LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Know all about it from Dr. Jamuna Pai, Celebrity Cosmetologist, Blush Clinic.
In a nutshell: “Laser hair reduction works by the principle of selective photothermolysis. The laser light is absorbed by the melanin present in the dark hair, which weakens the hair follicles, thus producing thinner and finer hair. Multiple sessions at monthly intervals are required to get good end results. It works best on dark, thick hair.”
Duration, et al: “The time taken for each session would vary and depend on the area being treated. For instance, an upper lip laser treatment may take only about 15-20 minutes, whereas an entire body laser hair reduction can take a couple of hours. It usually takes a minimum of six-eight laser sessions with a four-week break in between to see satisfactory reduction in hair quality and quantity. This is especially a boon for people with hirsutism—excessive growth of dark hair on the face or chest in women. Nowadays, a lot of men are also opting for laser hair reduction on areas such as earlobes, chest, back and the beard area (wherever the growth is very thick).”
Keep in mind: “If done incorrectly or by an inexperienced technician, it could lead to temporary scarring. After the treatment, due to the heat delivered, there can be transient redness of the area treated, which settles down in a couple of hours. It’s also important to use a laser that is perfectly suited to Indian skin. These were introduced a few years ago; they have a cooling tip for the Indian market. The diode hair removal laser, with this added benefit, is the gold standard in hair removal solutions and works extremely well on any area of the body. The chilling tip has been designed to protect Indian skin by actively cooling it before, during, and after the laser light is transmitted, thereby making the treatment a much safer one, and also preventing the melanin from surfacing. Interestingly, tender areas can also be treated with it in a relatively painless way, thanks to its mild anaesthetic property.”