Grooming has become the unspoken mantra of corporate world. Today, where ever we go, on work or on holiday, people are becoming more and more conscious and pay attention to details when it comes to grooming. And when it comes to that, can hair removal be far behind?
Till very recently, hair removal options were limited to waxing, tweezing, threading or shaving. All these methods are not only temporary but also can lead to damage of the overlying skin. Surely, you must have noticed the darkening of skin after frequent shaving on any man’s jaw.
Laser Hair Reduction provides a safe, economical and relatively painless alternative method to permanent hair reduction. Read on to learn more about Laser Hair Reduction.
What is Laser Hair Reduction?
Laser Hair Reduction is a medical procedure which uses Laser light to target and destroy the growing part of the hair root, in order to get permanent reduction in the size and numbers of hairs in any given area.
Which are the types of Lasers available for Laser Hair Reduction? Which is the best for my skin?
There are many lasers which are available for Laser Hair Reduction. These include the NdYAG laser, the Diode laser, the Alexandrite laser. The Laser Devices are basically different for different skin types, the Alexandrite is better suited for fair skin and the Diode and NdYAG are safer for darker skin types. Whenever you choose to have Laser Hair Reduction, please remember that this is a medical treatment. Choose your dermatologist carefully.
What is the procedure all about?
When you first book for your Laser Session, you will meet a Dermatologist. The doctor will then assess your skin and hair type and then suggest the safest laser option for you. During the process of consultation, you will be able to discuss the various options available, and the doctor will also address any concerns you may have regarding the procedure.
Then the next step is a Test Patch. Here, the dermatologist will apply the laser on the area to be treated and try out different energy parameters. Usually, you will be asked to come back after 24-48 hours for the laser itself.
Throughout the procedure, you will be advised to wear protective eye glasses, so that the Laser light does not harm your eyes.
During the actual treatment session, the area to be treated will be marked, shaved and a cool gel will be applied to the skin. The gel helps the laser move smoothly over the skin and cools the skin during the treatment.
The laser usually has an inbuilt chilling tip in it. This is then applied over the skin and area to be treated is chilled. Then the laser energy is delivered to the skin. This usually feels like warmth or a gentle pricking sensation.
Once the treatment is completed, a soothing balm and sunscreen are applied.
Is the treatment painful?
If you are worried about pain, there is good news for you. The recent advances in laser technology have made the delivery of laser almost pain free. At Dr. Dixit, we use Diode laser with In-motion technology, which gives comfortable pain free treatments. We can also provide you with local anesthetic creams for treatment of sensitive areas.
What happens to the treated hair?
The treated hair absorbs the light and usually falls off over the next week or so. Do use a sunscreen to protect the treated skin. The hair will grow back after a gap of three to six weeks. Then you need to go back for your next session, and so on till satisfactory results are obtained.
Are there any side effects?
There may be some redness and irritation of the skin. This usually subsides in a few hours to a couple of days. Rarely, scabbing or blister formation may happen. In this case, you will need to inform the doctor immediately, so treatment can be undertaken.
Which all areas can be treated?
Underarms, Face, legs, arms, chest and back are the most commonly treated. However, any area which has hair can be treated.
How many sessions are needed?
Most hair needs 6 to 8 sessions to show a significant reduction. However, your dermatologist can give you the correct recommended number during a consultation.
Is it safe for teenagers?
Most dermatologists recommend hair reduction by laser after the age of 15.
Does it work on Grey/White/Blond hairs?
Grey/ White / Blond hairs contain no pigment, so they are difficult to treat with conventional lasers. However, your dermatologist may recommend other treatment options such as Electrolysis or ELOS treatment.
Can men undergo Laser Hair Reduction?
Yes. Men are now availing the Laser Hair reduction for treatment of body and facial hair. Beard shaping and treatment of unwanted hair over the arms or body has become very safe and effective with Laser Hair Reduction.
I have PCOS. Will laser be effective on my hair?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) has now become very common due to changing lifestyle patterns. In this condition, there are hormonal aberrations which lead to excessive growth of hair over the face. PCOS needs to be managed by a team of endocrinologists, Dermatologist and Gynecologists. Though the lifestyle changes and the medications can reduce further hair growth, the treatment of choice to remove the existing hair growth is Laser Hair Reduction.
You may need more number of sessions to see full improvement with LASER hair reduction if you are suffering from PCOS. Do see a experienced dermatologist, with expertise in dealing with such conditions.
Didn't find what you were looking for? Ask Dr Dixit your question and get answers within a day.
The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.