All you need to know about laser hair removal

If you're looking for a viable method to remove excess hair on your face, legs, armpits, or other parts of the body, consider laser hair removal. It is a technique that involves the use of laser beam machines to remove unwanted hair on the body. Laser hair removal is safe and is a quick way of getting rid of hair permanently or reducing re-growth.

The process

State of the art technology laser machines are used targetting specific hair follicles for removal. The principle is based on “selective photothermolysis” (SPTL) where the specific tissue is targetted without affecting surrounding skin. It consists of 3 to 8 treatments with a patient needing an average of 7 sessions. Costs and duration of treatment depend on the colour of hair and skin, coarseness of hair, size, and location.

  • Where to go

Clinics, hospitals, and medical centres are places where you can do the procedure with qualified clinicians, aestheticians and doctors. It is also possible to do laser hair removal at home. The safety and efficacy of these machines have been documented. To date, laser hair removal is recognized as an effective therapy for hair removal.

  • Benefits

Laser hair removal is highly effective with 90% of patients experiencing permanent hair loss. In other cases where there is no significant hair reduction, it is deemed that the patient is not part of a responsive group. Other reasons include using wrong laser settings while in other instances, it is the capability of technicians and clinicians which play a part in the failure of a treatment.

Hair removal by laser is hailed for its speedy effect with most patients experiencing significant reductions in hair growth. Although re-growth is a high occurrence, the amount of hair that grows back again is not the same before treatment was carried out.

  • Disadvantages

As with all cosmetic procedures, there are risks involved. Allergic reactions such as puffiness, redness, and swelling may occur. Scarring, scabbing and numbing may be experienced while discolouration and acne are other side effects. However, there are remedies for side effects such as ice packs, cold creams, and medications.

A beauty alternative

Laser hair removal is an option that exists where therapy is needed to prevent hair from growing. While it does not always work for others, it is good to know that the efficacy of such a treatment has been proven and if given choices, it is an alternative for those who want to get rid of excess hair for any reason.

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