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Laser Hair Removal - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Removing hair regularly by waxing or using a razor can be a hassle and might even cause bumps or rashes to develop. The laser hair removal technique is efficient, safe and its effect lasts permanently or at least for an extended period of time. Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic procedure that destroys the hair follicles from the area you require.

This procedure can remove the hair from your legs, hands, back, face, bikini line or any other part according to your needs. Though the hair removal lasts for an extensive period, permanent hair removal is not always guaranteed.

The procedure involves an intense laser beam destroying and removing the unwanted hair from your body. During the procedure, a high-intensity laser beam passes through the body and damages individual hair follicles. This ensures that future hair growth is inhibited and that the effects are permanent.

With the advancements of technology, the laser technique can target individual hair and remove them according to your specifications. It can also leave the other areas with lighter or thin hair unaffected. The process may involve a few sessions of hair removal in order to ensure that the effects are permanent.

How is the treatment done?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that can involve certain health risks. Therefore, before the treatment is important to avoid waxing or shaving hair since this might affect the process of hair removal and also avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

At the start of the procedure, your hair will be trimmed up to a few millimeters. Then the laser device is adjusted according to your skin color and thickness of the hair that will be removed. In order to protect your skin during the process, the doctor will then apply a cooling gel on the skin.

The procedure begins with the doctor activating the laser equipment and then monitoring the patient throughout the process. If any inappropriate reactions occur, the doctor will discontinue the procedure.

During the procedure, a laser beam passes through the outer layer of skin to the follicles, which is the root of the hair. The intensity of the light and heat of the laser targets these hair follicles and destroys them. Laser technology is quick and efficient; it takes approximately a minute to remove the hair from the upper lip. However, areas where hair growth is dense and thick might take a few hours to complete.

The procedure is not painful, though you may experience certain tingling or slight stinging sensations during the hair removal process. After the procedure is complete, ointments, lotions or ice-packs are applied. This is to ensure that there is no inflammatory reaction and to relieve any discomfort.

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

Laser hair removal is a common medical procedure that almost anyone can avail. Those who are eligible for this hair removal procedure are as follows:

  • People who are light skinned with hair growth that is dark and thick. Hair removal works most effectively with these people since the laser equipment targets the melanin present in the hair.
  • For both men and women who want to remove the hair from their hands, legs, underarms, upper lip and back.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

In certain cases, laser hair removal might not be recommended. Here are the reasons why:

  • It is not possible to perform hair removal of eyelashes since the area surrounding the eyes are sensitive.
  • Some laser equipment only works successfully on people of certain complexions. But laser hair removal might not be as effective for people with blonde, red or white hair and for people with a darker complexion.

Are there any side effects?

Though laser hair removal is a relatively safe procedure, a few side effects may occur. The side effects after the procedure include:

  • The affected skin may form blisters that burn and hurt.
  • The most common side effect is skin irritation.
  • Certain changes in color and texture of the skin have been observed in some cases.
  • Changes in hair color and growth are also possible. In a few cases, the hair color changed to gray, while with others the hair growth became denser.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are certain guidelines that you should follow after the treatment. The medical practitioner might recommend the following guidelines post-treatment:

  • After laser hair removal, your skin might swell and become red. The doctor will suggest a cream, anti-inflammatory lotion or even a steroid ointment to soothe the burning sensation and the swellings.
  • Applying an ice pack to the affected areas will reduce the swelling.
  • It is advisable to avoid direct and excess sun exposure in the recovery period. Since exposure to the sun can aggravate the inflammation and sensitive skin.
  • The hair that has been treated might continue to fall off over a period of one to three weeks after the procedure.

How long does it take to recover?

The laser hair removal treatment has few side effects and hence the recovery process is quick. Some patients may recover within a day or two, while others might require two to three weeks for recovery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price for laser hair removal varies according to the clinic and the city. The price in India for laser hair removal would be approximately Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of laser hair removal treatment vary from person to person. Its efficacy depends on the clinic you go to as well as skills of the dermatologist. Some studies show that 90% of the people who undergo this procedure achieve permanent hair removal after a series of sessions. But in a number of cases, the results were ineffective.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Some alternatives to laser hair removal are:

  • Sugar waxing: This procedure can be used instead of waxing with honey or hard wax. It boasts of little to no side effects.
  • Electrolysis: This process removes hair with an electric gadget. Hair removal can last for extensive periods of time. But this process is time-consuming.
Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Low Recovery Time: Low Price Range: Rs. 15000 - Rs. 30000

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