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Things to know before signing up for laser treatments

Before signing up for laser hair reduction

We all know about the pain of getting waxing done every month. Smooth, soft, and hairless skin is something that everybody likes. But going to the salon every month to endure pain only to enjoy a few days’ worth of hairless skin (let us be honest hair starts to grow back on the third day after waxing) can be a pain. That is why human beings found a way to get rid of hair once and for all Laser hair reduction.

In laser hair reduction, the laser targets the pigment in the hair bulb which heats up and destroys the follicle from which the hair grows, therefore, arresting the growth of the hair follicle. But the thing is that this is not a one-time process since every hair follicle is at a different stage of the growth cycle. You might need about 6-8 sessions to get the results you want. So do not expect instant results. It is also important to use sunscreen after your sessions.

Before getting a laser facial

Laser facials use a patented device that exfoliates, cleanses, and hydrates the skin. In addition, laser facials also treat problems like acne, acne scars, pigmentation, enlarged pores, melasma, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also uses chemical peels to lighten and brighten the skin. Some key benefits of laser facials are that it works on all skin types, outcomes are always consistent and immediate, and finally, no downtime is needed.

But you do need to take some due care before and after the facials like ceasing the use of retinoids, avoiding exposure to sunlight, and stopping acne medications at least two weeks before the treatment. It is essential to use sunscreen after the facial to protect the skin from harmful sun rays.

 Before chemical peel treatment

Chemical peels remove the topmost layer of the skin that contains dead skin cells to reveal the healthy layer of skin underneath. There are three types of peel light, medium, and deep. They bring out healthy skin underneath the dead skin.

Before getting a chemical peel treatment, stop using topical retinol (tretinoin or retin-A) at least two weeks before the treatment. It is vital to inform your specialist about any medications you are taking. Some of the common temporary side effects include redness, irritation, dryness, stinging, burning, and slight swelling. It is necessary to apply sunscreen religiously after the treatment. It protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

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LHR vs. Waxing/Razor

Why choose laser hair reduction over waxing/razor?

1. Save money in the long run

Laser Hair Reduction is a permanent solution for body hair that costs more than getting waxing done at once but if you will calculate the amount you spend every month on waxing that automatically costs 100 times more than LHR.

2. Save your time

One session of Laser Hair Reduction takes around 30 minutes for one part of the body which is almost equal to getting waxing done but LHR gives you permanent relief from body hair whereas waxing is a temporary solution. After laser hair removal treatment, you no longer have to spend time shaving or going to appointments to get the hair waxed. You will have clean smooth skin without the hassle of shaving or waxing.

3. Get rid of ingrown hair

Laser Hair Reduction Treatment damages hair follicles within the skin that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth whereas waxing plucks body hair from inside the skin after a period of time hair follicles produce new hair which might result in ingrown hair and strawberry legs in some cases. LHR is a good option to choose if your skin gets ingrown hairs or strawberry legs after waxing.

4. Get painless hair reduction

Laser Hair Reduction is a completely painless process. The laser beam used in the process gives a sensation like tickling but it does not affect the skin or give any harm or pain

5. It’s a permanent solution

Most people see permanent, lasting results with laser hair reduction. In some cases, people may need a touch-up after a few months or years, but it is the best long-term solution to get rid of body hair.  

How does Laser Hair Reduction Work?

Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) that is absorbed by the pigment melanin in the hair. The light energy then converts into heat, which damages the sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. Most people have permanent hair loss after an average of three to six sessions. A cooling gel mechanism is applied to the skin before starting the laser treatment to protect the skin from getting harmed. 

Laser Hair Treatment does not have any side effects; the only skin problem people face after the treatment is mild redness which goes away after a few hours. In some situations, you cannot take laser hair reduction treatments which are metal implants inside the body, pregnancy, nursing, and people with a history of keloid scars.