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Permanent Laser Hair Removal Treatment
There is a lot of mystery and doubts surrounding laser hair removal treatment and today in this post, I would make an effort to clear apprehensions and doubts that people have regarding laser hair removal treatment. I have personally undergone the treatment and I find that it is the best way to get rid of facial hair permanently. Please read through to find out about the process through my perspective.
What is Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure for a permanent reduction of facial and body hair. This procedure does not require any anaesthesia. The laser will effectively treat all hair types and complexion ranges including tanned and fair skin. The laser is so precise in targeting hair, that you can have hair removed from all parts of the body with minimal discomfort and treatment time.
Types of Lasers Used (info from wikipedia):
- Argon: 488 nm (Turquoise/Cyan) or 514.5 nm (Cyan) (no longer used for hair removal).
- Ruby laser: 694.3 nm (Deep Red) (no longer used for hair removal; only safe for patients with very pale skin) .
- Pulsed diode array: 810 nm (Near-Infrared) (for pale to medium type skin).
- Nd:YAG laser: 1064 nm (Near-Infrared) (made for treating darker skin types, though effective on all skin types).
Laser Treatment versus Electrolysis:
Electrolysis hair removal method involves a process where through a needle-shaped electrode electricity is passed into each hair follicle wherein the growth of the hair from its root is destroyed, so that the hair no longer grows from that particular follicle anymore. Multiple sessions are required in electrolysis process, almost double and triple the sessions that is required for laser hair treatment. Electrolysis scores over laser treatment in the aspect that the hair removal is almost permanent because the hair follicles are targeted and destroyed. In laser therapy, the dark hair pigment is targeted and that’s why people with light hair growth wouldn’t find it very beneficial. Laser therapy is almost painless whereas electrolysis process does involve some stinging and pricking sensations and people with low pain thresholds will find it a very painful process. Electrolysis also can leave scars behind.
My Experience with Permanent Laser Hair Removal Treatment:
If you have been following my posts, you would have realized that my skin reacts very badly to bleaching. I use the bleaching method for my facial hair and almost every time that I use a bleach, my skin gets these ugly patches and rashes as a reaction to the bleach. To get rid of these patches, I had to follow up with fairness creams and skin lightening creams available in the market, but even that would take a lot of time and by that time, I would be ready for my next bleaching session. The only bleach that somewhat agreed with my skin was Oxybleach, but that too gave me rashes and patches sometime. This was a vicious cycle and I wanted to put an end to it. That’s when I thought of undergoing laser treatment.
I have always had doubts about undergoing laser and it kind of looked and sounded complicated and I was also bothered about how much it would cost me.
I would daily watch whole-page advertisements from Beauty Clinics offering laser treatment, but I found it too scary to approach such beauty clinics.
Eventually, after I was fed up with all the skin lightening creams-bleach-skin lightening creams cycle, I decided to go to a very famous dermatologist. He examined me and thankfully wrote ointments to get rid of the patches that were there because of the bleach. Then, he said I would have to undergo some blood tests to find out if I was suffering from PCOD. He offered me an entire package of tests and I told him clearly that I had PCOD, but he just wanted me to undergo the tests again to find out whether I had PCOD :headbang: :headbang: I finally understood that there was some sort of a tie-up between the diagnostic center he was referring me to. Finally, he quoted his price, Rs. 6000 per session for lower part of the face and it wasn’t fixed he said, it could go up ?:) :hypnotized:
Finally, I said I would get back and never did because he just wanted me to get a particular set of tests done for some sort of commission he would be getting from the diagnostic center. I dumped the idea of laser because it all seemed so complicated and costly of course.
Two days after that, I saw a whole-page advertisement in a leading daily about a famous chain of beauty clinics offering laser treatment. I decided to call up before I went in for the consultation.
To my surprise, the lady who had picked up my call, told me the price per session of the treatment, offered me a package, and fixed my appointment too!
The same day that I went in, she immediately called one of the therapy assistants, took me to their treatment room, made me wear a pair of laser-proof specs, marked the area, and ta-da, went on with the laser. No blood test, no diagnosis required.
The laser that they were using I believe was of Nd-YAG and the frequency of the laser was 20% (I peeped into the sheet that the therapy assistant was filling up :shy: :victory2: ). Since the laser was of low frequency, I did not feel much pain or stinging, just a kind of warm feeling akin to when you touch the outer layer of a flame. However, I am not sure if it would be painful if the laser was of higher frequency.
After the laser treatment, the therapy assistant wiped my face with cotton dipped in ice and showed me the mirror to check whether there were any burns or any reactions to the laser and there were none!!!! There was no scars, redness, stinging, or any kind of reaction on my skin and I felt pretty happy with the result.
It took hardly 10 minutes for the entire procedure including the consultation!! So that means if you are planning to get it done during your lunch hour in the office, it won’t take up much time and you can wear your makeup straight back right on!
I was given Sofradex ointment to be applied for the next two days and was advised to remain away from direct sunlight and to wear sunscreen diligently. Also, I was told not to bleach my skin while I was undergoing cycles of treatment.
I was asked to come back in 25 days for the next session and they told me that I would require another 5 to 6 sessions for a completely hair-free face :victory2:
I was charged Rs. 4400 for therapy to my entire lower face and if I was taking a package they said I would get a total of 6 sessions plus 2 maintenance sessions and that would be for Rs. 32,000 total, but I chose to pay for individual therapy sessions.
I also inquired about laser treatment for underarm area and they said that it would be little painful but the price range would be the same, Rs. 4000 to Rs. 5000 and if taken in a package, it would cost much lesser.
After undergoing the therapy, I went to the supermarket for shopping and shopped happily because there was no reaction whatsoever.
I am so happy I went ahead with the laser therapy treatment and I am equally relieved that I can now get rid of the horrible bleaching experiences.
I hope I helped you understand how easy, risk-free, and reasonable laser therapy treatment is and if you have facial hair problems and bleach does not suit you, then surely, you can fix an appointment at a reputed clinic with experienced and certified experts to help you with the laser therapy process.
I would however request you that if you are planning to undergo treatment, please consult with clinicians of good repute or chains of beauty clinics which have good standing and name.
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