Permanent Hair Removal

How does laser hair removal work?

The main principle of laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis. The laser in its specific wavelength and pulse duration heats up the follicle of the hair shafts hence, destroying it. The laser does not affect the normal surrounding skin. Hair shafts contain 2 types of pigments such as eumelanin and pheomelanin which gives the hair its brown, black, blonde or red colour. White, light blonde or strawberry blonde hair do not respond well to the laser. Lasers also work better on coarse hair. The best results are seen in fair skin people with dark hair colour. The laser works permanently to remove the unwanted hair, by stable reduction of the hair regrowing following the procedure.

Is hair removal using YAG laser permanent?

Yes. Hair removal via YAG laser is a permanent form of hair removal. The YAG laser reduces the number of hair follicles but doesn’t completely obliterate it. This can be done in following touch up sessions. The number of hair in an area reduces following the number of laser hair removal sessions.

What areas can be treated using Candela YAG laser for hair removal?

Areas which can be treated using Candela YAG laser area :

  • Face
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Beard bumps
  • Underarms
  • Back
  • Areola
  • Bikini areas

What does the treatment feel like, is it painful ?

Prior to the procedure, the doctor will trim the hair in the target area as close to the roots as possible. A topical anesthetic may be applied in pain-sensitive areas like the face and bikini lines. A cooling gel is also applied to to the area to reduce discomfort. During the procedure you would feel the cooling effects of the gel and also a slight discomfort from the laser, but it is not painful.

How many sessions do I require?

The number of sessions depends on a few variables such as :

  • Type of hair colour
  • Size of target area
  • Type of hair texture
  • Sun exposure during the period of treatment
  • Hair growth rate

On an average a person would require four to six sessions spaced 6 weeks apart for optimum results. A maintenance session every year or 6 months once may be needed in certain cases.

Smaller target areas with less hair growth require less sessions. Coarse hair texture require less sessions. It is best to avoid sun exposure 6 weeks prior and post laser treatment for best results.

What happens after the treatment?

Post treatment the hair follicles are destroyed by lasers mostly and this reduces the number of hair regrowth. Following each session the number of regrowth gradually reduces. After the required number of sessions there is a permanent loss of hair, which may or may not require maintenance sessions yearly or so depending on the area and the rate of hair growth.

What are the possible side effects?

Following the laser treatment, the skin would appear sunburn for the next few days like you have been on a vacation to island near kuala lumpur, malaysia but moisturizers and sunscreens can reduce the effects.

The most common side effect of a laser hair removal is that the hair may be resistant to the laser treatment. The new hair following treatment may be finer and lighter in colour.

The other common side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible following laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours following laser treatment.
  • Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily post treatment. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if an incorrect laser is used at an incorrect setting, hence its always best to go to a certified aesthetician.

At times, other side effects may include blistering, crusting, scarring or changes in the skin texture. There may be graying of the targeted hair following laser treatment. There is a small number of cases where the hair grows excessively in the treated areas or around it.

Laser hair removal treatment is not recommended for the eyelid or surrounding area, due to the possibility of severe eye injury during or post treatment.

Are there any restrictions post treatment?

Following laser hair removal, moisturisation and sunscreen is essential. Avoid makeup as long as there is blistering present on the skin. Sun exposure should be avoided for a month post treatment as hair fall occurs gradually during this period and to avoid any adverse effects during the recovery period.

How is the laser hair removal better than any other treatment?

Laser hair removal treatment are a permanent form of hair removal and it may be more expensive per session as compared to the other methods in kuala lumpur, malaysia. The other advantages of laser hair removal is that is is painless, causes less redness and blistering following treatment. The laser hair removal treatment can also be used on any part of the body with no restrictions.