Laser Hair Removal
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth.
Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair. Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes several laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed as well.
While laser hair removal can be performed on any skin color and hair type, hair color is the most important factor. The light emitted from the laser is attracted to the melanin, or dark pigment, in the hair follicle. This means that dark hair is treated most effectively. Treatments performed on red, blonde, and gray hair are not generally as effective.
Our multiple laser modalities at Ajmal Clinics, allow us great versatility for accommodating the wide variance in hair and skin color.
What can I expect from Laser Hair Removal?
Before laser hair removal, you’ll be fitted with special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. The specialist may apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment.
During the Procedure
The specialist will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument or a cool gel may be used to protect your skin. When the specialist activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the tiny sacs (follicles) where hair growth originates.
The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. You may feel a stinging sensation. Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, may take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back, may take several hours.After the procedure
You may notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after laser hair removal. A stinging sensation may linger for a day or two. The affected skin may also become slightly crusty. While you’re healing from laser hair removal, wash your skin gently with soap and water. Avoid picking at or vigorously scrubbing the affected skin. It’s also important to avoid sun exposure — both natural sunlight and tanning beds — for at least one week after treatment. After this period, use sunscreen whenever you’re in the sun.
What are the side effects of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal Results
Results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person to person. Multiple treatments can prolong the duration of hair loss, but hair re-growth is still possible. For best results, you may need 4 to 6 treatments, spaced a number of weeks apart. Additional periodic maintenance treatments perhaps once every six to 12 months may be needed as well.