Unwanted hair and its constant removal is tiring. You may use shaving and waxing to remove your hair. While shaving is painless, it does not last long and makes the skin hard. Likewise, waxing isn’t long-lasting either and is very painful even if smoothens the skin. So, you may think then what is the best solution? You may have heard about laser hair removal. Not only is it long-lasting, but it is also far less painful than waxing.
This article discusses the procedure and benefits of laser hair removal. Keep reading to know if it is the right method for you. Say goodbye to unwanted hair and welcome a smooth, hairless body.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
You can get laser hair removal on every part of your body except around the eyes and on the skin that has tattoos. People usually get laser on their arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, upper lip and face. Getting a full body laser hair removal treatment is also popular.
So why are people preferring to go for laser hair removal? It definitely has some advantages over shaving and waxing and benefits people. These include:
It can last you much longer than waxing and shaving and is long term.
With each subsequent session, your hair will get thinner, finer and will regrow slowly. This will happen to a point till they stop regrowing for months and you will be hairless.
Some people may even witness no further hair growth by their 7th session. Thus, hair growth reduces drastically and it may even lead to permanent hair removal and hair grow thinner. You cannot achieve the same results with waxing and shaving.
Waxing and shaving will give you stubble and your skin will feel prickly. On the other hand, the laser does not give the same feeling and leaves your skin smooth after a session.
Even if the hair regrows in the treatment area, your skin will feel smooth because the hair is much thinner, lighter and softer. Moreover, you can also get skin brightening in Dubai through laser treatments.
The laser beam specifically targets the thick, dark hair and does not damage any of your skin. The laser light is very precise and you will not have to worry about it damaging your skin.
Ingrown hair appears after waxing and shaving and it can be painful. However, laser destroys the hair follicle, hence it does not result in ingrown hair. You can say bye to ingrown hair forever after getting laser sessions.
You may feel a slight sensation from the laser pulse but rest assured it isn’t an unbearable pain and is far less painful than threading or waxing. Shaving is painless but comes with many other cons. The pain by laser is bearable and your doctor may even apply numbing cream or ice before and after the sessions. Additionally, the pain decreases with each session and you will not be as uncomfortable every session.
A single pulse can remove a lot of hair in a second. The super speedy process can get rid of the hair on your upper lips in less than a second and large areas like your back will not take more than an hour. You may require some sessions to maintain your results but a session does not last long because the process is very speedy.
Allows Shaving Between Sessions
Unlike waxing where you need to grow hair to see good results, laser treatments allow you to shave between sessions. In fact, doctors recommend you shave before your session to avoid any burns on the hair on the skin. Therefore, you do not have to be fuzzy before your sessions and can regularly shave even if your hair is thinner and less visible.
How Does it Work?
It uses a high laser beam that melanin in the hair absorbs. The light energy from the beam converts into heat and then travels from the shaft to the hair follicles, damaging them. Thus, hair growth and regrowth are reduced.
You will require several sessions in a two to three month period to get rid of your unwanted hair. This is due to the hair regrowth cycle. Once the hair follicle is destroyed, hair may not regrow from it, however, if it is damaged then it will. Hair growth involves three stages, resting, shedding and growing. As hair is removed, it is in the resting phase. At this point it is not visible, it can only be removed when it is in the growing(anagen) phase. Therefore, you will have to wait between sessions to effectively remove all your hair for a long time.
Laser hair removal works the most effectively on dark hair and light skin. The reason being that melanin in the hair should absorb the light not the pigment in the skin. Though, advanced technologies have now made it possible to perform the treatment on different skin tones. However, it is still difficult to perform laser on hair colors like gray, white and red because they don’t absorb light well.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Once you have decided to get Laser Hair Removal, visit your doctor to discuss the entire treatment. They will determine the number of sessions you may require and will ask for your medications and take your medical history. Moreover, they will ask if you’ve had the treatment before and if you have scars. Next, they will ask you to take some precautions before the procedure.
Avoid sun exposure before your sessions and make sunscreen your friend. Apply it indoors as well as outdoors. It should be a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Also do not darken your skin right before the session. Let your doctor know if you take any blood-thinning medicines. You may have to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs and the likes of aspirin right before your treatment to avoid any bruises and scarring.
Waxing or removing your hair other than shaving will render the treatment useless. Waxing and plucking remove hair from the follicle hence, they will disturb the process. Therefore, don’t get your hair removed other than shaving for at least a month before your sessions. However, you should shave a day before your treatment so that no hair on the skin is burnt.
During the Treatment
Most people get around 2 to 6 treatment sessions. Areas with speedy hair growth like the upper lips require another session within a four weeks interval. Your doctor will ask you to wear sunglasses to protect you from the laser beam. Next, they will apply a cooling gel or a topical anesthetic to reduce side effects and pain.
They will direct the handheld laser to the target area. You will feel a cooling and tingling sensation. rest assured this pain is bearable and the aesthetic helps to numb the area so you feel very little pain. The laser beam destroys and damages the hair follicle to reduce any growth.
Once you are done with the procedure, you will be given ice to apply on the area treated to soothe any swelling and redness. Avoid sun exposure and tanning between treatment sessions as it can change your skin color.
You will not notice immediate results. In fact, you will witness results over a period of weeks or months. Some people may even get rid of all unwanted hair in a span of two to three months. Though this treatment is not permanent so you may still require maintenance sessions to keep all unwanted hair away.
Risks and Side effects
Laser hair removal is usually safe however, there can be few side effects that are temporary. After the sessions, your skin may become red and swell. This is a mild skin irritation that will go away after a few hours. You can apply ice to the affected area to reduce the swelling. Your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to the target area before the treatment to reduce these side effects.
You may also see a slight pigment change in your skin. If you have darker skin, it may turn a little light and vice versa. However, this is also a temporary change and usually occurs when you don’t avoid the sun before and after your session.
Serious side effects are rare. Though it is possible that after laser treatment you may experience excessive hair growth. This sometimes happens due to hormonal changes. Other than that, you can get blisters if your skin is exposed to the sun and can scar if you get scarring easily. Your skin texture may change if you underwent tanning before your treatment.
You should not get laser around your eyes because that is a very sensitive area. This includes the eyebrows and eyelids. Moreover, if you are pregnant, you should wait after your pregnancy is over to get this treatment. Rest assured laser hair removal treatment neither causes cancer nor infertility. These are just myths. The radiation used in this process is so minimal and is only targeted towards the hair, so it does not penetrate the skin and doesn’t cause any harm.
Are Home Lasers Effective?
You can get the best Laser Hair Removal at a qualified doctor’s office. Laser hair removal service carried out at a doctor’s is medical treatment whereas home lasers can only be considered a cosmetic procedure.
Home lasers can provide moderate hair reduction over a long period of time. Therefore in comparison to in-office treatments, they are slower and use a low concentration beam. Moreover, the laser beam should be treated with care when at a doctor’s office you will not have to worry about the safety of the procedure.
Get rid of your unwanted hair in a proper medical procedure. Everything that applies to your skin and body should be treated with care and medical professional make sure that you are in safe hands. Learn about the Laser Hair Removal procedure At REPC Dubai. We provide safe and effective laser hair removal treatments at an affordable price.
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