Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair reduction, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Although laser hair reduction effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn’t result in 100 percent permanent hair removal. Multiple laser sessions are needed for hair reduction, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. You can observe 60 to 80 percent reduction in hair after multiple sessions(6-8). Laser hair reduction is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, but it can be successfully used on all skin types.
What are the benefits of Laser Hair Treatment?
While laser hair reduction does reduce the growth and density of hair (only electrolysis is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal), it does drastically reduce hair growth to the point that you can stop shaving altogether.
You can get it done anywhere on the body, except around the eyes and eyebroes . The machine can cover large places fast. Face ,Legs, back, Arms, bikini line, stomach are the areas where laser hair reduction is done . There is no limit to the places you can get laser hair removal.
When it comes to pain level, Use of advanced technology lasers with the best inbuilt cooling system makes the procedure painless. It also gets progressively less painful as treatments continue and the hair becomes finer.
What are the Risks involved in Laser Hair Treatment?
Risks of side effects vary with skin type, hair colour, treatment plan and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:
Skin irritation: Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for eyelids, eyebrows or surrounding areas, due to the possibility of eye injury.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Reduction?
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed. The laser equipment parameters will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin colour.
- Multiple sessions are needed .
- Laser treatment sessions are done at a one month interval.
- Post treatment application of sunscreen is necessary.
- Waxing, threading ,bleaching and use of over the counter hair removal creams are not advised in between the session of laser hair reduction.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair reduction, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for three weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
You should avoid all the parlour treatments,Use of topical creams one week before and after laser hair reduction treatment.
When you are finally thinking of doing laser hair treatment, the most trusted hospital clinic would be Eternoderm, where we have all the latest treatment technologies that could help you.
Dr Sinduri Reddy has 10 years experience in the Dermatology field and would be there to monitor your treatment.