Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair reduction, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Although laser hair reduction effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn’t result in 100 percent permanent hair removal. Multiple laser sessions are needed for hair reduction, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. You can observe 60 to 80 percent reduction in hair after multiple sessions(6-8). Laser hair reduction is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, but it can be successfully used on all skin types.
Risks of side effects vary with skin type, hair colour, treatment plan and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:
Skin irritation: Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for eyelids, eyebrows or surrounding areas, due to the possibility of eye injury.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair reduction, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for three weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
You should avoid all the parlour treatments,Use of topical creams one week before and after laser hair reduction treatment.
When you are finally thinking of doing laser hair treatment, the most trusted hospital clinic would be Eternoderm, where we have all the latest treatment technologies that could help you.
Dr Sinduri Reddy has 10 years experience in the Dermatology field and would be there to monitor your treatment.