Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Laser hair removal involves slowing down hair growth, by means of a light carrying special wavelengths. The strength of the light is maintained at level at which adequate damage is done to the end of the hair or the hair follicles to prevent or reduce the amount of hair that grows back.
Make sure to consult your doctor about this procedure of you are on any medication, as some medication reduces the effectiveness of the procedure. Undergoing laser hair removal can also be associated with some health risks if in combination with certain medication.
A small, manageable amount of pain is common in some individuals. However, if the treatment is being administered in sensitive areas such as the armpits and the groin/bikini region, pain will be slightly more severe.
A numbing lotion is available to be applied in the target region for those who are concerned about the pain.
Criteria For Best Result With Laser Hair Removal
- Fair skin and dark hair are easiest to treat, and normally require fewer treatments. While people with darker skin aren’t considered as the perfect candidates for the procedure, they will nevertheless benefit from laser hair removal under certain conditions.
- It is more difficult to treat blonde, grey and red hair with laser.
- It is important to avoid unneeded exposure to sunlight for 2 weeks prior to the treatment, as the laser light targets the high pigmented colors of the hair. Prior to procedure, patients with tanned skin will have to wait for their tan to fade.
- Patients who suffer from skin disorders, such as psoriasis, cystic acne, and dermatitis are not suitable for this procedure.
- Patients administering certain medication are refused for this treatment,
- Patients who are pregnant, have pacemakers or have metal screws in the regions in which the procedure is required, as not suitable for laser hair removal.
- Several sessions may be required for 100% reduction of unwanted hairs.
After Laser Hair Removal
- Patients may immediately return home and resume everyday activities.
- They are advised to gently cleanse the treated area with mild soap.
Exercise and sun tanning are not recommended for a minimum of 24 hours.
- No waxing or depilatory creams are to be used in the treated region.
Advantages of Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Hair Removal is considered very save if conducted properly by qualified specialist.
- Typically, patients have long lasting or even permanent hair removal results.
- Large areas, such as chest, back and legs can be treated in one session.
- Any hair growth following the procedure will be much lighter and finer than before.
- Can be perceived as painless in comparison to waxing or electrolysis for hair removal.
Side effects are rare and usually temporary.
Nd YAG Laser Hair Removal Procedure
ND YAG Laser Hair Removal is one of the newer techniques for hair removal.
The greatest advantage of this treatment over other laser hair removal treatments, is that it usually works on all types of skin, including tanned or darker skin.
YAG Laser involves fast repetition rates with large coverage, hence allowing large areas of the body to be treated quickly.
Advantages of Nd YAG Laser Hair Removal
- Suitable for all skin types (type I to type VI), including tanned or darker skin
- Nd YAG 1064 nm system is recommended for darkly pigmented skin
- Able to achieve a significant delay before hair re-growth in treated areas, according to studies.
- Large areas of the body can be treated quickly.
Light and white hairs will still not obtain ideal results.
ND YAG Laser Hair Removal has not been proven to be effective in achieving long-term results.