Articles on laser hair removal

Laser Hair Removal: Overview

Dr. Venu Kumari, Dermatologist
Are you tired of shaving, plucking, or waxing? Do you get razor bumps or acne-like breakouts when you get rid of unwanted hair? If so, you may want to consider laser hair removal. Dermatologists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and effectively. Thanks to advances in technology, most people can safely have laser hair removal. Removing the unwanted hair often requires a few office visits. Most patients need between 2 to 6 treatments. Afterwards, most patients are free of the unwanted hair for several months. When the hair regrows, most patients see noticeably less hair than before. The hair also tends to be finer and lighter in color. Laser hair removal can be repeated when the hair regrows. What dermatologists treat: The lasers designed for hair removal can be used on most parts of the body. Many lasers effectively treat large areas. Laser hair removal can treat the: Back Bikini area Chest Face, especially the upper lip and chin Neck ShouldersInsurance coverage: Insurance does not cover laser hair removal. To help you decide whether this treatment is right for you, you should review the following facts. Warning:Laser hair removal can be dangerous in inexperienced hands. Burns, permanent changes to your skin color, and scars can occur. You can greatly reduce the risk of possible side effects by having your treatment performed by a medical doctor who is extremely skilled in using lasers and has in-depth knowledge of the skin.  The AAD recommends that you choose a certified dermatologist to perform laser treatments.What must you do after getting laser hair removal? To avoid possible side effects, all patients need to protect their skin from the sun. After laser hair removal, you should: Avoid direct sunlight from hitting your treated skin. Not use a tanning bed, sun lamp, or any other indoor tanning equipment. Follow your dermatologist’s after-care instructions.You will see some redness and swelling after treatment. This often looks like a mild sunburn. Applying a cool compress can help reduce your discomfort. Is there downtime? No, laser hair removal generally does not require any real downtime. Immediately after having laser hair removal, your treated skin will be red and swollen. Despite this, most people return to their everyday activities. When will I see the results after having laser hair removal? You will likely see the results immediately after treatment. The results vary from patient to patient. The color and thickness of your hair, area treated, type of laser used, and color of your skin all affects the results. You can expect a 10% to 25% reduction in hair after the first treatment. To remove the hair, most patients need 2 to 6 laser treatments. After finishing the treatments, most patients do not see any hair on the treated skin for several months or even years. When the hair regrows, there tends to be less of it. The hairs also tend to be finer and lighter in color. How long will the results of laser hair removal last? Most patients remain hair free for months or even years. When some of the hair regrows, it will likely be less noticeable. To keep the area free of hair, a patient may need maintenance laser treatments. What are the possible side effects? The most common side effects are minor and last 1 to 3 days. These side effects include: Discomfort Swelling Redness    

Is Laser Hair Removal The Right Thing To Choose?

