There is consistent growth in the number of people who are undergoing laser hair removal, according to the reports in recent years. Well, one possible reason for this could be due to the improving accessibility of the procedure, even to middle-income customers. The improvement in the technology has made it possible to make laser hair removal available for a cheaper cost.

In this regard, just because there are already many people who are having this procedure, it does not necessarily mean that you should have it too. There are some considerations that you need to ponder on first before letting the dermatologist lay a finger to your skin.

Basic things that patients should know

There are some pieces of information that many might not know about laser hair removal, but are worth understanding. These include the following:

  • Laser hair removal procedures can be done in informal settings. What this means is that the procedure does not have to be inside a hospital. This is the reason why you can find lots of skin care clinics in malls, spas and other walk-in clinics. However, it would be vital to choose an experienced health care provider.

  • The treatment should be done by a well-trained dermatologist or a staff under his or her supervision. Do not let assistants to do it to you without the directive from a licensed, well-trained and expert physician or dermatologist.

  • In order to achieve permanent hair growth reduction, the advisable number of treatments is at least three (3). However, this is still dependent on the specific case of the patient. There are cases when three (3) procedures would already be too much.

  • Darker hair type tends to respond best to the procedure than any other color. Hence, what this means is that light-colored hair is less responsive to this procedure. Nevertheless, topical medication might probably work for the said case.

  • Tanning and sunless tanners should be avoided when planning to have laser hair removal. The advisable lead time is six (6) months before the treatment.

Are there different types of lasers?

Most people would think that there is only one kind of laser hair removal. However, there are, in fact, different types of lasers that you can find in the market. Among the first types of lasers for hair reduction that were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include ruby, diode, as well as alexandrite and even intense-pulsed light procedures.

There are also devices that have longer wavelengths. These include Nd:YAG lasers, which are capable of treating those with darker skin types.

What are the expected outcomes?

Around 10 to 25 percent can be reduced from the hair growth for every treatment. However, there is a recommended interval between the treatments. Hence, you cannot have it every other day. The recommended frequency is every four (4) up to eight (8) weeks.

After the procedure, the patient should avoid being exposed from the sun. Using broad-spectrum sunscreen is highly recommended, most especially those with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 and above.