Laser hair reduction is a non-invasive procedure performed by dermatologists or experts for reducing unwanted hair permanently. It is the most commonly sought after cosmetic skin procedure today. Many career-oriented women go in for it to avoid wasting time and effort in regularly going to the parlor for waxing every fortnight, shaving or using the epilator every two to three days.
A beam of laser is pulsed on the area where hair is to be reduced. It passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by a pigment called melanin found in the hair follicle. The heat from the laser destroys the root of the follicle to a large extent, thus preventing its growth. It isn’t laser hair removal, but actually Laser hair reduction. It can reduce up to around 90% of the hair in the area it is used.
The laser selectively targets the hair follicle only. The surrounding skin or internal body organs aren’t affected in any way. So, the patient doesn’t suffer from any side-effect or damage. Most patients are very comfortable with the treatment. A mild pin prick sensation is normally felt which less than the pain of threading / waxing is. Some doctors also use numbing before the procedure to reduce the discomfort.
They enable permanent reduction of hair, with no chance of in-growth. They don’t leave marks or cause infections. They can be used to shape hair. Laser hair reduction requires 6-8 sessions at an interval of one to one and a half months usually. The length of each session depends on the area of the body. The upper lips may take ten minutes whereas legs may take as long as two hours. It is equally popular among men now.