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Laser Hair Reduction: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures alternative to shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair. It is done by applying beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light and penetrates deep down the root of each hair strand and damages the follicle. Thus, that hair follicle is not able to grow hair anymore. It works well for all areas of the body like the face, chin, arms, and the rest of the body.

How is the treatment done?

Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair on the skin by means of exposure to pulses of laser light. This pulses help to destroy the hair follicle and prevent hair growth on the topical regions. The treatment is relatively safe and has three steps which involve cleaning, shaving, and scanning of the area that is to be treated.

Before the treatment, the area to be treated should be protected from sun tanning and sun exposure for at least four to six weeks. The person should not take any drugs or medicines prior to the laser therapy. The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis (SPTL). This is matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration in order to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissues of the skin. Laser hair removal is most effective when hair is in the growth stage. Typically, the areas to be treated are shaved a few days before the laser hair removal treatment. On the day of the treatment, the doctor may apply an anesthetic cream, although this step is not necessary. In addition to this, a cool laser tip, spray, or gel can be used to make the patient feel more comfortable. Special glasses that are designed to filter out harmful light during the treatment are worn by both, the doctors and the patient. The laser is adjusted for power, size, and pulse frequency to optimize the treatment for the patient's comfort.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Laser hair reduction is a cosmetic treatment since a long time with increasing popularity. This is no major treatment and as such do not have any medical emergency. People who wish to remove their facial hair or unwanted hairs from other parts of the body to increase the smoothness of the skin and the aesthetic beauty can undergo this treatment.

Are there any side effects?

The procedure involved in the laser treatment is usually risk-free. But, there might be some side effects of laser hair removal that people need to consider. For instance, laser therapy involves the use of a lot of heat to burn the hair. This heat can lead to skin burns in some people. Itching, pink skin, redness, and swelling around the treatment area or swelling of the follicles (follicular edema) are common side effects of this treatment although these are mild and rarely last more than two or three days. The two most common serious side effects are acne and skin discoloration that is the laser heat pulses may cause hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. The patient may feel a kind of pain during the treatment and afterwards. Sometimes, people show signs of infection and allergy, especially people with very sensitive skins.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

After treatment, the skin will regain its normal look by three to four days. A clear aloe vera gel is recommended to be applied on the treated area for two to four days. It may be extended depending on the individual. Ice, cool compress or moisturizers may be used to soothe the heated region and also ease the redness. It is important to protect the treated area from exposure to sun rays or any other kind of heat. Thus, application of sunscreens and prevention of sunbathe are vital.

How long does it take to recover?

Laser hair removal is a quick and effective way of removing unwanted hair from the body. Recovery and re-establishment of normal smooth skin is brought about within two to three days.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Laser hair reduction is a costly treatment and usually consists of about two or three sessions. The cost depends on the area to be covered, type of hair, number of sessions, and the doctor. Its price range usually varies between Rs 16,000/- to Rs 25,000/- per session.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Unfortunately, laser hair reduction treatment is not permanent. This is a highly effective method of removing unwanted hair and hairs take a lot of time to regrow when removed with laser. This is because laser penetrates deep into the roots and destroys the follicles, preventing hair growth for a wide range of time.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Laser hair removal, as the name suggests, uses the application of laser pulse beams to remove hair from the body. This treatment does not have any possible alternative. However, unwanted hair can be removed from the body by waxing, tweezing or shaving. Use of certain home made pastes can also remove the superficial layers of hair on the skin.

Safety: High Effectiveness: Very High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Very Low Time For Recovery: Very Low Price Range:

Rs 16000- Rs 22000 per session.

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Laser Hair Reduction

MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology & Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Jalandhar
Laser Hair Reduction

If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.

Benefits of laser hair removal include:

Precision : Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

Speed : 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.

Predictability : Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis 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.

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.

Depending on the laser or light source used, you and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.

Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.

When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You'll get treatments until hair stops growing.

Recovery and Risks

For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it's sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless your skin is blistering.

Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.

Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare.

Costs of Laser Hair Removal

The cost varies widely, depending on factors that include:

  • Size of the area being treated and time required for treatment
  • Number of treatments required
  • Whether a doctor or someone else is performing the procedure
  • The part of the country where you are having the procedure

Ask for a consultation to get a better idea of the cost for your particular case.

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Laser Hair Removal Or Laser Hair Reduction

MBBS, MD (Skin & V.D. MAMC) - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Laser Hair Removal Or Laser Hair Reduction

Most of us especially females who are keen for laser hair services are confused on this aspect of lasers. The big question in their mind is that the money I m spending on laser hair services is worth it or not. Most of the centers who dont have much knowledge about working principle of lasers would say or commit that one would be totally hair less on the area which laser hair machine procedure is done. Some people may also note that laser hair services are mostly done by technicians who have little or no knowledge about the machine they are handling and infact they are also not taught about basics of laser hair machine.

If a lower than optimal dose is given by this machine it may cause paradoxical hair stimulation in that area or area around the procedure. So a proper dose and tolerance equilibrium has to be done by the opeartor. Females with harmonal imbalance may respond different from females who have normal hormonal profile and hence the results would vary from patient to patient. A non usfda machine is as dangerous as any ekectrical equipment without isi control mark. The lasers ideally should be infact compulsory should be usfda approved to judge its quality and performance. The laser machine should have fluence suited for indian skin and laser should be having a chiller tip for best results 

Non hormonal dependent areas like legs or arms may respond better than face area which has maximum control because of hormonal profiles. Pregnancy, stress, medication, thyroid or anaemia has a definitive control over hair cycle and hair growth
Dark black coarse and thick hair respond better than thin and blonde hair
Pigmented area with light fine hair may show less response
Areas with white hair may not respond at all. So its better to get hair reduction before you have white hair to have maximum advantage
Lasers like diode laser respond best to asian and indian skin as they have wavelength best suited for indian skin

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Permanent Laser Hair Reduction- Is It for Me ?

MBBS, DPD-Cardiff (U.K)
Dermatologist, Noida
Permanent Laser Hair Reduction- Is It for Me ?

It tickles your curiosity when you read or hear about permanent freedom from waxing and shaving by the use of Laser. To bridge the awareness gap, in this article i have tried to answer all the questions that people ask me before starting the laser sessions-

Q) Is it permanent hair reduction or removal ? 

A) Although the results achieved in most cases are excellent and satisfying, its a reduction in density and thickness of body hair that is stable for a long time. 

Q) Is laser the right option for me ?

A) Laser is a worthy option for you if anything on the list below bothers you-

  • Ingrown hair
  • Allergy- redness or red bumps after waxing.
  • Waxing gives smooth skin only for upto 3 days after which the hair starts growing out again, and you have to live with it till the next waxing session. 
  • You find waxing messy and painful
  • Inconvenience to take out time for waxing/shaving everytime you want to attend a social event.

Q) How does Laser hair removal work?

A) Pulses of highly concentrated light are emitted from the laser into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and damages the hair roots.

Q) How many sessions are needed?

A) 6-8 sessions of Laser hair removal are needed, placed 1 month apart, which is the time required for dormant or sleeping hair to come to the growing phase of hair cycle, so that they can be attacked by the laser. 

Q) I am a little apprehensive of laser. What is the procedure? Is it painful ?

A) There is nothing to be scared of when you are getting laser done by a certified dermatologist or under their supervision, at a good center that has a US FDA Approved laser machine.

The procedure is-

  1. Treatment area will be shaven.
  2. You will be made to wear protective eye shield.
  3. Gel is applied and Laser is done- It feels like a rubber band being flicked against your skin multiple times. Some people experience it as heat.
  4. Slight redness may occur on the treated area for 30 minutes. Applying ice helps in faster recovery.

Q) What precautions are needed before and after Laser hair removal.


