All about laser hair removal

Laser hair removal continues to be the go-to cosmetic procedure for the removal of any unwanted body hair.

The procedure of laser hair removal utilises beams of extremely concentrated light that is manufactured to penetrate into the hair follicles the light is trained on. As the light selectively penetrates into the hair follicles, it is absorbed by the pigment from the hair follicles and then destroys the hair within that follicle.

Originally, the procedure was described to be performed of darker hairs on lighter skin, however, newer technologies now allow procedures to be safer for clients with all varieties of skin colour. There are many different types of lasers that are utilised with laser hair removal – the most frequently used of those are alexandrite, diode, Neodymium YAG, along with intense pulsed light sources.

Why choose laser hair removal?

By choosing to have laser hair removal, you can remove any unwanted hair from your body.

It is common for clients to have a series of treatments over time to achieve their desired look. The majority of the lasers and light sources are FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction, translating to a visible reduction over a certain amount of time. With some clients, they may see a longer term hair removal which could potentially last years, alternatively, other clients may require maintenance treatments to maintain the degree of hair loss.

As each individual is different, it is near enough impossible to determine in advance which client will require how many treatments and for how long will their hair will be gone for.

Preparing for the procedure

Prior to laser removal treatment,  your consultant should have checked your medical history and potentially conducted a physical exam, following with a discussion on the expectations from the procedure, the potential risks and outcomes.

Patients are advised to refrain from sunbathing, tanning of any form, waxing, undergoing chemical peels for two weeks prior to the procedure. Also, avoid applying any perfumed products including deodorants, or anything that could irritate the skin before and following the treatment, along with avoiding anti-inflammatory medication and herbal supplements due to the increased risk of bleeding.

Following the procedure

After a patient has undergone the treatment, they should expect some redness of the area that has been exposed to the laser and possible swelling of the hair follicle which is a natural occurrence following the treatment.

There will also be some pain and discomfort which can be treated with pain medication from a pharmacy.

Consultants should give patients a prescription for a topical antiseptic cream to be applied to the area following the treatment also.

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