Even a little unwanted or untimely hair can leave us feeling self-conscious, less confident and also changes the way we dress. When it effects us so much, shouldn’t we move away from the hassles of waxing, shaving, threading and hair removal creams? It is time we opted for something that gives us permanent solutions like Laser Hair Reduction.

Laser Hair Reduction is an effective solution that’s gaining wide acceptance owing to the fact that it’s absolutely safe on skin.So stop worrying about the constant upkeep and start enjoying the freedom of silky smooth skin, year-round.

 

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It works on almost all body parts like face, shoulders, back, arms, legs, underarms.

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HOW IT WORKS

Human hair grows in 3 phases- Anagen( Growth phase) , Catagen(Transition phase) , Telogen (Resting Phase)

 

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In the process, it beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light and that destroys the hair. Laser light only works on hair follicles that are in the growth phase. And, therefore multiple sessions are required to achieve the desired result. Upto 90% of your hair can be removed in 6 sessions.

 

The laser emits an invisible light which penetrates the skin without damaging it. At the hair follicle, the laser light absorbed by the pigments is converted into heat. This heat will damage the follicle.

The laser emits an invisible light which penetrates the skin without damaging it. At the hair follicle, the laser light absorbed by the pigments is converted into heat. This heat will damage the follicle.

 

Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

 

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Since there are individual variations in hair type and skin type,maintenance sessions may be required after completion of the treatment.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 color.

 

HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE PROCEDURE

It’s important that you choose laser hair treatment that follows high standard of hygiene and safety and the service is customized and supervised by an experienced dermatologist.Hence, thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.

 

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If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal:

-You should limit plucking and waxing for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

-You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

-Some level of pain should also be expected during treatments. Numbing creams are available at most clinics, sometimes for an additional cost.Some creams are even available over the counter. Typically, the cream should be applied about 30 minutes before the procedure.

-Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure.

-Avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment.

-Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

 

  • Redness and swelling of the hair follicle, which is a normal occurrence.
  • Pain and discomfort, which can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medicines.
  • To be given a prescription for a topical antiseptic cream to be applied after treatment.
  • To avoid direct sun exposure for at least one week following all laser hair removal procedures.

 

SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS INVOLVED

 

Some normal side effects may occur after laser hair removal treatments like itching, pink skin, redness, and swelling. These side effects rarely last more than two or three days. The two most common serious side effects are acne and skin discoloration. Icing the area after the treatment helps relieve the side effects faster.

 

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Risks include the chance of burning the skin or discoloration of the skin, hypopigmentation (white spots), flare of acne, swelling around the hair follicle (considered a normal reaction), scab formation, purpura, and infection. These risks can be reduced by treatment with an appropriate laser type used at appropriate settings for the individual’s skin type and treatment area.

 

BENEFITS

1.It helps you get rid of you monthly waxing routine or shaving, giving you freedom to wear what you want,whenever you want.
2.Since it reduces unwanted hair by targeting the hair root, so with subsequent sessions it treats in-grown hair too.
3.With almost no hair on your skin, it would appear softer and smoother.
4.It is considered to be less painful than other permanent hair reduction methods, particularly electrolysis.

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Written by Sukanya Kapoor

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