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Laser hair removal is an option for those who don't want to spend time shaving, waxing, or tweezing unwanted hair, or who want a more permanent hair removal solution. Laser hair removal is non-invasive, safe, and fast. Laser hair removal can also be used to treat ingrown hairs. The mechanism behind laser hair removal is called selective photothermolysis or SPTL.
This principle is all about matching the wavelength and pulse duration of the laser to target melanin in the hair follicle, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The treatment works best on patients with dark hair and light skin, but new technology is continuously increasing the efficacy of laser hair removal for dark skinned patients. Depending on the size of the laser spot (usually they are between 5 and 20 mm in diameter), and the size of the area being treated, laser hair removal can take anywhere from not much longer than a minute for the upper lip, to more than an hour fest.
Hair growth happens in several different phases, and laser hair removal only targets actively growing hair follicles. Because of this, several treatments are usually needed to reduce hair growth in the long term - usually around 7 treatments is a minimum. Depending on the specific equipment and procedure, between 3 and 8 weeks is usually needed between sessions. Before the laser treatment begins,hair in the target area is trimmed down to a couple of millimeters in length. Cooling gel is then applied to the area, which serves two purposes - it protects the outer layers of the skin, and lets the laser penetrate the skin more easily.
The technician will then begin treatment. Post procedure, ice packs, lotions, or creams may be administered to help with any discomfort. After treatment, short term side effects such as itchiness, redness, and swelling is normal on the treatment area. These usually disappear with a few days. In rare cases, skin can be burned or blistered. There is also a risk of infection if treated hairs are pulled out rather than left to fall out naturally.
Laser hair removal destroys hair at the follicle, using short bursts of light energy. For permanent results, usually several sessions are required with a break in between, however single sessions can be used for hair reduction. The amount of sessions and time the sessions take vary, depending on the targeted area. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to body hair removal and is usually sought after by patients who have dark or thick hair or patients who no longer wish to wax or shave their body hair. Common areas of the body where laser hair removal treatment is used, include the underarm, legs, face, arms, and bikini line. Recommended for Upper lip hair Leg hair Armpit hair Stomach hair Arm hair Bikini line hair Back hair Hand hair Feet hair.
Time requirements Number of days in hospital 1 . Overnight stay not required. Average length of stay abroad 2 days. It's safe to fly after laser hair removal treatment. Number of trips abroad needed 1. Usually 3-5 sessions are needed for permanent results, although patients can have 1 session for hair reduction. Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal treatment. ,
Patients are usually advised to stop all forms of hair removal at least 6 weeks before the treatment, in order to allow the hair to grow to its natural form before the removal.,
First, the hair is trimmed down to a couple of millimeters and a small patch test is carried out, in order to ensure that the settings are suitable. Depending on the equipment that is used, the patient may need to wear protective goggles for the procedure, while targeted light is directed at the hair follicles.
Anesthesia The procedure can be performed without any anesthesia. Procedure duration The Laser Hair Removal takes 1 to 4 hours. Treatment time will depend on the size of the targeted area, but patients may need up to 6 appointments with a 6 week space between each appointment to get their desired results. Laser hair removal targets the root of the hair and permanently removes it.,
Post procedure care After the procedure, some patients apply ice packs or special lotions to soothe the area. The area may feel pain, somewhat similar to sunburn. The hair will fall out over the following weeks.
Patients should leave 6 to 12 weeks between sessions. Possible discomfort Some minor discomfort, similar to pain associated with sunburn is possible.,