Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses an intense and pulsating beam of light called laser for removing unwanted hair. During this procedure the beam passes through the skin into individual hair follicle. The laser has an intense heat which damages the hair follicle thus inhibiting future hair growth.
If you do not like shaving, waxing or tweezing to remove unwanted hair then laser hair removal is ideal for you.
This is a very efficient method of effectively slowing down hair growth though it doesn’t have offer guarantee for permanent hair removal. It usually requires several procedures to have guaranteed hair free period.
Preparing yourself for laser hair procedure
Laser hair removal is not just getting off the unwanted hair but it is rather medical procedure that needs proper training to perform and it has some potential risks. You should check your doctor’s credentials or the technician performing your laser hair removal before getting started.
For those planning to undergo the procedure it is advisable that they limit waxing, electrolysis and plucking at least six weeks before having it done.
Exposure to the sun should also be avoided six weeks prior to and after having laser hair removal. The exposure makes the removal ineffective and may have complications after the treatment.
Just before the procedure is carried out, the hair being treated is trimmed to few millimeters just above your skin surface. The laser equipment is adjusted according to the location of the hair, skin color and the hair color and thickness.
Benefits of laser hair removal.
Lasers are very effective in removing unwanted hair from arms, legs, face, bikini line, underarm and back among many other areas you might want to remove hair. Its benefits include:
1. Speed. Laser hair removal pulses takes a fraction of a second and it possible to treat many hairs simultaneously. Some areas like upper lip can take less than sixty seconds to treats while larger areas like legs and back can take up to one hour.
2. Precision. Lasers have a good precision in hair removal and can effectively remove dark, coarse hair without damaging the surrounding skin.
3. Predictability. Around 90% of patients have had permanent hair removal after going through an average of three or five sessions.
Side effects and risks of laser hair removal
Some of the side effects that may occur after laser hair removal procedures are: pink skin, itching, swelling and redness. They usually occur around the treated area. These side effects do not last for more than three days. However some more serious side effects are skin discoloration and acne.
During the treatment the patient may also experience some level of pain but numbing creams are available in most clinics or over the counter. These creams are applied 30 minutes before the treatment. Icing the treated areas helps in relieving the side effects faster.
During laser hair removal treatments, the patient also risks the chances of skin burning or skin discoloration, white spots, swelling around the hair follicle and flare of acne.
Some patients may experience allergy from the hair removal gel or numbing creams.
If you are not comfortable using hair laser removal, you can try an epilator.
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