Is laser hair removal permanent?
Hair can be removed in various ways. Some of the methods, such as shaving, plucking and waxing, only provide temporary results. Some other methods, such as electrolysis, is painful and tedious and is associated with a risk of scarring. In recent years, laser hair removal has been found to offer the safest and most permanent solution for hair removal. The results depend on the type of hair present. Usually the coarser and darker the hair (for example armpits, lower legs), the better the response to laser. In other areas where the hair is finer and lighter (for example facial hair), the response may be slower.
How is laser hair removal performed?
Laser hair removal is carried out as an outpatient procedure. Before the treatment, topical anaesthetic cream (numbing cream) is applied for 30-60 minutes. During the laser, there is minimal discomfort. The time taken depends on the area of hair removed and usually ranges from 10 – 30 minutes. There is no special skin care required after the laser. The number of treatments range from 3-6, and treatments are performed every 2 monthly.