  • Stop shaving, plucking, waxing the hair 6 weeks before Laser session
  • Limit sun exposure 6 weeks before and after laser session

Q) What are the side effects of laser?

A) Side effects are extremely rare if done by a trained doctor or therapist using a good machine. Redness, blistering, scarring may occur in rare circumstances, which can be managed by the dermatologist. 

Q) What is the cost of laser hair reduction ? I see a lot of offers and variations.

A) A full face laser at a certified clinic with a Good FDA approved machine will cost somewhere around 5000 Rs. Do not get wooed by very cheap prices unless you are very sure about the machine being used and results achieved. 

In comparision to the other modalities available, Laser is definitely a safer, long-lasting, cost saving, more affective and efficient option for getting rid of face and body hair. 

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Laser Hair Reduction - How To Prepare For It?

MCh-Plastic Surgery, MS-General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Laser Hair Reduction - How To Prepare For It?

Laser is an accepted mode of treatment for many disorders such as those of the skin. It is also increasingly being used to remove unwanted hair on your face, underarms, the pelvic area, chest etc. People who do not want to shave, wax or tweeze, go in for the laser removal of hair. During this procedure, small bursts of laser energy are let out on the affected areas of your skin. The hair follicles absorb the energy and in the process, get burnt. There are very few chances of their re-growth.

There are 3 main benefits from this mode of treatment

  1. Focused action: If you are imagining that laser treatment involves sending a broad beam of light then it is not true. The laser is a very highly focused stream of energy that treats only the selected area and leaves out the surrounding patch. So, do not worry, only the targeted hair will get affected and not the neighboring skin.
  2. Speed: Laser treatment for reduction or removal of hair is amazingly quick. Each laser burst lasts for just a fraction of a second. If you want the hair to be removed from the upper lip area, then the treatment will last for just a minute. Reduction of hair from the back of the legs, thighs etc. takes nearly an hour.
  3. Predictability: Many patients have reported a permanent removal of their hair after four to seven sessions of laser treatment. No wonder that more and more people across the world are opting for laser treatment of unwanted hair.

How to prepare for laser hair reduction
While laser hair reduction is fast and precise, it is advisable that you follow certain steps to make it more effective.

  1. Always consult your dermatologist before going in for this treatment. Your skin type may or may not respond to laser. There may be a certain complication that only your doctor can foresee and predict and advise accordingly. Also, check the credentials of the technician who is going to perform the laser surgical on you.
  2. Avoid using electrolysis, waxing and other superficial procedures for at least six weeks before going in for laser treatment. The laser targets the roots of the hair permanently. If the same hair has already been treated by waxing etc., the effects of laser treatment will be significantly reduced.
  3. No skin exposure before and after for six weeks. Unless you do this, the effectiveness of laser treatment for hair reduction will be greatly diminished.

Recovering from laser treatment
After the laser treatment, your affected skin will look and feel as if it has been overexposed to the sun. To mitigate these symptoms, you need to apply moisturisers and cool compresses. Wear sunscreen and make-up if your facial hair has been treated by laser. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Laser Hair Reduction - The Procedure!

M Derm, DNB (Dermatology & Venereology) , MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Laser Hair Reduction - The Procedure!

The presence of the excessive body and facial hair, a condition often termed as Hirsutism can be quite embarrassing for females. Waxing, threading, shaving, the use of hair removal creams and strips may provide a temporary solution but the problem surfaces within a month or two. The Laser Therapy comes as a blessing under such helpless situation. The Laser hair Reduction has gained immense worldwide recognition and appreciation. In this article, we will discuss the important points related to Laser Hair Reduction to help you understand the procedure better.

What is Laser Hair Reduction?
The Laser Hair Reduction is a hair removal procedure that utilizes a highly focused beam of light to get rid of the unwanted hair. As already known, the hair follicles contain pigments. It is these pigments that will absorb the light and will gradually result in the destruction of the hair.

