Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal in Bangalore

Laser hair removal is a procedure that is used to remove unwanted hair using a concentrated beam of light, also known as a laser. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light due to which hair gets destroyed. So, hair growth can be effectively postponed for a very long time with the laser technology. Multiple sessions (usually 6-8) of laser hair removal treatment are required for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments one or twice a year can help one enjoy a hair-free body for life. Although the latest and advanced lasers can be used on anyone with any skin tone, laser hair removal works the best for people with light skin and dark hair.

Benefits of laser hair removal

Lasers help in removing unwanted hair from almost any part of the body like the face, arms, legs, bikini area, etc. for a very long period of time. Only the eyelid and the surrounding areas are two places where it becomes difficult to treat unwanted hair. 

How effective a particular laser hair removal technology is for an individual depends on the skin type and skin color. Unlike the traditional methods of hair removal such as shaving, waxing, tweezing etc. one does not need to bother about removing the unwanted hair every fortnight. 

Besides these, some other benefits of laser hair removal are:

  • Precision: Lasers can selectively target dark and coarse hair making sure that the surrounding skin remains undamaged. 
  • Speed: Each laser pulse can treat several hair at one time. Every second, the laser can treat a large area. Smaller areas, such as the upper lips or sidelocks, can be treated in a minute while larger areas, such as the back or thighs, can take up to an hour. 
  • Predictability: Most patients experience completely hair-free skin after four to six sessions.

Preparing for Laser Hair Removal

Performing laser hair removal requires training and practice as it also carries some risk along with it. One must always ensure that the procedure is being performed by a laser specialist doctor. Those looking for the best laser hair removal in Bangalore can meet Dr. Priyanka Reddy as she is a qualified dermatologist with years of experience in performing laser treatments. The following are a few things that one should keep in mind before the procedure: 

  • If you plan to go for this procedure, avoid waxing or plucking at least five weeks before the treatment. This has to be followed because the laser beam targets the hair roots which are temporarily removed by waxing. 
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least five weeks before and after getting the treatment. The more you get exposed to the heat of the sun, the more chances of complications develop.

The procedure of laser hair removal

  • Before starting the treatment, the targeted area is cleaned properly. 
  • A numbing gel is applied which is optional. A numbing gel takes 25 to 60 minutes to show its effect. 
  • During the process, everyone present in the room wears protective eyewear. 
  • The laser pulses when targeted on the area feel like a rubber band snapped on the skin. Hair follicles are completely destroyed with laser heat. This causes small plumes of smoke that smell like sulfur. 
  • How long will the treatment last will depend on the size of the area which will get treated. Laser hair removal for upper lips will not even take a minute.

What to expect after a laser hair removal session?

  • One might notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after the laser hair removal procedure.
  • To reduce any discomfort, ice needs to be applied to the treated area. If a skin reaction occurs immediately after laser hair removal, steroid cream has to be applied to the affected area as per the doctor’s prescription. However, the chances of such occurrences at DNA Skin Clinic (the best laser hair removal clinic in Bangalore) are rare as all the procedures are preceded by a patch test to see how the skin reacts to laser heat. 
  • After laser hair removal, Dr. Reddy recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily as the skin may become sensitive temporarily and so more prone to sun damage.

Recovery and Risks

After the procedure, for two or three days the targeted area of the skin will look burned. This can be treated with a moisturizer. Females can wear makeup after 24 hours of the procedure. After a month, you will notice your hair coming again. Do wear sunscreen to help prevent your skin from getting darker. Other expected side effects are swelling, inflammation, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color could be very less possible. 

Types of Lasers

DNA Skin Clinic offers two types of Lasers:

  • Diode Laser It is effective for all skin types. It carries minimal discomfort along with it and most people get their hair removed for the long term. If proper treatment is followed by the individual, then Diode laser hair removal is a permanent procedure. Once the hair has been completely removed from specific areas of the body, it will only grow back in very rare circumstances. By generating a beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, i.e. melanin, a diode laser can remove undesired hair. The laser's energy concentrates in the hair shaft, destroying it while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. For hair reduction, the diode laser is the most effective of all laser wavelengths. Hair can be removed from all areas of the body, including the face, neck, arms, underarms, belly, back, and legs using a diode laser. The diode laser can also be used to treat delicate areas such as the chest and bikini areas.
  • Nd: YAG laser It is a solid-state laser that generates light energy using an Nd:YAG (Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) crystal rod. Selective (melanin) photothermolysis is a procedure in which YAG lasers create highly strong, energy-filled light beams that gently and painlessly infiltrate skin cell tissue to eliminate hair. This method warms hair follicles while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Pain during treatment is one of the most common side effects of Nd:YAG laser treatment. Redness, swelling, and itching may occur shortly after the treatment and may linger for a couple of days.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.1 Is laser hair removal permanent?

Ans. If the hair has been damaged, there is no chance of hair growing back. But the targeted hair will grow back after a few days after getting laser hair removal done. But if repeated sessions are taken, then the growth of hair reduces. The type of hair that grows back and the skills of the doctor who is performing the procedure plays a main role in deciding whether the hair will grow back or not. But when the hair grows back, it is much lighter and less observable than it was earlier. This happens because the hair follicle gets damaged. If the hair follicle is damaged but is not destroyed, the hair will grow again. It becomes very challenging to destroy every single follicle, so most people will see regrowth.  

Q.2 Is laser hair removal painful?

Ans. Laser hair removal is not painful for the majority of people. The majority of individuals compare it to snapping a rubber band against their skin. The type of lasers that are used today are virtually painless. However, if you're very sensitive to pain, the doctor can apply a numbing cream beforehand to make the procedure comfortable and pain free.

Q.3 Is laser hair removal safe for pregnant women?

Ans. It is suggested to avoid laser hair removal if you are pregnant to be safe. There is no evidence that it is harmful, but there have been no long-term studies to assess the laser's impact on an unborn child.

Q.4 Is laser hair removal achievable on any area of the body? 

Ans. Except for the eyelids, laser hair removal can be done on any part of the body. Legs, back, arms, chest, upper lip, underarms, and bikini area are the most popular treatment areas. Also, full body hair removal in Bangalore is quite a popular treatment. 

Q.5 When it comes to the intervals between sessions, how long should one wait?

Ans. Treatment sessions are scheduled 4-5 weeks apart, depending on factors such as hair color, treatment location, how harsh the hair is, and overall hair growth density. 

Q.6 Does laser hair removal harm the skin?

Ans. The technique just affects the hair follicle and not the skin. After the treatment, the skin may become reddish, but it is only temporary because of the heat generated by the laser. Because lasers do not create wounds, laser hair removal does not leave scars. So, laser hair removal doesn't harm the skin at all. 

Q.7 Is it possible to do laser hair removal in a single long session?

Ans. Hair grows in cycles that occur at different times. It is impossible to eliminate all hair growth in a single treatment session. Only when the hair is in its active growth phase, it is possible to target and destroy it. So, multiple sessions are needed and the number of sessions required to complete the process varies from person to person. 

Q.8 Is it possible that it may result in more hair growth? 

Ans. Every person's hair grows differently. Some people lose body hair as they become older, while others gain hair in new places. New hair follicles may grow after laser hair removal, and the amount of hair will be reduced compared to the pre-treatment condition.

Q. 9 Is laser hair removal expensive? 

Ans. No! If one compares the cost of laser hair removal with traditional hair removal techniques he/she will realize that it is rather more economical. It is a one time investment that can give one hair-free skin for a very long period of time. To know about the exact laser hair removal cost in Bangalore, please feel free to contact Dr. Priyanka Reddy.  

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