If you’re itching to rid your body of excess hair, literally because you’ve been shaving your body hair and now it’s growing back, there’s a much better solution you might not be considering: It’s time to consider laser hair removal. What has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S., laser hair removal works by beaming a highly concentrated light into the areas where you have unwanted hair follicles. The laser selectively targets and destroys the hair follicle by absorbing the pigment in the hair, leaving the surrounding skin in the area undamaged. In short, laser hair removal is something of a man-made miracle if you consider yourself a woolly mammoth.
Now that you’re armed with introductory knowledge, here’s the nitty gritty of what you need to know about laser hair removal before you consider it.
1. Understand that it’s permanent
After undergoing any of the following treatments, understand that even if you choose not to continue laser removal after the first session, your hair will not be the same again. Make sure you’re 100% sure before actually going through with it. On a more positive note, rest assured that it’s better to go for permanent hair removal than continuously shaving the areas where you wish to not have hair. Shaving gives you unwanted razor bumps and ingrown hairs, especially since men have thicker and coarser hair, leaving you worse for the wear than when you started.
The procedure does not guarantee permanent hair removal. Some sections or individual follicles could be resistant to the treatment and may grow back again, though if it does, the hair is finer and lighter in color.