Laser hair removal is a common procedures for individuals unhappy with tweezing, shaving or waxing for the purpose of removing unwanted hair. Lasers are highly useful for removing hair from the leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, face and other areas. There are numerous benefits of this procedure consisting of precision, as Laser hair removal procedure can selectively target dark, coarse hairs, speed, as each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time, and lastly, there is predictability, as most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of around three – seven sessions.
The purpose of laser hair removal consists of the beaming of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigments in the follicles absorb the light, which then ends up destroying the hair.
Before the laser hair removal procedure, the hair to undergo treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the surface of the skin. The laser equipment will be adjusted in accordance to the location, thickness, and color of your skin. Furthermore, depending on the light source or laser used, you and the technician will need to be wearing appropriate eye protection. It is also necessary to ensure that the outer layers of your skin are protected with a cold gel or special cooling device. Then, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area, and the area will be watched for several minutes to ensure that the best settings are used, and to keep a check for bad reactions. Once the procedure is completed, one might be given ice packs, lotions, anti-inflammatory creams, or cold water to ease discomfort. One can schedule their next laser hair removal treatment four to six weeks later, and you will be receiving the treatment until hair stops to grow.
Side effects of laser hair removal consist of swelling, scarring, and redness. Permanent changes in skin and scarring are rare, however. Furthermore, blisters are rare as well, but they are likelier to occur in people who have darker complexions. Additionally, for a day or two after the surgery is over, the treated area of one’s skin will appear and feel like it has been sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers can help in that regard. And, if sunscreen is worn, then temporary changes in the color of the skin are unlikely to occur.
If one is planning on going through laser hair removal, they should limit waxing, plucking and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the hairs roots which end up being temporarily removed through waxing or plucking. Additionally, one should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure results in making laser hair removal less effective and makes complications when treatments are done less likely. The cost of the treatment can vary depending on the size of the area being treated, a number of treatments required, and lastly whether a doctor or someone else is performing the procedure.
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