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3 High-Tech Hair Removal Techniques

Permanent Methods to Remove Unwanted Hair

How much does it cost?
The price of a laser hair removal treatment will vary as it depends on many factors, such as which body parts are being treated, the number of sessions needed and which city your dermatologist practices in. When smaller areas of skin are treated, the cost is less than when larger areas are treated. That said, if you decide to treat your bikini area, the cost could range anywhere from $250 to $500 per session. If you decide to go with laser hair removal on your legs, it is considerably more, $600 to $900 per session. Yes, it can be pricey up front, but in the long run you’ll save time and money on a lifetime of shaving supplies and waxing sessions that will end up costing you much more.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects of laser hair removal are redness and swelling, but they only last a day or two. And though most lasers come with cooling devices that reduce skin discomfort and protect the top layer of skin from getting overheated, hyperpigmentation and burning can occur at times. However, side effects likes these typically happen when non-physicians perform the treatments. To decrease the risk of side effects and get the most reliable results, see a trained dermatologist as opposed to visiting walk-up booths at malls (yes, those exist!) or aestheticians.
High-Tech Hair Removal Option #2: Electrolysis
How does it work?
If you’re looking for a hair removal method that will permanently get rid of unwanted hair, electrolysis is the right option for you! Electrolysis treatments remove individual hairs with a thin probe that’s inserted into the hair follicle. Each hair is destroyed at its growth center using a short-wave radio frequency. Once it’s destroyed, the hair is removed completely with forceps. The best news about electrolysis is that most areas of the body can be treated using this hair removal alternative, including delicate areas of the face.
Electrolysis should only be performed by a trained electrologist. So, before going with this hair removal option, make sure you do your research before committing. A wrong decision can mean more electrolysis sessions than you really need, discomfort and even scarring. When choosing an electrologist, know his or her qualifications. Many states require these professionals to be licensed or certified--with the evidence proudly displayed in their offices.
Who should try it?
Anyone who has undesired hair on practically any area of the body can try electrolysis as an effective, permanent hair removal option. If you have unwanted hair on your lip, sides of your face, your back (or anywhere else you can think of!), you can expect good results with this high-tech treatment.
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