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Toss the RAZOR, Try the LASER !!!


Wanted to get rid of unwanted hair , but too scared to try the Laser ???

Well, then go ahead and get your questions answered ..

Everything you wanted to know about LASER HAIR REDUCTION !!

So, Toss the RAZOR, Try the LASER !!!

Who should undergo Laser Hair Reduction ?


Unwanted hair is a universal problem with women and having a silky, hair free skin is every woman’s dream. Laser hair reduction is this dream come true and a wonderful alternative for the traditional methods of hair removal like waxing, bleaching and shaving.

Additionally, it is the ideal choice of hair reduction for medical conditions like folliculitis, ingrown hair, acne keloidalis nucha, etc. Also in clients with dark underarms, in addition to avoidance of fragrance and friction, laser becomes the ideal approach for hair removal.

While until a few years ago, laser for hair reduction as a procedure was dominated by women, nowadays more and more men are going for the same. Underarm hair,hair on ear pinna, forearm hair, cheek hair (beard shaping), chest hair, shoulder hair and leg hair are the common areas that men seek to get their hair lasered.


Which Laser is best for laser hair reduction in Indian Skin Type ?


While a lot of lasers are available in the market, Diode laser & Long Pulse Nd Yag Laser are most suited for hair reduction in Indian and ethnic skin type.


How does Laser Hair Reduction work?


Laser works on the principle of selective thermolysis of melanin pigment of hair follicles. By virtue of  this property, with every session a small part of hair root is destroyed. The aim is to achieve a 90% destruction of hair root to have best results.


Which areas of the body are best suited for Laser Hair Reduction ?


Laser best works on thick hair – so underarm hair, bikini hair, below knee and below forearm are best regions for good results. There are some medical conditions like PCOS, where thick hair develops on chin, jawline, sidelocks, neck and below navel. These conditions require simultaneous medical treatment in addition to laser hair reduction. Men undergo laser for beard shaping, earlobe hair and arms, legs, chest and shoulder hair.


How many sessions are required and what is the interval between sessions ?


Laser hair reduction, happens in 6 to 10 sessions, at intervals of 1 to 1.5 months.

In clients with underlying hormonal conditions, the sessions may be doubled.


Are there any pre-requisites before undergoing a Laser Hair Reduction procedure?


Generally, Laser hair Reduction is a walk-in procedure or a lunch time procedure. Once one understands, how the procedure works, the treatment is initiated. However, sometimes depending on the area of excessive thick hair growth, if your doctor suspects an underlying hormonal condition, one will be advised to undergo some blood tests. This helps in assessing the number of sessions required and simultaneous medical management can be initiated, if required.


What actually happens during a Laser Hair Reduction procedure ?


The area to be lasered is cleansed, marked and shaved. The patient is given protective eyewear and a chilled gel is applied on the area. The laser shots are delivered which are almost painless due to the ultracool laser tip. Sunscreen is applied and the client is good to go with a list of post procedure instructions.


What is the post care that needs to be followed after a Laser Hair Reduction procedure ?


One has to wear a sunscreen sincerely after a laser procedure. Exposure to beach, swimming pool and waterparks are to be avoided in the initial week to 10 days after a laser (even with sunscreen usage). Facials, bleach, peels, microdermabrasions, Clean-ups are to be avoided for 10 days after laser. If you are using a medicated cream containing tretinoin, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide etc., they should be withheld for 5 to 7 days as per your doctor’s instructions.


What happens after a Laser Hair Reduction procedure ?


A week after the laser, the client will experience new hair growth which on shaving will reappear after 3 to 4 weeks. This is the time for the next laser session ( 4 to 6 weeks later).


What are the side-effects of Laser Hair Reduction ?


If done right by the doctor and adherence to post care by the client, there are practically no side-effects of a Laser Hair Reduction procedure.


Who should not undergo a Laser Hair Reduction ?


Anyone with an active bacterial infection should not undergo Laser hair Reduction before treating oneself. Once infection subsides, laser can be resumed. Those with keloidal tendency have to observe caution while undergoing Laser Hair Reduction.


Laser Hair reduction is a simple, affordable and safe manner of getting rid of unwanted hair for men and women when done with the right doctor and the right laser.


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