What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure which reduces the unwanted hair in the body. Under this treatment, highly concentrated light is targeted towards the hair follicles. Pigment (Melanin) in the follicles absorb light which further result in hair reduction.
The process of laser hair removal is most effective for people with light skin and dark
hair. But, as technology has advanced, this process can be performed on people with dark skin as well. However, laser hair removal does not work for grey, white or blond hair. Laser hair removal slows down the growth of hair( permanent hair reduction)but it does not guarantee permanent removal of hair. Most hair needs 6 to 8 sessions to show a significant reduction. Also, periodic maintenance treatments are needed. However, your dermatologist can give you the correct recommended number during a consultation.
Types of laser for hair removal
There are many laser options available for this treatment. Among them are the NdYAG laser, the Diode laser, and the Alexandrite laser. The Laser devices vary according to the skin types. Alexandrite is the best option for fair skin, but for darker skin, Diode and NdYAG are good options.
Why is laser hair removal done?
It is a tedious task to shave, tweeze or wax the unwanted hair every few days. All these methods are not only temporary but also damage the skin.
Laser is done to reduce and permenant unwanted Hair removal is possible. The commonly treated areas include underarms, legs, arms, upper lip, bikini line and chin. However, this treatment procedure can be done in any area of the body. Only the eyelid and the surrounding area cannot be treated.
Procedure of laser hair removal:
During the procedure, the doctor reexamines the skin and hair and decides the laser parameter. The area to be treated is marked, shaved and a cool gel is applied to the skin. The laser technician generally presses a hand-held laser instrument to the skin whereby the beam of laser passes through the skin into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the treated hair which usually falls off the next week or so. There might be a slight uneasiness - feeling of warmth during the session which is generally eased with the cooling gel at the tip of the laser. Treating small areas of the body like the upper lip takes lesser time, usually only few minutes. However, treating larger areas like the back can take up to several hours.
Post laser care :
There might be minimal redness or swelling post session. Your dermatologist might give you a soothing medicated cream to relieve that.
Sunscreen has to be used regularly.
In between sessions hair can be removed using razor . No bleaching, waxing, threading or tweezing is allowed.
The results after laser hair removal greatly vary from person to person. People with hormonal problems like thyroid or PCOD require more sessions.
Say bye to pain
One question that triggers in everyone’s mind is that is this procedure painful? Here is a sigh of relief for everyone because this procedure is almost pain-free. We understand your concern and believe in giving you comfortable pain-free treatments. For sensitive areas, we also provide you with good anaesthetic creams.
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