Everything you need to know about laser hair removal.
Dr. Shweta will go over all you need to know about laser hair removal in this post.
Consider the following scenario: you haven't shaven in weeks, but your legs are still as smooth as they were a month ago.
Isn't that appealing?
At a Dermatologist in Indiranagar, this isn't a figment of the imagination. This might be your life if you use laser hair removal. Shaving is no longer necessary, and you'll have soft, touchable skin due to laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a harmless and effective solution to avoid razors, shaving cream, and the unsightly nicks and cuts that come with regular shaving.
We'll go through hair removal basics in this post to help you decide if it's suitable for you.
What are the benefits of hair removal by laser?
Laser hair removal works by delivering concentrated light pulses directly to the hair follicles. The follicles absorb the heat from the light, which causes the hair to fall out.
It has numerous advantages as a non-surgical, non-invasive hair removal procedure:
• Accuracy––It uses intense pulsed light (IPL), which precisely targets hair down to the follicle.
• Speed––Although the length of each treatment varies depending on the size of the region being treated, you should expect the results within a few weeks of your first treatment.
• Cost––You may have to pay more upfront for laser hair removal, but you'll save money in the long term because you won't have to spend as much on waxing, shaving cream, or razors.
• It Can Be Done Anywhere––Laser hair removal can be done on your face, legs, back, underarms, bikini line, or anywhere else on your body where you have undesirable hair.
Why isn't laser hair removal as effective for everyone as it is for some?
This is because lighter hair lacks enough pigment to absorb the laser's light in layman's terms. And if your follicles don't absorb enough light from the laser, the heat won't kill the follicles that are being targeted.
People with a darker complexion can still receive treatment, although they may be more prone to skin darkening (also known as hyperpigmentation) as a side effect. The amount of energy utilised in the laser treatment should be reduced and employ longer light wavelengths to provide optimal outcomes for darker skin.
What is the duration of the results?
Although individual results may vary, most patients' outcomes continue for years, with much-enduring permanent hair loss.
Dr Shweta, a Dermatologist in Indiranagar, states that your hair won't fall out right away. You'll get rid of them over days or weeks. Exfoliating the region using a scrub, loofah, or washcloth might help speed up the process.
It may appear that nothing has changed since your initial treatment, but it has. Because hair loss and growth happen in cycles, laser hair removal targets follicles in the new-growth period. This is why you need to have treatments regularly: to target new hair.
How long does it take to recover?
Laser hair removal has significantly few side effects, but you must take specific care after that to assure your maximum comfort. You may feel some redness or swelling for the first few hours after treatment, but this usually goes away fast.
It is also critical that you:
• For six weeks after treatment, avoid tanning beds and prolonged exposure to natural sunlight (or directed).
• Apply sunscreen daily.
• For the first 24 hours after treatment, avoid going to the gym, using a sauna, or taking hot showers.
How often do I have to get a laser hair removal appointment?
One laser hair removal session is insufficient. It will take 2-3 weeks after your first treatment to notice any significant differences and 6-8 treatments in total to achieve your desired outcomes.
And, in terms of treatment spacing, it varies from person to person, but in general:
• We must treat the facial hair every four weeks because it grows faster than other parts.
• Leg hair is slow to develop and can be shaved every 12 weeks.
Aside from the two distinct treatment locations, an interval of eight weeks between treatments is a suitable benchmark. You must also be consistent with your treatments to target hair at various stages of its development cycle.
You'll notice that the area is smooth and hairless once you shed the hair from the last treatment. Then, when new hairs appear due to a new growth cycle, it's time for your subsequent treatment.
What is the procedure for laser hair removal?
The sessions conducted by a Dermatologist in Indiranagar unleash waves of safe and effective laser energy deep into your hair follicles. The regular growth cycle of the strands is disrupted as they heat up. Those targeted hairs eventually fall out on their own after a few weeks.
Hair grows back more delicate, thinner, and lighter the next time. With each subsequent treatment, the amount of hair that grows back decreases until it eventually stops growing at all. Hair growth can be dramatically reduced in practically all parts of the body, including the legs, arms, underarms, stomach, back, and neck, to name a few.
Is laser hair removal uncomfortable?
It's natural to have some discomfort in sensitive areas (such as your underarms), but you shouldn't be in pain. According to most men and women, laser hair removal feels like tiny rubber bands flicking your skin.
Before coming in for your treatment to a Dermatologist in Indiranagar, it's a good idea to apply a topical numbing lotion, which you can obtain over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. By the time your appointment arrives, your skin will be completely numb. Alternatively, you can use an ice pack to achieve the same result.
The care that needs to be taken before a hair removal appointment:
1. You must shave the area 24 hours before your appointment. A closer shave is preferable. If it's your first time, leave a little patch of hair to be examined by your dermatologist.
2. On the day of your appointment, don't wear any makeup, lotion, or deodorant (on the treatment area).
3. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for at least three days before your visit (& 3 days after).
4. Drink no more than two alcoholic beverages in the 24 hours leading up to your treatment.
5. For at least four weeks, refrain from waxing, threading, or tweezing the region.
According to Dr Shweta, a Dermatologist in Indiranagar, Laser services are not recommended for pregnant women, breastfeeding, or attempting to conceive. Menstruating clients shall not be treated with bikini laser.
The care that needs to be taken after the appointment:
1. Bumps and redness are typical. Redness and bumps at the treatment site are normal right after treatment, and they can continue up to 2 hours or more. For a few hours after treatment, the treated region should feel like a sunburn. If the sensitivity persists, you should apply a cold compress. Apply an antibiotic lotion if there is any crusting. Darker pigmented skin may be more uncomfortable and last longer than lighter skin.
2. Gently cleanse the region that has been treated. A gentle soap can be used to wash the treated area gently. During the first 48 hours, the skin should be patted dry and not massaged.
3. There should be no application of any makeup, lotion, or deodorant. Keep the affected region clean and dry; if the irritation persists, skip the cosmetics, moisturiser, and deodorant (for underarms) until the discomfort goes away.
4. 5–30 days following your treatment, dead hairs will begin to shed. Stubble will occur 5-30 days after treatment, reflecting dead hair being shed from the hair follicle. That's natural, and they'll fall out soon.
5. Exfoliate to hasten the loss of hair. Hair shedding can occur anywhere from 5 to 30 days after treatment, which can seem like new hair growth. It's the dead hair forcing its way out of the follicle, not new hair growth. Washing with a washcloth can assist in the removal of the hair.
6. Stay out of the sun. For two months, avoid sun exposure to prevent the risk of dark or light spots. Wear sunscreen (SPF 25 or higher) during the treatment and for the next 1-2 months afterward.