The removal of unwanted hair is a traditional and old practice which has been a part of human history. As technology makes progress with passing time, the advanced and refined hair-removal techniques are introduced in the society such as threading, laser, and electrolysis. Along with this advancement, the doctors are also getting advanced and well versed with upgraded technology. The doctors understand the hair growth patterns and give treatment accordingly.
Hair Growth Cycles
The hair growth takes place in three repeating phase which are: anagen (hair growth), catagen(follicle
transformation), and telogen (the resting/shedding period). During anagen, the hair follicle emerges from its pore while oil is produced by sebaceous glands to protect and condition hair. During catagen, the shrinkage of hair follicle takes place because a part of it is destroyed and the dermal papilla breaks away to rest and rejuvenate. This phase can last anywhere from two to three weeks. During telogen, the hair remains in the follicle for about three months and is gradually shed during exogen. The anagen cycle is considered as the ideal phase for removing hair because the hair shows an active growth from the bulb and is rooted deep in the follicle. In this stage, certain hair removal techniques may even be able to remove the bulb as well. Hairs that emerge a few days after hair removal are in the anagen stage and either had not reached the surface of the skin at the time of the treatment or were not long enough to be removed.
How does laser hair removal work?
As it is well versed that the hair growth takes place in stages. The laser hair removal process targets that hair follicles which are in the active growth stage. The laser is moved over the affected area so as to destroy the hair follicles present over there. There is wide variety of lasers available and the doctor will make a decision as to which laser will suit the person’s need. Because the laser only destroys hair follicles that are in the active growth stage and hair grows in stages so multiple treatment is required to completely remove unwanted hair. Spreading out the treatments every 4-8 weeks allows for the laser to destroy the hair as it grows in cycles. Most patients need 3-5 treatments total.
What areas can be treated?
The versatility of this treatment is just outstanding and so it could be used to remove unwanted hair from neck, bikini line, face, under arms, legs, back, chest and many more. It depends on the person which area he/she wanted to get treated.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
The candidates with excess hair growth are the primary candidates who could go for the Laser hair removal treatment. The excess hair growth could be due to medications, illness, hereditary factors and others. Laser hair removal is also a popular option for people with light skin and dark coarse hair as that can make unwanted body hair more noticeable to the other people.
How are the sessions decided?
As mentioned earlier, that multiple sessions are required for this treatment. So the sessions vary according to skin type and hair type of an individual. Also other factors such as presence of hair follicles, hormonal status and other factors affecting the hair growth would be considered.
Is Hair Removal better than electrolysis?
Laser Hair Removal have lots of benefits over the traditional method of electrolysis. The Laser Hair Removal process is quick and painless and hence less time consuming. The permanent hair reduction is achievable is the process is adhered in correct manner. In Electrolysis, the process is time consuming, painful and there might be chances of infections or scars. Also in Laser Hair Removal process the hair follicles are permanently removed and so the chances of growing back of hairs are very very less but in electrolysis the chances of the hair growing back is significant.
What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal in the long run?
The benefits of the laser hair removal are mentioned below:
- Permanent removal of unwanted hairs is quite possible to achieve.
- The procedure is painless and have the long standing results is compared to earlier methods of removing hair.
- The laser hair removal is a swift procedure and a large area can be covered under the treatment in a very short span which could save a lot of your time.
- It is an effective and advantageous procedure than depilatories and electrolysis.
- The procedure makes a precision and it targets only the problematic area ensuring there is no damage to the surrounding area.
- The process is applicable to any part of the body such as arms & underarms, legs & bikini line, back & shoulders, chest & abdomen.
- There is no infection or scars leftover.
Is Laser hair removal treatment cost effective?
Laser hair removal has brought a revolutionary change in society and the benefits and outcomes are just fabulous, therefore it is general perception of a person that it must be an expensive treatment. But it is not less than a surprise for people to know the cost effectiveness of this treatment if it’s compared to the traditional, old and painful methods for removing hairs.
Let’s take an instance wherein a person makes an expenditure of up to Rs. 100 per session on waxing and so approximately Rs.200 per month would be the expenditure. As this is a temporary process for removing hairs, so it has to be continued monthly so as to maintain the smooth skin. So, after 15 years, one would have made the expenditure of Rs. 36,000 on just waxing and that’s almost double the amount when compared to Rs. 15000 approx., which is one-time investment for laser hair removal treatment.