Commercial use of laser for hair removal dates back to 1990’s. The dermatology community has spared tremendous amount of money to work on lasers and their effectiveness. As a result, now we have a treatment, laser hair removal, which is the accepted permanent hair reduction procedure. Lasers are trusted enough that specially designed laser devices are introduced in market that facilitates consumer self-treatment.
How lasers work for hair removal
Laser emits a beam of light that hits pigment, melanin, in hair follicles. Due to its dark color melanin absorbs light and becomes inactive. As skin possesses light tone so it does not absorb laser. Modern lasers carefully target the hair only while keeping the surrounding skin intact.
Laser hair removal in Dubai is popular for employing latest equipments and qualified staff. Success of the procedure is highly dependent upon the expertise of dermatologist and the device used.
Substitutes of laser hair removal
Electrolysis has been used by people who want to get rid of their extra hair for more than 135 years. IPL is another substitute of laser that is incorrectly referred to as “laser hair removal”, possibly due to the fact that it also releases light. According to a study conducted in ASVAK laser centre in Turkey, laser treatment is more reliable, faster and less painful than electrolysis.
Repeated sessions are necessary for long term removal of hair. There are multiple factors that determine the number of sessions needed. Some of these factors are area of body under treatment, skin tone, sex, and coarseness of hair. Usually 7 treatments are needed at a minimum and the patient needs to wait for eight weeks before the next session of treatment.
A combination of light tone skin and dark coarse hair is considered to be the best for laser treatment. However, modern lasers also work on people who have dark complexion and dark black hair. With the use of state-of-the-art technology, now laser can target hairs which have very small quantity of melanin or do not have it at all.
It would be quite interesting to know that hair removal laser is also a good treatment for the ingrown hairs. Many surgeons use lasers for the treatment of pilonidal cysts.
Side effects of the treatment
- Redness, itching and swelling in the treated area are some common side effects that follow laser treatment. They are temporary and usually do not last longer than three days.
- Sometimes, acne and skin discoloration take place. People with darker skin tone often face acne and pigmentation problems after treatment.
- People who are allergic to numbing cream or gel may develop allergic reactions.
- Scarring, change in skin texture and blistering are rare side effects.
Minimizing the side effects of treatment
By following some guidelines you can easily minimize the possibility of side effects.
- Carefully select a laser technician. Selecting the right laser expert means you do not need to worry for the side effects and complications because a good technician minimizes their possibility.
- If any of your family members or friends has received laser treatment with good results, you can also opt for that clinic.
- Always make sure that the surgeon uses modern devices and is experienced enough to use correct laser parameters for your skin.
- Do not ask doctor to treat very large area at once because applying numbing cream on large body areas can yield serious complications.