If you’re not happy with shaving, plucking, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the US. It emits highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light. That destroys the hair.
Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth for a long time, it usually does not lead to permanent hair removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are required for the first hair removal and maintenance treatments may also be required. Laser hair removal is most effective for fair-skinned and dark-haired people, but can be used successfully on all skin types.
Benefits of laser hair removal
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, chin, back, arm, armpits, bikini line and other areas.
Why is it done?
Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment sites are legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it is possible to treat unwanted hair in almost any area except the eyelid or surrounding area. Also the skin with tattoos should not be treated.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is more than just “zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.
During the procedure
The doctor will press a handheld laser instrument onto your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument or a cool gel can be used to protect your skin and reduce the risk of side effects.
When the doctor activates the laser, the laser beam travels through your skin to the hair follicles. The intense heat of the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. You may feel discomfort, such as a warm pinprick, and you will likely feel a cold sensation from the cooling device or gel.
What to expect during laser hair removal?
Just before the procedure, your hair being treated will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin’s surface. Usually, a local anesthetic drug is applied 20-30 minutes before the laser procedure to help puncture the laser pulses.
Before laser hair removal, schedule a consultation with the doctor to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for you. Your doctor will likely do the following:
View your medical history, including medication use, history of skin conditions or scars, and previous hair removal procedures
Discuss risks, benefits and expectations, including what laser hair removal can and cannot do for you
Take photos to use for before-and-after and long-term assessments
During the consultation, discuss a treatment plan and associated costs. Laser hair removal is usually a cash outlay.
Recovery and Risks
A day or two after that, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it has been sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizing creams can help. If your face has been treated, you can wear makeup the next day, unless your skin has blisters.
Cost of laser hair removal
The average cost of laser hair removal was Rs 5000 per session. Costs vary widely depending on factors such as:
- Size of the area to be treated and time required for the treatment
- Number of treatments needed
- Whether a doctor or someone else performs the procedure
- The part of the country where you are undergoing the procedure
- Request a consultation at Choose Clinic – 636 636 3333 to get a better idea of the cost for your particular case.