If you dread the painful waxing session every month and hate the ingrown hairs and stubbly legs and arms you have after shaving Laser Hair Removal is perhaps something you have considered several times. Despite giving it a lot of thought you are not sure because you do not know enough about it.
Is it really painless and permanent solution? Is it really safe for all body parts? Will it burn or darken my skin? Is it worth the cost? How long the results would last and what is the aftercare? You probably have all these questions in your head and perhaps have asked them aloud to friends but never got satisfactory answers. Don’t worry we have gathered all the answers from experts here.
How does it work?
The procedure is somewhat similar to Dark circle removal through laser treatment. The laser works by targeting the coloured pigments in hair, as the follicle absorbs the light and heat of laser pulse it is destroyed. This is the reason this treatment has an exceptionally lower regrowth rate.
Precautions for Laser Treatment
It is not like getting a facial massage or waxing at your local salon, it is a medical procedure and although it is non-invassive you should make sure that the doctor or technician giving you the treatment has appropriate certification and qualifications required for handling the equipment. The laser can cause serious damage to your skin and eyes if appropriate precautions are not undertaken.
Six weeks before going for your first session completely stop waxing, plucking or using electrolysis for hair removal as these procedures pull out hairs very closely to the root, and although this hair will regrow later they will be missed during laser treatment. Avoid using the products that might irritate your skin and wear comfortable clothes to avoid getting rashes.
Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for at least six weeks prior to treatment as it will tan the skin and make treatment less effective. Also inform your doctor if you have any cold, fever, skin infection, rash or other major or minor health-related issues. Let your doctor know if you have been taking any medications especially any anti-inflammatory medicines.
Do not get laser treatment if you are pregnant and inform your doctor if you think you might be but uncertain. Sometimes it happens that you book an appointment but miss your period that was due before the laser treatment session, the home test is negative but you really can’t be sure. In such cases do consult your doctor and bring this up before you start getting the treatment.
What to Expect During Session
How much it will hurt depends upon the pain sensitivity and the area being treated but most clients stand between no pain at all to minor discomfort but it shall be nothing that you can not tolerate easily. Your experience may vary from doctor to doctor but overall protocols followed are generally same.
- Your technician will trim your hair to the appropriate length and cleanse the area to be treated.
- A numbing gel might be applied to reduce the uncomfortable sensation. You will be given glasses to protect your eyes.
- The laser machine will be adjusted according to the area of treatment, your skin colour, hair colour, and thickness of hair.
- Your doctor will pulse the laser on the area to be treated for several minutes.
- At the end of the treatment, you will be given a gel or ointment to soothe the treated area. Some might offer you an ice pack too.
Side Effects and After Care
You might experience a minor reaction or side effects after receiving the treatment like irritation or redness of the skin. This is normal as the laser targets hair follicles in the skin and this will subside in a few days. Other side effects may include the appearance of pigmentation patches on your skin also known as light or dark spots and some minor scarring. This too shall subside in a few days however in case of serious discomfort or any concern do consult with your doctors. Any serious side effects must not appear if the treatment is administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner.
Avoid sun exposure after receiving the treatment and do not apply makeup or any other products that might irritate the skin. Wear sunscreen all the time you are outdoors.
This treatment will gradually decrease the growth of hair so you might have to get anywhere from three to eight-session before you get the desired goals.
Consult our specialised and qualified doctors if you want to receive a laser hair removal treatment for an of your body part.