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Laser Hair Reduction - Advantages, Method & Preparation For It!

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Dermatologist, Delhi  •  20years experience
Laser Hair Reduction - Advantages, Method & Preparation For It!

If a person is not particularly happy with options like shaving, waxing or tweezing to reduce unwanted hair, laser hair reduction could be an extremely viable option that people could consider.

Laser Hair Reduction is one of the common cosmetic procedures in the United States and now it is also quite prevalent in our country as well. This involves in using beams of really high concentration of light into the hair follicles. Pigment that is present in the follicles goes on to absorb the light, which in turn helps in destroying the hair.

Advantages of Laser Hair Reduction

Lasers are very effective in removing unwanted hair from different regions in the body, like face, arm, leg, underarm along with other areas.

Some of the advantages of laser hair reduction include:


One of the biggest advantages in using laser to reduce unwanted hair present in the body parts, lie in the fact that lasers can very selectively hit the dark, coarse hairs, while leaving behind the skin that surrounds the areas, completely untouched.


Each and every pulse of the laser takes only a fraction of second and goes on to treat a number of hairs at the same time. The laser can lead to the treatment of any particular area, approximately the size of a quarter each and every second. Areas that are small, for instance the upper lip, can get treatment in less than 60 seconds and the bigger areas like back, legs could take up to 1 hour.


The treatment is quite predictable in nature as most of the patients notice hair loss on a permanent basis after going through the treatment for three to seven sessions.

How Should One Prepare Themselves for Laser Hair Reduction?

Reducing the hair by way of laser therapy is more than only removing unwanted hair. This is basically a medical procedure that involves proper training to perform as it carries certain potential risks. Thus, only dermatologists, who are experts in performing these treatments, must carry out the procedure.

People, who would plan towards undergoing laser hair reduction, should follow certain rules:

  • They must reduce their plucking as well as waxing at least six weeks before the treatment as laser tends to target the roots of the hairs, which get removed on a temporary basis through waxing or plucking.
  • Exposure to sunlight also must be avoided both before as well as after the treatment.

What Happens During Laser Hair Reduction?

Just before the procedure gets conducted, hairs of all those people would get trimmed to only a few millimetres just above the skin’s surface. The laser equipment would get adjusted as per the colour, thickness as well as the location of the hair that is getting treated along with the person’s colour of the skin.

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