Some people struggle with hair removal more than they should. It can become a serious problem in one’s life. Even though it might seem like something superficial at first, having to wax or shave weekly is not the most comfortable task ever, especially if you have to face excessive hairiness. Women who experience a lot of hair growing in places it shouldn’t, can experience a lack of self-esteem. They need to be patient and deal with the problem more frequently than a normal woman would. Excessive hairiness can be encountered in case of men too. The peer pressure and the influence of media on people are very accentuated these days and this is the reason behind the need to look in a certain way. The standards that media impose on people can cause them a lot of emotional – and physical – discomfort.
Luckily, the problem raised by hair growth gave birth to another method for hair removal. With the latest advancements in technology, people can now use services such as laser hair removal. The one issue that occurs would be that not all persons who suffer from excessive hair growth can afford a laser hair removal treatment. Yet if the problem persists and really affects one’s life, it would be recommended to do everything that’s possible to put an end to it. This article is meant to answer all the questions related to laser hair removal and its effects on your body. Read on and make a decision that’s beneficial for your situation.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is a type of hair removal that lasts longer than most methods. It is a medical-aesthetic procedure that uses pulse beams to remove the hair follicle entirely. The intense pulsations target the chromophore and the generated heat destroys the follicle and inhibits future growth. The procedure works well for people who have light skin and darker hair. The pigment that gives color to a person’s skin is called melanin. It absorbs light and protects the skin from burning.
Melanin is also present in the hair follicles. Laser hair removal targets melanin thus being extremely effective in cases where there is more melanin in the hair follicle (darker hair color). The mechanism used for laser hair removal is safe, as it uses a certain wavelength and intensity in a controlled manner. This type of hair removal procedure can be done in medical clinics, in cosmetic salons or even at home, given the latest products launched. The device used can influence the effectiveness of hair removal, as well as the way the device is used. At salons, the treatment can be more efficient than at home.
Are there risks for this procedure?
Yes – there are some side effects that can occur after getting laser hair removal. The common ones include erythema and edema, but they usually disappear in less than a few hours. Another common side effect is represented by changes in terms of pigment (hypopigmentation, lighter or darker sports). In rare cases, people can notice vesicles, crusts or scars on the area where laser hair removal was performed. As in the case of any other medical procedures, there are contraindications that should be considered before undergoing laser hair removal. Pregnant or breastfeeding women or people who suffer from dysplastic nevus syndrome (atypical moles) cannot perform laser hair removal. Also, there is a high risk of ocular damage if not taking the correct precaution measurements. This is why people who take photosensitizing medicines cannot opt for laser hair removal either.
To make sure that you are able to get laser hair removal done, you should consult a dermatologist first. The doctor will ask several questions about your medical history, any illnesses that you suffer from, any type of medicine you may be taking etc. This way, he will know for sure if you are a good candidate for the procedure. You’ll also be advised regarding what to do and what to avoid during the laser hair removal treatment. Before starting a laser hair removal treatment, wait at least one month from the last time you waxed. Wait until your tan is gone and opt for skin exfoliation one week before attending your first session. You can also ask for a free trial to see how your skin reacts when first exposed to the laser treatment. This way, you can avoid unpleasant side effects or other problems that may occur.
Is it permanent?
Your skin and your hair color can greatly influence the success rate of laser hair removal. In some cases, this method shows maximum efficiency and is permanent when sessions for maintaining the results are respected. In other cases, hair loss may not be total, but you’ll still get a satisfying result. The sessions for maintaining the results might be required more often. The results are not entirely permanent, as these sessions have to be scheduled every once in a while. Anyway, even in cases where the method doesn’t show maximum efficiency, the hair is thinner and grows a lot slower. The minimum number of sessions also depends on each candidate.
After the treatment
Similar to the case of wax hair removal, the skin will be sensitive after one laser hair removal session. You might encounter a slight burning sensation. It is recommended to stay away from sunlight during the treatment and always use SPF protection cream. Some laser hair removal Toronto clinics recommend staying away from sunlight even before starting the treatment. Hot showers or sauna should also be avoided two weeks after the treatment. During a laser hair removal treatment, the candidate has to avoid using other methods of hair removal other than shaving with a razor blade. Laser hair removal should not be painful in any way. In case you feel pain, let your dermatologist or cosmetician know so that he can adjust the intensity used. You can feel a discomfort or a stinging sensation during the session. As you become accustomed to this sensation, you should feel nothing.