Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal treatments abroad

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. 


Cost of Laser Hair Removal around world

# Country Average Cost Starting Cost Highest Cost
1 India $500 $500 $500

What affects the final cost of Laser Hair Removal?

There are many factors that can affect the costs

  • Types of Surgery performed
  • Experience of the surgeon
  • Choice of hospital & Technology
  • Rehabilitation cost after surgery
  • Insurance Coverage can affect a person's out of pocket expenses

Hospitals for Laser Hair Removal

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About Laser Hair Removal

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. ,

Before Procedure / 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.,

How it Performed?

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.,

Top 10 Hospitals for Laser Hair Removal

Following are the best 10 hospitals for Laser Hair Removal in the world:

# Hospital Country City Price
1 Fortis Memorial Research Institute India Gurgaon ---    
2 Chiangmai Ram Hospital Thailand Chiang Mai ---    
3 Medipol Mega University Hospital Turkey Istanbul ---    
4 Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hos... India New Delhi ---    
5 NMC Healthcare - BR Medical Suites United Arab Emirates Dubai ---    
6 JSC Medicina Clinic Russian Federation Moscow ---    
7 Manipal Hospital Bangalore India Bangalore ---    
8 Gachon University Gil Medical Center South Korea Incheon ---    
9 Asian Heart Institute India Mumbai ---    
10 Apollo Hospital Chennai India Chennai ---    

Best doctors for Laser Hair Removal

Following are the best doctors for Laser Hair Removal in the world:

1 Dr,. Prateek Arora Aesthetics and Plastic Surgeon Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
2 Dr. Reema Arora Dermatologist Sikarin Hospital
3 Dr. Charu Sharma Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon Global Hospital Perumbakk...
4 Dr. Brahmita Monga Dermatologist Indian Spinal Injuries Ce...
5 Dr S K Bose Dermatologist Indraprastha Apollo Hospi...
6 Dr Ramji Gupta Dermatologist Indraprastha Apollo Hospi...
7 Dr S C Bharija Dermatologist Apollo Hospital Hyderabad
8 Dr Kavish Chouhan Dermatologist Indian Spinal Injuries Ce...

Frequently Asked Questions

Laser hair removal does work and if enough treatments are performed, the existing roots will no longer produce hairs. It is important to note that laser hair removal tends to work better on coarse body hair rather than on lighter, finer hair. Most patients will need 6-8 treatments over an 8–12-week period. This is because of the hair growth cycle and will depend on the area and type of hair being treated.

It is difficult to predict how long results will last. Some patients see little to no new hair growth after treatment, whereas others may need "touch up" treatments every so often. Hairs that are removed with laser hair removal will not grow back, but new hair may grow in its place. Electrolysis treatments can remove hair 100% permanently.

During and after the treatment the skin may feel warm or experience mild burns. After the treatment, ice and aloe vera gel can reduce irritation and burning. If there is significant discomfort or if the area being treated is sensitive, a local anaesthetic or numbing cream may be used. Skin may become itchy or red for up to 3 days after treatment. Patients may experience tingling, numbness, or swelling around the hair follicles in the treated area, however this is subsided. More extreme side-effects include scabbing, bruising, or unusual discoloration of the skin (purple, for instance).

Laser hair removal has been used since 1997 in the US and is considered a low-risk treatment. There is some risk of the skin being too sensitive for the laser, but an experienced and qualified laser technician should be able to avoid this risk. If there is any concern, a small area should be treated at first to see how it reacts. Lasers used in hair removal use non-ionizing radiation which does not affect DNA and, thus, does not cause cancer.

Skin pigmentation is broken up into 6 types. Types 5 and 6 typically include Hispanic, African, Afro-American, and Middle Eastern skin types. There are lasers designed specifically for these skin types, such as the ND: YAG laser. These skin types should only be treated with lasers designed for them. Using other types of lasers at settings that will provide permanent results can burn the skin.

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The information on this page was reviewed and approved by Mozocare team. This page was updated on 01 Apr, 2022.

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