Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair by means of exposure to pulse of laser light that destroys the hair follicle. Laser causes localised damage by selectively healing dark target matter ”melanin” is the area that causes hair growth the “follicle” while not heating the rest of the skin.
Laser hair removal has become popular because of its speed and efficiency, although some of efficiency is dependent upon the skill and experience of the laser operator and choice of laser technologies. Some will need touch up treatments after initial set of 3-8 treatments.
Several wavelengths of energy are used for hair removal Eg; Alexantride755nm, Diode-810nm,nd:YAG -1064nm,Ruby,IPL -650nm
One of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted hair from any body part including face is by laser hair reduction.
It is an excellent tool for permanent hair reduction which saves time and money. Benefits include freedom from ingrown hair and rashes occurring during waxing or threading. Also great from hygiene point of view.
ndYAG and Diode are most widely used with good balance of safety and efficiency.
A detailed pre treatment evaluation with your dermatologist Dr Priya will be done. Active infections, allergies, tattoos and skin problems in the area to be lasered are evaluated before procedure. Absolute contradiction is pregnancy. A check for hormonal imbalance is done and adequate medication given.
Waxing, plucking, threading are best avoided prior to laser sessions except hair removal cream/shaving. Bleaching to be avoided 2 weeks prior to treatment. During evaluation the area is studied for colour, texture and thickness of the hair. This helps in deciding the laser parameters right for you. Thicker the hair better is reduction.
The newer laser available at our office causes virtually no pain. This newer technology works on the “in- motion” principle. Instead of subjecting much hair to a single shot, low laser heat is used in motion on a larger area.
It requires 6-8 session at an interval of one –one half month usually. The length of each session depends on the area treated. Upper lip may take 10 min and legs may take as long as 2 hours. The session may be spaced 3-8 weeks apart depending on area of the body, and hair cycle. Face requires frequent sessions 3-4 weeks apart. Effects can be seen from 2nd to 3rd sessions.
A few people may experience redness, burning, slight swelling ,pricking sensation for a while.
The only care that you need is to protect from sunlight. Use the sunscreen prescribed by the doctor. Also refrain from using other hair removal methods in between sessions.
Laser can be used on most parts of the face, neck ,body, back, chest, shoulders, arms, legs, underarms and bikini area.