The cost for laser and electrolysis hair removal averages $100 an hour according to figures pulled from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The amount of time that it takes to remove all hair depends on area size and growth density. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2012 the average cost to remove facial hair in the United States is approximately $329. The price and the side effects associated with permanent removal such as scarring, pain, possibility of infection and redness move many to seek other solutions.
Wax On, Wax Off
Waxing and sugaring involve smoothing heated substances onto the skin. Unwanted facial hair is surrounded by the substances and pulled free once the substances cool. Waxing and sugaring removes hair from large areas and contours or shapes the brows and hairline. These two forms of temporary hair removal last the longest. You can expect to remain hair-free for up to two weeks. To keep ingrown hairs at bay, smooth on a cream with glycolic acid after your waxing treatment.
Applied to the surface of the skin, depilatory creams break down and melt away hair growing on the face. After treatment, skin stays smooth for a few days to one week depending on the natural growth tendencies of the hair. Chemical depilatories are not recommended for those with sensitive skin. Care should also be taken to ensure complete removal of product as chemical burns are common. If your skin is irritated after using the depilatory, dab on three or four dots of an antibiotic ointment or an analgesic gel to soothe your skin.
Although laborious and uncomfortable, tweezing is perfect for removing those few pesky hairs that just keep growing back. Since tweezing involves a lot of work, it should be performed in small areas and for quick touchups only. Wax or sugar large areas, such as the chin, lip and brow first, and follow up with a quick tweeze to get rid of whatever hair remains.
The Truth About Shaving
Quick and painless, shaving is a great way to remove facial hair if you are a man. Since many deem it cosmetically unappealing for women to go around with five-o-clock shadow, razors should be avoided by women seeking to remove facial hair. Many women have already sworn off shaving their face out of fear that the hair will grow back thicker. While hair appears coarse and feels prickly after a shave, it does not grow back thicker. You only have so many hair follicles, and running the razor blade over top of them does not activate hair growth. So, if you are in a pinch for time, you can shave just that once. Prevent irritation by using a razor with multiple blades. Replace the razor after three or four uses.
- DocShop: Typical Cost of Laser Hair Removal
- "Milady's Standard Textbook of Cosmetology"; Milady, Diane Carol Bailey and Margrit Attenburg; 2008
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012 Average Surgeon/Physician Fees
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