Body hair is critical to keep us warm and protect our skin from external factors. Though we have come a long way in accepting our body hair and not considering it a conflict with beauty, many of us still want to keep certain body parts hairless. An aesthetic clinic, JB can provide laser treatment for hair removal. This blog will discuss how the laser can help remove unwanted body hair.
How does laser hair removal work?
Before performing the procedure, your skin doctor will clean the targeted area and if required, will apply a numbing gel. Moreover, during the process, everyone in the room must wear protective eyewear to protect the eyes from possible damage from the laser.
During this process, your doctor at a skin clinic in Johor Bahru will use a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted body hair. The melanin pigment in the hair absorbs the light emitted from a laser. This light energy further transforms into heat and damages the hair follicles. It additionally helps delay future hair growth. You may experience a sensation similar to sunburn or a rubber band snapping during the procedure.
Laser hair removal doesn’t offer a permanent result; instead, it can delay the hair growth process for a long time. You may need multiple treatment sessions and follow-up treatment to maintain the results.
Why do you need laser treatment?
It is natural to wonder why you need laser treatment when other hair removal methods are available. Laser hair removal offers the following advantages to patients.
Helps avoid ingrown hairs
When you use methods such as shaving, waxing, etc., the risk of ingrown hairs is always there. However, laser treatment helps remove your body hair from its roots. It further helps prevent ingrown hair from developing.
Makes your skin softer
Shaving or waxing might leave behind prickly stubble. However, laser treatment ensures removing the hair deep from its follicles. As a result, you will get softer skin after laser hair removal. Moreover, even when your hair grows back later, it will be comparatively thinner and softer.
Doesn’t cause any painful side effects
While waxing can cause burns, shaving might cause cuts or bruises. Besides, threading is another painful process of hair removal. However, laser treatments do not cause painful side effects; hence, they are safe to use.
Get lasting result
Laser hair treatment might not offer permanent results but can delay future hair growth. It might take weeks or months for the hair to grow back. However, with follow-up treatment, your body hair will take much longer to reappear. Besides, the new hair will be thinner and softer. Therefore, they will not be so noticeable even when they grow back.
You can shave between sessions
When you opt for methods such as waxing, experts recommend not scheduling another appointment until your hair grows to a certain extent. It also prohibits you from shaving between two sessions. On the other hand, your dermatologist will encourage you to shave between sessions to prevent scorching of hair on your skin’s surface.
Types of laser hair removal
Your dermatologist Johor Bahru may use the following laser procedures to remove unwanted body hair. Let’s discuss them further.
Alexandrite laser hair removal
It is one of the popular laser hair removal methods. Compared to other forms of laser treatment, they may hurt less. The reason is due to the shorter wavelength of the laser. Doctors usually recommend this method for light-skin-toned patients. As a result, this laser doesn’t penetrate the deep skin layers. For better results, you may need to undergo multiple treatment procedures. This method is quite effective in delaying hair growth for a long time.
Diode laser hair removal
This laser hair removal method involves the use of a longer wavelength. As a result, this laser penetrates deep into the skin. Skin doctors recommend this treatment method for patients with medium dark skin and coarse hair. Usually, patients do not experience much pain when undergoing the procedure. Moreover, compared to other laser hair removal methods, this procedure requires fewer treatment sessions to achieve the desired result.
Ruby laser hair removal
This method was quite old and usually worked slower than the other procedures. Besides, though they work for lighter and finer hair, they are not so effective for darker and coarse hair. They might cause temporary side effects, which you can alleviate with a cold compress or a moisturiser.
Nd and LP Nd: YAG laser hair removal
These are a stronger version of laser treatment and work best for thicker and courser hair. Your dermatologist might also recommend this procedure for patients with darker skin tones. They have the longest wavelength among the various laser treatment methods available and might cause discomfort to patients. Besides, their long wavelength penetrates deep into your skin layers, damaging the root of the hair in the process. As a result, they help achieve better results compared to other laser procedures.
Intense Pulsed Light
Your dermatologist can customise this treatment procedure according to the requirement of individual patients. They can adjust the wavelength and power levels to meet the need of their patients according to their hair and skin type.
You may need to undergo multiple treatment sessions to achieve the desired results. Since different patients have varying skin and hair types, the number of treatment sessions will also vary.
How to prepare before, during and after a laser treatment for hair removal
It is better to schedule a consultation with your skin specialist in JB to determine whether laser hair removal will be appropriate for you.
During the consultation phase, your skin doctor will likely review your medical history, including the medications you take or whether you have any prior skin disorders. You also need to inform them about your past hair removal procedures.
Moreover, you should ask them about your concerns regarding the treatment procedures. Understanding the benefits, expectations, and also risk of the laser hair removal method will help you make an informed decision.
Before laser hair removal
Once you decide to receive laser treatment for hair removal, your skin doctor may advise you on the following to help you prepare for the treatment.
