Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures. In laser, highly concentrated beams are use heat to destroy the hair follicle. This prevents the hair from growing. If performed incorrectly, the hair follicle is not destroyed but only damaged. In such cases, the hair may regrow.
Hair growth happens in 3 stages – resting, growing and shedding. In many cases, it takes more than one treatment for laser to be effective as the hair that is in resting phase is not visible, and therefore, be left unattended.
A majority of women in India have dark hair. Therefore, people with darker skin tones may require more treatment compared to people with lighter skin tones as it can be hard to target the hair follicles because of the lesser contrast between the skin and hair.
Most people who have had laser treatment experience minor side effects which are tolerable. Some of them include:
In rare cases, scarring can occur or the skin can become infected. In the rarest of cases, the infection can be life threatening.
While pain is subjective and dependent on the thickness of your hair, it is not uncommon to feel slight discomfort during and after your procedure.
The cost in India ranges from INR 1,000 up to INR 30,000 depending on the number of sessions and the area of the body you plan to get the treatment on.
While laser is highly effective and can reduce up to 90% of hair growth, it can require yearly touch ups to maintain it.
If you think this is the right treatment for you, make sure you do the adequate research and ask your practitioner to test a little on your skin before you go ahead with the full treatment to avoid any problems.