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How Safe Is Laser Hair Removal?

Whether on your chin or underarms or face, there is some body hair that bothers you and you wish to banish for life. Can it be done with Laser hair removal? Is Laser hair removal safe?

Here are the details on Laser hair removal, how it works? It's good for them and some safety concerns.

How Does It Work?

Uses light based energy to target hair follicles under the skin, to reduce hair growth in treated areas. It should be referred to as Laser hair reduction because it does not remove hundred percent of the hair in that area. Approximately 80% is removed doing a series of treatments.

Work On All Skin Tones- There are different types of lasers and your doctor should decide which is best for you to get optimal results. Diode laser is effective for dark and light skin tones. The light sheer DUET high speed laser is considered the gold standard in Laser hair removal. It can work on a range of skin tones and hair, also tanned skin and improve the appearance of razor bumps,pigmented lesions , Sun damage and superficial leg veins along with hair removal.

Only For Medium To Dark Coloured Hair- This hair removal targets the pigment within the hair bulb. White or blonde hair lacks pigment and cannot be treated with lasers that are currently available.

Not One Time Deal- To achieve best results, multiple treatments are needed. Hair grows in cycles so to catch and destroy all hair follicles in 1 treatment is not possible. Great results are experienced by people after 3 to 5 treatments, 4- 8 weeks apart if you can't predict how different people's hair will respond. The quantity and length of treatment depends on the body part being treated and the individual's response to the treatment.

For Safety Have Goggles And Masks- With Laser hair removal, eye protection is critical to prevent injury to eyes . Both the doctor or technician performing the process and the patient should have goggles on when the laser is in process. Exposure to laser plume (smoke, vapour and particle is released) is another safety concern. It is the biggest risk to those who perform the procedure and exposed frequently to the plumes. The practitioner performing the process of Laser hair removal should wear a surgical mask to minimise the reaction but not necessary for the patient undergoing the treatment.

Preparation Like A Pro- Before starting the treatment waxing, plucking , threading or shaving is done so that the laser can focus on the hair roots. Stop using active ingredients five days before the appointment. Photosensitive medication should also be stopped one week before the treatment. If you are unsure then check with your doctor. After a spray tan, wait for a couple of weeks before going for laser treatment. Laser targets pigment, and excess pigment on your skin surface can mess up things. Removal of all traces of tan it is best to exfoliate  the area post spray tan.

It's Not Pain Free But Tolerable- A topical anaesthetic can be applied to the area to avoid discomfort and pain. Then the laser is moved across the targeted area with the Handy device which treats the area with intense laser pulses. It feels hot or a rubber band snapping the skin but is tolerable.

Skin Post-treatment- Redness, swelling and Bumpiness in the treated area are normal and subsides within 24 hours. Skin can be extra sensitive to Sun, avoid Sun exposure for 2 week or use an SPF on treated spots. For better results refer to Laser hair removal Adelaide and avoid lotions and self tanner for 72 hours.