Are you tired of shaving or waxing your leg hair? It can feel like a never-ending battle. You shave or wax it away, but before long, you're right back where you started. If this sounds all too familiar, then you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Here are some questions people often have before scheduling laser hair removal for their legs.
Are the results permanent?
The results are not permanent in the sense that they are not life-long. You will eventually grow some leg hair back. However, the results of laser hair removal last much, much longer than those of any other hair removal option. Some patients get a year of hairlessness, but many get several years. And when the hair does start to grow back, it is typically very thin and sparse. You'll just need the occasional touch-up appointment to stay hairless; you won't have to go through a whole new series of full-scale treatments each time your hair grows back.
Does it hurt?
If a practitioner just went straight toward your legs with the laser tool, then yes, it would hurt. Thankfully, though, this is not the approach they take. They first apply a numbing gel to the skin. The gel takes a few minutes to start working, but when it does start working, it basically blocks any pain you would feel as the laser works. Some people feel a mild pinch when the laser works, and others feel nothing at all. But it's not overtly painful, thanks to the numbing gel.
What happens to the hair?
As strange as it may sound, the hair is vaporized by the laser. This effect protrudes down to the root of the hair, killing it. That's why the results are so long-lasting.
Are there any side effects?
Your skin will be red and a little uncomfortable for a few days after laser hair removal. Most patients describe the effect as being similar to that of a sunburn. You'll want to wear sunscreen or clothing on your legs if you go outside during this time. Stick with mild soaps, and apply a gentle, unscented moisturizer once or twice a day, as needed. You'll feel better before long.
With these questions answered, you should be better prepared to have laser hair removal performed on your legs. It can be a life-changing experience to be hairless and not have to shave. For more information on laser hair removal, contact a professional near you.