Laser hair removal is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment and most of the people who had this treatment before are happy with the results. Laser hair removal is replacing all the other traditional hair removal methods and the reason is that its results are proven and lasting. It uses laser technology to completely destroy the hair follicles reducing growth of hair permanently. If you want to get smoother and clearer skin then make laser hair removal your choice. But before opting for any treatment, you should know about all the important facts associated with it. So, here are some important things associated with this procedure that you should know before you go for it.
Who is a good candidate?
All those who want to get unwanted hair on their body removed – whether they are men or women – can be good candidates for the procedure. However, if you have tanned or pigmented skin then you should discuss it with your dermatologist or laser specialist because it can cause more discoloration or pigmentation. Furthermore most of the dermatologists recommend not to go for the treatment if you are pregnant or lactating. Besides this, the treatment is suitable for any skin and hair type except totally white hair.
How it works?
Laser uses pulsed light that targets and destroys melanin – dark pigment – in the hair follicles reducing hair growth over time. This is why laser is considered more effective on dark hairs. Laser can also cause discoloration on the skin and therefore gel is applied on the skin before introducing laser that avoids any burns on it. Few sessions are required to get optimum results because hairs grow in multiple phases and the follicles should be destroyed at every phase.
When does hair fall out?
The hairs will fall out after 10 to 14 days. During two consecutive laser hair removal sessions, you should not pluck or wax hair. However, you can exfoliate and shave.
What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal can be performed on face and any other body area. Lasers target several hair follicles at a time and therefore they can be performed on larger areas also like back and legs. However treating larger areas with laser can require more time to show optimum results.
How long does treatment take?
One session of the treatment requires maximum of an hour or two – for larger areas. Smaller areas can be treated even in 10 to 15 minutes. The entire treatment requires 4 to 8 sessions having duration of 3 to 4 weeks in between to provide with 70 to 80 percent reduction in the hairs. Sometimes, you may need to get maintenance treatment after a year or few years.
Are the results guaranteed?
It is proved from past experiences that laser hair removal gives the most effective and lasting results but they may vary from person to person. The laser therapy requires technicality and the wavelength and energy of laser should be adjusted according to the patient’s skin and hair type. So, you should seek an experienced laser specialist or dermatologist to get desired and quick results.