Dr. Dhwani Shah (Vakta), Dermatologist
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)Excessive hair growth can be caused by the hormonal shifts of puberty, pregnancy or menopause. You may also have unwanted hair growth patterns caused by heredity, medication, hormone replacement therapy, diseases or other reasons. In any case, hair growing where you don’t want it to is a problem, no matter what the cause!No matter what way you may use to remove unwanted hair, be it waxing, threading, bleaching, plucking or shaving, laser treatment for hair removal is permanent, safe and easy!Not just women, even men are walking in for laser Hair removal for Beard Shaping, Unwanted hair on ears, chest etc.1. What is LASER hair removal?It is non invasive treatment of removing unwanted hair by using laser machines. which are specifically designed for it.2. How does it work?The laser gets absorbed in the melanin of hair follicle (the growth centre of hair) and it increases the temperature to destroy follicular cell permanently.3. How does the DIODE LASER  works?The High Speed DIODE  is a laser that produces a larger beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, allowing the hair to absorb the light and heat up, without damaging surrounding skin.As it heats up, the hair shaft and bulb are damaged which significantly impedes its ability to re-grow.4. Is LASER painful?You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. It is definitely less than waxing and Electrolysis.5. Why multiple treatments are required?Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments. This is because the laser works best when hairs are in an early growth stage (referred to as anagen), and all the hair are not in this phase at the same time.6. How much time is there between sessions?Subsequent sessions are scheduled when the hair begins to regrow. The timing for this can range from four to eight weeks, depending on hair type and the part of the body being treated. On average, appointments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.7. What are the advantages over electrolysis?It is invasive technique and has side effects, as well as very time consuming because single hair is removed at a time. 8. Is is beneficial to alternative treatment?The primary benefits of laser hair removal include:Larger areas may be treated with less discomfort than with electrolysis, waxing or tweezing.It offers you a long term reduction in both the amount of hair, and also in many cases a reduction in thickness.It is safest and fastest amongst all methods of permanent reduction.9. Is treatment Economical?Considering the life long 4-6 weeks visits to parlours, investment of time, energy, money for nearly 18-20 years. Laser treatment is most economical.How?Saving time and energy:As you probably have to visit 3-12 sessions depending on response. Some will get 80-90% results in three, some in 5, average is 6-7.Patients with hormonal imbalance, post electrolysis, resistant follicles etc. needs more sessions.you are almost saving 17 years of your 3-4 weekly visits to parlours .Saving of money: Spending small amount of money every 3-4 weeks for 18-20 yrs would mount to huge total, spending little more just for few sessions will definitely be less than any treatment available today10. Are there any possible side effects?The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type.Side effects, if any, are usually minor.There may be some redness and swelling around the treated hair follicles; this is a desired clinical result indicating that the follicle has responded to treatment.This reaction typically disappears within hours. Most people return to normal activity right away.   Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications.11. What areas of the body can be treated?All parts of body can be treat with hair removing Laser.Laser Hair treatments work best in lighter skinned, darker haired patients. Because the primary target in hair follicles is melanin pigment (the “color” in skin and hair), less laser energy is absorbed by the skin and more by the hair follicle. The darker and thicker the hair, higher the chances of removing it. Lighter hair will be reduced but may not go away completely.Treatment areas in women: Face, Upper lip, Side lock, Chin, Forehead, Nose, Arms, Forearms, Legs, Thighs, Full body, Back, Chest, Abdomen.Treatment areas in men: Beard shaping, Shoulder, Back, Ear lobes, Brow separation .12. Are there restrictions of activity?You can go directly to work after treatment. Only avoid direct sunlight.

Laser Hair Removal - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Nithya Raghunath, Dermatologist
In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair were plucking, shaving, waxing, or chemical depilatories. Some are painful, some are messy, and all are only temporary. Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved process of permanently reducing or eliminating unwanted hair on almost any part of the body except near the eyes. The process takes anywhere from several minutes to several hours, depending on the area of the body involved.What is laser hair removal?Laser hair removal uses a low-energy laser, which passes through the patient's skin, being absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. Each pulse of the laser targets and inactivates a large number of hair follicles. Approximately 3-6 treatments are necessary, although some people do require more treatments.Inadequately trained technicians can cause permanent scarring, hyperpigmentation and disfigurement. Always make sure the person who is performing any laser treatment has the required training and experience as well as the correct laser for your skin type and color. Popular areas of treatment include the brows, lip, chin, chest, shoulders, neck, back, legs, thighs, arms, underarms and ears.Is the hair removal permanent?During each treatment session, a certain percentage of the hair follicles are damaged such that hair will not grow from them again. With each treatment session, additional hair follicles are damaged until hair is completely absent in most cases.Is the treatment painful?There is some discomfort during laser hair removal, but the pain is generally less than waxing or electrolysis. Depending on how aggressive the treatment session is, the skin may be slightly to significantly pink following treatment. A certified dermatologist offers a potent numbing medication, which significantly dulls the pain. In most cases, no anesthesia is necessary.For maximal results, it is best to avoid bright sunlight for approximately 10 days prior to treatment. The area to be treated should be shaved immediately prior to the treatment. The aftercare is minimal. Sun exposure should be avoided for a few days after treatment.What are the risks and side effects of laser hair removal?The possibility exists that some side effects or complications can occur given various variables, including:NormalItching, during treatmentRedness for up to 3 daysSwelling (around the mouth) up to 3 daysPain, tingling, or feeling of numbnessRareCrusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)BruisingPurpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areasInfectionTemporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)Side effects occur infrequently and, as a rule, generally are temporary. If any of the above last for more than 3 days, make sure to contact your doctor. The doctor needs to know in order to adjust settings on your following treatment.What are the stages of hair growth and how does it affect me?There are three phases of the hair growth cycle:Anagen (active) is the growing phase or when the hair fiber is produced. During anagen, the hair contains a great quantity of melanin, the pigment which gives your hair its color. This is the phase during which laser hair removal treatment is most effective.Catagen (club hair) is the period of controlled regression of the hair follicle. This phase is when the lower part of the hair stops growing, but does not shed, and the follicle is reabsorbed. It will be difficult for permanence to be achieved when the hair is in the catagen growth cycle.Telogen (tired) is the last of the hair growth cycle. In this resting phase, the old hair falls out in preparation for the development of a new anagen hair. Permanence cannot be achieved when the hair are in the telogen growth cycle.

