Hair removal has always been an important part of female beauty rituals. For a long time, women have indulged in various painful methods such as waxing and shaving to get rid of unwanted hair. With the advent of technology, beauty rituals have also modernized. The newest trend is laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal involves the use of a laser beam which targets the hair follicles from the root. It is a more permanent solution as compared to other ways of hair removal and is thus getting popular. According to statistics obtained from market research, contrary to popular belief, the lifelong cost of laser hair removal is far less than shaving and waxing.
In Pakistan, although the majority of the population is still not financially stable, still the trend of laser hair removal is getting popular. Moreover, since there is little research done on the subject, very little reliable statistics are available on the subject.
The inclusion of laser skin rejuvenation and hair removal as a separate category among popular beauty procedures in Pakistan is proof of this rising trend. According to a report by SBP, the cost of laser in the country is around PKR 400,000-900,000 and it is still gaining popularity.
While there is a big buzz around laser hair removal, are we sure about the procedure’s safety? In this piece, we address this question and lay out all the pros and cons of laser hair removal. Let’s start with the benefits.
Advantages of Laser Hair Removal
Here are some of the advantages of laser hair removal:
Localization and precision
One of the main benefits of laser hair removal is its precision. A laser beam is a highly focused source of light which can target highly specific areas. In this way, the skin that surrounds the target area is not damaged at all.
Another benefit of laser hair removal is the speed of the process. The laser is a source which has electromagnetic rays. Electromagnetic rays travel at the speed of light which means that the laser beam can travel fast and can thus scan large portions of the body quickly. It is also a speedy process because multiple hair follicles can be targeted at the same time.
One of the key reasons behind the popularity of laser hair treatment is the ability of the process to deliver better and fast results. Almost all the people see a reduction in hair growth and most of the times, this result persists in the long-term – and the hair does not grow back easily.
Risks Associated with Laser Hair Removal
Here are some of the risks associated with this method of hair removal
Can laser beams cause cancer?
While there is no research or credible evidence available, there is a popular belief in the masses that laser beams can cause cancer. Redness, itchiness, and scarring are possible but there are a lot of remedies that can help solve these problems.
Right after a session, the skin might feel like it has been sunburned. Cooling pads and sunscreen are helpful in countering that.
Blisters are very uncommon but if they do happen then it is necessary to see a doctor. Often, they are treatable and disappear in a few days.
Laser hair removal is a wonder of technology which gives long lasting and effective results and that too in a short span of time. The procedure’s lifetime cost is also way less than conventional hair removal strategies. As far as safety is concerned, there is no evidence to support that they cause any serious problems.
However, we strongly recommend double-checking the clinic and professional where you are getting the treatment. Finding the right dermatologist who could professionally manage the process without causing any negative side effects on the patient is hard. Use the internet to your advantage to ensure that the person you are consulting is qualified enough to trust.