Skin & Anti-ageing

Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal is a necessary evil but necessarily doesn't have to be painful or evil at all. If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. Laser is the easiest and quickest way to bid goodbye to all unwanted hair. Laser hair removal has become popular because of its speed and efficiency. With newer technology, these laser treatments have only advanced, becoming more effective and efficient, which is relatively pain-free compared to other hair removal alternatives that require regular maintenance and time.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light. That destroys the hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as the results differ widely from person to person. The laser's energy is attracted to the pigment of the hair, the same way sunlight is attracted to darker clothing. For this reason, laser hair removal works best on those with dark, coarse hair and a fair complexion. However, people without this combination can still get great results. Some normal side effects may occur after laser hair removal treatments, including itching, pink skin, redness, and swelling around the treatment area, or swelling of the follicles. These side effects rarely last more than two or three days.

Preparations for Laser treatment

  • It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks.
  • Scrubs, glycolic acid, and retinol creams should be avoided 2 days before and after treatment.
  • It's recommended that for a 2 week period before and after laser, you avoid chemical peels, and similarly, you should wait 1-2 weeks before using fake tan.
  • If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
  • You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

Benefits of laser hair removal

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. Benefits of laser hair removal include :
  • Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

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