Complete Overview of Laser Hair Removal
Some people think laser hair removal is only available to be performed on the face, not at all! Laser hair removal can be performed on your:
- Bikini area
- Pubic area
Virtually any place you have hair! People also say that laser hair removal isn't permanent, it's been nearly two years for myself and my hair hasn't come back. I know several people who've chosen laser hair removal, they haven't had any problems either and one of them had it done five years ago.
As I mentioned earlier, laser hair removal works best on light skin with dark hair. There are other conditions to add to the equation to see if you would be a good candidate. If you have red hair, blonde hair or just really light colored hair you may require more treatments in comparison to someone with light skin and dark hair, it doesn't mean that laser hair removal simply will not work for you. If you've used or are using any photosensitive medications or Accutane in over the coarse of the last six months or if you're pregnant then you should let your doctor/technician know. That's quite routine to let your physician know about current medications or medical history pertaining to any medical related visit and doesn't only apply to laser hair removal.
Some people don't understand what photosensitivity means when relating it to laser hair removal. In a nutshell, laser hair removal works with the pulsing light that transfers light energy, heating up the hair root and zaps it. If you take a medication that produces photosensitivity, your laser hair removal provider needs to know so they can effectively evaluate or schedule your appointments appropriately. Some medications that produce photosensitivity are listed below including some anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory, acne, antihistamines, anti-cancer and many more.
*Not A Complete List Tretinoin (Retin-A)Acetohexamide (Dymelor)Chlorpropamide (Diabinese; lnsulase)Tolazamide (Tolinase)Tolbutamide (Orinase; and others) Dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome)Fluorouracil (Fluoroplex; and others)Methotrexate (Mexate; and others)Vinblastine (Veiban)Amitriptyline (Elavil and others) Desipramine (Norpramin; Petroiliam)Doxepin SulfamethizoicSulfamethoxazole Sulfamethoxazolc- BenzthiazideChlorothiazide Protriptyline (Vivactil) Trimipramine (Surmontil)Chlorpromazinc Fluphenazine (Permitil; Prolixin) Haloperidol (Haldol)Perphenazine (Trilafon)Piperacetazine (Quide)Prochlorperazine Promethazine Thioridazine Hydrochloride,Mellaril HydrochlorideTrifluperazine Triflupromazine (Vesprin)Trimeprazine (Termaril)Cyproheptadine (Periactin)Diphenhydramine trimethoprimSulfasalazinc lmipramine (Tofranil; and others) Notriptylin (Aventyl; Pamelor) SulfathiazolcSulfisoxazole Tetracyclines (Achromysin; minocin)Cyclothiazide Furosemide Hydroflumethiazide Hydrochlorothiazide Methyclothiazide Metolazone Polythiazide Quinethazone Trichlormethiazide Thiazides St. John's Wort(Benadryl; and others)ClaritinNaprosenDemaclocycline Nalidixic acid OxyteWacyclines Sulfacyntine (Renoquid)Sulfamethazine Bendroflumethiazide
Please note that this isn't a complete list of photosensitive drugs, all hormonal or birth control drugs are considered to be photosensitive so tell your doctor/technician if you are currently taking these or have in the past six months.
Laser hair removal costs vary all over the place, it really depends on where you live and who is performing the procedure. Pricing can vary, some clinic choose to charge clients based on time, per light pulse or just a flat fee. It's a really good idea to check the prices in your area, if there are different methods used at different clinics, ask lots of questions and decide not only which would be most affordable but also thoroughly check out the doctor/technician who will be performing the procedure for you. As with any decision you make about your body, make sure that your doctor/technician is a trained professional with good references. If you want to find more information to see if laser hair removal is really for you then set an appointment with a knowledgeable doctor to be evaluated, I'm glad I did!
This article was written by Lisa Gonzalez.