LASER HAIR RE­MOVAL

Hair - - On The Go -

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.”

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