There are several reasons why someone might consider permanent hair removal. Some people don't like any of the more temporary methods of hair removal, such as shaving or plucking, while others just want to have less maintenance of body hair. There are a few options for permanent hair removal. The best option depends on what area of the body you want hair removed from and what your budget is like. According to Epigee, the most common areas where people request permanent hair removal are the face, legs, pubic areas and armpits.
Discuss electrolysis with your doctor. This method is not as popular as it once was but, for many, several sessions produces permanent hair loss. In this process, a tiny rod is inserted into a hair follicle and an electric shock is delivered to the hair root. Electrolysis is best for small areas of hair removal. The cost of electrolysis is usually charged per hour, and the estimated cost can be anywhere from $25 to $100 an hour.
Ask your doctor or dermatologist about laser hair removal. This is expensive, but is considered to be one of the most effective methods of permanent hair removal, and can be used on any part of your body. The cost for laser hair removal varies, but an average is $500 per treatment session; three or four sessions might be needed. Large areas can be done in a session, such as legs. After laser hair removal, some people will have irritation or redness on the hair removal site. Ice packs applied afterwards can help with this problem. Some people might need to return for multiple sessions, and laser hair removal is not effective on all individuals who undergo treatment.
Decrease facial hair permanently with the use of prescription creams. These creams are for women, and are applied twice daily. The idea behind them is that users will have finer, lighter facial hair over time, reports KidsHealth.
If you are concerned about excess body hair, consult your doctor or dermatologist to make sure no medical or hormonal problem is to blame.
Kathy Gleason is a freelance writer living in rural northern New Jersey who has been writing professionally since 2010. She is a graduate of The Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, N.J. Before leaving her massage therapy career to start a family, Gleason specialized in Swedish style, pregnancy and sports massage.