Laser Hair Removal - A Permanent or Temporary Solution?

Laser Hair Removal - A Permanent or Temporary Solution?

Posted on November 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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If you are looking for laser hair removal in Hyderabad, then here are some things to know before opting for the treatmnt. In short, no, laser hair removal is not permanent. Laser hair removal works by heating your hair follicles which stops new hairs from growing. This puts your hair follicles inactive for a long time — much longer than with waxing or shaving. When your hairs do grow back, they will be finer lighter and fewer in number.

You might hear people saying that is a permanent solution. However, laser treatment only minimizes the number of unwanted hairs. It does not get rid of unwanted hairs completely.

Laser hair removal tends to work best in people with light skin tones and darker hair. Also, for best results, find a board-certified experienced dermatologist to perform the procedure.

How Laser Hair Removal Works?

Laser therapy utilizes high-heat laser beams as a mild form of radiation. During the procedure, these laser beams heat up and damage your hair follicles.

Your hair follicles are located under your skin. They are responsible for making new strands of hair. If the follicles are destroyed, then your hair production temporarily stops.

On the other hand, shaving and waxing remove hair above your skin’s surface. These methods do not target hair-producing follicles.

The following areas are appropriate for laser hair removal:

  • Chest
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Bikini line
  • Face (except for the eye area)

Laser hair removal is best for darker hair colours on light skin tones. It is because the lasers pinpoint hair melanin (colour). In case some hairs are not removed, the reduction of their colour can minimize the appearance of hair on your skin.

Some of your hairs may also fall off in a few days after your treatment session.

Overall, laser hair removal is a quick procedure. Smaller areas, like the upper lip, can take a few minutes. However, larger areas, like the back or chest, can take an hour or longer.

If your dermatologist uses a topical pain-relieving gel (anaesthetic) first, you might have to be at the clinic for another full hour.

Although laser hair removal has a high success rate, your hair follicles eventually heal. They began new hair production again. To ensure the best outcome, you will have to undergo multiple sessions.

Why are Follow-up Sessions needed?

Follow-up treatments are essential if you want to get the most out of laser hair removal. The exact number of maintenance sessions varies from person to person.

In most cases, people require between 4 and 6 laser therapy sessions.

You will also have to take the procedure 6 weeks apart. It means that the full treatment cycle can take around 9 months.

After each session, you will likely notice lesser hair. Any hair that remains or grows will be light in texture and colour. After your initial session, an estimated 10 to 25 per cent of your hair will reduce. The rate of reduction will continue improving, but will also differ.

For the best results, you will likely require occasional maintenance sessions. These sessions will help ensure that your hair follicles do not regenerate. Depending on your requirements, you may have to take maintenance session once or twice in a year after your initial treatment.

The timeline for every session is the same as your first laser hair removal treatment. Overall, the time depends on the area of treatment. Touch-up on few small areas during your maintenance sessions requires less amount of time.

Although laser hair removal is not exactly permanent, it is still one of the best procedures for slowing hair growth for a long time. Other long-term hair removal procedures you can consult with your dermatologist include needle epilators also known as electrolysis.

If you do not want to spend on medical procedures that are not permanent, there are several at-home hair removal options.

Talk to your dermatologist regarding:

  • Tweezer epilators
  • Waxing
  • Threading
  • Correct shaving techniques

Miniature type of laser hair treatments is available on the market for home usage, but their safety and effectiveness is not apparent. These at-home laser hair treatments are not regulated as medical devices. So, they remain untested as such. It is best to leave laser hair removal up to the expert.