The 101 on laser removal

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Tired of shaving? Learn more about how to permanently get rid of hair with laser removal. By Grace Mantjiu 

Are you tired of regularly shaving your body hair, only for it to grow again in a short while? Try a permanent solution in the form of laser hair removal. This is a long-lasting procedure that destroys the follicle.

What to expect from the procedure

If you usually shave or wax, then you need to stop at least three weeks before your appointment. That is because the removal uses laser light to target the pigment in individual hairs. Therefore, the darker and thicker the hair is, the better the results. The heat from the light destroys the follicle, resulting in hair no longer growing from it. The rise in temperature causes a deep dermal heating, but it is not painful. While the pain tolerance is subjective, it is mostly compared to the soothing pain of a hot stone massage. You can have laser hair removal on almost any part of your body such as your face, bikini area, legs, underarms or chest. And, you don’t need to take time off after your treatment because it requires no downtime or recovery. Of course just like any procedure, it has side effects, but they are very little. If the operator does not perform the treatment properly, you might experience some burning. And, if your skin was not cleaned prior to using the machine, you might have some frosting. So, it’s imperative that you go to a certified professional for a good experience and results.

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Sessions and cost

Generally, you will require 8–12 sessions or more to permanently reduce the number of regrowing hair by more than 80%, says Tzvia Hermann from The Laser Beautique. After each session, you will see a permanent reduction in the number of hair that regrows in that particular treated area. Prices start from around R400 for a lip area to R3 000 for a full leg.

Why you should consider it

Laser hair removal looks costly. But, when you add the amount of money you spend on waxing and shaving products, then it is worth it. Benefits include permanent hair removal, no more ingrown hairs and discolouration of the skin.

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Where to get it done

Most aesthetic clinics offer these treatments. Get more information at The Laser Boutique and Placecol.