“Drop the Razor, Start thinking of Laser”
LASER HAIR REMOVAL (REDUCTION)
Laser hair removal/reduction is a process to remove unwanted hair from face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini area and other areas.
Lasers selectively target the coarse and dark hair without damaging surrounding skin.
In laser hair reduction, laser beams highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. Melanin pigment into the hair follicle absorbs the light and gets heat and finally destroys the hair.
Selective photothermolysis, the matching of a specific wave length of light and pulse duration are the core factors to obtain optimum effect on the targeted tissue without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. It selectively targets the black melanin pigment and at the same time not heating the rest of the skin.
So laser works best with the dark, thick, coarse terminal hairs means it gives best results in people with light skin and dark hairs. Although nowadays new lasers are available in the marker which are comparatively effective in people with dark skin also.
Laser machines for hair reduction are available in the market since last 20 years and have been approved by FDA. Laser hair reduction has become popular in recent years only because of its speed, safety and efficacy and availability of the laser technology available. Efficacy is more dependent upon expertise, dexterity, cleverness, artistry and experience of the laser operator.
According to the FDA’s definition “permanent” hair reduction is the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs regrowing after a treatment regime.
Sometimes many patients have complete regrowth of the hairs in the treated areas after years of last treatment. This shows that laser machines cause permanent reduction in the number of hairs and not permanent removal of all hairs. So some patients may need touch up sessions in the following years.