In recent years, laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for people who want to remove unwanted hair permanently. INURSKN is a Mumbai-based clinic that offers this treatment, and their experienced practitioners have helped many clients achieve smoother, hair-free skin. In this Blog, we will explore the benefits of laser hair removal, how it works, and what you need to know before and after your treatment.
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser beam to remove unwanted hair from various parts of the body, including the face, underarms, legs, and bikini area. The laser beam targets the hair follicles, which absorb the light and get destroyed, preventing hair growth. Unlike other hair removal methods, such as waxing or shaving, laser hair removal provides long-lasting results, and the hair that grows back is often finer and lighter.
There are several benefits of laser hair removal, including:
During a laser hair removal treatment, a laser beam is directed at the hair follicles, which absorb the light and heat up, ultimately destroying the follicles. The treatment targets only the hair follicles, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. The number of treatments required will depend on the area being treated, the thickness of the hair, and the color of the skin and hair.
Before your laser hair removal treatment, you should avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks. You should also avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before the treatment. Shaving is allowed, as it doesn’t remove the hair follicle. You should also avoid using creams, lotions, or deodorants on the day of the treatment.
After the treatment, you may experience redness and swelling in the treated area. You can apply ice packs or aloe vera gel to soothe the skin. You should avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks after the treatment and use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. You should also avoid hot baths, saunas, and swimming for a few days after the treatment.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, you may have some questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.
You should avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks before the treatment. You should also avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before the treatment. Shaving is allowed, as it doesn't remove the hair follicle. You should also avoid using creams, lotions, or deodorants on the day of the treatment.
The number of treatments required will depend on the area being treated, the thickness of the hair, and the color of the skin and hair. On average, you'll need six to eight treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart.
While some people may experience discomfort during the treatment, it's usually mild and temporary. Some patients describe the sensation as a slight pinching or stinging feeling, but most people find the treatment tolerable.
At INURSKN, we offer numbing cream to help minimize any discomfort during the treatment. This cream is applied to the skin before the treatment, and it takes about 30 minutes to take effect. Also it is important to note that most patients do not require a numbing cream and also that the probes of laser hair removal machines at InUrSkn have ice cooled tips which reduce any discomfort that may otherwise be caused due to heating of the treatment area.
The treatments are usually spaced four to six weeks apart, depending on the area being treated and the thickness of the hair. Normally this should not be 4 weeks, as it is the time taken for the new hair follicles to grow and the objective is to catch all possible follicles in their different groth cycles.
The minimum age for laser hair removal is 16 years old, but it can vary depending on the clinic's policies and the consent of parents / gaurdians in case of minors.. Also it is generally recommended to carry out the procedure after the age of 21, that is when the hormones in the body are at a more steady level.
At INURSKN, we use three different types of laser hair removal. First is an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Laser Hair removal system, which has great results for lighter skin tones, but is not suitable for darker skin tones. Next we offer two different types of Diode Laser. The first is a 808 nm Diode Laser which is the gold standard in Hair Removal and works fantastically on all skin tones. The next is a Triple Wavelength Diode Laser which offers two additional and adjacent wavelengths. This too has good accuracy and efficacy levels. It is important to note that the aesthetician performing the Laser hair Removal is more important than the machine. The methodology used, the intensity used and the number of passes etc. make a lot of difference in the final outcome. Hence it is always recommended to carry out a laser hair removal treatment under the guidance of a qualified dermatologist who can help the aesthetician suit teh procedure to your skin type and colour.
It's generally not recommended to undergo laser hair removal if you're pregnant. While there's no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal can harm the baby, it's always best to err on the side of caution and wait until after delivery to undergo the treatment.
It's usually safe to undergo laser hair removal if you have epilepsy. However, it's always best to inform your practitioner beforehand, as they may need to take certain precautions during the treatment such as ensuring that your eyes are covered and not exposed to any laser flashes.
It depends on the medication you're taking, so it's essential to inform your dermatologist of any medications you're on before the treatment. But as a general guideline Laser Hair Removal is safe for most people.
It's generally safe to undergo laser hair removal over tattoos, but it's essential to inform your practitioner beforehand, as they may need to adjust the treatment settings to avoid damaging the ink.