It does not matter if you have a medical condition that is causing your hair to grow or the hair is popping up in areas that are not where you want it to be. There are a number of methods that exist for removing unwanted hair.
Hair removal procedures are either permanent or temporary. Permanent hair removal procedures completely gets rid of hair. However, some permanent hair removal procedures are actually semi-permanent in that the hair does come back after a time and so the procedure must be done again. Temporary hair removal procedures only get rid of the unwanted hair for a while, depending on an individual's hair growth cycle.
Because of the risks involved, permanent hair removal procedures must be done by a licensed hair removal specialist. Temporary hair removal procedures can be done by a professional or by a do-it-yourselfer.
The reasons for hair removal is varied.
Women typically view hair removal as a normal, every day thing. Getting rid of the hair from the underarm areas, the legs, eyebrows and genital areas is a daily chore.
Some men remove the hair from their entire body for aesthetic purposes. Most men shave facial hair as part of their daily routine, except perhaps when they are trying to grow a mustache, beard or goatee.
Athletes, like body builders and swimmers, remove the hair from their bodies so they can look better and perform better. Other people opt to get their hair removed because of medical conditions. And oftentimes, a person simply wants to get rid of the hair he has in certain places.
Permanent hair removal procedures include electrolysis, laser, and photo epilation/pulsed laser.
Electrolysis Hair Removal Procedure
Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal procedure that removes hair one follicle at a time. A thin probe is inserted into the follicle and a small electrical impulse is sent through it. Electrolysis can take some time to complete, depending on the size of the area that is being treated. Electrolysis is a very painful procedure, and if done improperly, can result to scarring and infections. Electrolysis is also rather expensive, with the cost ranging between $1000 ad $3000 per treatment to remove unwanted hair on the legs or public area.
Laser Hair Removal Process
The use of laser for hair removal has been accepted by the FDA and cannot be done by anyone who does not have a professional license to do so. A laser beam is used to permanently damage the hair follicles. The laser beam destroys those follicles so hair does not grow back. Laser hair removal treatments are relatively painless. This hair removal procedure is recommended for people who have light skin and dark hair. If you have a dark skin tone or have been tanning, laser hair removal is not recommended. Like electrolysis, laser treatment is also expensive. Removing facial hair using this treatment can cost up to $1000 and removing hair from the legs and pubic area can cost between $2000 and $3000.
Pulsed Laser or Photo Epilation Hair Removal Procedure
The FDA has also accepted this hair removal procedure. This technique uses a pulsing light beam to kill hair follicles. This hair removal procedure is particularly effective in getting rid of unwanted hair in the underarms and bikini area. This procedure can be done on anyone, regardless of skin color, tan or color of hair. Photo epilation or pulsed laser costs less than electrolysis and laser, but it can still be a bit hefty for those who are on a budget. This procedure costs between $500 and $2000, with the cost largely depending on the area that is to be treated.
If you cannot afford permanent hair removal procedures, there are several inexpensive hair removal treatments that will get rid of unwanted hair temporarily. Some of these methods include shaving, creams, lotions, tweezing, waxing and sugaring. These hair removal treatments will get rid of hair for a few weeks, even up to several months.