What is laser hair reduction? Pros and Precautions

‘Permanent hair removal’ should be distinguished from ‘permanent hair reduction’. It requires an understanding of physiological hair cycle. Selective-photothermolysis ensures laser absorption only by the target chromophore and subsequent microscopic damage to the concerned tissue, thus responding to the reduction in hair growth. Laser Hair Reduction So laser session is advised in the growing phase of the hair for better response. The colour of skin and hair, as well as hair shaft characteristics, play a role in successful laser hair removal treatment. Lasers used in hair removal are many. The choice of laser depends upon the skin type and the hair type. The general rules to follow in laser hair removal are: Determine the cause of hirsutism/ hypertrichosis. Observe the skin colour type. Dark thicker hair is easier targets compared to finer hair. Why is it advised? It can be taken as an aesthetic treatment, or indicated in medical conditions like PCOS, hypertrichosis, hirsutism, etc. How and where is laser done? The laser can be done on all the body parts, where you have hair growth, i.e., face, arms, legs, upper lip, abdomen, back, etc. How does laser work? The laser light beam is absorbed by the melanin of the hair, thus it works on the hair root, without harming the surrounding skin, thus reduces hair from the root and prevents further growth. How long does the treatment take? Does the treatment period differ from person to person? The usual gap between each session would be 4 to 6 weeks, which may vary as per the area treated.  Although a definite reduction in hair growth is seen in early...

11 Common FAQ’s About Laser Hair Treatment

How does Laser Hair Treatment work? A concentrated beam of light is aimed at the hair follicle. Pigments in the follicles absorb the light that destroys the hair. Is it is safe? Laser hair removal safety depends on the type of laser system being used. There are laser hair removal systems that are FDA approved, so be sure that you’re going to a certified dermatologist using one of the FDA-accredited laser systems. Can laser hair removal be done in a single long session? Hair grows in different cycles at different timings. It is impossible to get rid of all hair growth in one session. Laser hair removal treatment will target hairs that are grown on your body and other follicles about to sprout new hair. The number of sessions required for completion of the procedure differs from individual to individual. How long should one wait between the sessions? Treatment sessions are 4-5 weeks apart however it again depends on factors such as the color of the hair, area to be treated, hair coarseness and overall hair growth density.  The treatment sessions are 6-7 weeks apart for treating arms because growth cycles are slower, however, for the other body areas, treatment sessions generally are 8-10 weeks apart. Can it cause more hair growth? Every individual has their own hair growth patterns. Some will lose body hair over time, and some will grow more hair in new places as they age. After the Laser Hair Removal, new hair follicles may form, but the amount of hair will be less compared to pre-treatment condition. Can it cause skin cancer? Absolutely not, Laser...