Laser Hair Reduction Procedure

  1. The hair to be removed will undergo the necessary trimming (~ few mm just above the surface of the skin).
  2. It is important to adjust the equipment used in the Laser Reduction Therapy in accordance with hair color and thickness, the skin color, and the body area from where the hair will be removed.
  3. To ensure a better penetration of the laser beam as well as to keep the outer skin layer well shielded, the surgeon often makes use of a special cooling device or may even use a cold gel. Necessary precautions are also taken to keep the eyes protected from the laser light.
  4. Next, a pulse of the light will be focused on the area to undergo the treatment.
  5. In the meantime, the treated area will be under close scrutiny for any unwanted reactions or complication.
  6. At the end of the procedure, anti-inflammatory creams or ice packs may be used to soothe the treated area. One can also use cold water instead.
  7. The next session may be scheduled four to six weeks following the first one.
  8. In fact, the sessions will continue until there is complete hair removal from the targeted area.

The Associated Risks

  1. With a high beam light used, it is normal for the treated area to appear as if sunburned. The use of ice packs or even moisturizers can provide great relief. There may also be scarring, swelling or redness.
  2. In some rare cases, blister formation may also take place.

Precautions Before and After the hair removal

  1. Laser Hair Reduction requires precision. Make sure you are satisfied with the credentials of the surgeon. Always opt for an experienced surgeon with a higher success rate. It is better to be safe than to regret later.
  2. Refrain from any temporary hair removal procedures at least six weeks before the Laser Hair Reduction.
  3. You also need to keep the target skin area well protected from the sun rays. Most surgeons suggest minimum sun exposure at least six months before as well as after the hair removal. Make sure you use a good quality sunscreen.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

She went under laser treatment for facial hair reduction. But no use. She spent more than 20000rs. Please help her.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, There are various reason why the treatment may not have worked. The quality of machine the settings used etc. Also hair removal laser is not same for all types of hair, Thin villous hair which are less pigmented cannot be removed with Diode laser and IPL or NdYag laser needs to be used. Also hair removal needs maintainance session once in six months or year. Its difficult to comment without knowing details of the treatment taken. But in trained hands and proper machine laser hair removal is very effective and safe. Consult a dermatologist.
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I am 21 year old girl. And I am thinking of taking a laser hair reduction therapy so is that good for the skin? and does it have any side effect. And aslo is there any substitute for permanent reduction of hair.

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Mumbai
Hello, Laser hair reduction is a very gratifying procedure. Very good results. Very high patient satisfaction rate. 6-8 laser sessions at monthly intervals are advised generally. Side effects are very less if properly done. It can cause sometimes redness or superficial burn in sensitive skin. There is no other treatment for hair reduction.

How can we reduce facial hair growth without laser. Can you please mention the food to include in our diet for reduction. Thanks.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with an equal amount of gram flour, and stir well to combine. Pour in the sesame oil until you have a thick paste. Using your fingers, apply the paste to the areas with unwanted body hair. Let the mixture dry and sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

I am 26 years old female. I need Laser treatment for facial hair reduction. What should I do?

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
You can go for laser treatment. It does not cause any harm or burn your skin. Laser therapy will just remove the hairs from roots so that it will not appear or sometimes rarely it appears but no side effect
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I am going through laser hair reduction on my chest and arms and it hurts a lot because I have much denser and thicker hair. So, is applying a numbing cream prior to laser hair reduction is a good idea or not, please comment. My dermatologist is not agree for a numbing cream, the machine is lightsheer duet. Thanks.

MD - Skin, VD & Leprosy, Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons
Dermatologist, Delhi
Make sure your technician does icing before and after session. Chill the area with ice and immediately give laser shots. Also, if you have coarse hair, you don't need very high energy. Keep the laser fluence low.

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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Hello everyone. I am Dr Shilpi Bhadani, a plastic surgeon in Gurgaon. Today I will speak about Laser Hair Reduction.

