If you’re been looking for ways to get rid of your unwanted hair, then you’ve probably heard of laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a long-lasting form of hair removal that damages or destroys the hair follicle, which prevents hair from growing in that area again. The treatment sounds great, but you might be trepidatious over how much such an effective treatment might cost.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses a laser’s light, which converts into heat energy, to target the pigment in individual hair follicles. The laser’s light travels down the shaft of the hair strand and into the hair follicle. The heat from the laser’s light destroys or sometimes just damages the hair follicle, preventing future hair growth.
Since hair follows a growth cycle that involves resting and growing periods, not all of your hair will be removed in one session. Recently removed hair that is in a resting phase will not be visible to the technician or laser, so you will need to wait until it regrows before removing it. For most people, laser hair removal requires several treatments over the course of two to three months.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Hair removal from a destroyed hair follicle is permanent. However, people who undergo laser hair removal can expect that some hair in the targeted area will grow back, due to the nature of the growth cycle. Over time, it is possible to treat the area again to reduce the number of hairs that regrow. In some cases, with dedication, it may even be possible to eliminate all hair.
Most people find that if/when hair regrows, it is considerably lighter and less noticeable than it was prior to the treatment. This is because the laser usually at the very least damages the hair follicle, even if it fails to completely destroy it. It is difficult to destroy every single hair follicle, so most people will see some hair regrowth. When hair regrows, it is possible to treat it again, so people who want to remove all their hair will definitely need several treatments.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The average cost of a laser hair removal session is $389. Almost all people seeking the treatment will require multiple sessions, so you should talk to your treatment provider about how many sessions you will need to work out the overall, cumulative cost. However, always be on the lookout for any specials or deals, since some clinics offer deals or discounts on procedures. Since laser hair removal is usually considered a cosmetic procedure, insurance most likely will not cover it. Skilled providers, such as dermatologists and licensed plastic surgeons, may charge more but are less likely to cause injuries or side effects. There are numerous factors in hair removal costs, some of which include:
- the number of treatments needed
- the number of hairs targeted
- the size of the area being treated
Laser hair removal can drastically reduce the amount of body hair a person has. In most cases, some hair will regrow over time. However, even when hair does regrow, there will be less hair overall, producing a smoother appearance.
To get a realistic understanding of what to expect from laser hair removal, discuss treatment goals with a doctor or hair removal specialist. The only way to know for sure what to expect is to talk to a doctor, a dermatologist, or another skilled practitioner.