Are you tired of having to deal with unwanted facial or body hair? Do you sometimes think all your hair problems would be solved for good if only you could have laser treatment? Well, you might be right, but you could also be wrong.
Laser hair removal is a popular non-surgical procedure that has a long-term, but not permanent, effect. We'll explain why a little later. But before you decide on laser treatment, you must ask a professional, "Is laser hair removal safe for me?"
There are a few reasons why this method of hair removal might not be advisable, and you need to know about them before deciding to undergo treatment.
How Do Lasers Remove Hair?
The laser light targets the pigment melanin in individual hair follicles. Light travels down the hair shaft and into the hair follicle. The heat generated by the laser light destroys the hair follicle.
Once the follicle is destroyed, hair can no longer grow from it. The reason laser hair removal is not called 'permanent' any more is that hair follows a growth cycle. Each strand has a resting, shedding and growing phase.
Hairs that are in a resting phase will not be visible to the laser, so cannot be removed. That hair has to regrow before it can be it removed. Most laser hair removal treatments involve several sessions over an average of three months.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe for People with Darker Complexions?
Contrary to what you might have heard, there are now several different types of lasers, some of which are suitable for use on people with darker skin without negative side effects. This was not always the case, so it's important to clarify this with your doctor, who will advise which type of laser or light treatment is best for you.
The diode laser is suitable for both light and dark skin tones, while the Alexandrite laser works extremely well on patients whose complexions are in the light-to-olive range. The Nd:YAG is safe for use on all skin types and — unlike other lasers — can even be used on tanned skin. Previously no laser treatment was available for tan skin, but advances in technology have now made it possible.
When Does Laser Hair Removal Not Work?
People with white or grey hair may not have enough pigment in the hair follicle. This renders laser hair removal ineffective for them.
Other Side Effects
Our skin is an incredibly sensitive organ. During the laser hair removal procedure, you might feel a sharp, but tolerable, pain for a few seconds.
Redness, swelling and bumpiness in the treated area immediately after treatment are standard. Such effects usually subside within 24 hours of treatment. You can resume your normal activities shortly after treatment
Yur skin will be extra sensitive to the sun after laser hair removal. Avoid exposure to the sun for two weeks after treatment and use a hypoallergenic sun creme with an SPF higher than 15.
Avoid any lotions or body creme containing perfume, and do not subject yourself to a self-tanner for at least 72 hours after the hair removal procedure.
Smooth and Beautiful
Is laser hair removal safe?
That's a question best answered by a licensed laser hair professional who performs the procedure. Get in touch with us if you need specific answers!