Health

The fad diet rig­ma­role

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If a group of women (and men, too, per­haps!) were granted one wish, then we are pretty sure that nine out of ten would want a so­lu­tion to those monthly sa­lon vis­its or messy cream rit­u­als to get rid of body hair. And, the wish has been granted! Laser hair re­moval treat­ments are a wel­come respite. In fact, to­day, a lot of men are also opt­ing for these treat­ments.

Pros and cons, and more

Speak­ing about the pros and cons of these treat­ments, Dr. Mishra says, “Laser hair re­moval is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar for sev­eral rea­sons. Its big­gest ad­van­tage is that it does not only re­move un­wanted hair from any part of the body, but also re­stricts growth, so that you need to re­move hair less of­ten as you go along. It is an ef­fi­cient pro­ce­dure that re­moves all un­wanted hair far less painfully than wax­ing. As the growth gets thin­ner, with suc­ces­sive re­moval, the pain gets even less. The only flip side of this treat­ment is that it is rel­a­tively more ex­pen­sive, and, if not done by a trained hand, could cause burns and scars.” Der­ma­tol­o­gist, Dr. Ni­raja S Nel­ogi, adds, “It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that these treat­ments can, at times, also solve some med­i­cal is­sues, such as hy­per­hidro­sis.” So, does one need to worry about any side-ef­fects? Dr. Prabhu as­sures, “There is gen­er­ally no risk in­volved in these treat­ments. Itch­ing is the most com­mon side ef­fect, both dur­ing and af­ter the treat­ment. Fol­low­ing the treat­ment, the skin might turn red for a few days, and there could be swelling around the fol­li­cles. Since the pro­ce­dure in­volves ap­pli­ca­tion of heat to do away with un­wanted hair, it can lead to skin burns in some clients, es­pe­cially those with dark skin. Pain, tin­gling, and numb­ness around the treated area for some time are com­mon and con­sid­ered nor­mal. In rare cases, there is an in­fec­tion. So, it is im­por­tant to keep the area clean af­ter the pro­ce­dure.” Dr. Nel­ogi con­curs that the im­me­di­ate side ef­fects could be pain, a burn­ing sen­sa­tion, and edema. The late side ef­fects could in­clude burns and dys­pig­men­ta­tion. Of course, it’s im­por­tant to make a note of the pre­cau­tions too. To be­gin with, Dr. Nel­ogi notes that a prior check of any skin in­fec­tions is a must. Also, the hair should be

grown fully. Speak­ing about post-treat­ment pre­cau­tions, Dr. Prabhu shares, “One should not bleach, pluck, or wax the area for four to six weeks be­fore the treat­ment. Also, the treated area should be pro­tected from the sun for at least four to six weeks. A high-SPF sun­screen should be ap­plied on the area. Ap­pli­ca­tion of some clear aloe vera gel for two to four days on the treated area is also rec­om­mended. If there is ten­der­ness or swelling, ice should be ap­plied; it helps in heal­ing. Avoid cos­met­ics over the treated skin as it can cause ir­ri­ta­tion.” Af­ter five-eight ses­sions, with a gap of 20-40 days, and with­out any hor­monal im­bal­ance, the hair will re­duce to thin, and may com­pletely dis­ap­pear, too, notes Dr. Nel­ogi. How­ever, Dr. Prabhu men­tions that in case some­one is suf­fer­ing from PCOS or PCOD, the hair may re­oc­cur even af­ter the treat­ment. In such cases, com­bin­ing the laser hair re­moval treat­ment with Lipokraft (a process that stim­u­lates our per­sonal sup­ply of col­la­gen-pro­duc­ing cells and growth fac­tors to re­verse the ef­fects of skin-age­ing) can help give per­ma­nent re­sults. Right from its cos­metic ben­e­fits, to be­ing a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion, the pop­u­lar­ity of laser hair re­moval treat­ments is ever-in­creas­ing, and there’s a rea­son why.

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