A laser is put to the surface of the skin in order to generate heat. This causes the hair follicle cells to die and stops it from producing further hair.
The laser attacks only the follicles in their phase of growth. Thus, it may require multiple sittings to achieve the desired level of reduction. Usually, 6 sittings are required, but it may vary depending on your skin type.
It is advised that you consult a doctor to determine the skin type, cycle length and expected results.
- Do not bleach the area for atleast 48 hours prior to the treatment
- Do not use perfumes for atleast 48 hours prior to the treatment
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated water immediately before the treatment
- Do not wax for one week prior to the treatment
- Do not have any other beauty procedures such as peels or microdermabrasion atleast a week prior to the treatment
- Do not use sunscreen for 24 hours prior to the treatment
- Don’t shave for 3 days after the treatment
- Do not sun-tan or self-tan for atleast 2 weeks
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen between the treatment cycles
- Avoid swimming for one week
- Ignore mild skin reactions. Calming moisturizer can be applied.
- If burning persists, visit the doctor
Each sitting can help in reducing a significant percentage of hair.
Laser hair reduction is most effective on fair skin with dark hair. This is because the laser attacks the melanin (black pigmentation) present in the hair.
Laser hair reduction does not mean permanent hair removal in the treatment area as results vary greatly depending on skin type. Results may also vary because of underlying hormonal problem or with genetic variation.