have irritation, ingrown hairs and razor burn. And, of course, you'll save yourself time and be free of the hassle.

There are a few reasons why some choose to continue using more traditional hair removal methods. Laser hair removal doesn't work as well on those with light colored hair, and some may have an adverse reaction to the laser. Discoloration, blisters, burning and scarring can occur, especially on sunburned skin. Plus, the treatments can add up. Expect to pay $60 to $300 for each area and each session. Multiply that by six for the typically recommended number of treatments. Even if your results are permanent, hormonal changes or fluctuations in weight could cause new hair follicles to develop in previously treated areas. And expect a little discomfort if you choose to try it. The feeling has been compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin. Luckily, new technologies are making it less painful and more effective.

[This article is for informational purposes only. Cultures does not offer laser hair removal services.]