LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The third most popular nonsurgical beauty treatment of 2014, laser hair removal is a fairly affordable and painless way to get rid of hair. Patients can opt for in-office treatments or DIY home devices, such as the Tria Laser Hair Remover, that work by directing concentrated beams of light toward the hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which destroys the hair and damages the follicle enough to slow or even prevent future growth. Laser hair removal is suitable for almost everywhere on the body and can be performed on the legs, arms, hands, underarms, bikini area, back, toes, upper lip and chin. Most areas will require three to six treatment sessions, but, because laser hair removal works best for patients with light skin and dark, coarse hair, people with light skin and light hair or dark skin and dark hair may have little to no results. It also carries a risk of burns from the laser, post-treatment hyperpigmentation or lackluster results, most of which can be avoided by going to a well-trained professional. “[Technicians] need to assess the skin type and dial in the appropriate strength for the skin type, otherwise the results can range from ineffective to burns,” says Khuthaila. REALSELF.COM RATING: 81 percent worth it.
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