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Laser Hair Removal

How does Laser Hair removal work?

Laser Hair Removal of unwanted hair works on the principle of selective damage of hair roots without harming the skin where laser light energy is absorbed by the black pigment in the hair root.

What is the reason for unwanted hair growth?

Familial without hormonal problem in most of the patients. Few patients who also have severe acne, hair fall may have underlying hormone problems. Hormone tests and Ultrasonography of pelvis may be done to detect the same. Medical treatment may be required to correct the hormonal problem if present. Obesity and stress also contribute to excess hair growth.

Which are the common areas that are treated?

In women; upper lip, chin, cheeks, side burns, anterior neck, upper margin of eye brows, arms, legs, chest, abdomen, armpits, bikini line and in Men; cheeks, ears, chest are commonly treated.

Which hair removal laser is best?

Indian skin is considered as brown skin. Long pulsed Nd-YAG and Diode lasers are equally effective in Indian patients. Long pulsed Nd-YAG Laser is more safe in Indian skin.  

Is the treatment painful?

There is mild burning sensation during the treatment which is tolerated well by most patients. Topical anesthesia may be required for sensitive patients. Application of ice just before treatment and chilled cool tip of the laser help to reduce the pain.

Are there any side effects?

Practically nil with experienced doctors. Skin cooling with the chilled laser tip protects the skin from damage. Temporary redness may be seen which subsides within a day or two.

How many treatments are required?

Generally 6-8 sittings with a gap of 4-12 weeks are required for permanent hair reduction. Some patients require maintenance treatments.

Is sunprotection necessary after laser treatment?

Physical avoidance of sunexposure by covering the treated areas while in sun may be advised for 2- 5 days after treatment. Sunscreen may also be used.   

Does shaving increase the hair growth?

No. Shaving only removes the visible hair shaft above the skin level without disturbing the hair root inside the skin. When the hair is regrowing, the cut hair with blunt tip appears coarse but as the full hair growth completes, hair again appears fine with its tapering end.

What can be done between the laser treatments?

Shaving or trimming the hair is advisable between the laser treatments. Bleaching, threading or waxing should be avoided for atleast 2 weeks prior to laser treatment.

Can Grey/ white hair be treated?

Laser works only on black hair. Grey/ white hair can not be removed with laser.

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