Basics Of Permanent Hair Removal
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Undergoing a process to remove hair from parts of your body is an important life choice. Knowing everything that goes into the procedure will make you more comfortable and result in a much better and safer experience.
Types of Hair Removal
First, let’s get familiar with the 2 different types of hair removal, epilation and depilation…
- Epilation: Removing the unwanted hair by any method which has an effect on the hair follicle itself. Not only is the hair removed, but the growth process is also effected.
- Depilation: Removing the unwanted hair without having a permanently damaging effect on the hair follicle
As an example, a form of epilation would be laser and electrolysis hair removal since the focus is to remove the hair by damaging the hair follicle. These are a more permanent hair removal method as opposed to depilation.
For depilation, a good example would be waxing or what’s known as “sugaring” which is simply a form of waxing using a sticky paste. Even though the hair follicle is sometimes pulled out with the waxing, you are not directly damaging the hair follicle as it will eventually regenerate and grow back over time.
Methods of Permanent Hair Removal
- Electrolysis Treatments: Electrolysis refers to the process of Electrology, which is using a small electrical current to damage the hair follicle so that it doesn’t grow back. A small, hair-thin probe is inserted into each hair follicle which causes local damage. It is a tedious process, but very effective in treating specific problem areas.
- Laser Hair Removal Treatments: Laser treatments to remove hair permanently have become very popular since becoming commercially available int he mid-1990′s. This FDA approved process in which the hair and follicle are removed is called Selective Photothermolysis (SPTL). In this process, a small area is specifically targeted in which an intense combination of light and pulse are applied to permanently damage the hair. Repeat treatments are common, but over time the hair ceases to grow back.
- Intense Pulsed Light Treatments: Commonly abbreviated “IPL”, Intense Pulsed Light is a slightly different method for removing hair for good, but is very similar in nature to Laser treatments. The main difference is that IPL has a broader scope and operates on a wider wavelength than the more precise laser method. Also, IPL machines can be used for hair removal, as well as treating skin conditions and rejuvenation.
Our main focus on this site is permanent hair removal, however listed below are some non-permanent methods that are non-invasive and can be performed at home. For those that don’t want to undergo any laser or electrical procedure, these will get the job done but you will have to perform these periodically as your hair will always grow back.
These are the most common methods, and are pretty self explanatory…
- Waxing: Hot wax is applied to the desired area then pulled off removing the hair with it.
- Sugaring: Much like waxing, only a sugary, sticky paste is used to pull the hair out.
- Hair Removal Creams: Topical creams and gels, also known as depilatories, utilize a chemical that breaks the bond and weakens the hair causing it to fall out when the cream/gel is wiped away.
Hair Removal Cost
Costs for hair removal can vary greatly depending on a number of factors including…
- Permanent or Temporary
- How Large the Area Is
- What Part of the Body
- Number of Treatments Required
- Geographic Location
Non-permanent methods such as waxing and creams/gels can very in price, but are much more reasonable and accessible. Depending on which method you choose, prices can range from $7 to $40 for some of the higher end, over the counter facial hair remover.
Also see: Laser Hair Removal Cost
However, if you are interested in a permanent procedure the price will increase significantly. “According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for laser hair removal is $235 per session.” (excerpt from WebMD.com) Also keep in mind that most procedures require over 5 sessions to completely remove the hair. If you do the math, that is a total of $1175 which is just an average figure. However, in the long run, this may be the better option financially as you will not have to continue buying over the counter products and taking the time out of your day to dedicate to removing your unwanted hair.
In recent years, we’ve seen a huge influx in the home hair removal machine industry mainly due to the FDA approving these devices. They are a great option if you are looking for a do-it-yourself method that can be done in the privacy of your home. As with anything, there is a larger price tag associated with this.
To own one of these machines, expect to pay anywhere from $229 all the way up to $500 and more! The feedback has generally been positive, but there are some who claim they didn’t work on them. Again, we cannot stress enough that everyone’s skin and hair is different. If the home option doesn’t work for you, you may need to go for a professional consultation.