Laser hair removal is rapidly gaining popularity, thanks to the endorsement of celebrities and influencers. Like women, men too are now seeking laser hair removal as it offers a permanent solution to the unwanted body or facial hair.

Furthermore, choosing laser hair removal over traditional methods like wax patches and razors comes with a host of benefits, such as respite from uncontrolled and continued hair growth. Feeling groomed and hygienic and saving constant trimming, shaving, or waxing--all this can be achieved by the laser method.

For those considering laser hair removal, here are some important factors to consider and keep in mind.

What is laser hair removal all about?

Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to damage hair follicles and inhibit or delay hair growth, according to Mayo Clinic.

  • One will have to hold patience: Laser hair removal is an effective method for significantly reducing hair growth, but it is time-consuming. The process addresses a 90% reduction after several sessions, with a requirement for additional treatments for specific situations, and regular maintenance sessions. "There may also be a shorter interval in which touch-up or maintenance treatment is needed after an initial treatment series. Typical follow-up treatments are scheduled anywhere between 4–6 weeks later, to allow time for hairs to regrow in their cycle," Dr. Emily L. Guo, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in dermatology and laser surgery, told The Good Housekeeping.
  • It can be a pricey affair: The cost of laser hair removal can vary depending on several factors. On average, individual treatment sessions can range from $100 to $800. In 2020, the average cost without additional expenses was around $389, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Treatment options vary depending on skin tone and hair color: The effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary depending on an individual's skin tone. If the skin tone is lighter than the hair color, the laser can effectively target the pigment in the hair follicle. However, if the skin tone is darker or the hair has little pigmentation, laser hair removal may not be as effective.
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Watch how hair follicles are destroyed with laser hair removal in slow motion. Veritasium