Laser Hair Removal: Is it Permanent? Does it Have Side Effects?
You are tired of shaving, waxing, or even worse, plucking your body hair.
You want a solution that lasts long, better if it is permanent.
Is this you?
Laser Hair Removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the world. If you are looking for a convenient and longer-lasting break from unwanted body hair, this is your best choice.
Now, immediately, your mind has begun to shoot questions at you.
Is the Laser Hair Removal process painful? Will I feel a burning sensation? Will the laser harm my skin?
Calm down. We wrote this article to explain all of that.
How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
In the Laser Hair Removal procedure, highly concentrated light is focused on the roots of your hair, no matter which part of the body needs hair-removal.
The roots are called hair follicles in scientific language. The small pigments in the hair follicles absorb the concentrated light. Since the beam of light produces some amount of heat, the follicles die, hence destroying the entire strand of hair.
The process uses heat from a concentrated light source to the hair. So, you will experience slight hotness but it is really quick.
Moreover, the procedure comes with either a cooling mechanism or a cooling gel so the burning sensation does not last more than a few seconds.
How long does a session last?
A session lasts anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour.
If you are doing the procedure for most of your body parts, like underarms, arms, legs, etc, the entire session might take not more than 1 hour.
You might have to do up to 6 sessions for the best results. These sessions will be evenly distributed in a span of 7 to 9 months.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
90% of people who go through this procedure witness permanent hair removal in about 3 to 6 sessions.
But can’t it be done at once?
Your hair grows in different phases. And the laser can only damage the hair that has actively growing follicles.
This is why you have to go through evenly spread sessions to concentrate on all the hair that grows at different times.
Most people need from 3 to 6 sessions for almost-permanent hair removal if they come for occasional follow-up in the future.
Will I get instant results?
The hair that is worked on by the laser takes days or even weeks to fall off. You should let the process happen itself. Do not pluck or try to rub off the hair.
Pulling hair after treatment can be painful, and also cause infection.
Is Laser Hair Removal painful?
During the treatment, you might experience sensations of slight warmth on your skin. When the laser zaps the hair follicles, you might feel as if a rubber band is snapped on it (mildly).
Other than that, there is no pain. You will feel completely normal after the session. You might forget you even had a session after 5 minutes.
Is it effective for all types of skin and all types of hair?
The Laser Hair Removal procedure works best for people with fairly light skin and dark hair. Hence, it is effective for most Nepalese skin.
It might be a little problematic if you have darker skin with light-colored hair.
However, technology today has advanced enough to bring the benefits of Laser Hair Removal for all body types.
Is the laser harmful to my skin?
Laser Hair Removal procedure was tested continuously for 20 years before the process was stamped as safe. So, it is as safe as modern science can get.
Some people might experience redness, itching, and discomfort after the procedure but it is temporary. You can always contact the doctor who did the procedure if you have any problems.
Also, the laser is not harmful to the skin. The radiation is powerful enough to damage hair follicles but not strong enough to harm the skin.
Here are some things you should keep in mind:
1) Avoid the sun before and after the treatment as much as possible.
Exposure to the sun can sometimes cause implications after the procedure.
2) Do not shave or wax in between the sessions.
Shaving, waxing, and using hair removal cream will temporarily remove body hair and prevent them from being exposed to the laser beam for removal.
3) Do not take a hot shower for 48 hours after a session.
4) Do not do a sauna or hot spa for at least a week after a session.