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What is Laser Hair Reduction?

Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure for permanent reduction of body hair. Lasers transmit selective energy to melanin pigment within the hair follicle, while preventing damage to rest of the skin.

Commonly lasers for hair removal include the Pulsed diode laser, Nd:YAG laser and the IPL or intense pulsed light laser.

The award-winning Soprano ICE  laser offers breakthrough hair removal technology by incorporating multiple laser wavelengths and technologies including 810 Diode and Alex 755 wavelengths.

It uses a solid-state laser based on an Alexandrite wavelength, allowing for even better energy absorption by the melanin chromophore. Soprano ICE is US FDA approved and has been launched by ALMA lasers.

It is suited for all skin types (specifically Indian skin) and is effective for both coarse and fine (thin) hair.

Another unique advantage with this laser is that it also reduces the pigmentation in the treated area especially the underarms.

Advantages with Soprano ICE

  • Faster treatment times.The Soprano ICE can operate at 10 hertz per second, creating one of the fastest treatment times in the world. It is continuous and can cover large body areas in very short span of time.
  • Additional cooling to minimize patient discomfort.Its advanced cooling technology cools the skin during treatment for longer periods of time, thus there is no risk of burns on the skin. Contact Cooling increases patient comfort, making treatments more enjoyable than ever before.
  • Virtually painless treatment without the use of anesthesia or numbing gels.No pre-treatment times required to apply numbing agents or local anesthetic agents. So no jeopardizing with your comfort when you come for hair removal laser.
  • Specially designed Facial tip.For removal of unwanted hair from hard to reach areas like ear lobes, nostrils and glabella. It is also extremely useful in areas where you need more precision like eyebrow and beard shaping.
  • SHR and In-Motion™ technology produces extremely effective results.Its 4th generation Super Hair Removal (SHR) laser which uses Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT) incorporates all the wavelengths which are effectively absorbed by melanin (780nm – 900nm); while other lasers use only single wavelength. It is very safe to be used on delicate areas like face, arm-pits and bikini area. Also its latest in-Motion™ technology has completely revolutionized the process of hair removal as it ensures that it works continuously and there are no skipped areas.

Laser Hair Reduction Procedure

Waxing, bleaching or threading should be avoided prior to laser hair removal as hair is the target. Don’t shave the area atleast 48 hours prior to laser treatment. The hair above the skin to be treated is trimmed away just before the procedure.

You will be asked to wear eye protective gear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Next, a cold gel is spread over the treatment area.

The laser handpiece is applied to your skin and pulses of light begin destroying your unwanted hair roots.

Cool packs or wet compresses are preferably applied after the procedure, followed by a good SPF sunscreen.

Harsh rubbing of treated area, hot and sauna baths should be avoided for 24 hrs; and no sun exposure for atleast one week.

Laser Hair Reduction FAQ’s

Though many use these terms interchangeably, but “Permanent hair removal” is a misnomer. This is due to the fact that one achieves upto 80-90% hair reduction after the laser treatments and few patients may experience some regrowth of hair even after their last treatment (commonly due to pre existing medical issues). This means that although laser treatments will permanently reduce the total number of body hair; they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair. That is why Hair removal lasers approved by US FDA are for “permanent hair reduction” and not removal.

The modern lasers (especially SHR and diode lasers) are absolutely safe and painless. However, some minor side effects may occur after laser hair removal treatments in the form of itching, redness, and swelling around the treatment area.

These side effects are usually self-limiting and don’t need any medication.

But a word of caution – before you chose any laser treatment for your unwanted hair, you must consult your plastic surgeon.

A detailed medical history followed by a clinical examination is a must so as to first ascertain the cause of unwanted hair growth. It is very important to rule out any underlying systemic condition or hormonal aberrations before starting the treatment as they may compromise the results.

Laser hair reduction treatment is relatively expensive when compared to traditional hair removal methods (like waxing, bleaching or threading).

But a cost analysis reveals that in the long term, the laser does turn out to be cheaper as the number of sittings of traditional hair removal methods are far far more.

The actual cost varies depending upon body part and the size of the area to be treated.

We at Dr. Aggarwal’s Multi – Speciality Clinic offer great packages for full body hair removal.

The new age lasers are combination lasers, in-motion technology without ugly skip areas, virtually painless, less time consuming and give you results as fast as in 3 to 4 sessions.

It is always advisable to take treatment under the direct supervision of a physician so that your safety is never compromised.

Preferably always US FDA approved lasers should be chosen as the safety profile and results are checked and re-checked before the approval is given.

Regarding choosing the payment plan between ‘Package Vs Individual laser session’, it is more of a personal choice.

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