Different Types of Laser Hair Removal and Some Important Concerns

Laser hair removal was considered to be a luxury attainable by the rich and prosperous, just a few years ago. However, now the times have changed, and laser hair removal can be opted for by almost anyone having the desire and a little amount of money. Many people face problems of hair overgrowth in the unwanted area of their body. Some let it go and do not take any action; whereas, most opt for this treatment procedure that is quick and effective.

Different Types of Laser Hair Removal

Ultimate reason why most choose laser hair removal is because it helps to get rid of excessive hair with minimum discomforts. Laser hair removal treatment does not take a long time and patients do not have to necessary stay in the clinic throughout this procedure. Good news for most people is that the hair in unwanted areas does not come back following this course.

Here are some of the different types of laser lights that doctors use:

  • The Alexandrite
  • The Diode
  • The Ruby
  • The Canada gentle yag

How does laser hair removal work?

The basic functioning of these laser hair removal treatments is simple; laser lights are sent to hair follicles to destroy the roots. However, this is done with precise amount of laser lights being sent to the area because dermatologists ensure that only hair follicles and not the surrounding tissues get affected. Once the roots are destroyed, the hair will not grow back again. In some cases, the hair does grow back again, but the follicles get finer following the treatment and it does not look as ugly as before.

 Concerns related to laser hair removal

When it comes to taking care of health, it is good to have concerns because without this there would be no proper standards for us. Here are some of the important concerns that most have related to this procedure.

  • Is it permanent relief?

It is good to understand that it is permanent hair reduction and not removal. It is not uncommon for patients to come back for a follow up for previously treated areas. The laser beams target and carefully destroy hair follicles that are currently there, but with hormonal changes new follicles can grow back and this is when the treatment is needed again.

  • Are there any risks?

One of the biggest risks of this treatment is eye damage. Surprised! Well, if you or the person treating you does not wear protective gear that is specially designed to be safe from this type of laser exposure then this could cause eye damage. Other risks associated with it are blistering, burns and scarring that can discolor your skin. Redness and swelling is a normal effect of laser treatment, but if you are getting blistered or burned then the technician is using a wrong type of laser on you.

  • How bad does it hurt?

Well, it’s not as bad as you may think. It does hurt but not a lot. The pain level in this procedure is in the mid-range comparing the comfort of shaving and pain of waxing. It only gives a stinging feel for a fraction of second, and many opting for this treatment around the world describe this experience being similar to the snapping of rubber band on skin. Your skin will look puffy and swell up, but there should be no pain by the time you go back home.

  • Do I need a doctor or is any spa okay?

Well, you can get this treatment almost anywhere, but a doctor should be present. There are various factors involved here such as your hair, follicles, skin, and other such areas of your body. It is not just a matter of switching on the machine and getting treatment. A doctor knows what medicines you need to take and what to avoid during this period, and so it is best to visit clinics with experienced doctors.

  • Will it work with my skin type and hair color?

Laser hair removal treatment works with almost all types of skin and is effective from very light skinned to dark skinned people. However, the machines or lasers used for treating different skin types vary. The doctor is best person to determine which machine will be suitable for your skin type and will provide a resolution accordingly.

  • How much time do I need to spend?

Actual time of procedure depends upon the area under treatment. It takes a fraction of second to treat each hair follicle, so considering this speed an armpit will take just 5 minutes. However, larger areas such as legs will take approximately 30 minutes to get treatment.

  • How much after the procedure?

Once you are through with the procedure, there is no need to worry. You can immediately go back to your work or carry on with your remaining activities of the day. Following the treatment you will notice hairs falling out directly and this will boost your overall treatment approach as well. The falling of hair will continue for approximately 21 days and then it will b time for you to reschedule another follo -up appointment. There could be rare aftereffects and one of them is to notice skin discoloration in areas that are exposed to the sun without applying sunscreen.

  • How do I prepare myself?

As you opt for ytrentment and follow up with your doctor she will advise you on the various steps that you need to take for this. However, you need to make sure that you are mentally prepared so that you can tackle whatever challenges you face.

  • Where do I get the best treatment?

There are numerous laser removal clinics out there and it will help to compare a few of them and then choose the right one. Laser removal in Hyderabad is considered to be an inexpensive option by many patients from across the world. India is a country where cost of living is less compared to other similarly developed countries, but on the other hand, the medical treatment facilities are equipped with state of the art technology. So make sure that you keep the above-mentioned factors in mind and make the right decision in your approach towards this treatment.

Author: Dr. Deepu Chundru
Dr. Deepu Chundru is a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who believes in the power of plastic surgery to not just look better, but to feel better. Armed with an MS in General Surgery and an MCh in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Deepu went a step further and honed his skills with Fellowships in Aesthetic Surgery from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and New York, USA. He makes sure to understand his patients intimately to truly know what they want, and has been known to keep an eye even on the minutest of details, which brings out exceptional results.

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