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...