How would you like to not have to worry about waxing every time you want to wear that sexy dress to a party or the pretty formal skirt you bought to impress the guy at work? Permanent laser hair removal is the perfect option to get rid of all these worries.
How does it work?
Laser hair removal is a procedure in which a concentrated beam of light is focussed on the hair follicle. This beam is absorbed by the follicle and this causes the root to die. Thus no new hair can grow from it.
As our body has the ability to cool down faster than the skin is heated by the laser, this procedure does not affect the skin in any way.
There are three steps involved in laser hair removal cleaning, shaving and scanning. During the scanning procedure the actual absorption of the laser into the hair follicle takes place.
Who can undergo laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is most effective for those people who have dark hair and light skin as the laser targets the melanin pigment in the hair. It is less effective on people with dark skin or people who have very light hair i.e. very light brown or blonde hair. However, different types of lasers can be used for different skin tones.
Types of lasers used
* Ruby laser works best for very pale skin and is not very commonly used.
* YAG laser is one of the most common lasers used and is used to treat darker skinned people.
* IPL is the most commonly used laser in the hair removing technique. It is most effective for pale to medium type skin tone.
Sometimes very light hair can be dyed darker to facilitate the laser hair removal.
What you need to do before you start the procedure.
* The area to be treated should be protected from sun exposure and tanning for at least 4–6 weeks before the treatment. Apply a high SPF sunscreen on the area. Avoid exposure to the sun during the course of treatment as this can cause sun burn.
* Avoid bleaching, plucking or waxing the area for 4–6 weeks prior to the treatment.
* If you have a history of herpes, prophylactic, go for anti-viral therapy before and after the treatment.
* Do not take any photo sensitive drugs or herbals for 24 hours before the treatment.
* Do not shave for 3–8 days before the treatment. For further treatments, do not shave for 1–2 weeks so that the doctor can see the stubble growth on the day of treatment. Use a sunscreen throughout the course of treatment.
What to do after the treatment
* Some redness or irritation of the skin can be found after the procedure which should reduce in no more than 2hrs. A clear Aloe Vera gel should be applied to the area for cooling.
* Internal or external heating of that area should be avoided.
* If the treated area remains warms even after 24hrs of treatment use ice to cool it down.
* Avoid exposure to the sun for a week.
* Do not use any kind of cosmetics on the treated area as it may cause irritation. It is important to be gentle with that area of the skin even while washing as it is very sensitive.
It is always necessary to check the credentials of the clinic as well as the clinicians before undergoing any procedure. Also choose the procedure that is most suitable for you and your skin type.