People have been getting rid of unwanted body hair for ages and for the most part, it has not been an easy task. Traditional options like plucking, waxing and shaving not only offer temporary results, they also carry a baggage of certain risks like ingrown hair and infections all along.
The best way to tackle with these hair is laser hair removal. The treatment is getting a lot of attention due to its effectiveness. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian are getting the treatment to permanently remove the unwanted hair. Even men who want to thin their hair and not fully remove them can benefit. Let’s dig in a little further to better understand Laser hair removal.
The principle of laser hair removal is quite simple. The laser damages the hair follicles to the point that they are unable to produce hair in the future. For this purpose, the laser is set at specific wavelengths so that it only targets the dark matter in the follicles which is known as melanin.
As the laser energy is delivered to the follicle, melanin absorbs it which heats it up. This shrinks the follicle and eventually takes away its ability to reproduce hair. The treatment is generally performed after the application of cooling gel to ensure that no sensation of pain is felt.
The results are pretty impressive as the treatment can remove all the unwanted hair in six to seven sessions. These sessions are spaced a few weeks apart from each other in order to allow the skin to recover. With the follicles damaged, the hair do not grow back in future. A touch up session once a year or so may be needed to remove the hair that were in resting phase during the original treatment.
Laser treatments best work in cases where the color of the skin is considerably lighter than the color of the hair. In yesteryear, laser hair removal was not possible in people with darker skin tones. However, with newer technology coming to fore, it is now possible to treat people with darker skin tones as well.
Women that are expecting or lactating should avoid the treatment. This is due to the lack of enough research on the subject as to what kind of effects may be experienced by the mother and the child. This is purely a precautionary step.
Anyone getting laser hair removal should discuss their medical history with their doctor to ensure that the treatment should have no ill bearings on them. Once the doctor gives you the green light, you are good to go.
The treatment has mild side effects that last for a day or two. These include redness, itching and swelling in the treated area. Cold packs can be used if you are feeling discomfort. In rare cases, bruising and discoloration of skin can take place. If this happens, get in touch with your doctor.
Photosensitivity will be developed after the treatment which can last for a couple of weeks. During this period, avoid the sun during its peak hours. When you leave for outdoors during the day, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen and wear clothing that fully covers that treated area.
For most people, there is no downtime and they can continue their daily routines with necessary caution. It may not be a bad idea though to take a couple of days off for the first treatment to better understand what to expect after the treatment in future as well.
To learn more about Laser hair removal in Dubai or for scheduling a session, visit us at Laser Skin Care. Alternatively, you can sign up for a free online consultation by taking a moment to fill in the form given below.