Published 06/03 2014 10:57PM

Updated 06/03 2014 11:03PM

It’s heating up outside! The shirts are coming off, and the shorts are getting shorter, so hair removal is the name of the game. Shaving, waxing, bleaching, and every other hair removal method you can think of all take time, and you’ll have to do it all again within a few weeks at best, and within a few days in many cases. Hair removal can leave your skin dry, tired looking, and can even cause a rash. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution that will save you time and money in the long run. Once your treatments are completed, your skin will be free of the irritation caused by hair removal, leaving it youthfully smooth.

How Does it Work?

The laser used in hair removal procedures is designed to single out dark, coarse hairs, and kill the follicle producing them. The high-powered light can treat an area the size of a quarter in about one second, depending on your complexion and hair density. The skin surrounding the follicles is not damaged by the laser, but may feel a little tender for a day or two, comparable to a mild sunburn.

How Much Does it Cost?

On average, a laser hair removal treatment costs around $250. The cost varies widely though, depending on the size of the area being treated and where you’re having it done. More than one session will be needed to achieve permanent results, and they can be scheduled about six weeks apart.

How Long Will it Last?

After the initial hair removal session, touch-up sessions are needed about every six weeks until permanent results are achieved. The vast majority of people will have permanent hair loss with 3-5 sessions, and will no longer grow hair in treated areas.

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