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Diode Laser Hair Removal

For most of us, shaving might seem to be an irritating activity. The recent years have seen the emergence of a popular technique “diode laser hair removal”. This process is commonly used to get rid of unwanted body hair from face, neck, underarms, arms, shoulder, chest and stomach, back, legs, or bikini and brazilian area.

HOW DIODE LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORKS?

The light energy from the laser torch enters the hair follicles through the skin. The laser light causes permanent damage to the hair follicles and further disables its tendency to grow. In a diode laser hair removal treatment, the laser light only affects actively growing hair. Since your hair grows in different phases over time, diode laser hair removal requires multiple treatments for desired results.

Unlike electrolysis, which disables one hair follicle at a time, the laser reaches and treats hundreds of follicles at a time.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF DIODE LASER HAIR REMOVAL OVER OTHER PROCEDURES?

It is often assumed that laser hair removal leads to the permanent removal of hair. This is partially correct since a patient can expect 90% reduction of hair. Diode laser hair removal treatment is an attractive alternative to shaving, waxing, depilatories, or electrolysis.

WHAT TYPES OF HAIR CAN DIODE LASER HAIR REMOVAL HELPS TO IMPROVE?

Diode laser hair removal treatment is ideally suited for people with lighter skin and dark hair because they require fewer treatments and achieve faster results. People with naturally dark pigmented skin or deep tans may not fit for diode laser hair removal treatment. This is mainly due to their darker skin, which has the tendency of absorbing too much of the laser energy resulting in blistering or permanent skin discoloration. Although improvements have been made in diode laser hair removal treatment techniques, people with darker skin still require multiple careful sessions to achieve a desired result. This treatment also doesn’t work well on individuals with light colored hair containing very little melanin. And, it is always wise to consult our skin specialist before deciding on a hair removal treatment.

IN PREPARATION FOR YOUR HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT

Shave the treatment area within 12-36 hours of your next laser hair removal appointment (this does not need to be done for consultation)

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS WITH DIODE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

You might experience the treated area appear redness and swelling after your session is complete; the redness will gradually subside over the next 1-48 hours. In some cases it lasts up to 72 hours. The hair may be extruded from the follicle after 7-14 days of treatment.

POST LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT CARE/AFTER CARE ADVICE

Our therapist will also explain how it works, what happens during the treatment, and what you can do after your laser hair removal treatment and here are some of the basics.

  • No heat treatment, e.g sauna between 24-72 hours.
  • No over expose to sun.
  • No overly thigh clothing between 24-72 hours.
  • No swimming between 24-72 hours.
  • Do not apply perfume or alcohol products between 24-72 hours.
  • Do not apply deodorant or anti-per spirant products on underarm area between 24-72 hours.
  • After treatment, cold compresses can be applied to the skin surface.
  • Emollients creams can be used to keep areas moist and reduce redness and swelling.
  • If the healing process is taking longer, the patient should relax, and not take on stressful and demanding activities.
  • Avoid irritating the treated area. This includes shaving, waxing, plucking and bleaching. Keep the area clean to avoid infections.
  • Be gentle on your skin and avoid the use of strongly scented lotions or soaps, exfoliating creams and aggressive scrubbing to the treated area as this may cause you slight discomfort.
  • Always remember to apply your sunscreen every day to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Exfoliate or scrub can be perform after 7 days.

Each individuals’ skin is different, so reaction and results may vary. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

RECOVERY PERIOD

It’s important to begin to exfoliate the surface of the skin 1 week after the treatment. As the body begins to push out the dead hair follicle, it will look like the hair is still growing, but it is not. The process is called purging or shedding. You may wipe way these hairs with a damp cloth once the sensitivity of treated area resolved.

Another important thing to note after laser hair removal is moisturizing your skin. Take care to use it in the proper amounts and schedule. Moisturizing is necessary because it keeps the skin in balance, and it will allow for greater results in removing the dead hair underneath the surface of the skin.

Recovery after laser hair removal can be eased if you take care and use the professionally recommended skin care products after the procedure.