The average price of laser hair removal in Australia ranges from $20 to $250 per body part per session. Depending on a person’s hair thickness and color, the session may take 3 or over 10 with gap weeks in between. To an average income earner, the cost may take a substantial cut from the monthly budget.
Since unwanted hair (especially on visible areas) takes a toll on my body image, I decided to try laser hair removal. While waxing and shaving practically deliver the same result, laser hair removal is more convenient and results in a smoother skin.
Does Laser Hair Removal Permanently Remove Hair?
The short answer is no. Laser hair removal sends pulses of light energy that convert to heat. The heat then hits hair follicles that results in inhibition or delayed growth of new hair.
Laser hair removal does not permanently remove all unwanted hair, but it does help keep some hair stop from growing, and some others become thinner over time.
I first tried laser hair removal for underarms and I noticed the new hair strands were thinner after the second session. The difference is very minimal.
If you are not observant, you probably would say there was no change. However, after the fourth session, I was happy to report significant reduction of hair.
I was told that for some people, significant results were sooner (say after the second or third session). This is due to individual differences in hair thickness and response to treatment.
Seeing the results, I then decided to try it on my face.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe on Face?
Yes, it is generally a safe and effective treatment. I have read about the risks for laser hair removal include slight redness, irritation, and pain.
I noticed about the redness immediately after the session. But it dissipates over time. Major risks such as burns and scars rarely happen.
Our face skin is more sensitive, so clinics adjust the energy level of the laser device. I also wore protective goggles throughout the process to avoid eye damage.
During initial consultation, I was asked safety-related questions, such as whether I was pregnant or I had heightened sensitivity to pigmentation.
Laser treatments are not advisable to pregnant women or to hyper-reactive skin. Be honest with your doctor during assessment.
How Long Does Each Session Take?
Each session is pretty quick. It would take me about 15 minutes only to complete one visit. Between visits, there is a 6-week gap you need to observe.
Book an appointment in advance to avoid long waiting hours. Clinics prioritize scheduled appointments over walk-in customers.
Before the session starts, though, I had an initial consultation. The skin doctor performed an assessment, set my expectations, and determined the number of sessions for my underarm laser hair removal.
Depending on my response to treatment, the number of sessions may vary. It can be shorter or longer. I had a separate assessment done for my upper lip hair removal when I decided to have one later.
Was the Procedure Painful?
No, it was not at all painful. I found the treatment painless for both my upper lip and underarm hair removal, although I felt tingling sensations every time the laser hits my skin. I was grateful for the skin specialist who handled my treatment gently.
Also, in every visit, skin specialist shaves the area, then applies the cooling laser gel, which prevents burning of the skin and ensures uniform application of heat. If anything, I found the process ticklish.
Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?
The results may not be permanent but after your full sessions, you will see significant change. You barely need to shave or wax at all. Your skin is smoother, too!
Touch-up sessions may be required to keep the condition of your skin. You can practically get your treatment then later meet your friends. That is how convenient laser hair removal is. It is worth the price and the effort.