Know more about Laser Hair Removal
Hair is a crowning glory when on the head but is a problem when it grows on the unexpected parts. Laser is spoken very commonly about but a detailed description will help one to understand and help one to choose the best from the better.
What is LASER?
Laser means LIGHT AMPLIFICATION BY STIMULATED EMMISSION OF RADIATION.
What is HIRSUITISM?
Excessive growth of facial or body hair (like Male Pattern) in women is called Hirsuitism)
What is the cause for it?
There are several causes for this. Many time it is because of Androgen (Male Hormone). At times this increase in androgen levels is due to some underlying medical condition. It few it is because of intake of medicines like Hormones (infertility), steroids, oral contraceptive pills, cyclosporine etc., However many times there is no known cause for it. It called IDIOPATHIC HIRSUITISM.
Can Hirsuitism be hereditary?
Yes it can be. At times there is fine hair all over the body called hypertrichosis.
How does a Laser work in Hair removal?
Laser beam when passed through the skin gets absorbed by the melanocytes (pigment cells) which are maximum in the hair root. Once it is absorbed it transfers into heat energy which destroys the hair root. A very good cooling devices is needed so that the surrounding skin does not get damaged.
Contact cooling is necessary as it will constantly cool the skin and does not allow the transferred heat energy to damage the surrounding skin.
What are all the type of laser for hair removal?
1. Nd -Yag Laser.
2. Diode Laser.
3. Intensed Pulsed Light(IPL)
Laser expert can decide which laser will be effective depending on the type of the skin and thickness of the hair. Accordingly the frequency and amount of joules can be decided.
How can choose a laser?
Depending on thickness of the hair and the colour of the skin the laser expert chooses laser and the amount of joules which will effectively treat hair without scaring. SOPRAND ICE has sapphire contat cooling tip which constantly chills the skin at – 4 `C. So the amount of joules passed to the skin can be higher without causing any pain or skin damaged.
Are lasers suited for dark skin?
Yes. There are many lasers suited for darker skin. A laser expert with good experience will be able to pick the best laser which will suit your skin. Darker the skin more the caution treatment as dark skin tends to burn very easily and scar. That is why laser with constant cooling during and after procedure are best suited for darker skin types.
How many sessions of treatment are needed for total hair loss?
Normally body hair is in three phases. Laser beam targets hair at anagen phase(rapid hair growth stage) of growth. So number of session must be determined by the laser expert. Usually 90-95% of the hair is lost and needs 5-9 sittings.
Can a person under infertility treatment start Laser?
Yes. Laser will never harm your treatment and this can also be done along with the treatment. Laser can be scheduled accordingly.
What has to be done prior to Laser?
No precaution is mandatory before starting with your LASER. Person can walk in and finish their treatment and continue with their work the next moment.
What are all the areas that can be treated using laser?
Any part of the body can be treated without any side effects. Soprano ICE is designed to treat hair on any part of the body with best results.
How long should a person spend for laser treatment?
Time of the session usually depends on the area to be treated. Approximately it take about 5 minutes to few hours. SOPRANO ICE used at Sanche cosmetic centre is specifically designed for whole body hair removal in just 4 hours.
How much improvement can one expect after each sitting?
Usually there is a loss of hair of 20-25% in each sitting and the thickness of the hair gets lesser.
What are the steps to be followed after treatment?
Everyone can go ahead with their normal routine life style after laser.
Sunscreen usage is a must.
How much gap should be given in between 2 sittings?
For facial hair the one will have to expect sitting anywhere between 40-50 days. Body parts like hands and legs tend to grow back slowly when done with a good laser and will need repeat sessions after 2-2.5 months.
Is laser treatment very expensive?
Expense of the laser depends on the area to be treated. The expense which you spend here gives you permanent solution for the hair loss and comparatively with other temporary hair removal procedures is very satisfactory.
Dr. HEMA SATHISH M.B.B.S., D.D., (UK)
Cosmetic Dermatologist | Sanche Cosmetic Centre
DEVADOSS MULTI SPECIALITY HOSPITAL