Laser hair reduction is increasing in popularity as a method to remove unwanted body hair. The most common areas include the underarms, facial hair, the chest hair in males, the back hair also in males, leg, arms, bikini line. So there is almost no body part which is spared from laser hair reduction.

But it is important for the people who are seeking laser hair reduction to understand that, "what is the expectation and whether the reality will match the expectation or not?"

So, the first consultation with the laser specialist is important. And one must know the modality that is being used for the Laser Hair reduction. There can be multiple modalities like - Diode, Nd-YAG Q-Switched and IPL. Out of this, Diode and Nd-YAG are equally successfull an popular. However, the gold standard is Diode laser hair reduction.

The black hair is most effectively targeted and it is mostly targeted in the growth phase. Now, hair grows in a cyclic manner that is why it needs sessions to ultimately reduce the hair growth. And one thing you need to understand that it is not hair removal, it is hair reduction. So, although some people do achieve freedom from hair but gradually you will need maintenance and that will depend on person to person. Although it is not much. When you had about 6-8 sessions, then it is really good.

Laser hair reduction for the face usually sort after by women or girls who have the syndrome called as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in which there is Hirsutism that means the unwanted facial hair in male growth pattern is there. LOaser hair reduction is a very effective modality for this unwanted growth of hair but it must also be understood by the patients that PCOD must be treated. So, simultaneous treatment for PCOD is essential. So, you will need a consultation with person who treats PCOS liek an endocrinologist or a gynaecologist simultaneous to the Laser Hair Reduction.

So, it is grwoing in popularity and it is very very successfull method.

We do Laser Hair Reduction at our clinic. If you want to contact, you can contact me through Lybrate.

Thank you.
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Hi this is Sandesh Gupta the owner of Skin and Laser Centre. Today we will discuss about Laser hair reduction. Laser hair reduction is a process by which the problem of unwanted hair on the face and other body parts can be resolved. It requires two sessions of Laser hair procedures and we can get the reduction or removal of these hairs almost permanently. Now how does the diode system works. How this machine does works? The laser machine it produces a beam of highly concentrated light. This emitted light is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. These lasers vaporize these pigments and by this we disable the hair follicles and significantly impede the hair root.

At our center we use the highest technology by The Luminous USA Gold standard light sheer diode laser with the best treatment efficacies in the haring world. Now the question comes is it painful usually laser hair removal is not painful because every Laser hair has a cooling tips where temperature goes to the zero degree centigrade which allows significant cooling on the skin before any shot of the laser come and this makes the procedure almost painless but during the treatment there might be slight tingling or stinging Sensation which can be easily tolerated then in few cases if pain tendency is more we can apply topical anesthesia procedure. Another question comes How many sessions are required show the number of session varies Depending on the patient's hair thickness or density And area to be treated and in few cases if PCOS or any hormonal changes are there, hormonal disturbances are there The number of sitting varies. Usually 8 to 10 sessions are generally recommended. But few cases it can go up to 15 cases and in few cases the PCS comes thyroid problems come or any other hormonal abnormalities are there so we have to give more and more number of sessions even after 15 sections.

In few cases what happens patchy growth or fine hairs they come after the 15 goes so they may require further maintenance sitting after interval of 3 to 4 months now another question comes does it work on grey hair? The answer is no because laser energies attract the melanin in the hair the greater the amount of melanin the better are results. White or gray hair doesn't contain any melanin therefore it does not respond to any laser treatment whether it is ND YAG or whether it is a diode laser or it s a pill. Some patients ask do I need to grow hair for the treatment. No In fact we ask you we shave the area where you want to be treated. Lasers actually targets the anatomical structures below the skin. And this surface here actually interferes with the process.

Another question comes in how many sittings will I see the results? So we say that from the very first session there will be no growth for several weeks. Therefore you will be receiving immediate relief while you are moving towards the long term solution. As the number of sessions are increasing you will get more and more time of the non-hairy skin.

In case if you need any further assistance any inquiry about the laser hair reduction you can directly contact to me or you can contact our center.
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