Also known as light based hair removal and laser hair reduction.
LASER hair removal is a permanent procedure for removal of unwanted hair from desirable parts of the body. It provides a safer and easier alternative to regular use if trimmers, shaving and hair removal creams. It leaves the area with a silky touch. It is a gentle technique with minimal discomfort and no down time. Today, laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed in the United States.
Some procedure which people often opt for along with Laser hair removal include
|WHERE IS IT DONE|
|Laser Room as an Outpatient Procedure|
|30-60 Minutes depending on the area|
Not required. You will feel slight redness and itching after the treatment for a couple of hours, this is normal and tolerable. You will be given an ice pack, or an emollient cream for the same.
INCISIONS, STITCHES & SCARS
|STAY AT CLINIC|
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
The hair that is undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimetres to the surface and a test pulse light is given by the Low energy laser to assess and adjust according to the skin colour and the colour, thickness and the area of the hair. Any adverse reactions will be observed at this point. In the absence of any the procedure is continued as per the planned adjustments. The hair follicles in the active phase of growth will be affected by the laser and the ones in the dormant stages won’t be affected.
After the procedure you will be given ice packs, moisturising lotions to soothe the treated areas and diminish any discomfort.
For optimal results multiple sessions are needed. Usually 3-8 sessions are needed initially and if you have any endogenous hormone secreting states or exogenous hormone use further sessions will be planned accordingly.
We recommend a treatment interval of 4-8 weeks between each session. The interval will be planned according to:
- The laser or light-based device selected
- Your age, gender, hair growth pattern and hair type
- The portion of the body being treated.
What are my options?
There are many devices available in the market for laser hair removal. The most successful ones use a low-energy laser beam which disables the active growth hair follicles.
Based on your
- skin type,
- hair thickness
- Hair color,
- Target site size and location
- The number of the current session
One or a combination of Lasers will be chosen by the surgeon
- Ruby laser
- Alexandrite laser
- Diode laser
- Nd:YAG laser
- Intense pulsed light devices
REST AT HOME BEFORE RESUMING OFFICE WORK
Not required, you can resume your daily work routine after the procedure.
AFTERCARE AND RECOVERY
Immediately following laser hair removal
One will be able to experience a reduction in the number of hairs, and smoother skin immediately after the treatment.
Some redness or skin irritation may be present in the treated area, but this typically resolves quickly.
A tailored skin care regimen with specially formulated skin care products may be prescribed to you.
In the areas treated with Laser a ‘sunscreen’ must be used.
If there is a persistent redness or irritation, contact the doctor.
Week two to eight
The hair follicles at any given time exist in various stages of growth and while during each session, the dormant ones won’t be affected by the treatment and these eventually enter their growing phase, which you notice as a hair growth. This can be tackled with carefully sequenced sessions targeting all the hair follicles.
Follow-up sessions with a gap of 4 to 8 weeks are recommended.
|FOLLOW UP VISITS|
|3 to 8 visits with a gap of 4 to 8 weeks between each. The number of sessions required depends on the site of hair removal.|
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?
Hair removal by Laser gives permanent results, but for the optimal effect 3 to 8 different sessions may be required so that all active-growth hair follicles have been satisfactorily removed.
Maintain good communication with the aesthetic plastic surgeon
Keeping safety in mind as well as for the most beautiful outcome of the procedure, we advise that you visit the clinic for follow-up and evaluation at prescribed times. Also do not hesitate to contact the doctor if you notice any changes in the treatment areas or when you have any concerns and queries.
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LIMITATIONS & RISKS
Significant complications from Laser Hair removal, fortunately, are infrequent. The risks specific to your health will be discussed during the consultation. Thousands of people undergo this procedure every year and are glad with the results.
Some risks specific to Laser hair removal include:
- Changes in skin colour and/or texture
- Skin blistering
- Eye injury
- Increased hair growth
You can minimize certain risks by following the instructions given by the doctor both before and after the procedure.