About Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal for unwanted hair remains one of the world’s most common and popular cosmetic procedures performed.
What are the causes of excessive hair growth?
- • Hereditary and ethnic background constitute the primary causes of hair growth. Excessive hair growth in women often results from normal biological changes that they undergo throughout life, such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause and old age. Any one of these changes may cause an increase in hair growth in areas that never had hair before, or cause a small to moderate problem area to worsen.
- • Other causes of hair growth can be associated with certain medications, stress and obesity.
- • Hirsutism is a very common and psychologically distressing problem. It can be due to abnormality in the endocrine system, such as irregular menstrual cycles; ovarian disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS); and thyroid abnormalities.
Would I be a good candidate for Laser hair removal?
- • Anyone with excessive body hair or hair in the wrong place is most likely a good candidate for laser hair removal.
Why choose laser hair removal?
- • Anyone tired of daily shaving, tedious plucking,wasting money on waxes or anyone getting razor bumps or acne-like breakouts when you get rid of unwanted hair can benefit from Laser hair removal.
- • Temporary hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, plucking can often stimulate hair growth.
- • Lasers remove hair for good, giving you a long-lasting, even permanent result. In only a few treatments we can clear your skin of the unwanted hair that has bothered you for so long.
How does laser remove hair?
- • Laser hair removal works on the principle of selective photothermolysis. It utilizes beams of highly concentrated light designed to selectively penetrate into the hair follicles, to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles and to destroy the hair within that hair follicle.
Are some people better candidates for laser hair removal than others?
- • Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal.
- • Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin and coarse, dark hair (brown and black) hair because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. However, advances in technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin
Why does it take a number of laser hair removal treatments to clear an area of excess unwanted hair?
- • Lasers can only target the anagen or active phase of the hair growth cycle. At any given time, only 50-65% of facial hair are in the anagen phase for a duration of 3-4 weeks. Therefore, even if 100% of all anagen hairs are destroyed after each treatment, only a percentage of the total hair would be eliminated. The same holds true for each successive treatment and hence, multiple treatments are required to achieve the best hair reduction.
What is the optimal gap, minimum, maximum gap between LHR sessions?
- • Ideal gap depends on the hair cycle of the area being treated. Ideally maximum number of hairs should be inanagen phase for optimum effect. So it can be 4 weeks for areas like face, neck, underarms and around 6-8weeks for chest, abdomen during initial 2-3 sessions. Post few sessions this gap would increase and a good effective first intense phase would have left at a frequency of around once in 5-6 months for face. Minimum gap in any circumstances would be 3 weeks. For daily shavers as an exception may be first session at 15 days but not beyond second session.
- • Once a good reduction has happened, patients can walk in as late as five years from last session to tackle few odd strands remaining in the earlier treated area.
What makes a Laser hair removal treatment safe and comfortable?
- • Alma pioneered SHR™, a proprietary technology now used in clinics around the world. Super Hair Removal utilizes a high repetition rate of short pulses delivered deep into the dermis, achieving high average power and therapeutically effective heat build-up, with virtually no pain. Advanced Contact cooling devices incorporated into these devices ensure a reduction in the potential for outer skin injury and allow them to be successfully used in patients with dark skin (up to skin type VI)
How to prepare for Laser hair removal?
- • Avoid sun exposure, waxing, plucking or chemical peels for two weeks prior to the procedure.
- • Shaving is OK, however, since it preserves the hair shaft and follicle.
What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
- The lasers designed for hair removal can be used on most parts of the body. Many lasers effectively treat large areas. Laser hair removal can treat the:
o Face, especially the upper lip and chin.
o Hand and Legs
What are the side effects of Laser hair removal?
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified dermatologist. These include
- • Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling of the hair follicle, which is a normal occurrence.
- • Rarely pain, blisters, burns, skin pigmentation problems, scarring.
How to care for the skin after laser hair removal?
Following treatment, patients should avoid direct sun exposure for at least one week following laser hair removal procedures.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
- • For best results, you might need four to six treatments spaced around six weeks apart. Additional periodic maintenance treatments — perhaps once every six to 12 months — might be needed as well.
What is the cost of laser hair removal?
- • The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size, complexity and other factors of the area treated. Our prices for a single area range from as little as ₹ 1500/ to as much as ₹ 7000/.