All About Body Hair Removal using Laser
Body hair removal is a part of grooming and maintaining hygiene. Hair removal is also called as epilation, which is the intentional removal of body hair. The removal of unwanted hair by waxing, plucking, threading etc causes pain and discomfort, and therefore people opt for laser hair removal method.
Hair typically grows all over the body and becomes more visible after puberty. Men have thicker and more visible hair than women.
What is Laser Body Hair Removal Treatment?
The laser hair removal treatment is performed using laser light energy which penetrates into the hair shaft. The intense heat of the laser damages and kills the root of the hair. It inhibits the future hair growth. Laser hair removal slows the growth of the hair but does not give a permanent hair removal guarantee.
The surgeon will want to review your medical history to know your medical status. The doctor will examine the region on the body where the hair has to be removed and will make a note of the hair follicles and other specifications. The surgeon may also take a picture of the area before and after the surgery to make a medical record for assessments and long-term results. Stay out of sun as it may increase the side effects such as sun lightening, tan etc. Avoid waxing and plucking as it may disturb the hair follicle and interfere in the process of laser hair removal.
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.
Depending on the laser or light source used, you will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.
Next, the doctor will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.
When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later.You will have to visit the doctor a number of times as the treatment consists of 6 to 8 sessions. Avoid getting exposed to the sun after the laser treatment. Use sunscreen lotions once the affected area is healed. Follow the instructions of the doctor and stay protected.