Ins and outs of underarm Laser Hair Removal
Considering underarm laser hair removal?
A majority of U.S. women thirteen or older routinely shave their underarms.
And even male underarm hair removal is not just for athletes anymore. More and more men are shaving their underarms for hygiene reasons and to enjoy a smooth hair free look and feeling.
But shaving the underarms becomes tiring as it is a constant – usually a daily – undertaking. A common alternative, waxing is painful and also requires frequent redoing.
Underarm laser hair removal is becoming more popular as laser hair removal centers become more popular and the price more affordable.
During a typical laser treatment pulses of the laser light remove the unwanted hair. It is an extremely reliable method of removing underarm hair. In fact, compared to constantly shaving with a razor, laser treatments are relatively gentle on the skin, and the client only experiences minor discomfort during the process or afterwards.
Because the underarm covers a smaller section of the body, only a small amount of time is required for each laser session. Underarm laser hair removal treatments normally take only a few minutes. The number of treatments needed is far fewer than the number needed for larger areas such as the back, chest, or legs.
Number of sessions and more general info
Multiple treatments depending on the type of hair and skin colour have been shown to provide long-term reduction of hair. Most patients need a minimum of seven treatments.
Current parameters differ from device to device but manufacturers and clinicians generally recommend waiting from three to eight weeks depending on the area being treated. The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the area of the body being treated, skin colour, coarseness of hair, reason for hirsutism, and sex.
Famous IPL Laser hair removal device manufacturer – Bareskin told us that Coarse dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat. Certain areas (notably men’s faces) may require considerably more treatments to achieve desired results. Hair grows in several phases and a laser can only affect the currently active growing hair follicles (early anagen).
Hence, several sessions are needed to kill hair in all phases of growth. This problem is countered by spacing appointments sufficiently so that inactive follicles will start to grow again.
Laser does not work well on light-coloured hair, red hair, grey hair, white hair, as well as fine hair of any color, such as vellus. For darker skin patients with black hair, the long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser with a cooling tip can be safe and effective when used by an experienced practitioner
Because hair grows in stages, several sessions will be needed to remove all the hair when it is in the growth stage.
Best practice is to allow the underarm hairs to grow for several weeks prior to treatment. This growth period enables the re-growth phase to begin during which melanin exists in significantly higher amounts. This allows the laser beam to penetrate deep into the tissue. The pigment, or melanin, then absorbs the laser light, which impedes hair re-growth.
Because the laser is attracted to melanin, light hair may not be effectively removed. However, as technology advances, so do lasers and newer lasers may target lighter hairs.
The cost of a single laser hair removal underarms treatment will depend on your location and what you are buying. A laser session generally costs around $200.
However, if you are getting the complete treatment with anaesthetics, medical supervision, trained personnel, and creams, the cost may be more. Also, for best results you will need four to six sessions to cover the life cycle of all the hair. You may be able to get a discount on a package deal. You do have other option for instance purchasing the Bareskinmachine.
Usually treatments are spaced three to eight weeks apart depending on the body area and the hair cycle length for that area. The face usually requires more frequent treatments three to four weeks apart, whereas legs require less frequent treatments and patients should be advised to wait at least six weeks. Typically, the shedding of the treated hairs takes about two to three weeks. These hairs should be allowed to fall out on their own and should not be manipulated by the patient.
You can significantly reduce the cost of laser hair removal treatment by purchasing a laser home system that will probably cost much less than a clinic treatment. Most home systems work in the same way as those used in a clinic and are safe when used according to the directions. While just one laser treatment in a clinic can cost up to $200, most home systems run about, and you can use them for as many sessions as needed.
To keep laser hair removal side effects to a minimum, you will want to check into the laser hair removal certification of the clinic you use.
Underarm laser hair removal can be a great way to enjoy smooth hair free arms, saving you time and effort!