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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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Unwanted Hair: Why Should You Choose Laser?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Ghaziabad
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Laser hair removal is an option worth considering if you are not happy with shaving , plucking or waxing the unwanted hair. This covers major body parts such as face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.

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Laser Hair Reduction: Answers To Your Every Question!

MD - Dermatology, MBBS, Diplomate of American Board of Laser Surgery
Dermatologist, Delhi
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Laser hair reduction involves hair removal by exposure to pulses of laser light which destroy the hair follicle. It is now a common method used for removing hair for long periods of time.

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Laser Hair Removal - Get Rid Of Unwanted Hair!

MBBS, MD - Skin,VD & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Noida
Laser Hair Removal - Get Rid Of Unwanted Hair!

There is no need to walk around embarrassingly with unwanted lip and chin hair, or to endure your sweaty hairy underarms. There is also no need to painfully and repeatedly wax, thread and pluck your hair lifelong. Permanent laser hair reduction provides a painless solution to these annoying problems. Lasers use focused beams of light which specifically target and destroy hair roots without harming the skin or any other tissues.

Hair can easily and permanently be removed from any part of the body, but most females opt for removal of unwanted hair from the lip, chin, underarms, bikini line, arms and legs . Many males like a clean hairless chest and also a clean back and permanent hair removal with lasers provides them with a fast and safe option.

How do lasers work?

A theory formulated by a number of doctors at the famous Harvard Medical School, called Selective Photo-thermolysis (SPTL) is applied for hair reduction. A variety of parameters like hair thickness, depth of hair roots and skin colour, etc. are considered for calculating the appropriate wavelength and pulse duration of light which will specifically match the targeted hair roots. This laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles, thus destroying the hair roots. No regrowth of hair is expected once the hair roots are completely gone.

Benefits of laser hair removal

  1. Permanent: Unlike shaving, waxing, plucking or threading where you repeat the process lifelong, laser hair removal requires only about 4-6 monthly sessions and then you are set for life.
  2. Precision: Laser can precisely pinpoint the selective dark and coarse hair without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues. Speed: Within a fraction of a second, the pulsed light of a laser can simultaneously treat many hair follicles. It can treat small areas such as the upper lip within a minute, whereas it can take about 1/2 hour to treat the back or the legs.
  3. Effectiveness: The unwanted hair follicles are removed permanently during sessions at intervals of three to seven weeks.

How to prepare for it? 

Lasers should generally be performed under supervision of qualified dermatologists who also have additional specialised qualifications and understanding of laser physics. It is always best to meticulously check the track record of the doctor and the technicians performing these procedures. Six weeks prior to the laser hair reduction procedure, you need to stop waxing, plucking and electrolysis. Avoid a tan six weeks prior to treatment since it is difficult for laser light to pass through pigmented skin.

Expected treatment

Prior to the treatment, the targeted hairs will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist will adjust the laser parameters using the onboard computer to exactly match the targeted hair roots. For protecting the outer layers of your skin, a cold gel is applied. Painless pulses of light are then applied to the target areas till the complete desired area is treated. For the chin or underarms, this requires just a couple of minutes. You may feel a bit of warmth when light touches your skin but this is not uncomfortable. Ice packs are applied after the procedure to sooth your skin. The next session is taken up normally after two to four weeks.

Potential side effects

  1. Irritation of skin associated with redness, swelling or discomfort, which subside within a few hours of the treatment.
  2. Temporary pigmentary changes may be observed, such as darkening or lightening.
  3. Underlying hormonal issues can be a cause for unsatisfactory improvement and this should be checked by your gynaecologist or endocrinologist.

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

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Unwanted Hair Growth on your body

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Pune
Unwanted Hair Growth on your body

Today I will explain  about excessive hair growth also called as hirstusim. We would also be discussing the different hair removal techniques available for the management of this condition.  Recently a large number of people, especially females are suffering from the problem of excessive hair growth. This hair growth can occur in any region of the body, however the upper lips and beard area are the most commonly affected.

Hair removal lasers are a new technology in dermatology which can help in tackling this problem of excessive hair growth.

