Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Laser Hair removal is the most popular lasers practised worldwide especially metros like Mumbai. Unwanted hair is a universal problem with women and having a silky, hair free skin is every woman’s dream. Laser hair removal is this dream come true and a wonderful alternative for the traditional methods of hair removal like waxing, bleaching and shaving.
While a lot of lasers are available in the market, Long Pulse Nd Yag Laser and Diode laser are most suited for Permanent Laser hair removal in Indian and ethnic skin type.
Apart from lasers ,Intense pulsed light IPL can also be used to cause hair reduction. However, they produce a broad spectrum of wavelengths and cannot be focused to a concentrated beam. Because a range of different wavelength is dispersed at a variety of depths only some of these are effectively absorbed by the hair causing substandard results and increasing the risk of burns and less effective on darker skin.
Ans A lot of lasers are available in the market, but Long Pulse Nd Yag Laser and Diode laser are most suited for Permanent Laser hair removal in Indian and ethnic skin type. When IPL is used, the results are compromised.
- Who is doing the laser treatment ?
Ans. A laser hair treatment should be done by a doctor ,who knows the exact skin type, takes into comsideration the hair thickness and is well versed with the laser machine settings. Most importantly, the doctor can foresee a complication and immediately halt the procedure and administer appropriate treatment.
- What are the side effects?
Ans. Like any technology, every procedure has side effects. So a laser can give you temporary redness and swelling. Very rarely one may develop ingrowth, irritation or acne all of which are self resolving. The personnel treating you should make you aware of these.
- Is it laser hair removal or reduction?
Ans. Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction, and not permanent hair removal. Permanent Laser hair reduction, happens in 6 to 10 sessions, at intervals of 1 to 1.5 months. Upto 80-90% reduction in hair size is achieved, hence its laser hair reduction and not removal.
- What is the guarantee of hair removal?
Ans. Laser hair removal doesn’t get rid of the hair forever, it does drastically reduce the hair growth- to the point that you can stop shaving. Also, if you develop a hormonal problem later in your life, the hair especially on lower-face and neck may come back.
While until a few years ago, Permanent Laser hair removal as a procedure was dominated by women, nowadays more and more men are going for the same. Underarm hair, hair on ear pinna, forearm hair, cheek hair, chest hair, shoulder hair and leg hair are the common areas that men seek to get their hair lasered.
Additionally, it is the ideal choice of hair reduction for clinical conditions like folliculitis, ingrown hair, acne, keloidalis nucha, etc. Also in clients with dark underarms, in addition to avoidance of fragrance and friction, laser becomes the ideal approach for hair removal.
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Mechanism: Permanent Laser hair removal works on the principle of selective thermolysis of melanin pigment of hair follicles. By virtue of this property, with every session a small part of hair root is destroyed. The aim is to achieve a 90% destruction of hair root to have best results.
Permanent Laser hair reduction, happens in 6 to 10 sessions, at intervals of 1 to 1.5 months. In clients with underlying hormonal conditions, the sessions may be doubled.
Permanent Laser hair reduction best works on thick hair - so underarm hair, bikini hair, below knee and below forearm are best regions for good results.
There are some medical conditions like PCOS, where thick hair develops on chin, jawline, side locks, neck and below navel. These conditions require simultaneous medical treatment in addition to laser hair reduction.
Before the procedure starts the Patient is examined, and thoroughly investigated and then the treatment is planned
Procedure. The area to be lasered is cleansed, marked and shaved. The patient is given protective eyewear and a chilled gel is applied on the area. The laser shots are delivered which are almost painless due to the ultracool laser tip. Sunscreen is applied and the client is good to go with a list of post procedure instructions. A week later, the client will experience new hair growth which on shaving will reappear after 3 to 4 weeks. This is the time for the next laser session (4 to 6 weeks later).
Post laser care: one has to wear a sunscreen sincerely after a laser procedure. Exposure to beaches, swimming pools and water parks are to be avoided in the initial 10 days. Facials, peels, cleanup, microdermabrasion are to avoided for 10 days. Medicated creams containing tretinoin, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide etc should be withheld for 5 to 7 days as per doctors instruction.
Permanent Laser hair removal is a simple, affordable and safe manner of getting rid of unwanted hair for men and women; provided its done by a qualified and trained doctor.