One of the most popular cosmetic procedures for hair removal across the globe is laser hair removal, which is the process of applying high concentration light beams on the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the hair pigment, which results in the destruction of the hair follicle. People who are not comfortable with other hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, tweezing or hair removal creams can take advantage of laser technology to remove unwanted hair from their body.
Preparing for Hair Removal with Laser
Removal of hair by laser technology is a procedure that requires experience and training to be performed and may pose certain risks. Before the decision is made, it is advisable to check the doctor’s or the technician’s credentials performing the procedure. There are certain guidelines to follow before going for the treatment. Restrictions in some other hair removal methods like waxing, plucking or undergoing electrolysis should be followed from at least six weeks before the treatment starts. This is done to ensure the hair roots are present during the treatment so that the light beams can target them. Exposure to sun should also be avoided at least six weeks before and after the treatment session.
There are certain preparations that are required to be performed before the laser hair removal procedure.
- Just before the start of the session, the hair to undergo treatment needs to be trimmed to a few millimetres in length, followed by the application of a skin surface numbing medicine about half an hour before the procedure. The numbing application reduces the feeling of sting created by the laser pulse on the skin.
- The power of the laser beams to be applied is adjusted to suit the skin colour as well as the thickness, colour, and location of the hair being treated.
- Proper eye protection gear is used by the patient as well as the technician.
- It is very important that the outer layers of the skin are protected with the application of a cold gel.
- In the following step, a light pulse is applied to the skin area under treatment and then it is monitored for a few minutes for any adverse reactions before the next light pulse is applied.
- The laser hair removal procedure is completed with the application of cooling agents like cold water, ice packs, anti-inflammatory lotions to reduce the slight irritation that may be caused.
- Usually, the sessions are spaced by four or six weeks and are continued till hair growth is stopped.
The cost involved in laser hair removal treatments may vary widely and will depend on factors such as:
- Size of the skin area under treatment
- Number of sessions required for the treatment
- Whether treatment is performed by a dermatologist or a technician
After the Laser Process
There are certain aftereffects of the laser hair removal procedure. For a few days, the treated skin area will have redness or a sunburnt look and feel. The dermatologist may prescribe the regular application of cold compress and moisturizers to get relief. If the face is treated, it is usually advisable to stay away from applying makeup right after treatment, as blisters may develop due to chemicals present in makeup. The hair in the treated area may take a duration of 3-4 weeks to fall out. Application of sunscreen is very important to protect the sensitive treated area from sun damage. The appearance of blisters is not very common, however, people with dark complexions have more chances of facing this issue.
A number of benefits can be derived from a laser hair removal procedure, including the following:
- Laser removal gives long term solution
- It is a painless method
- It is a versatile method, fit for even the most delicate areas of the body
- The procedure does not damage the skin with zero infection risks
Before considering the laser procedure, it is wise to do some research. The idea of smooth hairless skin is quite a temptation, however, it is important to decide upon the right hair removal clinic to choose.