Constant struggle with growing body hairs is a persistent complaint of every urban female, whether in metro or in a smaller city. Infact, it is a source of frustration and embarrassment for both men and women. Reasons are multiple. Don’t we all want to look younger and attractive? For females, looking gorgeous in a bikini wear of course demands cleaning of pubic area. It is also more important from hygiene point of view apart from aesthetic reason. Some females have a religious and cultural belief to follow for keeping this vulval area hair free. Hair free pubic area also plays an important role in positive sexual intimacy.
But removal of pubic hairs is in itself a challenging task owing to super sensitive skin and presence of more coarser hairs here than other body areas. Exclusive privacy is demanded by the females and some find frequent visits to parlour for waxing difficult, it also results in localised infection and contact dermatitis.
With advances in medical technology, preferred non invasive permanent method for hair removal is LASER now and it is a superior alternative to plucking, shaving, waxing, chemical depilators or electrolysis. Females have now started queuing in the cosmetic clinics instead of parlours for hair removal; reason being more scientific approach to the problem, trained and certified doctor and staff, painless procedure, proper maintenance of hygiene and only permanent method of hair removal.
Let us understand the anatomy of hair follicle before proceeding further
Hair matrix or bulb contains maximum melanin concentration.
The ANAGEN is the growing phase whereas TELOGEN is the resting state. The transition between the two is called as CATAGEN PHASE.
Hair growth exhibits a cyclical pattern and at any one time at an anatomic location, follicles are found in all 3 phases of hair growth.
This point should be remembered when we are dealing with LASER HAIR REMOVAL as follicles in anagen phase are susceptible to destruction whereas resistant if in telogen phase. At any given time, only 30% of your body or face hair is in growing phase, with the rest in resting or dying phase. Hence, multiple sessions are required for adequate hair removal.
LASERS are being widely used nowadays for hair removal sessions, reason being quick, painless, convenient and gives satisfactory results.
The scientific principle behind laser hair removal is that focused laser light wavelengths selectively heats and destroys melanin while preserving the surrounding skin and tissue. Thus the lasers can destroy hair follicles, preventing the growth of new hair.
The number of sessions required for hair removal depends on:
Location of hairs
Skin type – easy on fair skin , not effective on black skin
Coarseness of hair- best results on dark coarse hair , impossible on white hair
Any underlying pathology
Type of lasers- IPL works best for lighter and finer hairs,
ND: YAG for darker and thicker hair
DIODE works for variable spectrum, offers deepest penetration and superior melanin absorption
ELECTROLYSIS works best for plucking of white hairs
It is important that you get this procedure done by a cosmetic surgeon or a dermatologist as they know best what type and settings would best suit your skin type and hairs. Also, that can prevent unnecessary complications like burns etc.
Area should be shaved 1-3 days before the procedure.
Area should be untanned.
Patients must discontinue the use of retinol or bleaching creams for at least 2 weeks prior.
Avoid waxing or electrolysis of the local area for atleast 6 weeks prior to treatment.
Patient is laid on the procedure table after consent of the procedure.
Ideally patient should shave 1-3 days before the procedure.
Local anaesthetic gel is applied to the treatment area.
Eye shields are used by both patient and the doctor
Then applying gel on it, the laser is moved in the area in circular motion according to preset settings.
The entire procedure of Laser Hair Removal along with applying topical anesthetic for complete pain reduction takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Cold (not frozen) packs should be applied immediately after treatment, to cool the treatment site, reduce swelling and ease discomfort.
Patient is asked to maintain hygiene, hydration and sufficient moisturization of local area.
Mild steroid cream is sometimes prescribed.
Vigorous exercise should be avoided to prevent sweating in local area for a day or so.
It is always better to avoid sun bathing or waxing in immediate post session period. Sun exposure preferably should be avoided for 7 – 10 days.
Laser hair removal is a completely safe procedure. Laser hair removal only targets the hair follicle within the skin. It does not go deeper than that, so there is nothing to fear.
Some sensitivity, redness and irritation might be there for a day or two after the session, which usually settles down on its own. Occasionally ingrown hair may occur which demand higher setting in next session. Some bruising and change in pigment color may also occur, which usually heals on its own. Blistering is common if the skin had been sun exposed, hence this has to be strictly avoided.
Typically, there is no downtime after a laser hair removal session. With a few exceptions, you’re able to return to normal activities following treatment.
Required sessions for every patient are different – usually 6 to 8 sessions, depending on hair type. It takes 2 weeks for treated hairs to shed. Interval between 2 sessions is usually 4 to 6 weeks. All laser hair removal require a touchup session typically done once a year after the course is complete.
Common areas that women receive laser hair removal are: the upper lip, underarms, bikini line, legs and arms. The most common areas for men for laser hair removal are: back, shoulders, chest and abdomen.
Qualified team of doctors and trained technicians.
Proper counselling before each session.
Every patient is given extra care and procedure is made painfree.
Latest state of the art technology used.
Affordable treatment cost.
Great ambience of clinic.
Well trained staff.
All safety measures for COVID 19 are being followed:
Clinic is being sanitized daily.
Screening of medical staff and patients at the entrance.
Social distancing being strictly followed.
Surgeons are equipped with recommended PPE kits.