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Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal

If you are tired of repeated salon visits for getting rid of unwanted body hair and are averse to the ugly stubble like growth that shaving leaves you with, then you should consider the safe and effective option of laser hair removal.

One of the most common cosmetic procedures today, laser hair removal is the best way to achieve permanent reduction in hair growth and reveal smooth, soft skin. It is quick, affordable and saves you a lot of time and money, erstwhile spent on salon visits. Let us talk some more in detail about this incredible procedure.

WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Laser hair removal is the process of using a highly concentrated and pulsating beam of light to remove unwanted hair. It follows the principle of selective photothermolysis (SPTL), which only damages the hair follicle while leaving the rest of the skin unaffected. The intense beam of light penetrates the skin and attacks the hair follicles. By damaging the hair follicles, the prospect of future hair growth is deterred.

A number of sittings may be required to achieve the goal of permanent hair removal from an area.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SUITED FOR YOU?

The results of the procedure will vary from person to person. Since the laser beam is attracted to the melanin in the skin, the best candidates for laser hair removal are those with light skin and dark hair. It is not very successful on lighter hair or grey hair as the laser beam is unable to identify and see these hairs.

The thickness of the hair is also an important factor. Those with thick and coarse hair will notice better results than those with thin and fine hair.

Those who have never undergone any previous hair removal treatments like electrolysis hair removal, etc., will notice the best results with laser.

How is laser hair removal done

AREAS FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL

One of the biggest benefits about hair removal laser treatment, compared to outdated procedures like electrolysis is the precision and speed with which the entire procedure takes place. It is a boon for hair removal for women as well as permanent hair removal for men. Laser can be safely used to remove unwanted hair from:

  • Arms

  • Under arms

  • Legs

  • Bikini line

  • Face

  • Eyebrows

  • Upper lip hair removal

  • Beard Shaping

  • Chest and Back

  • Buttocks

  • Nipples/breasts

  • Stomach

  • Ears

  • Toes and fingers

Laser hair removal in underarms

PREPARING FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Prior to the procedure, the doctor will advise certain pre-treatment precautions and steps that need to be taken to achieve the best results from the procedure. Some of the things to keep in mind are:

  • Do not wax or follow any hair removal method like plucking that may disturb the hair follicles before the procedure. Instead you may shave the area as shaving does not affect the hair follicles and only removes the top hair.

  • Avoid the sun. Tanning on the skin can increase the chances of side-effects like skin lightening. Tanning sprays and creams are also to be avoided.

  • Do not bleach the skin prior to the procedure. Bleach will lighten the hair and cause a hindrance to permanent facial hair removal.

  • Avoid chemical peels or any exfoliating treatments.

  • Thoroughly wash the skin before going for the procedure to remove any oiliness.

  • Quit smoking at least 6 weeks before the procedure in order to allow the skin to heal better.

TYPE OF LASER DEVICE

A number of devices are available to carry out the hair removal process. The doctor will choose the one that is best suited for your skin type, hair texture, treatment timing and the area to be treated. Generally the following options are used:

  • Ruby laser

  • Nd:YAG laser

  • Diode laser

  • Alexandrite laser

  • Intense pulsed light devices

Diode lasers and Nd:YAG lasers are used for those with darker or tanned skin, while Ruby and Alexandrite are preferred for the lighter skins.

What is laser hair removal

THE LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive method that does not require the use of any anesthetic or overnight stay. Prior to the procedure, you will be given safety eye-wear to protect the eyes from the laser beams. The hair on the area to be treated will be shaved off to reduce their size in order to avoid them getting accidently burned. Once this is done, a cooling gel will be applied to the skin to prepare it for the procedure. Sometimes a topical anesthetic may be applied to avoid any pain completely.

A test treatment is conducted to check for any allergies or adverse skin reactions before beginning the procedure. If the skin responds favorably, the procedure is started. During the procedure, low energy laser beam is directed at the hair follicles to burn them and prevent future hair growth. The beam only targets the hair in active growth phase, the hair in the dormant phase are not affected.

