Laser Hair Reduction

Laser Hair Reduction

Laser Hair Reduction


HIRSUTISM !! yes that’s what we label it as if you get thick, black and coarse hair on the hormone sensitive parts like the chin, upper lip, below umbilicus, chest area, lower back, upper arm and upper leg.

Temporary methods of hair removal like threading, waxing, plucking, or the use of hair removal creams have been used since time immemorial to get rid of unwanted facial and body hair. These methods in addition to being temporary may be associated with other problems like bumps, allergic reactions, itching, nicks and cuts. You now have a comfortable, safe and effective way of permanently reducing unwanted hair by lasers. Successful treatment without risking patient injury requires the right equipment, physician skill and an appropriate protocol.

ISSUE 1: Know the reason behind increased hair growth

Treatment of the underlying cause will help in reducing the growth of new thick hair and also decrease the growth of existing hair along with the laser sessions

Hormonal: Your dermatologist may order a few blood tests or an ultrasound scan to detect any underlying hormonal imbalance especially if the hair growth is associated with other features like pimples, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, hair loss, darkening of the neck and underarms.

Medicines: intake of certain type of drugs may cause increased hair growth.

Idiopathic: Sometimes the hair growth may be due to increased sensitivity of the hair follicle to normal circulating level of hormones.
ISSUE 2: What are the different types of lasers used for hair reduction.

Diode , long pulsed NdYag 1064 and IPL (intense pulse light) are the lasers most commonly used for this purpose. These lasers are FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction, which means reduction over time. You should expect your hair to become fine, sparse and slowly growing which is cosmetically acceptable. At our clinic we use the latest 808 nm USFDA approved diode laser.

ISSUE 3: How many laser sessions will be required?

On an average around 6 to 10 sessions may be needed to reach to a level that the hair growth is not bothersome.

The number of sessions needed depends on various factors like underlying hormonal problem, your weight, the colour of your hair and skin, compliance of medical treatment and LASER sessions.

The procedure is done every 4 to 6 weeks till the hair become fine and sparse.

After that, the gap between the sessions is increased gradually. Subsequently, you might need LASER sessions every 3-6 months to remove few thick hair that pop-up due to occasional surges in the level of your hormones.

At each successive laser hair removal session, less hair should be found in the treatment area.

Laser hair removal works best in those with dark coarse hair on lighter skin.

ISSUE 4: Are there any side effects?

Laser hair reduction is relatively a very safe procedure but has to be done by a qualified professional with appropriate skin care during and after the procedure.You might experience little redness, swelling and mild itching after the procedure which is absolutely normal.If done by unqualified professionals with high power settings, lasers may cause a burn, skin infection or skin colour changes in the form of hyper or hypo pigmentation.

ISSUE 5: Are there any pre and post procedure instructions?

Make sure your skin is not tanned prior to the procedure.

Observe strict sun protection during the laser treatments.

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