Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

Removing hair can be a time-consuming and burdensome process. This is especially true with hard to reach areas like your bikini line and buttocks. For most of us, time spent removing unwanted hair could be better spent elsewhere. Laser hair removal is a quick, non-invasive procedure that removes hair and inhibits further hair growth. It sounds great on paper, but is it really worth it? Let’s find out.
How Does It Work?
During a laser hair treatment a beam of focused light is used to kill actively growing hair and discourage your follicles from growing new hair. This is a simple, nonsurgical procedure that takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. The treatment involves a minimal amount of pain that is most comparable to a pinprick.

Most patients need about three or four treatments to see noticeable results and treatments can be spaced anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks apart. That may seem like a lot of time to wait for hair removal but most patients find the results to be worth the wait, citing a better body image and more free time.

The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal
Laser removal doesn’t simply remove hair, it also inhibits further growth. In addition, laser hair removal can:

  • Prevent and eliminate ingrown hairs
  • Save you time otherwise spent removing unwanted hair
  • Eliminate the need to frequently purchase expensive shaving or hair removal products

Although laser treatment does not completely remove hair from the area permanently it does result in a reduction in the overall number of hairs, making further maintenance easier. Recovering from the procedure is also painless but there are still a few things worth mentioning here so let’s get right into that.

Recovering From Your Procedure
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure. You can expect some redness and swelling around the site of the procedure but other than that once it’s over it’s over. It is recommended is that you minimize exposure to sunlight for a few days afterward. You should also avoid the tanning bed. Some patients find hot showers unpleasant as well but this will vary from person to person. In general anything that is rough on the skin could cause some discomfort. Long-term complications are almost non-existent assuming the procedure is performed by a qualified professional.

Should You Get Laser Hair Removal?
Only you can answer that. If any of the following are true:

  • You spend more time than you’d like removing unwanted hair.
  • Your skin easily irritated by shaving or topical hair removal products.
  • You find it difficult to remove hair from “problem areas” like the bikini line.

Then you may benefit from this procedure. As always, for more information you should get in touch with a professional for a consultation. They will be able to assess your situation and determine if you’re a good fit for this procedure.

Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser hair removal? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field and is held in very high regard by his current and former clients. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to find out whether this procedure is right for you.