Causes of excessive hair growth:

Hormones and hormonal imbalances are one of the chief causes of excessive hair growth. A large number of females in the Indian subcontinent are suffering from polycystic ovarian disease ( PCOD). This condition leads to severe hormonal imbalances which can cause excessive hair growth in females. Excessive hair growth, also called as hirsutism can occur over any area of the body. The beard area, upper lips, chin, under arms are the commonest areas where such hair growth is seen. Such hair growth in females can have a detrimental effect on the well being as well as self confidence. However with the recent advances in the field of dermatology, a large number of laser treatments are available for the management of this condition.  Diode lasers are the gold standard in the management of this condition. Diode lasers target and destroy the hair roots, which help in achieving a permanent hair reduction.Multiple sessions are required for this technique. It is a safe technique without any major side effects. Recently a large number of females are facing the problems of excessive hair growth or hirsutism, This adversely affects their confidence as well as well being.  However with proper laser treatment, excellent results are obtained in the management of this condition.

Laser Hair Removal - Know The Procedure!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Surgeon, Delhi
Laser Hair Removal - Know The Procedure!

Unwanted hair is a major issue for many young people. Shaving or waxing the hair is tedious process, and can also be painful at times. Due to its many benefits, laser hair removal has become very popular amongst youngsters. In many cases, after three to eight sessions, permanent hair loss is observed. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of laser hair removal procedures performed.

What is the theory behind laser hair removal?
Laser technology is based on highly concentrated rays. These rays are concentrated on a specific part of your skin from where you wish to remove the hair. The highly concentrated light is directed to particular hair follicles in order to remove them. Although, permanent results or results that last a lifetime are never guaranteed, cases have been observed wherein after a few sessions, complete hair loss is observed.
Many types of laser removal procedures are available, among these, Neodymium YAG, diode, alexandrite, and intense pulsed light sources are well known.

Why should you choose laser hair removal?
Unwanted hair on your face, underarms, legs, arms or any other area can be easily removed using this procedure. Laser hair removal procedures offer you with a healthy and smooth skin free of unwanted hair. The laser used for hair removal target dark and bristly hairs without damaging the surrounding areas. Known for its speed, laser hair procedure has the ability to treat small areas in approximately one minute and less. These small areas include the upper lip region.

How long does it take?
Laser removal method is performed by skilled doctors. The doctors need to decide how many days and sittings will it take to get the procedure done depending upon the growth of hair in that specific area and also how much area of your skin is to be covered. Once the procedure is done, one may need to get it done in few years again depending upon the regrowth of hair on his/her body.

Difficulties of laser hair removal procedure:

  1. Laser hair procedures can at times cause hyper pigmentation of skin or darkening of skin. It can also cause hypo pigmentation, which causes lightening of skin colour at certain regions.
  2. Some people experience itchiness after the procedure has been completed.
  3. A major disadvantage of this treatment is that it can be quite expensive and unaffordable for the common people.
  4. It may leave scars or skin infections if not done by skilled or accomplished doctors.

Laser hair treatment is effective and comparatively more efficient on people who have light skin and dark hair. Generally, laser hair surgeries are done to remove unwanted hair on back, face, chest, neck, bikini area, shoulders, upper lip, chin etc. For successful results, one should get this procedure performed from a skilled doctor. If not done properly, it will leave marks/scars and damage your body.

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

Please suggest. How to get rid from body hairs and should not get regrowth of it?

Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Hey lybrate-user. You will have to go for laser hair reduction. This will reduce the growth. Complete removal is not possible.
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I need to remove unwanted hair from my upper back and front shoulders. How much it will cost and will it be effective? Please tell the price. Thank you.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, Lasers are safe and effective when done by proper professionals and proper machines. Laser takes 6-8 sessions to get results. Ypou will need maintainance once in 6 mo or an year. There are various different laser for hair removal Diode, Ndyag IPL all have their own indications. Cost depends on area involved may range 2-5 thousand per session. Consult a dermatologist.

Then how many months are to be cured for this unwanted hair problem in homeopathic?

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, Lasers are safe and effective when done by proper professionals and proper machines. Laser takes 6-8 sessions to get results. Ypou will need maintainance once in 6 mo or an year. There are various different laser for hair removal Diode, Ndyag IPL all have their own indications. Cost depends on area involved may range 2-5 thousand per session. Consult a dermatologist.

My hair in the dendrafed is very badly do you remove the dendrafed about the tall me.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, User shampoo containing ketoconazole and coal tar alternate day for 6 weeks. If still present consult a dermatologist.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
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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