How does it work?
A non-invasive procedure that uses beams of light to target the melanin in hair follicles. Here is how it works - the laser’s energy is absorbed by the melanin, it transforms into heat, making it difficult for the hair follicles to produce new hair. What makes it safe is the way it is calibrated to target dark, coarse hair while leaving surrounding skin unharmed.
One session typically lasts between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treated area. Laser treatment requires on an average 6-8 sessions to give upto 90% of hair reduction. You can see visible results from the very first session. Although the number of sessions required varies from person to person, approximately 90% of people experience a noticeable reduction in hair growth after completing their laser hair reduction treatment sessions.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Studies show that on an average after 6 to 8 sessions, people can experience a permanent hair reduction of up to 90% in treated areas.
Lasers are designed to be accurate and they target coarse hair while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged, which minimizes the risk of skin irritation and ingrown hair.
While pain tolerance varies among individuals, most people report only mild discomfort during laser hair treatment. Advanced cooling systems are often used into the devices to soothe the skin and enhance comfort during the procedure.
Laser treatments have a high upfront cost when compared to other methods of hair removal but benefits of it outweigh the money invested in it. It's safe to say that the return on investment is higher than other ways of hair removal.
Consultation with your doctor
Prior to any treatment, you should visit a qualified practitioner. They will examine your skin and medical history to determine if laser hair treatment is suitable for you.
The area to be treated needs to be shaved before the laser service, this helps the laser focus on the hair follicles rather than the hair on the surface.
To shield your eyes from the laser's light, you'll be provided with special goggles to wear during the procedure.
The practitioner will use a handheld device that emits the laser beams over the treatment area. You may feel mild heat / tingling sensation as the laser targets the hair follicles.
Some laser devices use cooling systems to minimize discomfort and protect the surrounding skin during the treatment.
After the session, the practitioner may apply a soothing gel or lotion to ease any redness or irritation.
To achieve optimal results, it takes multiple sessions throughout the course of many weeks. The reason for this is that the hair grows in cycles, and the laser only targets hair in its active growth phase.
Follow-up and Maintenance
After you’re done with the procedure, periodic touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the results over time.
Post Treatment care
No sun exposure
In the first few days after the treatment, protect the treated area from direct sun exposure. If you have to go out, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with high SPF and wear protective clothing to protect your skin .
Skip the gym for some time
Give activities like hot showers and exercise sessions a miss for the first 24 to 48 hours. After a laser session due to heat your skin becomes more sensitive, and sweating could lead to irritation.
Say no to hair removal methods
Avoid plucking, waxing, or any other hair removal methods that remove hair from the root. These methods interfere with the hair growth cycle and may reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment.
Be gentle with your skin
Be gentle with the treated area during the healing process. Stay away from harsh skincare products and opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers.
Moisturize and hydrate
It is crucial to keep the treated areas well-moisturized to soothe the skin and promote better healing. Additionally, drink plenty of water too.
You may experience temporary redness, mild swelling, in the treated area. The effects of this usually fade away within a few hours or might take a few days to lighten.
Blistering and Scarring
When going for a LHR Treatment, there is a slight risk of blistering or scarring, if the treatment is not done correctly.
As a mandate it is necessary for the practitioner to equip you with protective eye gear to avoid the risk of any eye injury. Laser hair treatment requires wearing protective goggles during the procedure to safeguard your eyes.
Infection and Skin Damage
Infection is rare, but essential to keep in mind before getting a LHR and follow post-treatment care instructions to minimize the risk.
Frequently Asked Question
- Q. Are there any long-term effects of laser hair removal on the skin's elasticity?
A. Laser hair removal primarily targets hair follicles, and there is generally no significant impact on the skin's elasticity. However, if there are concerns about skin elasticity, it's essential to discuss them with the practitioner before proceeding with treatment.
- Q. Can hormonal changes affect the results of laser hair removal?
A. Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy or due to medical conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), can influence hair growth patterns. Laser hair removal can still be effective in these cases, but additional sessions or maintenance treatments may be required to address new hair growth.
- Q. Are there any potential side effects specific to darker skin types?
A. Dark-skinned individuals may be at a higher risk of experiencing side effects such as temporary hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Choosing a laser that is suitable for darker skin tones and ensuring the practitioner has experience treating such skin types can reduce these risks.