- Stay away from the sun – Your skin doctor cannot use laser treatment on sunburnt or tanned skin. Hence, you must follow your doctor’s advice to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. You can apply a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or more whenever stepping out in the sun. Besides, it is also better to avoid tanning beds before your treatment.
- Bleaching cream – If you already have tanned or darker skin, your doctor might prescribe a bleaching cream.
- Avoid other hair removal methods – Before your laser hair removal appointment, your doctor may advise avoiding other hair removal methods, such as threading, waxing, electrolysis, etc., for at least 4 weeks before treatment.
- Avoid blood thinners – Your doctor may also recommend avoiding blood thinners or medications such as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs before your appointment.
- Shaving – Your doctor may also recommend trimming and shaving the day before your appointment. It helps remove hair above your skin; otherwise, burnt hair from laser might cause skin damage.
During laser hair removal
Before laser treatment, your skin doctor Johor Bahru will clean the targeted area. Next, they will apply a numbing cream on your skin if needed.
During the procedure, your skin doctor will use a hand-held device to administer a laser to the targeted area. Further, based on the types of laser treatment, your doctor may apply a cool gel or attach a cooling device at the tip of the laser instrument to protect your skin from possible damage.
When your doctor activates the laser, it will pass the laser beam through the skin to the hair follicles. The intense heat will damage the hair follicles. You may experience a little bit of discomfort during the procedure. However, the cooling sensation from the device or gel will help you feel comfortable.
Based on the area where laser treatment is performed, the duration of treatment will vary. For instance, treating a small area such as the upper lip might be over within a few minutes. On the other hand, treating large areas, such as your back, might need more than an hour.
What to expect from the laser hair removal treatment?
Usually, you need two to six treatment sessions to achieve the desired result. The interval between treatment sessions varies based on the skin area to be treated. For instance, as hair grows faster on the upper lips, you may need to repeat your treatment in four to eight weeks. On the other hand, as hair grows slowly on the back, you may need to repeat laser treatment every 12 to 16 weeks.
You may notice redness and swelling in the first few hours of receiving the treatment. In such situations, your dermatologist Johor Bahru may recommend applying ice to the treated area to reduce your discomfort. If your skin shows other reactions due to laser treatment, your doctor may apply a steroid cream to the treated area.
Natural hair loss and growth occur in a cycle. Therefore, you need multiple treatment sessions to experience desired results. Besides, laser treatment works best on hair follicles in their new growth stage. The results from laser treatment will not be permanent; however, it will provide lasting results. If you want to experience long-term hair reduction, you need follow-up treatments.
Aftercare tips for laser hair removal
Your skin specialist in JB may recommend the aftercare tips for laser hair removal for better results. Let’s discuss them further.
Apply cold compress
Patients are likely to experience redness and bumps at the treated site immediately after treatment. These symptoms may last up to 2 hours or more. You may feel a sensation similar to sunburn in the treated area for a few hours. In such cases, your doctor may recommend applying a cold compress to the treated area.
Regularly cleanse the treated area
You should use a gentle cleanser to wash the treated area regularly. In addition, for the first 48 hours of the treatment, pat it dry afterwards instead of rubbing it when you wash your skin. You may consult your skin doctor to recommend a suitable cleanser after laser hair removal.
Avoid skin care products
Your skin doctor will likely recommend avoiding using skin care products such as makeup, moisturiser, deodorant, etc., in the first 24 hours. Otherwise, laser-treated skin coming in contact with these products can further suffer skin irritation.
Shedding will occur between 5 and 30 days after the treatment
The dead hair will likely to shed from hair follicles between 5 and 30 days after the treatment. It may appear as new hair growth. On the contrary, these are not new growths; instead, dead hairs pushing their way out of the hair follicles. It is a normal process, and they will soon fall off.
Your skin doctor may also recommend using a mild exfoliant to help support the shedding of dead hairs. If needed, you may shave between the treatment sessions.
Avoid sun exposure
Similar to when preparing for the treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for after the treatment. It will help reduce the risk of the appearance of skin spots. You may apply sunscreen of 30 or more on your laser-treated skin. In this regard, your skin doctor may recommend a suitable sunscreen.
Avoid picking your skin
Avoid picking or scratching your treated skin. Besides, also refrain from using other hair removal methods or products, apart from shaving, on your skin post-treatment. Doing so can prevent getting the desired results.
When seeking laser treatment for hair removal, you must remember that results vary between patients. Since hair growth also varies between patients, you must undergo multiple treatment sessions to enjoy the desired results.
Dermed Clinic is an aesthetic clinic JB that offers various cosmetic procedures for your various skin and hair concerns. If you are bothered due to the presence of unwanted hair on various parts of your body, you can consult Dr Muniandi of this clinic. He will provide appropriate laser treatment for hair removal based on your skin and hair type.