Laser Hair Removal
End the Embarrassment and Inconvenience of Unwanted Face and Body Hair
Let’s face it, unwanted face and body hair is a constant source of anxiety. While you are busy trying to hide it, at the same time you are also spending countless frustrating hours plucking, shaving, waxing, applying creams to get rid of these unwanted hair.
For many women, temporary hair removal solutions are no longer satisfying. More and more women are turning to laser hair removal as a permanent means of solving the unwanted hair problem.
Maybe it’s time for you too, to do the same and take advantage of laser hair removal at our CLINIC.
If you’re interested in laser hair removal, the first step is to set up a FREE consultation at our CLINIC. On appointment, you’ll meet our experienced technician and she can analyze your skin and hair type to determine the best treatment for you.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
In recent years, laser hair removal has become the most popular method for hair removal and with time, the process has continued to improve. Today it is the most widely used high-tech method for hair removal. Laser hair removal technique provides an extremely fast treatment time with very little discomfort and less pain as compared to other hair removal methods. It provides long-lasting effects and since laser can hit multiple follicles with a single pulse, the process is much faster than other hair removal techniques. Laser hair removal is also a comparatively painless way to remove hair.
Laser hair removal procedure cannot be done during pregnancy and if the mother is feeding her baby.
At Derma Electrolysis we use DIODE LASER approved by **FDA and CSA, it’s a safe procedure and Excellent results have been achieved by LIGHT SHEER DIODE LASER SYSTEM noticing about 60-80% of reduction in hair growth in just two or three sessions. Also, after the treatment, when the hair grows back, it tends to be finer and sparser. Results improve through repeated treatments as only 15-20% of hair follicle are susceptible during one laser treatment. The process of laser hair removal works by directing the laser onto the skin, and the laser is absorbed by melanin in the hair follicles. Once absorbed, the light transforms into heat, destroying the root of the hair in the follicle responsible for the growth of new hair. The laser is usually pulsed, for only a fraction of a second, and the duration of each pulse is just so long that enough light and energy is absorbed by the follicle to destroy the root of the hair, but not long enough to damage the skin surrounding the hair follicle.
Laser Hair Removal – Treatment Areas
Due to the fact that facial hair is the most visible hair, Laser treatment is one of the most popular and best ways of getting rid of unwanted hair on the face.During the treatment a low energy laser beam is directed towards hair follicles, It destroys the root without affecting the surrounding skin. The cost of treatment varies from person to person, depending on the size of the area treated and the complexity of each case. For treatment on the upper lip, it takes about 5-10 minutes while for the chin it may take up to 10-15 minutes. The procedure can cause mild discomfort.
Laser Treatments for arms is becoming an increasingly popular solution for patients who have dark and coarse unwanted hair on their arms.The treatment approximately takes 45 minutes. After 4-6 treatments most patients are satisfied with their results.
Underarms is another very common area on which women get laser done. Each pulse of laser targets most of the hair which are in the growing stage within the area hit by the laser beam. Removal of underarms hair is one of the fastest procedures in laser therapy, requiring only about 10-15 minutes. The procedure is also painless.
Entire back treatment takes about one hour. Treatments need to be repeated every four to six weeks or so for an average of 5-8 treatments depending on the skin type. Prices vary widely because of the differences in the amount of hair that patient have. The procedure may cause some discomfort, but is painless to a large extent.
Bikini hair removal is one of the most popular forms of laser hair removal. With beach wear becoming Popular over the years, women have developed a desire for having clean bikini lines. Each pulse of laser removes most of the hair which are in the anagen (growth) stage within the area.The treatment takes only 15-20 minutes per session. Treatments need to be repeated every four to six weeks or so for an average of 4-8 treatments depending on the skin type. After which one will achieve permanent hair reduction, and save on time and money in the long run. The procedure can cause a mild discomfort.
Since legs have a large area which needs to be treated, laser treatment usually takes about an hour or more. A patient will need to take at least 4-6 treatments. Prices vary widely because of the differences in the amount of hair patients have. The procedure may cause some discomfort, but is painless to a large extent. It takes about 1-2 hours per treatment for both full legs to be treated.
FAQs About Laser Hair Removal
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Though laser hair removal is considered to be painless as compared to other similar technologies, the level of pain usually depends on the patient and his/her skin and hair type. It has been observed that the treatment tends to hurt less for people with lighter skin tones and finer hair. Most patients however, tolerate laser treatments very well, and patients have often described the sensation from laser treatment to be slightly discomfort rather than pain.
Does it cause scarring?
Though an extremely rare phenomenon, if not performed by a well-qualified and experienced laser technician, the procedure may leave scars on patients.
How many treatments are needed?
While the number of treatments varies from person to person, on an average, everyone requires at least 4-6 treatments for good results.. Overall, most people do not require more than six treatments, though people with hormonal imbalances or people who normally wax or pluck a lot may require more sessions.
Does the hair grow back?
In most cases, laser treatments are effective and hair does not grow back for a long period. While re-growth varies from patient to patient, due to the different types of lasers used also due to health reasons, hormonal problems and different skin types, it is a known fact that re-growth after laser treatments is minimal and the hair which grows back is lighter in colour and density.
What are the advantages of laser hair removal
The advantages of laser hair removal include:
- The technique is safe if performed properly by an experienced technician.
- It is considered to be painless as compared to other methods.
- Many patients have experienced long-lasting results and even permanent hair reduction.
- The method is very useful for removing hair from larger areas such as full legs or back.
What are the disadvantages of laser hair removal?
Although laser hair removal is an excellent treatment option, some patients may experience hair re-growth. However, this hair is usually finer and lighter in colour. Possible side effects, though very rare, may include damage to the surrounding healthy tissues in the form of scars, burns, redness and swelling. The process is also not as effective on grey, red or blonde hair.