Laser Hair Removal Overview

Dr. Bhavesh Shah, Dermatologist
Laser hair removal has come a long way since the first laser for hair removal received FDA clearance in the mid 1990s. Older generation lasers were slow, very painful and worked only on individuals with very dark hair and very light skin. Now there are varieties of laser hair removal specially designed for different skin tones, hair types, etc. It usually takes a series of treatments for permanent hair removal, but there’s a treatment out there for just about everyone. Types of Lasers used for hair removalNo single laser is ideal for every individual. Depending on your skin and hair colour, some lasers will be more effective than others. Diode LaserLonger wavelength allows deep penetration into the skin and safety for darker skin typesNot effective for lighter and finer hair Smaller spot size, which results in longer treatment timeThe longer treatment time necessary for diode laser hair removal  Nd:YAG laserCan be used on all skin types, including tanned skin Large spot sizes and fast repetition rates allow large areas to be treated quickly Provides less effective treatment for fine and light hairs than some other hair removal lasers Ruby LaserFirst laser introduced for hair removal Laser beam is well absorbed by melanin pigment in hair, making it good for removing finer, lighter hair Should be used for hair removal on patients with fair skin, as it may burn those with dark or tan skin Slow repetition rate and relatively small spot size, which may mean a longer, more expensive treatment with greater discomfort Alexandrite LaserThe fastest hair removal laser Large spot size (up to 18mm) and high repetition rate Can rapidly treat large body areas - an entire back can be treated in less than 30 minutes Suitable for patients with fair to olive complexions Intense pulsed light (IPL)Used for hair removal, but primary use is to treat skin pigmentation problems Unlike lasers, IPL devices emit the full spectrum of light wavelengths Works best on patients with fair skin and dark hair 

How to Remove Annoying Facial Hair Easily

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Probably the biggest cosmetic problem for women all over the world is the problem of unwanted facial hair. It structs swarm like bees after puberty.It is very annoying and  affects women’s self-confidence.It can make or tarnish your looks completely. To get rid of facial hair, women have used  numerous treatments.Skin is a very delicate organ and most hair removal creams available in the market can cause skin darkening ,irritation,allergies and other unpleasant side effects.Plus, not all these solutions are  effective . Some women do not find results turn to laser removal, but it is an expensive treatment, and not everyone can afford it.The best thing besides being efficient is that you can use it at home. It is a mixture that not only removes hair, it also smoothens the skin and makes your skin look healthy and shiny as the ingredients used for its preparation are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Skin is the most focused part the  female body, and every woman should pay special attention to skin care.Here is an easy and home-based remedy for hair removal worth a try. The ingredients are super cool and easily available in your kitchen. All you have to do is head towards your kitchen and make it.Ingredients:3 tablespoons of honey.2 tablespoons of lemon juice.1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Method of Preparation:Mix all the ingredients together until you get a smooth texture. Once prepared, apply the mixture on the area where you want to remove hair. Allow it to stay for 15 minutes and then wash it with warm water.In the end, apply your usual facial cream.In order to get the best results, repeat this procedure 2-3 times weekly. You will be surprised by the results after just one month.The hair will disappear completely.

