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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of laser light to reduce unwanted body hair. When directed to the target body region, the light energy in the laser beam gets absorbed into the hair’s dark pigment (melanin) and transforms into heat. This heat damages hair follicles (tube-shaped sacs within the skin that produce hair), inhibiting or delaying future hair growth.

Laser hair removal effectively reduces unwanted hair in the treated area. While the results of this treatment are longer-lasting than most of the other conventional hair removal methods, they are not always permanent. However, with regular touch-up sessions, hair regrowth in the treated region can be reduced to a minimum.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Ideal candidates for laser hair reduction typically have dark hair and light skin, although modern lasers are effective on a variety of skin tones and hair colors.

As a rule of thumb, a dermatologist will thoroughly evaluate your skin tone and hair color to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for laser hair removal.

Some factors that may contraindicate laser hair removal include

  • Being pregnant
  • Existing skin infections
  • Being on certain medications

Therefore, you should speak to your doctor before laser hair removal if you face any of these cases.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment Areas

Laser hair removal is suitable for many body areas, though it is not recommended for regions close to the eyes. Some body areas, however, are treated more commonly than others. Those include

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Underarms
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Bikini line

What Are The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal offers several benefits, some of which are listed below.

  • It reduces unwanted hair for a long time.
  • It is less painful than most hair removal methods. According to most candidates, the sensation caused by a laser pulse is similar to that caused by a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, it may also depend on your pain threshold.
  • It significantly reduces the chances of ingrown hairs.
  • Laser hair removal can work on any body area. However, it is avoided in areas close to the eyes.
  • Lasers are precise, which allows you to remove hair around smaller body areas like the upper lip or hairline.

Laser Technologies For Hair Removal

At Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we use Candela Gentlemax Pro for effective hair removal. This advanced laser system utilizes the following technologies:

Alexandrite Laser

  • Uses the 755 nm wavelength
  • Suitable for fair skin (matching skin types I to III on the Fitzpatrick scale)

ND:YAG Laser

  • Uses the 1064 nm wavelength
  • Ideal for darker skin tones (matching skin types IV to VI on the Fitzpatrick scale)

Pre-treatment Care

Adequate pre-treatment care increases the likelihood of the desired outcome of laser hair removal. Therefore, it is essential to stick to the guidelines provided by the dermatologist before the procedure.

Here is a list of standard instructions to follow before laser hair removal

  • Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen of at least SPF 50 when going out in the sun.
  • Limit sun exposure to no more than 30 minutes, even if you wear sunscreen.
  • Refrain from using tanning beds or sunless tanning products for at least four weeks before the treatment.
  • Refrain from heat treatments such as steam rooms and saunas for at least 48 hours before the treatment.
  • Shave the treatment area 24-48 hours before laser hair removal, as recommended by your dermatologist.
  • Make sure that the treatment area is free of makeup and cosmetic products at the time of the treatment.

Procedure of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is usually performed in the following steps

  • Your dermatologist will give you protective goggles to prevent the laser impact on your eyes. It is a mandatory step if the treatment area is close to the eyes.
  • Then, topical anesthesia may be applied to the treatment area to prevent discomfort caused by the laser beam.
  • A handheld laser instrument will be used on your skin. The tip of this instrument often includes a cooling device to soothe discomfort and maintain an optimal distance between the laser source and the skin.
  • The laser beam will be directed to the skin area with hair follicles. The light energy travels down the hair shaft to the follicle and transforms into heat, damaging the follicle’s tissues to inhibit hair growth. The discomfort caused by the laser’s heat is quickly soothed by the cooling device.
  • The dermatologist will continue the process until the specified skin area is treated. Treatment is generally divided into numerous sessions for large-area or full-body laser hair removal.

Post-Treatment Care

  • Refrain from plucking or waxing in the treated area to allow natural hair shedding.
  • Allow a few days for your skin to recover post-treatment, during which you should avoid exfoliating the treated area.
  • Avoid hot showers, saunas, steam rooms, or other skin heating treatments for at least 48 hours.
  • Apply a soothing cream or ointment, such as vitamin E, as recommended by your dermatologist.
  • Minimize direct sun exposure for at least two weeks following the treatment, or as advised by your dermatologist.
  • Avoid using deodorants for at least 48 hours after treatment, especially for those receiving laser hair removal in the armpit area.
  • Do not scratch the treated area, as it can lead to scabbing and subsequent scarring.
  • Avoid physical exertion for at least 24 hours to prevent excessive sweating and subsequent skin irritation.

What Are The Expected Results Of Laser Hair Removal?

After the first session, you will likely see a hair reduction of 10% to 25%. However, the exact percentage will depend on the hair thickness, treated area, laser type, and skin tone.

Most patients require two to six laser hair removal treatments in a series to achieve the desired results. However, some patients may need more treatment sessions. The sessions are generally spaced four to six weeks apart for the face and four to eight weeks for the body.

Laser hair removal typically results in significantly reduced hair growth, which can last for several months to years. The hair will eventually regrow in the treated region but will be lesser, finer, and lighter colored than before the treatment. With regular touch-up sessions, you can maintain treatment results for life.

What Are The Risks Of Laser Hair Removal?

Common and temporary side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Discomfort
  • Redness
  • Swelling

SLess common but potentially severe risks include:

  • Pigment changes (temporary or permanent)
  • Scarring
  • Blistering and Burns
  • Skin Infection
  • Crusting or Scabbing
  • Allergic Reaction or Skin Irritation

It’s important to note that laser hair removal can be unsafe and cause significant skin damage if performed by inexperienced providers. Therefore, it is always necessary to get this treatment from qualified dermatologists or laser specialists.

Why Choose Dubai Cosmetic Surgery

All our doctors at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery are board certified and have disguising experience in Laser treatments. we use the most advanced machine “Candela GentleMax Pro” for hair removal for both men and women. 

Laser Hair Removal Cost

The cost of laser hair removal in Dubai starts from AED 100. The exact price of this treatment varies from person to person based on the following factors:

  • The size of the treatment area.
  • The density of hair in the treatment area.
  • Laser technology used for the treatment.
  • The practitioner’s expertise.
  • The location of the treatment facility.

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Does laser hair removal permanently remove hair?

No, it significantly reduces hair growth, making it finer and sparser, often to the point where removal is unnecessary.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The procedure is a non-surgical treatment so minimum pain is involved in laser hair removal. However, you will feel like pins are pricking your skin but it all depends on the pain tolerance level of a person.

Is laser hair removal treatment risky?

While generally safe, laser hair removal can have risks, such as skin irritation and pigment changes, especially if not performed correctly.

Should I shave before laser hair removal?

Yes, it is recommended to shave the area 24-48 hours before your session to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

When is the best time to get laser hair removal?

The ideal time is during fall or winter, to minimize sun exposure, which can affect the treated skin.


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