What areas can be treated with laser?
Any area, except adjacent to the eyes. wherever there is excess hair can be treated with laser. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, chin, neck, chest, arms, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, fingers, toes and legs.
How fast is laser treatment?
One of the main advantages of laser hair removal procedures is the speed of the treatment in combination with the long lasting results. For example, back or leg session can usually take about an hour, and lip or chin can be done in 5-10 minutes.
What are some pre-treatment instructions?
While the process in itself is considered to be very safe, women opting for laser treatment should follow the following pre-treatment tips:
- Laser treatment should be avoided when you have a suntan or sunburn
- Shaving a day before the treatment quickens treatment time. Shaving should be done to a degree where only a shadow or stubble remains visible.
- On the treatment day specially for legs or bikini, avoid dark clothing, wear light coloured undergarments.
- Avoid all exposure to the sun, sunbathing or tanning beds etc. At least one month before and a month after the treatments.
- No self tanning lotions should be used during the treatments.
- Bleaching, waxing or plucking should be stopped for a couple of weeks before the treatment.
- If you are likely to suffer from cold sores or have genital herpes, start taking appropriate medicines before the treatment.
- You should contact your laser technician and schedule a consultation for a detailed instruction list.
What are the during and post-treatment instructions?
Precautions during and after laser treatments;:
- The area being treated cannot be exposed to the sun. Use Sunscreen SPF 50 or more whenever skin is exposed to the sun.
- Any other method of hair removal should not be used except for shaving.
- Immediately following the treatment, the area may show redness with some swelling. This usually resolves in 1-2 hours.
- A cold compress often helps in this scenario.
- Apart from this, general precautions to take after laser hair removal treatment includes;
- Minimal use of makeup and maximum use of moisturizer.
- Apply Polysporin or Fucidin to keep area moist and help healing.
- Make it a habit to use sun block of SPF 50 or more while going out in the sun.
- If needed, the only other acceptable hair removal method during the treatments is shaving.
- The treated hair will exfoliate in approximately 2 weeks.
- Make sure to ask your laser technician for detailed post-treatment instructions.
Are there any side effects?
In most cases there are no side effects associated with the procedure. However, pigmentary changes of the skin treated can occur, including either dark or light areas. Pigmentary changes may persist for months, but are almost always temporary. They are very rare in patients with fair skin who are untanned. Blisters and burns are rare, but occasionally occur, particularly in patients with dark skin.
How does skin color affect the results?
Light skin makes laser hair removal easier to perform. Fewer treatments are required, and better, faster results are obtained. People with darker skin can be treated, but results are slower, more sessions are required, and greater expertise is required on the part of the laser technician. Laser hair removal must be individualized for each patient.
Does dark hair color have any impact?
Dark hair absorbs more laser energy and is, therefore, much easier to treat. Coarse dark hair responds the best to laser treatment. Light hair is more difficult to treat, while blonde, red, brown hair are extremely difficult to treat. Laser does not work on gray/white hair. Multiple treatment sessions are required, and results are variable.
What are the effects of tanning on laser hair removal results?
Having a tan increases the risk of side effects such as blistering and discolouration. Due to the tanned skin, the laser hits the surrounding skin rather than the hair, resulting in scarring and discolouration of the skin.
Does diet have an impact on the treatment?
Diet is generally unrelated to laser hair removal treatment, except for Beta-carotene, which interferes with the treatment. Beta-carotene, which is normally found in carrots, vitamin A supplements, squash, and other vegetables, is deposited in the skin, producing a subtle orange or yellow colour in the skin. This pigment absorbs laser energy, preventing it from reaching the hair follicle, and increasing the absorption of laser energy in the skin. Beta-carotene persists for months after ingestion. Patients interested in the best results from laser hair removal will benefit from discontinuation of the use of all forms of beta-carotene, or sunless tanning products, you must wait until the tan fades completely before you can undergo laser hair removal treatment. Laser treatment is effective only on short, visible hair. Two to three days before the procedure, you shave the area to be treated, and allow it to grow to a stubble. Avoid waxing or plucking the hair. Ask your Laser technician about ways to minimize the discomfort of laser hair removal. She may advise you to apply a thick layer of an over-the-counter cream containing the anesthetic lidocaine to your skin 45 minutes before treatment.
Is laser hair removal covered by insurance?
Laser hair removal is considered to be cosmetic treatment and is therefore, not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payments.
What to expect during the laser hair removal procedure?
The length of a laser session may range from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the area being treated. How long the procedure takes depends on the area of the body involved. A small area such as the upper lip may take several minutes. A larger area such as the back or legs may require several hours.
Since laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, more than one treatment may be required to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter this growth phase. During the procedure, laser light will be delivered through a hand held piece attached to a laser console. You may experience a stinging sensation as the laser pulse is delivered. To reduce discomfort, the cooling system automatically removes heat from the surface of your skin before, during and after the laser exposure. The process can take from just a few minutes for an upper lip to several hours for a full back and legs.
Laser treatment itself may cause a slight tingling sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. But because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia can be an option. The appearance of the treated area immediately after the laser session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment and skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. Most people return to normal activity right away.
During the procedure, you wear goggles to protect your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light. The procedure causes a slight charring of your stubble. You may notice a strong odour of singed hair, which is normal. Afterwards, you may experience some temporary redness and swelling.
How much does it cost?
The cost of laser hair treatment depends on the uniqueness of each person. Since all individuals have a unique pattern of hair growth, the results and the cost of laser treatments is also unique. Therefore, in most cases, we require the patient to come in for a consultation before we quote the price for laser hair removal.