Q&A with a laser hair removal expert.
Who is laser hair removal suitable for?
It is not suitable for everyone. The general rule is that the hair in question must be a darker color than the skin surrounding it. If the skin is a very dark pigmentation, it you may absorb too much of the laser energy, and so the treatment is not advisable. Those who are tanned with light hair are also unsuitable. Those who are tanned with dark hair should not have the treatment until their tan has faded.
Generally speaking, it is easier to perform the treatment on someone with light hair, as opposed to someone with dark hair.
How much does it cost?
The average session costs in the region of $500. Four or more sessions are usually recommended. Large areas (such as the back) will obviously result in a larger bill, and smaller areas (such as the upper lip) won't cost as much. Private consultations are recommended to assess the cost, as the number of sessions needed varies from person to person.
What areas of the body can hair be removed from using laser hair treatment?
Anywhere where there is excess hair. The only real exception is around the eyes. The most common areas are legs, back, bikini line and underarms.
Is it permanent?
Unlike shaving and waxing, laser hair removal is considered to be a more permanent form of hair removal, but the results differ according to the patient in question. As with all beauty treatments, do not choose the practice which offers the lowest price, as the treatment may not be of the best quality.