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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser for removing the unwanted hair. It has become the popular cosmetic procedures that are being performed worldwide. The specific lasers used in hair removal treatment emit the special beams of light at a wavelength that are specifically targeted towards the melanin that gives colour to your hair and skin in the hair and at the follicle. The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin that resides in the hair follicle. 

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Advantages of Laser Hair Removal    

Laser Hair Removal offers various notable benefits. However, the few benefits are listed below:    

  • It is an extremely safe procedure performed by qualified specialists.

  • It gives long-lasting results and even permanent hair removal.               

  • It can be carried out on large areas like the chest, back, and legs in one session.    

  • It can be virtually painless compared to waxing and electrolysis as a means of body hair removal.          

How does it work?  

Laser Hair Removal uses the beams of highly concentrated light to selectively penetrate into the hair follicles so that it can be absorbed by pigment in the hair follicles. The light absorbed by hair follicles destroys the hair within the follicle inhibiting the future hair growth.        

Although the lasers can effectively slow your hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Several treatments are required to provide relief from unwanted hair. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed accordingly.        

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Types of Lasers Used:   

Various types of lasers have been developed and are used in Laser Hair Removal Treatment. The most common types of laser include 

  1. Alexandrite

  2. Diode

  3. Neodymium YAG 

  4. Intensely pulsed light sources 

Preparation for Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Laser Hair Removal treatment should be performed by the qualified personnel such as a physician or physician's assistant. The success of the laser hair removal procedure influences the hair colour and skin type. This treatment is most effective among people with light skin and dark hair. This is because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair.                     

Before considering laser hair removal treatment, schedule a consultation with the doctor. During your first visit, your doctor will: 

  1. Review your medical history along with the medication if any.  

  2. Discuss your risks, benefits and expectations following the laser hair removal 

  3. Discuss other options if any

  4. Take photos for before-and-after assessments and long term reviews 

  5. Be sure to discuss a treatment plan and associated costs. 

How long will laser hair removal treatment take?                     

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The time involved with laser hair removal treatment varies depending on the hair colouring and coarseness of hair. Here are some estimates that can give an approximate guide.

  • Back 1½ -3 hours

  • Shoulders 10-20 minutes

  • Underarms 1-2 minutes

  • Bikini Line 8-10 minutes

  • Upper lip less than 1 minute

  • Chin 2-3 minutes

  • Legs 1½ -3 hours

Considering 2 or 3 treatments will be benefitted. However, the hair that has been waxed or removed using tweezers requires 5 to 8 treatments.

Is The Process Permanent? 

Yes, once the hair follicle is damaged beyond repair, the hair removal process is permanent. The damaged hair follicles stop regenerating and the hair will stop growing. This treatment will not leave any hole in the skin. Once the follicle is damaged the skin will continue to heal on its own closing around the area leaving a smooth surface. Once this process is complete, the hair never grows in that area again.                                                                                            

          

Laser Hair Removal Treatment Cost 

The cost of laser hair removal varies, depending on a number of factors, including:

  1. Size of the area being treated 

  2. The time required for the treatment

  3. Total number of treatments required  

  4. Experience of the doctor performing the procedure

  5. Location where you are having the procedure

Side Effects associated with Laser Hair Removal Treatment 

A few different side effects can appear following the laser hair removal. However, the side effects are minor and temporary. If you are experiencing any lasting side effects following the Laser Hair Removal Treatment, consult your Dermatologist.                

  • Redness and irritation

  • Crusting

  • Changes in skin colour

  • Eye injury

  • Risk of skin infection

  • Burns and blisters

  • Scars

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Final Thought on Laser Hair Removal   

Laser hair removal treatment is safe and effective for most people when performed correctly by qualified surgeons. You may require multiple treatments to remove unwanted hair completely, but the permanent hair removal is not always guaranteed.     

Both men and women often seek laser hair removal because it is an easy way to remove unwanted hair seemingly forever. Most women concentrate on the areas like upper lip, chin, breast area, thighs, legs, armpits and bikini lines whereas most men concentrate on the areas like chests and backs. 

Happy lasering!      

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