Have you ever wondered if your body is without body hair? Yes?
Wouldn’t it just be better to stop waxing or shaving?
The magic of laser hair reduction will help you achieve that.
The magic we mention here is a science that has advanced over time.
Which brought a revolution to the cosmetic industry.
No one would’ve ever wondered about getting rid of hair for such a long period of time that this treatment provides.
And as the fashion and cosmetic industry is ever-evolving and ever-changing, this treatment came into the spotlight.
Opulence Dermatology & Aesthetics brings you everything about Laser Hair Reduction with the help of the best dermatologist in Ahmedabad.
There must be times when you are tired of removing your hair, shaving it, or tweezing it, right?
What do you do then?
Just sit and curse or complain about it.
Now that you know the solution, let’s make you learn about it, shall we?
That will make you feel a little familiar while having the treatment.
Plus, you will understand the treatment in simpler terms.
A consultation at Opulence Dermatology & Aesthetics is quite a similar experience.
Where you get to experience a consultation where the dermatologist understands you and makes you understand as well.
Because education about the problem and treatment matters first.
So, let’s start with the basics of what laser hair reduction actually is.
What is Laser Hair Reduction?
What do you interpret from the name of this treatment?
Yes, it does exactly the same.
A focused light beam (laser) is used in the medical treatment of laser hair reduction to eliminate or reduce unwanted hair.
The pigmentation (melanin) in the hair absorbs the laser light that is emitted during laser hair reduction.
The light energy is transformed into heat, which harms the skin’s hair-producing follicles, and tube-shaped sacs that hold the hair.
Future hair development is delayed by this injury.
And then you can stop worrying about your hair growth for years.
Quite exciting, isn’t it?
Even while this treatment efficiently stops hair growth for extended periods of time, it typically doesn’t remove hair permanently.
For initial hair removal, few laser treatments are required, and follow-up treatments may be necessary.
But, it can last for several years.
Once the hair starts growing you only require maintenance or follow-up treatments, which makes it extra convenient.
All skin types can benefit from laser hair removal treatment.
There is no recovery time or downtime during the treatment.
So, you can return to your daily activities right after the treatment.
Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and the bikini line.
However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area.
The skin with tattoos should not be treated by laser hair reduction.
How does Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Work?
How this treatment work is very interesting but a bit technical.
We will share it with you in simple terminology, so you get a clear idea.
The fundamental idea is that light should be absorbed by the pigment in hair but not by the pigment in the skin.
The skin shouldn’t be harmed by the laser, it should only harm the hair follicles.
And that is why the laser directly targets the hair and not the skin.
The best results are obtained by having black hair and light skin, which contrasts with each other.
Darker skin or brown skin individuals now have access to laser hair reduction.
The advancements in the technology of this treatment have reached greater heights.
And, that is why it is now possible to treat people with any skin and hair color.
There can be some difficulty with gray, red, blond, and white hair color.
But, a good dermatologist can take care of that as well.
Dr. Shaunak Patel, a board-qualified dermatologist at Opulence Dermatology and Aesthetics, adds his unique expertise to this treatment.
Which can help you achieve results like you always dreamt of.
What’s better than that?
Risks of Laser Hair Reduction Treatment
The likelihood of adverse reactions varies depending on the patient’s skin type, hair color, treatment strategy, and adherence to pre and post-treatment care.
The most common side effects of laser hair reduction are as follows:
- Irritated skin
Following laser hair reduction, temporary discomfort, redness, and swelling are possible.
Symptoms and indications usually go away within a few hours.
- Changes in skin pigment
The affected skin may become darker or lighter after laser hair reduction.
These modifications could be short-term or long-term.
People with a darker complexion and those who don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment are most at risk for skin whitening.
- Rarely, laser hair reduction might alter the texture of the skin by causing blistering, crusting, scarring, or other problems.
Graying of the treated hair is among other uncommon side effects.
