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Laser Hair Removal: Cost, At-Home Devices, and More

What to Know About Getting Laser Hair Removal Before You Commit

Laser Hair Removal: Cost, At-Home Devices, and More
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  • Laser hair removal is a popular treatment for getting rid of unwanted body hair.
  • Many people have questions about laser hair removal, like if it's safe, whether it's permanent, and how much it costs.
  • Here, two experts are answering all of the most common questions about laser hair removal.

The idea of getting laser hair removal and never having to shave again is appealing for obvious reasons. Gone would be the days of spending extra time in the shower removing every inch of body hair, dealing with itchy razor bumps, or remembering to shave your bikini line ahead of an upcoming beach trip. Laser hair removal saves you time, money, and effort in the long run, but it is undoubtedly an investment.

Like with any big commitment, before signing yourself up for laser hair removal, you should do your research so you have a general idea of what to expect. There's the cost to consider, certain rules you should follow pre- and post-treatment for the best results, and protocol for the appointment itself. When you decide to get it is also an extremely important factor to consider when starting laser hair removal (more on that below).

If you're considering starting up laser hair removal for the first time, we're answering the most common questions about the treatment with the help of two laser hair removal experts ahead.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

"Laser hair removal works by emitting a monochromatic beam of light that bypasses the epidermis and disables the reproductive cycle of the hair within the follicle," says Christian Karavolas, laser hair removal expert and founder of Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal. The laser does this by picking up the pigment in the hair and targeting that area. This is what makes lasers effective at providing long-term results.

The treatment areas available differ by spa, but you can pretty much get laser hair removal anywhere you have hair and typically shave. This includes legs, underarms, arms, bikini line, back, face, lower stomach, and even full Brazilian.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Though considered a popular beauty treatment, some people are still confused if laser hair removal is safe. In short, it is, "as long as correct lasers are used with the right settings and proper protocols are followed," Karavolas says. For example, for light complexions, Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal uses a laser called the Alexandrite Laser, whereas for dark complexions, the NDYAG Laser is used.

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