17 . December . 2018 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re tired of having to shave or wax your unwanted hair ever so frequently or waiting for your hair to grow the ‘right length’ to go for a wax!. You might have heard about the Laser Hair Removal Treatment as a better alternative – and rightly so.

However, there might be some questions in your head, making you a little sceptical about the procedure. Today, we’ll be talking about precisely those questions. It’s important to educate yourself, especially when it comes to things concerning your body.
So, let’s see eight things that you should know before going for laser hair treatment.

1) How does hair removal with laser work?

The difference between your skin colour and the colour of the pigment in the hair follicle is what allows the laser to pick out the target quickly. Once it picks the target, the laser kills the hair follicles, terminating the hair growth.

2) Does it confirm 100% hair removal?

There’s no technology (still) that works with 100% accuracy and efficiency as regards hair removal, and Laser Hair Removal technology is no different. No one offers ‘hair removal’ but only ‘hair reduction’. It doesn’t guarantee 100% removal, but out of all the options available, this works the best by providing the maximum hair removal in minimum time. The result depends upon on individual hair and skin type. However, you can expect smoothness and shine of your skin along with permanent hair reduction. Hair might re-grow finer and lighter than before and would require multiple sittings for clean results. Clinics focused on customer satisfaction, offer unlimited sitting to maximize customer satisfaction.

3) Are there any body parts that shouldn’t undergo laser hair removal?

Although in theory, you can perform laser hair removal on any part of your body; it’s recommended not to use it on areas near your eyes.

4) Is it a painful process?

The basis of laser technology revolves around heat. Hence, various sensitive areas may react differently. The treatment is hence most comfortable when administered by professionally trained technicians. Advanced technologies such as the Cool Brush Hair Reduction Technology, have now come to be used which ensure comfort to those undergoing treatments. The little pain that may arise is managed through sessions using topical numbing creams and other solutions.

5) Are there any risks?

Traditional laser treatments came with the fair amount of pain, though bearable. However, the recent advancements in technology have significantly reduced these risks, and today, the primary source of danger lies only in how experienced your assisting technician is. This dictates how the process is and how your skin reacts to the laser. Hence, your decision on where you’re getting the treatment done can help you avoid risks.

6) Does it work on all hair colours and all skin tones?

Because it uses the contrast between your skin colour and the colour of your hair follicles, it works best on dark, coarse hair. It will not respond that well to red, blonde, or white hair because the laser won’t be able to find the target hair follicle as the laser light searches for a dark pigment in the follicles.
The advancements in technology have provided us with many types of laser – specific for skin types/tones. With the right kind of laser, you can treat any skin type. However, a laser can burn or upset pigment of dark skin types like Asian, African, or Hispanic. Hence, it needs to be addressed more carefully. As I said earlier, where and with whom you get the treatment done is crucial.

7) Is it safe to undergo laser hair treatment at a salon or spa?

No. You should undergo Laser Hair Removal with a trained technician under the supervision of the doctor. There are specialized clinics, which have trichologists/hair experts available to consult and help guide, in addition to professionally trained technicians who carry out the procedures, that provide you all the assistance and support you need throughout the procedure.

8) How has laser hair removal changed over the years?

Laser technology has been used for the past two decades. Over time, it has seen various changes. Today, the lasers are much faster, more evolved and precise as compared to the earlier ones. They also come with built-in cooling systems to make the procedure even more comfortable, for instance, the cool brush technology used at RichFeel.
Laser hair removal treatment is something that has given good results over the years. We hope that this article took care of any doubts you had regarding laser hair removal treatment. To know more, click here


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