10 Myths About Laser Treatments You Should Stop Believing!

Dr. Atul Taneja, Dermatologist
1. Myth: Lasers expose you to radiation.Truth: Lasers are safe since they use light and not harmful ionising radiation. In fact, normal sunlight contains more radiation that triggers cancer than most modern medical lasers. 2. Myth: Lasers are harmful to health.Truth: Laser light penetrates only 1-4 mm into the skin. That is why during laser hair removal procedures only superficial hair roots are destroyed since light cannot reach even till the deeper hair roots. And therefore, certainly, cannot reach or affect any deeper organ in the body.3. Myth: Lasers can cause burns.Truth: All modern lasers use the theory of selective photo-thermolysis formulated at the famous Harvard medical school. This basically means that laser light acts likes magic bullets and specifically searches and destroys only the intended target. Thus, for example, lasers using green light will be absorbed only by the red colour in blood vessels. Abnormal blood vessels in birth marks, in broken veins or even within the eyes in diabetics can thus be removed very safely. Just like with any other technology, side effects can happen but chances of burns are minimal with good machines in expert hands. 4. Myth: Laser hair reduction hurts.Truth: With proper use of scientific methods, during treatments, there is only a feeling of a bit of warmth or of a pin prick sensations. A very occasional patient, especially for sensitive areas like bikini or underarm areas, requires the use of topical anaesthetic cream before treatment.5. Myth: Lasers cause thinning of the skin.Truth: Lasers actually causes thickening of skin after treatments. Skin is living tissue and the controlled gentle heating in the dermis due to laser treatment induces new collagen and elastin formation, replacing the older damaged tissue. That is why lasers have a rejuvenating effect, reducing wrinkles and causing the skin to become plumper. Of course, your laser physician should have a thorough knowledge of laser physics to achieve the desired results. 6. Myth: Lasers are expensive.Truth: In the long run, it costs more to use razors, waxing, foams, etc. To keep your skin smoothing traditional hair removal methods. Moreover, these methods need to continue lifelong and are tedious and painful. In contrast, with just a few painless sessions over a few months, permanent hair reduction can be achieved with lasers.7. Myth: Lasers are unnecessaryTruth: There are many medical problems for which lasers are indispensable. There are no medications or creams which can permanently remove unwanted hair, remove scars, birthmarks, tattoos, varicose veins, port-wine stains. Laser technology is similarly indispensable for many other internal medical conditions.8. Myth: Lasers cause cancers.Truth: Lasers are actually used to remove skin and other cancers. Laser light does not contain wavelengths which trigger cancers.9. Myth: Stopping laser treatment can cause skin to deteriorate.Truth: Lasers actually cause skin rejuvenation. By aligning and tightening tissue they make the skin appear younger. Of course, the ageing process will continue each year. That is why even after a few sessions, some persons opt for long-term regular maintenance treatment to keep the skin youthful.10. Myth: All laser treatments are the same.Truth: No two lasers machines are exactly the same. Also, no two lasers experts are exactly the same. For optimal results, the laser machines have to be reliable. More importantly, your dermatologist should not only have in-depth knowledge of human skin but also needs to have special expertise and sound knowledge of lasers physics.

Simplifying Laser Treatment for Unwanted Hair

Dr. Shreeshail Kumbar, Dermatologist
What are unwanted hair ?Unwanted  hair in women is basically having terminal hair in areas where normally women have finer hair, It’s called Hirsutism.For men unwanted hair may be excess hair on trunk, beard covering most part of cheeks, or may be full body.Hirsutism can be caused by either an increased level of Androgens, (the male hormones) or an over sensitivity of  hair follicles to androgens. Genetics plays a major role in unwanted hair .How do lasers help in targeting unwanted hair?Nd YAG and Diode laser are proven lasers for Indian skin and hair type. Laser basically targets chromophores (colored cells).For hair targeting lasers MELANIN is the chromophore. So they destroy only specific cells without damaging other cells without chromophores.Why we need multiple sessions for optimal results?Laser targets only growing hairs, and all hairs are not in growing phase at any given time.So, when you take laser, with each session thickness, density, and rate of growth comes down.Will the hairs go completely and permanently?Results in laser depends on body part and hormonal issue the person is having. For example, under arm hair is good in density and thickness, so laser can target them very effectively. Secondly, under arm hair is a universal phenomenon, there is no hormonal abnormality.When we talk about unwanted facial hair, results vary a lot depending on duration of hair thickening, density,thickness, hormonal imbalance, medications etc.So in Hirsutism, is it worth taking laser as its not going to remove hairs completely?In a lady with Hirsutism there is a continuous process going on at hair follicle level, where finer hairs are gettingthicker gradually. That’s the exact reason why people are not very happy with laser treatment for hirsutism. One need to understand this to be happy with laser treatment.The fact is, laser is destroying existing thicker hairs which are in growing phase. However, results depend on how fast or slow finer hairs are getting thicker. This is totally individualized depending on hormonal status.On a long run it helps in controlling hair density, thickness and reducing thickness permanently.If one works on other factors like weight reduction, exercises diet etc , laser can really benefit and help in improving quality of life. Is it possible to get hirsutism with normal levels of blood hormones?Yes, Hirsutism with normal blood hormones is seen in many individuals. The reason is end organ hypersensitivity, they have sensitive follicle which react to even normal hormone levels. Hirsutism in itself is a very vast subject, difficult to cover everything in this topic.What are the side effects of Laser?Most of the side effects of laser are temporary like redness and mild swelling. However, there can be heat reaction in some individuals especially with darker skin.Laser in contraindicated in Pregnancy and lactation Take home message.Laser hair reduction is a good modality of treatment for unwanted hair.Results depend on multiple factors like body part, hair thickness, skin color, hormonal profile ,etc.Dermatologist with laser experience  can advise you better as results are totally individualized .

