For a great many people, especially women, laser hair removal is the answer to the embarrassing and distressing problem of unwanted hair in prominent places. Laser hair removal can be the near perfect treatment for facial hair in particular but it is also the ideal way for women to deal with permanent hair removal on the neck, nipples, tummy line, underarms, arms and legs and the bikini line. Nor is laser hair removal is not as time consuming or as painful as electrolysis.

This method useful in its day usually requires multiple treatments and is not always as successful as hair removal by a laser. It is generally more painful and consists of electrocuting each individual hair follicle with the use of a long, thin wire that is inserted into the skin and actually touches the follicle.

Men who are prone to particularly hair chests, backs, necks and even ears are also recognising the long term benefits of laser hair removal as a solution. In fact hair removal for men is becoming big business as men today want treatment that is easy and skin friendly.

Excess body hair can be unsightly, difficult and inconvenient to remove; it can also grow back quickly. All of this can be devastating to self esteem and eventually cause an ongoing frustration that in extreme cases can even affect the state of mind in very “hairy” people.

Laser hair removal is generally the most effective way of dealing with the removal of unwanted facial and body hair, gently and quickly. It seems to provide good results of an 60-80% success rate within two to three visits.

Laser hair removal should only be carried out by full trained and qualified practitioners. Unwanted hair is destroyed by a laser being passed over the offending area to give out a pulsed light which targets, breaks down and destroys the melanin (dark pigment) in the hair. Which is why it works best on dark hair, finer paler hair is not nearly so responsive to the treatment.

Many people choose laser hair removal because they see dramatic and exciting results in a short space of time and know that large areas of skin can be treated at a time. Usually within ten to fourteen days after the treatment most of the dark hairs simply fall out and the skin is left hair free and smooth.

It usually takes between 4-6 sessions spaced about four weeks apart for laser hair removal to be effective. Regular treatments normally see a 70-80% reduction in hair growth but follow up maintenance sessions for at least a couple of years will probably be necessary to keep stubborn hair at bay. It must also be said that this hair removal therapy can work better on some people than others – a lot can depend on an individuals re-growth rates.

One obvious question regarding this treatment is does it hurt and if so how much? The answer is quite simply is that yes there is some degree of discomfort but the level of pain can vary tremendously from person to person and also it has to be said that some areas being treated are naturally more sensitive than others. The pulsed light sensation has been described by some as that similar to a rubber band popping against the skin but in many cases there is very little discomfort at all.

Two ways of very effectively reducing any pain from laser hair removal is to either apply a local anesthetic cream (this can be purchased form most high street chemists) about twenty minutes before a session begins or to seek out a practitioner who can provide you with a hand-held cold air blower, to numb the area to be treated just before the laser machine is applied. The latter method is an extremely effective and a completely drug free way of dulling down any potential pain from the pulse.

Laser hair removal is normally a quite safe technique and side effects are very rare with their chances being nearly zero in a person having ideal candidate like properties. Any side-effects such as redness or swelling and very occasional blistering can be further minimized by having proper knowledge of the procedure and selecting a laser hair clinic with a good practitioner who takes care of clients after treatment difficulties.

One word of caution – avoid going out into strong sunshine after treatment as you may burn more easily or even scar slightly. Winter or late autumn is often a better time to commence a course of laser hair removal as the suns rays are weaker and therefore potentially less damaging to the skin.

The cost of this treatment is never going to be cheap, mainly because the technology required involves an outlay of thousands of pounds for any worthwhile clinic. You could be looking at treatment costs of between £50 – £100 per session depending on which part of the country you happen to reside in but bear in mind that anyone offering really cheap laser hair removal treatment may well not be properly qualified or be using out of date, much less effective equipment.