Do you have facial hair? Are you planning to go for a laser hair removal and looking for a review first? Then I might think that you have reached the right spot. Usually everybody has facial hair though the density varies. Some women get tired of using the traditional hair removal methods as they demand lots of disciplinary frequency. So to get rid of this customary routine they go for laser hair removal treatments. Well, ladies if you have ever read the laser ad carefully then you must have noticed that the ad claims ‘Permanent hair reduction’. Personally, I have never seen any ad that stated ‘Permanent hair removal’.
Laser hair removal procedure:
When you go to a laser hair removal clinic a dermatologist will examine the growth of the hair and suggests the type of laser. Generally in India there are mainly two categories of lasers: pain and pain free. I am not sure about the difference in results but surely there is a difference in price, for 6 sittings the painless costs around Rs10000 – Rs12000, and the pain one costs Rs8000 – Rs10000. Then the dermatologist recommends the number of sittings required to reduce the hair growth. Usually, for women’s facial hair: upper lip or chin or side locks 7-8 sittings are recommended. For the initial 3-4 sittings the time gap is 1 – 1.5 months, depending on the texture and growth of hair. After 4 sittings the time gap is increased to 2 – 2.5 months. Last see what all a laser experience consists of:
1) Before starting off with the laser treatment one is asked to stop using any hair removal method: waxing, shaving, threading at least for 2 weeks.
2) On the laser day, the hair is first shaved off and the laser intensity is applied on to the facial part, depending upon hair texture and growth.
3) For pain laser, ladies might experience slight tingling sensation but that is very bearable. For painless lasers it is absolutely pain free.
4) Once the session is done, some ice and to-avoid-burn cream is applied on to the laser treated part.
5) The whole procedure just takes 10-15 minutes maximum.
6) The person is asked to leave for the day and to avoid sun, soap and creams for 24 hours.
7) After a couple of hours one might experience burning sensation or redness on the treated area but that’s pretty normal and fads away quickly.
8) After a couple of days, let’s say 5 days the hair start coming back with some coarseness. This hair will grow for next 3-4 days and shed off on its own. Again, after 10-15 days (i.e. 22 days after the laser treatment) the hairs start coming back but with a lighter texture. The number of days varies from person to person as it depends on hair texture and rate of growth.
9) That is why the laser clinics ask one to come back after 1or 1.5 months. That is the time when the hair is fully re-grown and is easily to target.
10)One should not use any other hair removal method in the interim. If there is any urgent need then one can go with shaving but that might hamper the results.
11)After 7-8 sittings, there will be a visible reduction in hair coarseness and growth. The hair will start growing in finer texture but it never stops growing.
12)One still requires going for maintenance session at a gap of 3-4 months.
13)The main drawback of laser hair reduction is that the technicians use shaving to remove the hair pre laser. Even if one wrong hair is shaved and it is not targeted under laser it will come back very coarse and visible. If you are not in a right hand you might end up with a larger hair area than pre-laser treatment. One more thing, never ever use plucking or threading as that makes the hair very coarse and very visible. I find waxing better than the latter two.
Personally, I feel laser hair reduction is a tension free process, mainly for the time one is undergoing the regular sessions. Once the sessions stop, hair comes back finer and longer demanding more maintenance sessions. Moreover, I don’t like the process of shaving hair as that makes it coarser and increases the visibility of non-laser-targeted hair.
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