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Gone are the days of traditional hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, and plucking. They are time-consuming, painful, and not as effective as the new-age solution – Laser Hair Removal. It is a safe and effective method that offers a permanent solution to unwanted body hair. The treatment has evolved over the years. Laser hair removal is effective not just for dark hair on light skin as in the past, but also for darker skin tones.
In this blog let’s explore ‘what is laser hair removal’ and what to do before and after the treatment.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted hair from the body. During the treatment, a laser emits a pulse of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The energy from the laser is then converted into heat, which damages the hair follicle and inhibits future hair growth.
Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from various parts of the body, including the face, arms, legs, underarms, bikini area, and back. The procedure is usually performed by a licensed medical professional, such as a dermatologist or a trained laser technician.
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method of hair removal that provides long-lasting results. Proper pre- and post-care is important to ensure the best results and minimize any potential risks or side effects.
Here are some tips:
What to do before laser hair removal?
Consult your dermatologist: Laser is still a complex process and your dermatologist will be able to guide you with the most effective laser hair removal treatment for your skin type. Inform your doctor if you are taking any medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin or blood thinners.
Avoid sun exposure: It is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks before the treatment as this can make your skin more sensitive and prone to damage.
Shave the area
One day before your appointment shave the area to be treated. Avoid waxing, plucking, or using depilatory creams for at least two weeks before your treatment.
Do not apply creams or lotions
Avoid applying any creams, lotions, or deodorants to the area to be treated on the day of your appointment.
Post-care for Laser Hair Removal
Do not use hot water: Avoid hot showers, baths, or saunas for at least 24 hours after the treatment. Use cool water instead.
Apply cool compresses: Apply cool compresses or ice packs to the treated area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Do not scratch or rub the treated area: Avoid scratching or rubbing the treated area as this can cause irritation and damage to the skin.
Avoid using certain products: Avoid using any products that can irritate the skin, such as scrubs, exfoliants, or perfumed creams for at least two days after the treatment.
Avoid sun exposure: It is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks after the treatment as this can make your skin more sensitive and prone to damage.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen: . Sunscreen is a must, indoors and outdoors with a minimum SPF of 30 to the treated area before going outside, even if it's cloudy or raining.
Follow-up appointments: Follow up with your doctor as recommended to ensure the best results and to address any concerns or complications.
If you have unwanted hair growth and frequently have to visit the salon to remove your unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be the perfect and permanent solution for you. However, it is still a complex process and your dermatologist will be able to guide you with the most effective laser hair removal treatment for your skin type. Speak to our dermatologists to understand your skin type better. At Dr. Divya’s Skin and Hair Solutions in Bangalore, we provide customized solutions for all skin types.