Removing unwanted hair is a personal choice. Though as such there are no health benefits, people prefer to remove unwanted hair to make their skin look attractive, clean and also preventing excess sweating and bad odour. The most commonly used techniques in home or salon are threading, plucking, waxing, shaving (electric or razor), depilatory creams, epilating and electrolysis. These methods provide good results but are usually painful, temporary and there is regular pinch on the pockets for buying these products. The Most popular long-term remedy opted by people now a days is the latest laser treatment. Laser Hair Removal Treatment is one of the advanced and popular methods practiced by dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon to effectively remove the unwanted hair from any area of the patient’s body. It is a procedure where a strong beam of light penetrates the skin pigment to destroy the hair follicle and slow down its future growth. The key principle in the laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis.A variety of machines available are Ruby laser, Intense Pulsed Light laser, Diode laser,Alaxandrite laser, Neodymium lasers etc.
Unwanted hair can be removed from any part of body viz. facial, upper lip, eyebrows, chin, chest, back, hands, under arms, legs, bikini, genital, and pubic area. For effective laser results it’s recommended to stop using conventional methods and sun exposure 3-6 months before taking Laser Hair Removaltreatment.The Practitioner will perform the following steps:
• Examine the patient’s skin tone and hair types / colours. Conduct small patch tests for testing sensitivity and reaction.
• Decides which laser technique method is suitable for the patient.
• Technician gives the patient appropriate eye protection goggles, applies cold gel / cooling device to protect outer layers of skin. The patient is made ready for the procedure by taking care of all safety measures.
• Finally the trained practitioner performs the Laser Hair Removal procedure: the equipment will be set / focused according to the colour, thickness, and location of the patient’s hair being treated. Then a pulse of light is emitted to the treatment area. After completion of the procedure the patient may be given cold water, ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions ease any discomfort. It is advisable that the patient should strictly follow the post treatment care and safety instructions suggested by the practitioner.
• The Number of sessions required varies from patient to patient depending on their skin and hair nature. Repeat sessions are generally for long-term solutions. The practitioner will decide it accordingly.
The cost of laser procedure mainly depends on three factors: type of method chosen, size of area to be treated and number of sessions. Charges may vary from practitioner to practitioner.
Side effects and Cons:
Very rare side effects that may occur after treatment are blisters, swelling, acne, redness, itching, skin irritation, scarring, allergy and infection.
In extreme cases there are changes of hypo- or hyper-pigmentation.
Changes in body such as pregnancy, hormone imbalance and menopause can cause hair follicles which have been inactive by laser hair removal to reactivate and grow new hair.
Accuracy and Safety: Lasers can accurately target unwanted hair on any area of body causing minimal damage to the skin. It is adapted to suit any kind of hair and skin types.
Minimum pain to the patient compared to other techniques.
Saves Time: Small body areas can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas may take up to an hour.
Predictability: This is considered as most convenient and effective method for long term solutions. People experience long-lasting, beautiful results of having permanent hair loss after an average number of sessions.