Eyelids, brows, and surrounding areas shouldn’t be treated with laser hair reduction due to the risk of serious eye damage.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Reduction Treatment
First of all, what you need to do is choose a dermatologist.
And how do you do that?
Dr. Shaunakk Patel has performed this treatment on many people with various skin tones and he suggests that,
Choose a dermatologist who has performed laser hair reduction on people with skin like yours and is board qualified in a field like dermatology or cosmetic surgery.
Then, they discuss everything during the consultation and prepare a personalized plan for your desired goals.
As suggested by Dr. Shaunakk Patel, you need to keep a few points in your mind before getting the treatment:
- Avoiding the sunlight
Don’t go outside in the sun before or after treatment; instead, heed your doctor’s recommendations.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 whenever you go outside.
- Skin lightening
Serums that darken your skin tone should be avoided. If you recently sunned yourself or have darker skin, your doctor might also advise using a skin whitening cream.
- Not using hair removal methods
At least four weeks before treatment, it is best to avoid hair follicle-disturbing procedures like electrolysis, waxing, and plucking.
- Avoiding blood-thinners
Before the procedure, find out from your doctor which medications you should avoid, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Shave the affected area
The day before laser therapy, trimming and shaving are advised.
Despite leaving the hair shaft intact underneath the skin’s surface, it removes hair that could burn the skin’s surface.
Two to six sessions are typically needed for laser hair reduction.
Depending on the location, a different amount of time will pass between treatments.
Depending on how quickly the hair grows, the treatment may need to be repeated after four to eight weeks on places like the upper lip.
The therapy may be repeated every 12 to 16 weeks on parts of the body where hair grows slowly, like the back.
You will put on specialized goggles for each treatment to shield your eyes from the laser beam.
If necessary, the dermatologist might trim the area.
Your skin may receive a topical anesthetic from the dermatologist to lessen any discomfort while receiving treatment.
The Procedure of the Treatment
The dermatologist will apply a handheld laser device to your skin.
To protect your skin and reduce the danger of side effects, a cooling device on the laser’s tip or a cold gel may be used, depending on the type of laser.
The laser beam will penetrate your skin to the hair follicles when the doctor turns on the laser.
The laser beam’s strong heat destroys the hair follicles, which prevents new hair from growing in.
You might experience pain, such as a warm pinprick, and the cooling device or gel is applied that will probably make you feel cold.
A small area, like the upper lip, might just require a few minutes of treatment.
It could take longer than an hour to treat a larger area, such as the back.
After laser hair reduction, you might experience redness and swelling during the first few hours.
Apply ice to the affected region to ease any pain.
The medical professional may apply a steroid cream to the afflicted area if you experience an instant skin reaction after laser hair reduction.
Avoid sunlight and tanning beds for six weeks after laser hair reduction and in between appointments, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Every day, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or more.
Results of Laser Hair Reduction Treatment
Your hair will gradually fall out over the course of a few days to a few weeks.
It could appear like the hair is still growing.
Because hair growth and loss cycle naturally, it is typically necessary to receive multiple treatments.
Laser hair treatment is most effective when applied to hair follicles that are just beginning to grow.
Results are highly variable and unpredictable.
For the majority of people, hair removal lasts several years. However, permanent hair removal is not a certainty with laser hair reduction.
Hair normally grows back finer and lighter in color.
For long-term hair reduction, you might require follow-up laser treatments.
As result, you get some added benefits as well like de-tanned skin and pore reduction.
The Bottom Line
Do you agree with us now about Laser Hair Reduction being an interesting treatment?
Opulence Dermatology & Aesthetics carries out this procedure with all the safety and with the best expertise of Dr. Shaunakk Patel.
This treatment is an amazing way to reduce your hair, but again, it’s not permanent.
However, it deals with your problem of shaving and waxing regularly, which is frustrating for most people.
Plus, it makes you closer and helps you fall in love with your natural self.
Let us give you a hand in doing so and book a consultation today!