10 Things You Must Know About Laser Hair Removal

Do you also want to get rid of your unwanted facial hair but don’t know how to go about it? Laser hair removal has come to be one of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted hair. Its permanence might differ from person to person, as would the nature of treatment suggested.

Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Treatments

Laser hair treatments can be painful and time-consuming. Here are some ways to get the best results from laser hair removal.

  1. Laser Treatments Vary According to Skin Colour – One of the very first lasers was developed in 1966 and was only for light skin and dark hair. Over the years, the treatment form has developed to cater to people of all skin colours. Ruby, Alexandrite, Diode, Nd:YAG and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are the various types of laser treatments of short and long wavelength. Each one is specific to a particular skin colour. It is important to gather knowledge about the treatment suitable to your skin and hair type before opting for one.
  2. Get a Test Done – Before you go ahead with the entire treatment; get a test done on a small patch of skin to check if your skin will tolerate it well.
  3. Shave – Shave closely before the treatment to minimize pain.
  4. It does Hurt – Laser hair removal could be like a pinch or like a zapping of a rubber band. Prepare yourself for the pain. The intensity of the pain varies according to hair length and the wavelength of the laser.
  5. Provide Feedback – Do not hesitate to tell the doctor if the pain is too much for you. The intensity of the laser as well as the usage of the coolant will be managed accordingly.
  6. Communicate with the Doctor after Treatment – Keep in constant touch, informing your doctor about the developments and seeking advice are the next best steps to take.
  7. Be Aware– The treated hair grows back in 24 hours and starts to shed soon. Not all hair might shed and some that are still attached to the roots would be treated in the next session.
  8. Avoid the Sun – Avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair treatment less effective and could lead to complications after treatment.
  9. Know Your Doctor – Also check the credentials of the doctor and former patient experiences. You certainly don’t want damaged skin because of mishandling on the part of the doctor.
  10. Ask for Before and After Care – Although this form of treatment does not require much after care, it is always best to consult with the professional treating you to check what you should do or not do immediately before and after the sessions.

Although laser hair removal is touted as one of the best ways to remove hair permanently but its permanence is not guaranteed. Even after complete removal, hairs may re-grow due to medicinal or hormonal effect.

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