For most women shaving, waxing and tweezing are already part of the regular routine and are already included in the weekly budget. But, if you are the person with such a busy schedule to even take time for this on a weekly basis, a permanent hair removal is such a blessing.
But, before you indulge yourself in any procedure; it is best to know which one will work for you.
There are two most popular methods of permanent hair removal, electrolysis and the laser method.
Read on to know their description, advantages, and disadvantages and cost before you make your decision.
This method of hair removal makes use of a small amount of electrical current to destroy your hair roots, using a very fine needle that is inserted into the natural hair follicleopening.
The procedure can be bothersome and the sensation you can feel is more like of tweezing.
Electrolysis requires more treatment sessions and is dependent on the number of your hair follicles to be removed, your hair follicle’s texture, previous hair removal methods you’ve used and the sensitivity of your skin.
Basically, there is no contraindication for electrolysis; any skin and hair type can go on with this procedure, so you don’t have to worry.
Since electrolysis destroys the hair growth it inhibits the hair from permanently growing back. The procedure lasts for only 15 minutes to an hour depending on the number of hair follicles to be treated.
Just like any procedure there are disadvantages; with electrolysis some of them would be the longer treatment period since sessions are at least a week apart, which means more time is required from you to complete the program, this also means more of the uncomfortable feeling for you, and since it requires more session it will end up being more costly.
You may also experience some side effects like: skin irritation and in some rare cases infection. Because of these side effects and the effects of the electrical current only a small area can be treated per session.
Price for each session varies from $200 to $1,000 depending on the area and treatment sessions required.
Laser hair removal destroys the hair root using a broad spectrum light in the area to be treated.
The light impulses are applied through the hair’s pigment to destroy the root; usually the hair falls off within 10 days after the procedure. Treatment may cause a slight stinging sensation.
Treatment schedules are usually scheduled on a monthly basis as this is the time the hair re-grows.
One of the best advantages of laser hair removal is that it is FDA approved, another is the longer period required before your next treatment. It also stimulates the hair to grow much thinner and finer after thelaser treatment.
One treatment session can cover a large area at one time making treatment sessions less, which makes it less costly for you. Good news is, there are already manufacturers of the hair removal machines for home use, making it more cost effective for you.
One disadvantage of laser hair removal is, it is not fit for all hair types. Only if you have dark thick hair and light skin will you have the best benefits from the treatment.
Since your hair will still grow it is not a permanent method of hair removal. Common side effects that you will experience include: skin irritation, skin texture and color changes, blistering, scarring, swelling and redness, crusting, infection, acne eruption and other types of skin injury.
After the procedure there are also contraindications for you like: you should avoid over exposure to the sun and you should not resort to other hair removing devices like tweezing and waxing after you’ve had alaser treatment.
The average cost of one session is $400, but if you intend to buy the machine for home use it costs from $300 to $500.
The best method of hair removal is dependent on various factors and the best way for you to find out which one will work best for you is to try both and then decide after you have observed which hair removal method have less side effects and which one will be most cost effective for your budget.