Everything you need to know about Laser Hair Removal
Everything you need to know about Laser Hair Removal
We often associate surgery with scary things like a blade, scalpel, and doctors in a mask and so on. It doesn’t matter what the procedure is, you know it is going to hurt. So it is only natural that words like “laser hair removal procedure” aren’t particularly comforting, but don’t worry as you will find every bit of information need to know down below.
Laser Hair Removal works exactly like how it sounds. A concentrated beam of light targets your hair follicles. The melanin in them absorbs this beam and thus explodes, which in turn restricts further hair growth in that region.
The most important part of Laser hair removal is the type of laser which is best suitable for you. There are five main types of laser machines which are used for this procedure. They are selected on the basis of the basis of their applications.
The IPL hair removal
This technique uses the IPL laser which is comparatively less intense than its counterparts. It is mostly used for removal of facial hair, bikini line and pubic areas. As the beam is not very concentrated it does not damage the skin.
Nd: YAG Laser
This laser is mostly used for tattoo removal and hyperpigmentation, but can also be used for hair removal. A lotion made out of carbon is applied on the skin which then absorbs the laser wavelength and penetrates the hair follicles. This method can be slightly discomforting.
This laser is directly concentrated into the hair follicles and the melanin contained in them. The pigment then absorbs the concentrated beam and is destroyed which restricts future hair growth. This technique does not damage the skin but can cause slight redness.
The Ruby Laser
A slightly more concentrated beam is used in this technique, hence a regular two-second interval is required to avoid damaging the skin. It should be noted that this laser should only be operated on lighter skin tones.
It is considered to be the fastest laser for hair removal; however, it can also cause more discomfort to the patient. A large surface area can be covered in the very little amount of time by using this technique. It works best with the olive-colored skin tone.
Now that we’ve covered the equipment that is used, it is important to know some facts about this technique.
- Laser hair removal does not work if you have light blond or white hair. This is due to the lack of pigmentation in the hair follicle.
- If you are dark skinned you might face some discomfort as the laser targets pigmentation and not the actual hair.
- There are different types of laser which are specific to different types of skin and pigmentation.
- The laser beam is concentrated on your hair follicles to destroy them so expect a little discomfort.
- Different doctors charge differently. There is no universal rate for the procedure.
At this point, we are quite familiar with the procedure. If you have made up your mind to opt for it here are some tips you should follow.
- Apply numbing cream before the procedure as it helps with pain and does not interfere with the treatment.
- If you can’t find a good numbing cream carry an ice pack with you and apply it to the selected area for at least 10 minutes before starting the procedure.
- Some lasers come with a cold air attachment which blows cold air onto your skin while the laser is in action. Make sure you go for that machine.
- Please make sure you hydrate yourself as much as possible before the treatment. Stay away from coffee or anything that is caffeinated.
- Do not undergo this treatment if you are menstruating as it may cause more sensitivity to pain.
If you are still confused and have some questions here are some of the most popular FAQs on Laser hair removal.
Let's learn about some common doubts about laser hair removal
How many lasers are we talking about?
More lasers would’ve been a bad thing if this was the Star War’s universe, but in this case, it means increased efficiency and safety. So just relax if you see more than one laser pointed at you.
Does it really not hurt?
Patients have said to experience mild tingling or a feeling of the elastic band being pinged against their skin. Unless you are really scared elastic bands you should be good.
How many sessions would I require?
There is a common misconception that laser therapy is basically zapping all your unwanted hair in seconds. That’s not true. Each session removes 10% hair from your body. So you need multiple sessions in a year to get to your ideal look.
What precautions should I take?
Just like every other medical procedure, it is necessary that you take some precautions. In this case, avoid waxing and plucking your hair and stay away from sunbeds for at least 4-6 weeks before and during the treatment. It is also advisable to not go swimming in your post hair removal phase.
In most extreme cases light blistering may occur. There might also be a slight change in the tone of your skin, but overall it is a minimal painless procedure with negligible or no side effects.
We hope this has helped you in providing every bit of necessary information. Still, seeing results always helps to ensure happy patient and good results, which is to boost confidence in the procedure. If you still have any query, please comment below or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org