Unwanted and excessive hair in unwanted areas is a common problem shared both by men and women. It can be very distressing and becomes the source of considerable embarrassment, limiting people`s activities and lifestyles. Some women experience unwanted or excess hair from the time they reach puberty, getting worse with age and some others may get either during pregnancy or menopause. Many of them may have excessive and unwanted hair through out their life either due to racial or familial or polycystic ovaries or hormonal imbalance. In most of the females there may be no obvious cause at all. Occasionally hair follicles can become irritated or inflamed in the beard areas of men causing painful rash. Irrespective of causative factor, all these conditions may require physical removal of hair and some may also require correction of their underlying medical problem.
Now a days, modern men & women do not like to have hair on their body, they prefer to have their skin absolutely hairless. Therefore, they spend lots of their time and money attempting to eliminate unwanted and excessive hair temporarily by shaving, threading, waxing, chemical depilatories and electrolysis. Many of them are painful, time-consuming and known to cause irritations, folliculitis and in some cases, ugly scarring. Many women are known to regularly waste their well deserved weekly offs in removal of unwanted body hair by waxing or any other methods, thereby sacrificing weekly rest and recreation, adding to their existing anxieties.
Traditional Methods of Hair Removal and Their Limitations : Following popular approaches have been used to try to solve the pesky problem of unwanted and excess hair.
- Tweezers : The most basic approach to removing unwanted hair is the trusty tweezers. The use of tweezers for hair removal goes to ancient Rome. However, in addition to being painful and time-consuming, plucking unwanted hairs is only a short-term solution as the hair invariably grows back.
- Shaving and chemical depilatory creams : Shaving unwanted hair is similarly a short-term answer. Rubbing messy chemical depilatory creams on the skin can cause redness and irritation, and have no permanent effect on unwanted hair.
- Waxing : Waxing is quite popular, even though it provides hair-free results for two to four weeks. It is painful and many experience skin irritation and pimples. Once again, waxing gives temporary relief from hair, necessitating life-long frequent, repeat treatments.
- Electrolysis : Electrolysis is another attempt at hair removal, but this technique can be invasive, painful and time-consuming, as needles are introduced into each hair follicle individually to treat each hair. It may cause ugly scarring.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) And Lightsheer Diode & Long Pulsed Nd:Yag Lasers : These are the most modern & state of art solutions, approved by FDA-USA for Asian skins and all other types of skins (Types I to VI).
While the following information will not recommend one system over the other, it will provide you with useful details on each system’s characteristic to enable you to decide yourself with the help of your doctor
How IPL / Laser works?
The process is called photo-epilation, which is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis (Photo = Light, Thermo = Heat, Lysis = Destruction). This means that the light energy is absorbed in the target hair follicles leading to its destruction while sparing the surrounding healthy tissues.
How IPL / Laser treats?
IPL / Laser systems treat the hair by directing light energy through a light guide placed on the patient`s skin. A thin layer of transparent gel covers the treatment area to focus the light energy and cool the top skin layer. The light energy heats and damages the hair follicle, typically causing the hair itself to fall out from the follicle.
When can I resume my usual normal activities?
You can resume usual activities immediately, as it is a ‘lunch-break’ office procedure with no “down-time”
Are all colour hairs removed by IPL / Lasers?
With its powerful, innovative software and as a result of the computer-generated precision, IPL treatment parameters can be selected by your physician according to an individual’s specific skin colour, hair colour and hair density. Therefore, it is effective on the widest range of hair colours, from blonde through auburn to brown and dark black hair.
IS IPL / lasers safe in Asian Skin Type?
It is safe and approved by FDA-USA for all skin types.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
The hair removal depends on the quantity and affinity of IPL/Laser towards absorption capacity of melanin present in the hair bulbs & roots, which differs at each stage of hair cycle. There are three phases in a hair cycle: Growing phase, Resting phase and Falling phase. About 30 to 70% of hair that are present in the growing phase are removed permanently by IPL & Lasers as melanin content is maximum. Therefore, at least 5 to 6 sessions at the interval of 4 to 6 weeks may be required for the permanent reduction of hair. Dark & thick hair may require comparatively lesser number of sessions and lighter & softer hair may require more, i.e., about 6 to 10 sessions.
What precautions should I take before IPL / Laser treatment?
Person should neither thread, nor wax, nor bleach hair prior to IPL or Laser hair removal. Hair should just be felt on the skin when the finger is gently moved over them.
Do I need to take rest after the treatment?
It’s a ‘lunch-break’ office procedure. with no “down-time” A person can resume normal routine activities immediately, except in case of Lasers, where there may be some redness, swelling or superficial erosions and crustings, lasting for few hours to days.
What precaution should I take after treatment?
No precautions, except avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight. You can use your usual make-ups, sun screen agents and other cosmetics after treatments.
Which is better: IPL or Laser?
IPL or Laser are equally good and safe. IPL has an added advantage of its Photorejuvenation effect which makes the skin smooth, shining, glowing, and firm. IPL also covers a wide treatment area, enabling the device to cover more area in substantially less time. It takes about 5 to 7 minutes to treat whole face.
Treatment offered by Dr. K E Mukadam, MD, DVD and his team of qualified, INDIAN BOARD CERTIFIED & well trained Cosmetic – Dermatologists.
For further information, appointments & contact :-
Dr. (Ms) Pratibha Giri, Our Medical Co-ordinator at DR. MUKADAM’S LASERCURE COSMETIC SKIN & HAIR CENTRE ON :
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