Laser hair removal is an effective treatment of hair removal. Check out below its procedure, important facts and cost.
Laser hair removal is a medical technique to remove unwanted hair by using a laser (a concentrated beam of light). It’s useful to get rid of unnecessary hair from your face, underarm, arm, bikini line, leg and other areas. It generally involves a series of 2-6 treatments. The frequency of the treatments depends on the speed of hair growth of the target region. Faster the hair growth, more the frequency of treatments. The duration of the treatment depends on the size of the target region. Larger the area, longer the treatment’s duration.
Your hair to be treated will be trimmed very shortly above your skin surface. The doctor will offer you special goggles for eye-protection against the laser and may apply a topical anaesthetic on your skin to prevent discomfort while hair removal. He’ll adjust the laser instrument as per the location, thickness and colour of the hair and your skin colour.
During the treatment
The doctor presses a hand-held laser device on your skin. He may use a cooling device or a cool gel on the tip depending on the laser’s type to avoid side effects. On activating the laser, the laser beam is absorbed by the melanin pigment in your hair. This light energy is transformed into heat to damage your hair follicles which produce hairs. It restrains and delays any hair growth in future.
If your skin reacts to the treatment, the doctor may apply steroid cream on the affected region. For 1-2 days, the treated area may remain red or swollen. Use moisturizers or cold compresses to help. Apply sunscreen and avoid sunlight for the next month.
You’ll get complete results in 6-8 treatments. The results vary a lot and may last for many months or years but are not permanent.
Shave the area before your appointment
Shaving the target area beforehand helps the laser easily penetrate into the hair follicle. However, avoid bleaching, waxing or tweezing the hair before one month of your session as, the more intact the roots stay, the more effectively they can be damaged by the laser.
It shows the best results in four areas
Although it can work on almost any body part, laser hair removal works the best on the lip, chin, underarm and bikini areas.
It isn’t supposedly painful
It may feel like light, warm pinches or the snapping of a rubber band on your skin which isn’t painful. Numbing makes it absolutely comfortable.
With dark, thick and coarse hair, you’re the best candidate for this treatment
Since the laser gets attracted to the colour (pigment) of your hair follicles, dark hair stands a better chance with this treatment. It takes a bit more time to fully remove thicker hair but works remarkably.
There are some side effects
Irritation, swelling, scarring and redness are potential side effects. Discolouration and blistering happen rarely. People with darker complexions more likely get blisters.
Avoid few things after treatment
After treatment, avoid sun exposure and sunbathing to prevent irritation. Also avoid hot showers, saunas and gym to prevent bacterial multiplication in the warm environment that can give you spots.
Discontinue certain medications and skin care products
This treatment, like waxing, is incompatible with specific medications. You’ve to discontinue any photosensitive medications including most antibiotics at least one week before the treatment. You cannot use such skin care products with strong actives like alfa hydroxyl acid or retinoid. They may increase your skin’s irritation during your treatment period and its vulnerability to the sun by increasing skin cell turnover. Ask your doctor about any probable negative effects of your medication.
One session costs 1k to 5k depending upon the technology used on an average. The cost varies significantly according to the following factors: