How To Remove Hair Permanently From The Face, Legs, And Body?

Hair can grow in unwanted areas on female bodies, while males may have thick and exaggerated hair growth on their face or body. Unwanted or excessive facial or body hair can be embarrassing for people as it can affect the appearance and lead to low self-confidence and self-esteem.

Thankfully, many hair removal options exist to remove unwanted hair, shares a dermatologist in Ludhiana, Dr. Roopi Khera, practising at The Glo Medispa Clinic

However, most people do not prefer traditional approaches to removing unwanted hair because of hassles. They may find some options dangerous, such as using sharp razors, or painful, such as using wax. In such cases, the ideal option is to have laser hair removal.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic dermatological procedure designed to remove unwanted hair from specific areas of the body using a concentrated beam of light of a specific wavelength. It can be done all over the body, starting with the face or chest for men and women and progressing to the sensitive areas of both genders, completing with the hands and feet. However, the eyebrow is an exception, as a laser can harm the eyes.

Why Choose Laser Hair Removal for Unwanted Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal in Ludhiana is preferred over traditional hair removal methods by most men and women because of its myriad benefits. The pros of undergoing laser hair removal include:

  • Cost savings
  • Permanent hair removal
  • Quick treatment session
  • Low maintenance required
  • Minimal downtime
  • Minimal side effects
  • Painless treatment.

Who are Ideal Candidates for Laser Hair Removal?

This hair removal method is suitable for any healthy adult wanting to remove undesirable facial or body hair permanently and painlessly. Both men and women can opt for it if they hold realistic expectations from the treatment results.

However, laser hair removal is not suitable if one is having skin disease, cuts, infection, or inflamed areas in the target areas, suffering from cancer, tanned or sun-damaged skin, hormonal issues, and hypopigmentation of the skin. Pregnant females are recommended to not opt for this procedure.

How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

As per a laser treatment doctor in Ludhiana, lasers emit concentrated beams of light of a specific wavelength that penetrate the skin and absorb melanin from the roots of the targeted unwanted hair. The light energy from the laser gets converted into thermal energy. The heat causes the thermal destruction of the basal stem cells at the hair roots. As hair strands grow from basal stem cells, the damaged hair follicles prohibit regrowth.

A single laser pulse can target multiple hair at once, so the laser can tackle unwanted hair on both small and large body areas in less time. Only a few treated hair fall out in a single laser hair reduction session. That’s because, at a given instant, only 20% of hair is in an active growth phase.

Lasers work to only damage the hair follicles that have actively growing hair. Therefore, multiple laser hair removal sessions are required to eliminate all the targeted hair. The laser sessions must be carried out at 6-8 week intervals as this much time is required for hair to come into an active growth phase. After 8 to 10 laser sessions, about 10-20% of unwanted hair remains.

Laser hair reduction penetrates the skin and targets only the melanin of the hair that lies in the hair roots. It does not target the skin texture, the blood vessels, or collagen in the skin dermis. Thus, it acts specifically and precisely with 100% safety.

How do you prepare for laser hair removal treatment?

  • The treatment area must be shaved a day before the treatment session. No other standard hair removal methods must be performed between the laser sessions. 
  • Avoid excessive direct sun exposure, and wear sunscreen if required to go outside.
  • Avoid sunbathing, tanning, solariums, and saunas.
  • Do not apply lotions, chemicals, or cosmetics right before going for a hair removal session 
  • Inform the practitioner about any existing skin conditions or health issues and current intake of medications.

What happens during the laser hair removal session?

  1. First, the practitioner applies a skin lubricating and moisturising gel to the skin of the target area. Then, they direct laser light at the hair follicles to be removed, causing the laser light to be absorbed by the follicles. This results in the permanent destruction of the hair follicles and ensuring that they do not grow back.
  2. A laser hair removal session typically lasts 10-45 minutes, depending on the body area. A full-body session lasts 60 to 80 minutes.
  3. To ensure safety during the session, both laser technician and patient wear eye shields to avoid harm to the eyes caused by the laser. The room where the procedure is carried out must be spacious and has no mirrors. The laser probe must have both hand and foot controls.

If one wants to know more about laser hair removal, watch this video by our laser skin expert:

What happens after the laser hair removal session?

The patients can see the effects immediately after the laser hair removal session, but with some mild side effects. Although the procedure is generally considered safe, there are certain risks, including skin irritation, pigmentation changes, and, in rare cases, scarring. Minor skin redness and itching can go away on their own. Moisturisers as advised by the doctor can be applied to get relief.

Following the laser hair removal session, the patients must follow the below-mentioned aftercare instructions.

  • For the first few days, keep treated areas away from direct sunlight.
  • Apply sunscreen and wear sun-protective clothing whenever going outside in daytime hours.
  • Avoid exfoliation, rubbing of the treated area, and using harsh cosmetics.

Where to go for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is offered in many salons, spas, and beauty parlours besides dermatologists’ offices. However, it is advised to get laser hair removal sessions only in a skin clinic under the guidance of an experienced dermatologist in Ludhiana to ensure safe and effective treatment. A dermatologist’s help is necessary to avoid skin getting burnt with laser and to avoid thicker hair growth after the treatment.

Fair-complexioned people have minimal chances of getting skin burnt with a laser during laser hair removal. If there is a very dark skin and hair melanin contrast ratio, just as found in an Indian skin tone. Choosing the right laser energy setting for safe and effective hair removal is crucial and tricky. Delivery of low-energy laser may lead to paradoxical growth of thicker hair, while high laser energy laser delivery may lead to second or third-degree burns and scars.

Dermatologists and laser technicians at The Glo Medispa have expertise in providing safe and successful laser treatment sessions for hair removal, ensuring you achieve optimal results without any risk of burns. Only trust an expert if you’re seeking a safe and effective laser hair removal treatment.