A brief overview of laser hair removal

Posted on 05 May, 2011

Laser hair removal is a process used to get rid of any unwanted hair on the body. It can also be used to get rid of cysts and ingrown hair which may prove to be painful.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal selectively acts on the melanin and prevents the growth of the hair follicle. These lasers are extremely fine and hence do not affect the surrounding healthy skin.

Number of sessions

Most practitioners recommend three to eight sessions, depending upon the area which is being treated. If you are undergoing laser treatment on the back and chest, it might take longer.

Side effects

Laser hair removal does not cause any side effects. Slight swelling or redness on the treated area is common and can be controlled with the help of ice packs.

Consumption of a pain reliever

Although the procedure is almost painless, pain relievers are prescribed in order to numb the sensation on the skin. There are many over the counter drugs that will help you during the procedure. However, it is extremely important to inform the practitioner about the drugs that you consume.

Never wax the area

Ensure that you shave (Not Wax) the area to be treated prior to undergoing the treatment. Doing so will enhance the results of the procedure and allow you to enjoy a perfectly hairless body.

Avoid perfumes

Avoid the use of deodorants and perfumes if you wish to get rid of the hair in your underarms. The chemicals in the deodorant might pose as a hindrance to the procedure.