Shaving, tweezing, and waxing are all being used widely to remove unwanted hair from the body. Laser hair removal is fast becoming the most sought after hair removal method because it is fast, safe, convenient, and pain-free. It involves the application of concentrated laser light directly into the hair follicles to ultimately inhibit hair growth.
What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal can be used safely for different areas of the body including the face, arms, underarms, legs, and the bikini line
Why is laser preferred for hair removal?
Patients prefer to use laser hair removal because of all the benefits that come with it.
Laser hair removal is fast. Several pulses of laser light are emitted every second and each one can treat many follicles at the same time. This means that the laser can significantly treat a larger expanse of the area for less time than other methods.
Laser hair removal is very precise. The lasers can target unwanted hair with a precision that leaves the surrounding skin unharmed during the procedure.
The results produced by laser hair removal are highly reliable. In fact, more than 90% of patients who have undergone the procedure have exhibited permanent hair loss after completing the recommended treatment regimen.
What should I expect from a laser hair removal procedure?
For extremely hairy areas, the hair will be trimmed just before the procedure so that is only a few millimeters in length above the surface of the skin. The doctor also adjusts the laser, prior to the procedure, so that the settings are adequate for the patient’s particular needs including the thickness, color, and location of hair, and the patient’s skin color as well. Both the patient and the practitioner will also need to wear eye protection before the laser is used. The surrounding skin will also be coated with a protective gel to minimize exposure and also to help the laser penetrate the skin better. Pulses of laser light will then be administered onto the treatment areas to facilitate hair removal. Succeeding treatments will be scheduled in intervals until the hair stops growing in the indicated areas.
What happens during the recovery period?
It is common for the treated areas to appear as if they were sunburned for at least a day, or two, after the procedure. The patient may be advised to apply a cold compress on the treated areas, or anti-inflammatory preparations to relieve any discomfort. It is also normal to experience some redness, swelling, or minor scarring on the treated areas, and for the treated hair to start falling out over the next month. Patients will be advised to wear sunscreen to prevent color changes on the treated areas.