Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions
There is such excitement in this cutting edge technology for
laser hair removal. In order to decide if you want to use laser hair removal,
you can check online for research and then you would need a doctor consultation.
Why should you use a laser to remove hair?
Lasers can target pigmented hair while leaving the skin
around the laser treatment unaffected. With each pulse of the laser, you can
treat many hairs. Each pulse only takes a fraction of a second. Compare this
with electrolysis and you will see that laser hair removal is much more precise
Does laser hair removal really work?
The results are quite predictable. 90% of patients usually have permanent
hair loss. 10% percent of patients, no matter what you do, hair loss just does
not happen. Usually after each session, most of the treated hairs by the laser
fallout. After about six weeks the hair follicles that have survived gradually
start growing back. But on the average with each session, approximately one
third of the hairsí treated never return back and, therefore, are permanently
The remaining hairs tend to be lighter in color and also smaller in size.
Patients typically, on the average, are satisfied with three to five treatments
separated by two months apart. Patients that have darker colored skin may need
more sessions as their skin may require lower energy levels in order to be a
Will it work for me individually?
A consultation is required to determine if you really are a suitable
candidate for a laser hair removal procedure. Dark, coarse hairs on any part of
the body usually respond well. As a rule, very fine or very lightly colored hair
whether it's white, gray, or red, do not respond well to treatment.
Patients with dark complexions really need to be treated cautiously because
the dark skin interferes with the laser light even before reaching the hair.
With the latest technology available, there is some flexibility to treat a wide
variety of patients effectively and safely.
What should I do before treatments?
Prior to treatments some protection from the sun is recommended. Usually for
at least a month in advance. Tan skin increase the pigmentation and this can
compete with the laser light. This can result in less effective sessions with a
higher chance of side effects. The hairs in the areas that you want treated must
be short but visible. It is very important not to pluck or wax the hair for a
month prior to the treatments.
How long does each session usually last?
The treatment is relatively quick but also depends on the amount of hair to
be treated. The laser can treat the hairs about the size of a quarter every
second. A small area like the upper lip can be treated in less than a minutes,
while large areas like the back or the legs may need up to an hour.
Will it hurt?
An anesthetic cream is usually recommended to numb the skin before
treatments. This you will need to speak with the doctor and he can discuss with
you which cream would be effective. The procedure is usually tolerated well with
a mild sensation of heat tingling or stinging.
What should I expect after the Treatment?
The laser hair treatment area looks and feels much like a sunburn that
usually last one to two days. You can use a cool compress and moisturizers. The
area treated pretty much is usually pain-free the day after. Makeup can usually
be used after the treatment unless there are blisters. Blisters, though not
common, are more likely to happen in patients with darker skin. The lasered hair
falls out over a month period and should not frighten you. Also, you should use
sun protection for a month afterwards so it wonít change the pigment in your
skin. Changes that sometimes may occur, which are permanent undesirable side
effects, are scarring or skin color changes, though rare.
Again you really need to speak with a doctor before you even consider having
laser hair removal. This is only general information and not to be taken as the
only answers to these questions.
Copyright 2005 Fern Kuhn, RN
Specializing in Diabetes
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