Laser hair reduction is done by many patients for aesthetic concerns. Unwanted hair can be of big cosmetic concern and can affect an individual emotionally. Excessive hair can make the person very self conscious that it can affect their sense of dressing. Commonly prevalent methods to get rid of the unwanted hair are shaving, depilatories, waxing and electrolysis which does cost huge cumulatively. In addition, these methods can cause pigmentation change, repeated skin trauma and ingrown hairs. Laser hair reduction is the treatment of choice for permanent hair reduction and gives a very satisfactory result. Patients seeking best laser hair treatment need to be determined if the excessive hair growth is due to genetics and ethnic background or due to hormonal disorders.
Hirsutism is a clinical condition where excessive hair growth is increased due to circulating male hormones (androgens), primarily testosterone produced by the ovaries or adrenal glands. The most common cause of hirsutism in young females is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Selecting the type of laser technology depends on the skin type. The common type of lasers used for hair reduction treatment are Diode and Nd:Yag. The most popular laser machines for laser hair reduction are Soprano series (Soprano Pro, Soprano Platinum, Soprano ice), Light sheer duet, Cynosure apogee elite, Candela gentleyag, Gentlemax, etc.
At Orange Tree, we use the Soprano series which has an inbuilt cooling system. The procedure is a combination of in motion and stamping. The results achieved for laser hair reduction is excellent.
The basis of laser hair reduction is selective photothermolysis. The melanin pigment in the hair absorbs the laser light and the hair bulb is permanently damaged. Lasers can damage only those hair which are in the growth phase. The hair on the body is in different phases of growth cycles and therefore repeated laser sessions are required to target all the hair on the different body parts.
Laser hair removal is commonly done in the upper lips, chin, and face. Arms and legs hair removal is commonly requested by males and females with excessive hair growth. Armpit hair removal and bikini area hair reduction is also very common. Full body hair removal is an extensive laser hair reduction procedure.
After a detailed history and examination, a dermatologist or cosmetologist will explain the procedure. You will be given certain instructions before the laser hair removal treatment -no waxing, plucking, depilatories 3-4weeks before the laser session. Avoid other laser facial hair removal treatment 2-3 days before the date of the treatment.