Newer Advanced Hair treatments

Dr. Apratim Goel, Dermatologist
Introduction: Hair loss affects millions of women around the world, and around half of men would lose their hair by the age of 50. The most common type of hair loss among men is male pattern baldness called and rogeneticalopecia. For women, the most common triggers are hormonal (pregnancy, menopause, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome) or hereditary, but autoimmune conditions and nutritional deficiencies are also common. And unlike men, women tend to lose hair gradually and all over the head, so it can take longer to detect. Women don’t get hair line recession but widening of the hair parting.Treatments for hair loss: Being such multifactorial in causes, there is no one magical treatment that can treat the hair loss in all causes. Most of today's medicines for treating hair loss have limited effectiveness. Currently, we don't have a complete understanding of exactly why certain diseases cause hair loss. In many cases, we treat the symptoms, but not the causes of diseases. And often our ability to treat symptoms has limited effectiveness. For many sufferers, it destroys confidence and is a major cause of stress and depression.  Cutis Philosophy: At Cutis, we respect client first. We understand your needs and strive hard to get the best and latest  technology from all over the world to your doorstep. Right from the blood tests to nutritional counseling, we guide our patients at each step and make them understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. However the treatment options are depending on the severity of the hair loss. These are:  Peptide Hair Spray: This is plant based Italian technology that is available as 30 ml spray bottles and contains a mix of peptides as well as growth factors which activate the hair root cells in the hair follicle and strengthen the existing hair follicles. This should usually be sprayed on the front and side of scalp (not on back) twice a week and left overnight. Next morning shampoo must be used.Cost: 1350 INR for 30ml sprayHair supplement: Lets face it. We cant eat all that our hair needs in the food on a daily basis, more so if you are a vegetarian. So it is wise to pop a hair supplement that contains all the essential nutrients that are needed for your crowning glory. Hair Induction: Depending on the extent of hair damage and the hormonal and nutritional deficiency, sometimes hair needs more than just topical medications and hair supplements. At Cutis we have the hair Induction programme that is a specially designed 6 weeks treatment done once in a week for 6 weeks. What is it? After forming PRP ( platelet rich plasma) from the patients own blood it is mixed with growth factors and infused into the scalp at the level of the hair roots with the help of a laser. This ensures a better targeted delivery of the active molecules resulting in faster and effective action. The results are seen in 3-4 weeks with small sprouts of hair seen growing out in both men and women.Cost: 8000 per session.Hair stem cell injections: These are plant based botanical stem cells that are very effective in mild to moderate balding and hair loss. The stem cells are penetrated into the scalp using a painless technology and usually 6-8 sessions may be needed to get optimum results.Cost: 5000 per sessionHair growth Laser: These are low level lasers that are used in the form of a laser cap and that stimulate the hair roots into the active stage. Prior to using the laser , the scalp is cleansed and a stimulating lotion is applied on the hair root. Each session lasts 20-25 minutes and is totally relaxing and painless. In severe cases this laser session can also be combined with hair induction or hair stem cell programme to accelerate the results. Cost : 4200 per session.