After the procedure, your doctor will provide you with cooling packs, anti-inflammatory creams or cold water to ease any burning sensation or discomfort in the area. The entire process of permanent hair reduction will take about 6 to 8 sittings, spaced at intervals of 4 to 8 weeks.

Most individuals will see 80-90% reduction in hair growth. To keep the results long lasting and permanent, one touch-up session is generally required every year, or as recommended by the doctor.

AFTER-CARE TIPS

  • Apply aloe vera gel regularly on the skin after the procedure. This will keep the skin calm and cool.

  • Do not step out in the sun without a sunscreen after the procedure as it can cause damage.

  • Avoid picking at the scabs that develop in the area. This can lead to scarring and infections.

  • There may be some redness after the procedure. Avoid rigorous exercising and movements as this will create friction and irritate the skin further

  • Exposure to pool water, hot tubs as well as salt water must be completely avoided for a few weeks till the area heals.

  • Some people also experience itchiness post the procedure. This can be curbed by using over-the-counter antihistamines. Aquaphor, Vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone creams can help keep the area moisturized. It is important that you never scratch the area as this can lead to infections.

  • Avoid wearing makeup or using creams on and around the area for a few weeks.

  • There will be blistering of the skin after the procedure, this is absolutely natural. Blistering is the skin’s defence against bacterial infection. To keep the blisters under control, apply the ointment as prescribed by the surgeon.

side effects of laser hair removal

RISKS/SIDE-EFFECTS OF THE PROCEDURE

Although the procedure is safe if performed by a qualified practitioner, there are some risks and side-effects that can be avoided/minimized by following after-care precautions.

  • There may be some discolouration of the skin in the form of hyper pigmentation (lighter skin colour) or hypo pigmentation (darker skin colour) around the skin where the hair is removed. This occurs due to the melanin production being affected after a laser treatment in some cases.

  • If the procedure is not performed correctly, burns may occur on the skin. This happens when the skin absorbs the laser instead of the hair follicle. This problem generally affects those with dark skin.

  • The exposure to laser can result in some associated skin problems.

  • There may be scabbing or blistering of the skin.

  • A tingling sensation, pain or numbness in the area.

  • The skin might appear sunburned and be accompanied by swelling.

  • An infection may develop at the site of the hair removal. This can easily be taken care of using antibiotics and other prescribed medicines.

  • Itching in the area.

  • Very rarely, the tanned skin areas might acquire a purplish hue.

ADVANTAGES OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL

  • Individuals can see almost permanent hair removal and soft skin. Although touch-ups might be necessary in some cases, these would be once a year or even less.

  • It is the most effective treatment for permanent hair reduction as compared to waxing, electrolysis or other techniques.

  • It is the best solution to remove facial hair in women.

  • For smaller areas, the entire process takes as little as 10 minutes, while larger areas can be covered in less than an hour, making it a very quick procedure.

  • Helps one avoid the repeated skin irritation and pain caused by waxing or permanent hair removal creams.

Pros cons of laser hair removal

DISADVANTAGES OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL

  • More than one session is required to get permanent lasting results. In some cases occasional touch ups may be needed.

  • The treatment is not very effective for lighter colour and fine hair.

  • Those with dark skin will not get very good results as compared to those with lighter skin tones.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL COST

With advances in technology, laser hair removal treatments are getting cheaper and the prices are becoming more affordable. It is like a one time investment that you make compared to lifelong spend on salon visits. The laser hair removal cost depends on the following factors:

  • Size of the area where the removal is to be performed.

  • Time required in the procedure.

  • The qualification and experience of the person performing the procedure.

Laser treatment for hair removal must be performed by a qualified person to avoid any risks to the skin and to ensure that the procedure gives maximum benefits.

 

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