Laser hair reduction

Epilation by laser was performed experimentally for about 20 years before it became commercially available in the mid 1970s. Laser and light-based methods, sometimes called phototricholysis or photoepilation, are now most commonly referred to collectively as "laser hair removal". The efficacy of laser hair removal is now generally accepted in the dermatology community, widely practiced and has become extremely popular because of its speed and efficacy. The various lasers and light sources used commonly are, Diode, Nd:YAG & IPL devices.

Laser works best with dark coarse hair. Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination, but new lasers are now able to target dark black hair even in patients with dark skin.

Number of sessions

Multiple treatments (typically 6-8 spaced 8-12 weeks apart) depending on the type of hair and skin color have been shown to provide long-term reduction of hair. The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the area of the body treated, skin color, coarseness of hair, reason for hirsutism, and sex. Coarse dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat. Hair on darker skin is harder to treat. Finer hair is only sometimes affected. Certain areas (notably men's faces) may require considerably more treatments to achieve desired results. In addition, since hair grows in several phases, (anagen, telogen, catagen), and laser can only affect the currently active growing follicles, (anagen), several sessions are needed to kill hair in all phases of growth.

It's important to note that laser does not work on light-colored hair and most fine and vellus hair ("peachfuzz") of any color. Electrolysis is the only permanent solution for those types of hair.

Intervals between sessions

Usually treatments are spaced 8–12 weeks apart depending on the body area and the hair cycle length for that area. For example, faces usually require more frequent treatments, whereas legs require less frequent treatments. Instead of following an arbitrary schedule, one should wait until they have experienced shedding of the treated hairs, which should complete within 2-3 weeks, and see enough hair come in after the hair-free period to have another treatment. It's advisable to do a touchup if significant amount of hair hasn't shed within 3 weeks.

Other uses
Hair removal lasers are effective treatment for pseudofolliculitis barbae (commonly called ingrown hairs or "shaving bumps"). They have recently been reported as helpful treatment for pilonidal cysts, since they eliminate the ingrown hairs that produce the troublesome foreign body reactions in this congenital malady.

Side effects and risks

Some normal side effects may occur after laser hair removal treatments, including itching, redness and swelling around the treatment area. These side effects should not last more than three days. Some level of pain should also be expected during treatments. Icing the area after the treatment helps relieve the side effects faster.

Unwanted side effects such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation or, in extreme cases, burning of the skin call for an adjustment in laser settings. Risks include the chance of burning the skin or discoloration of the skin, hypopigmentation (white spots), flare of acne, swelling around the follicle, scab forming, purpura, and infection. These risks can be avoided when being treated at with an appropriate laser type and at appropriate settings for the individual's skin type. Some patients may show side effects from an allergy to either the hair removal gel used with certain laser types or to a numbing cream. A physician should be consulted if an allergic reaction presents itself after the treatment. It has also been observed that some people seem to be non-responders – this is not confirmed and reasons are not known. We at Cutis use IPL, Nd:YAG & Diode Lasers for hair reduction. We offer laser hair reduction for unwanted facial, under arm and body hair. For painless and affordable hair-reduction contact our dermatologist. Cost of the treatment depends on the individual recquirement and can be obtained after consultation with our dermatologist.

Underarm laser hair removal

Let's talk about underarm hair removal Now-a-days the most frequently asked question is:
How to get rid of underarms hair permanently?
The simplest solution to this question is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted underarm hairs gives you best and satisfactory results.

Many women will shave their armpits hundreds -- maybe even thousands -- of times during their lifetime. The idea of abandoning this tedious task may seem appealing, and you may wonder if laser hair removal is a good alternative. But as sensitive as your underarms are, is laser hair removal safe?

Although laser hair removal may sound harsh, it's actually safe for your underarms. In fact, it's relatively gentle on your skin, and there's little pain during the procedure or afterward. Because underarms are a small area, the treatments often take less than 10 minutes -- this is why some people suggest trying laser hair removal on the underarms before larger areas of skin. Women tired of shaving can enjoy permanent healing from this psychological trauma.

Each laser light pulse removes the unwanted hair from the underarm region. The laser targets the hairs which are just growing. Hair growth may have cycles, so multiple hair removal sessions may be needed to remove all underarm hair permanently.



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