What is laser hair removal / reduction?
Laser hair removal/reduction treatment is a method that has been steadily growing in popularity one of the most commonly done procedures nowadays. The idea is to remove unwanted hair via a process of exposure to pulses of laser light, the pigment in the hair follicles absorb the light and gets destroyed resulting in hair reduction. Thus it is very useful to remove unwanted hair from the body.
The primary reason that permanent laser hair removal is favoured by many is that it delivers results. The initial discomfort (similar to mild sunburn) fades away within a day or two and thereafter you’re free to enjoy all the benefits of permanent laser hair removal.
What are benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
The benefits of laser hair removal are many, the most obvious ones being related to aesthetic and hygiene. The actual procedure also can be said to be superior to other commonly used methods of hair removal.
- It selectively targets dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin
- Most patients have permanent hair reduction after an average of seven to ten sessions.
- It is one of the fastest and safest methods for hair reduction.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal?
Just before the procedure, your hair undergoing the treatment will be shaved with a razor. The laser hair will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin colour.
Next, the technician will start giving a laser light pulses to the treatment area. When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort.
You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You’ll get treatments until hair stops growing.
What is the post procedure care?
Cool compresses and moisturizers can be applied to the area treated to prevent any irritation. Always wear a sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the colour of the treated skin.
Will all the hair disappear after this procedure?
Most of the lasers and light sources are FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction, which means reduction over time. Some individuals will see very long term hair removal which may last for many years. Others may require maintenance treatments over time to maintain their degree of hair loss. It is truly impossible to determine in advance who will require how many treatments and how long the hair will remain gone. Laser hair removal works best in those with dark hairs on lighter skin, however, newer technologies and newer lasers and light sources have made the procedure safe and effective in those with darker skin and those individuals of colour.