Each day, thousands of men and women look for ways to improve their appearance.
While individuals with fine lines and wrinkles turn to Botox (botulinum toxin) or dermal fillers, those looking to eliminate excess body hair turn to cosmetic solutions to remove this hair for good!
Recent advances in laser hair removal technology have caused increased interest in laser hair removal treatments.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) estimated 1.1 million laser hair removal treatments were given in 2017. This was part of the $16 billion spent last year on medical aesthetic procedures.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted body hair. Patients frequently request laser hair removal on the legs, armpits, chin, upper lip and the bikini line.
During a laser hair removal treatment, a handheld device emits a laser light that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat and damages the hair follicles. This delays future hair growth. Treating a smaller area such as the upper lip might take only a few minutes while treating the leg may take up to an hour.
Laser hair removal is a long-term hair reduction solution that is the most effective for individuals who have light skin and dark hair as the cosmetic laser should only damage the hair follicle while avoiding damage to the skin. Thus, a contrast between hair and skin color will result in the best outcome.
Recently, several companies have begun selling lasers that can be used at home for hair removal, which cause modest hair reduction. The FDA considers these devices to be cosmetic, which means they don’t get the same level of scrutiny as other medical devices.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
There are several advantages to laser hair removal:
- Minimal side effects. There are only a few minor side effects associated with laser hair removal, and the ones that do occur tend not to lase more than a few days.
- Precision. Cosmetic lasers can target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
- Speed. Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at the same time. The handheld device can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second.
- No ingrown hairs. Patients will not have to put up with painful ingrown hairs, razor burns or irritation.
- Effective. The results can last for a while, though in some cases multiple treatments are needed as it does drastically reduce hair growth.
- Fast. The laser hair reduction process is quick and can be performed during your lunch break.
- Cost effective. The treatment is affordable, and given the results the procedure has, it is no surprise that it is still one of the most sought-after treatments by men and women. According to the ASPS, the average cost of laser hair removal is $235 per session.
Medical Aesthetics Training at National Laser Institute
At National Laser Institute, we offer several medical aesthetic courses that can be completed in as little as two weeks! Each year, we teach thousands of students how to become cosmetic laser technicians.
Our Comprehensive Laser Course combines didactic education and clinical hands-on training for the ultimate learning experience!
The first half of the course is spent in the classroom where students will learn things like facial anatomy, tissue interaction and patient care. Clinicals are spent in a medical spa setting where students will watch comprehensive laser demonstrations and provide cosmetic treatments to real clients.
Students will learn some of the most popular aesthetic treatments like laser hair removal, tattoo removal, IPL photofacial and body contouring (CoolSculpting).
Our alumni have found jobs working in laser and niche clinics, medical spas, physician’s offices, salons, fitness centers and more!