Laser hair removal is an effective treatment that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Members of the transgender community, in particular, have found this hair removal procedure helpful for minimizing unwanted facial or body hair. These surprisingly simple treatments can help ease the transition for transgender individuals who are seeking to reduce hair growth on any number of areas of the body.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Before deciding to undergo laser hair removal treatments, it’s important to make sure that this strategy aligns with your goals and timeline for hair removal. This treatment could help you achieve lasting hair reduction results — keep reading to explore laser hair removal pros and cons.
Laser hair removal is a long-term solution for those who want to reduce hair growth at the source — the hair follicle — rather than by shaving, which produces short-lived, superficial results. Laser treatments can be done on the face, chest, back, legs, and more. The laser used during treatments emits a light, which is absorbed by the melanin in the targeted hair follicle (the sac that envelopes and reproduces hair). The light is converted into heat, which damages the follicle, making it unable to reproduce hair over time.
Am I A Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Now that you know the nitty-gritty of laser hair removal, it’s time to find out if you could be a good candidate. Professionals agree that individuals with fair skin and dark, coarse hair see the best results (the more pigment the hair has, the more effective the laser will be in damaging its follicle). A patient with blonde, strawberry blond, red or white hair may not see the same before and after results and could be better suited for electrolysis. However, patients with dark skin can have excellent results with laser treatments — it’s just recommended to test a small area before treating an entire area, as the laser has the potential to cause skin discoloration.
How Long Will Laser Hair Removal Take?
Next, you’ll want to make sure that laser treatments align with your ideal timeline for hair reduction. Laser hair removal is not an objectively quick process — patients should expect to undergo around 6 treatments for a specific area, with each appointment about a month apart. Numerous spaced-out treatments are necessary because hair goes through “resting” and “growth” phases, and the follicle may not absorb as much light in a resting phase as it would in a growth phase.
As previously mentioned, laser treatments provide lasting, positive results opens in a new window for most patients, who generally see an 80-90% reduction in hair growth in the targeted area. It’s important to reiterate that laser hair removal provides long term hair reduction as opposed to complete removal because there will likely always be a small amount of hair that grows back due to fluctuating hormones and growth cycles.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
As with most treatments of this nature, patients can experience certain side effects opens in a new window. Patients could have mild swelling around the hair follicles of the treated area, accompanied by slight skin redness. Patients might see a pigment change on the treated area — this is more common on darker skin — which is usually temporary. Lastly, patients’ skin may be irritated, resulting in blisters, scarring, or other changes to the skin texture.
Insuring Your Laser Hair Removal Business
As a specialized insurance agency for day spa and beauty services, Marine Agency Corp is proud to offer insurance for your laser hair removal business. Now you can provide high-quality services with peace of mind, knowing you’re covered if a customer experiences one of the potential risks or isn’t satisfied with their treatment. Marine Agency is a knowledgeable, experienced insurance agency that can help you take the next steps towards your own laser hair removal business, stress-free.
- Laser hair removal is most effective for fair-skinned, dark-haired individuals. Individuals with darker skin can also see excellent results (spot testing recommended to avoid discoloration).
- Multiple treatments (around 6) over several months are needed to see the desired results.
- Think “long term hair reduction” rather than “long term hair removal.” Most patients experience an 80-90% hair reduction in the targeted area.
- If you’re opening a laser hair removal business, Marine Agency can insure and protect you from potentially disgruntled customers/potential lawsuits.
As an experienced insurer insurance agency, Marine Agency Corp strives to help businesses like yours succeed by preparing for the “what-ifs” in life. Your business will be protected and you can stay confident while providing excellent laser hair removal services. If you would like additional information on laser hair removal insurance coverage Marine Agency can provide, we would be happy to speak with you! Contact us today!