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Growth of unwanted hair can be embarrassing for both men and women. You may end up spending lot of money and time in the effort to remove hair from different parts of the body. Traditional methods that you adopt can be messy and painful. Excessive hair growth in certain parts of the body, such as face, chin, arms, underarms, and legs can be effectively treated with laser.

Laser hair treatment has evolved as a popular cosmetic treatment to tackle excessive hair growth. Laser treatment works well to remove hair from all areas of the body giving you a smooth and silky skin. Let’s explore essential facts that you must know about laser hair removal.

How does Laser work for removing hair?

Different types of laser are used for hair removal. This depends on the skin condition and the color of the hair. The laser energy penetrates into the hair strand.  The melanin in the hair acts as a conductor of laser energy allowing the energy to destroy the hair follicle. This happens within few seconds. When the hair follicle is destroyed, it takes a long time for hair growth to resume. In certain cases, hair growth completely stops. Commonly used lasers include IPL laser hair removal technique and ND: YAG laser.

Are you suitable for the treatment?

The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the skin color and the hair color. Generally, dark hair is more receptive to laser because of the presence of melanin that absorbs laser energy. Laser treatment is most effective if you have light skin tone and dark hair. Your doctor will examine your skin and hair to determine the best method for treatment and the right frequency of laser.

What happens during the treatment?

During the treatment, protective eye cover is placed on your eyes. To protect your skin, a cooling gel is applied to the treatment areas. At first, a test is done with a low energy laser beam. This area is observed for any reactions and then the right frequency of the laser beam is set. A session may last between 15 – 45 minutes. To treat underarm and bikini areas, it takes about half an hour. Multiple sessions are required based on the extent of hair growth.

What are the post-treatment side effects?

After laser hair removal, you may find some reddishness in the part of the skin that was treated and mild discomfort. This will wane off in time. Your doctor may recommend a numbing cream in some cases. You should avoid hot showers and exposure to hot steam and swimming pools.

Book an appointment at the earliest with our laser specialists at Desire Aesthetics to answer all your concerns.

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