Intro: You have questions regarding Laser Hair Removal? WE have Dr Navjot Arora, renowned dermatologist, to answer them for you.
Although the procedure has been around for years, it is only now that people are waking up to skin laser hair removal. While it is safe and does come to be less expensive than waxing (when compared over a year), there are a few things you should keep in mind in case you are thinking of opting for it. We have Dr Navjot Arora, renowned Skin Specialist in Delhi and Dermatologist near me, tell us all that we must know regarding laser hair reduction.
Question: How does laser hair reduction help?
Answer: Laser is a beam of light that is made to penetrate the skin to a specific depth (around 1-4mm). This is done with the focus of killing the black colour. The laser sees only black colour, which does not harm any other part of the body. The roots of hair are burned with the help of laser, stopping the growth of hair. Although it is permanent hair removal in nature, the procedure does require multiple sittings because of the need of complete depth reduction from the roots. Note that laser hair reduction treatment is not for people with white or blonde hair because the laser is functionally disabled to treat the patient with it.
Q: Does the texture of hair influence the laser hair reduction process?
A: No, the texture does not matter under the process but the thickness matters. Thicker the hair is, the more root pigmentation is required. The laser will heat more in thick hair. Also, in case of thinner hair the doctors themselves don’t recommend getting laser hair reduction treatment done as bleaching can solve the problem easily.
Q: Why is laser hair removal cost more than waxing in general?
A: Laser hair reduction is a one-time investment whereas waxing is a monthly process. Also, 7-8 sittings of laser treatment are almost equal to the cost of waxing for a year. No doubt laser hair reduction is a more economical process than waxing. A decade earlier, laser treatment was a costly procedure because there was a monopoly in the market. But with time and competition in the market the process has become highly cheaper comparatively.
Q: What are the things to keep in mind while opting for laser hair reduction treatment?
A: The authentication of the doctor doing the treatment is necessary. The doctor must study the patient case history before suggesting the treatment. The machinery needs to be certified by authorities as safe for use. There must be a standard gap between two sittings of laser treatment as prescribed by the doctor in charge. Avoid tanning of the area where the laser treatment was held for 5-7 days.
Q: Since the follicles of skin are disturbed, do skin glands also get affected by the surgery?
A: The laser treatment targets the roots only and the skin glands never get affected. Those people who have lesser or no sweats, the laser surgery also never affects their body.
Q: Can laser hair reduction treatment lead to skin cancer any time in the future?
A: Never! There is no evidence found that laser reduction treatment causes skin cancer. In fact, laser hair reduction treatment is very safe for vaginal or underarms area. All areas where thick hair-growth is found are safe for laser hair reduction treatment.
Q: What is the total time taken for the complete treatment?
A: Depending upon the thickness and growth of hair, the complete period is finalized by the doctor. Six sittings are considered ideal for complete surgery procedure.