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Laser Hair Removal Information

November 13, 2014 / by Shawn Long

You probably know a lot about lasers because of the science fiction shows that you’ve been watching. Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that involves using highly concentrated beams of light to penetrate the hair follicle and kill the hair inside it. This is the second most commonly practiced cosmetic treatment in the world, next to wrinkle relaxing treatments. There are many types of lasers that have been developed to be used for this treatment to accommodate different types of hair and skin color. Doctors still say that this treatment is best for people who have light skin and dark hair but there have been many innovations when it comes to lasers that were developed for other skin types. Today, a person with any kind of skin and hair combination can have this treatment done with no problems.

Why choose laser hair removal?

This treatment is cheaper than waxing when you think about long-term effects. This treatment is sure to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body. Most people avail of this treatment to remove excess hair or just because they want to try having a new look.

This procedure needs multiple treatments to get fantastic results. The effect of this treatment depends on the skin type of the person; some may last longer than others. Only professionals will be able to tell how many treatments you need and how you are going to maintain the hair reduction results. This all depends on the person’s skin and hair combination as well as the laser that was used for the procedure. If you already know your skin and hair combination, it will be up to you to research on the type of laser that is best for you or the clinic where the technology is available.

Possible risks

All treatments have risks that accompany it depending on the sensitivity of the skin. These risks can be minimized if you choose a good dermatologist to perform the procedures.

However, these side effects can still be seen:
• Pain
• Blisters
• Burns
• Skin pigmentation problems
• Scarring

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the Procedure
• Avoid tanning beds, sunbathing, chemical peels or collagen injections or waxing for two weeks before the procedure.
• Avoid deodorants, perfumes or any potential irritants in the area to be treated before and after the procedure.
• Avoid taking aspirin or any anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements because excessive bleeding my occur.

What to expect after the procedure

After the treatment, the patients should expect redness and swelling of the hair follicle, which is normal. Pain and discomfort which can be easily treated with pain medications or the doctor may give a prescription for a topical antiseptic cream that is to be applied after treatment. The patients are also advised to avoid direct sun exposure for at least one week following all laser hair removal procedures. Remember that all cosmetic procedures have side effects that are minimal once the treatment is done.

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