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What is Laser Hair Removal and how does it work?

What is Laser Hair Removal and how does it work?

Laser Hair Removal (LHR) is, in fact, a misnomer. The proper term is Laser Hair Reduction. This is because no laser can permanently remove all the hairs that are targeted. But the good news is that these lasers can reduce your hair making it unnoticeable to the eye.

Laser light of a certain wavelength is specifically absorbed by the pigment Melanin. This pigment is present in our hair, skin, eyes and other areas.

Human hair has a high concentration of Melanin. It absorbs more of the laser light which is then converted into heat energy that travels down to the hair bulb below the skin.

The heat generated is just enough to destroy or weaken the hair bulb which results in decreased or no hair growth.

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What to expect?

A careful initial assessment of the type of hair is essential to customize the best treatment protocol. Once an appointment is fixed, you may be asked to shave the area 1 or 2 days before the procedure. This is to avoid any irritation caused by dry shaving immediately before the laser treatment.

At our clinic, we use the Candela Gentle Laser, which is time-tested and used world-over for laser hair removal. It uses a special cooling spray to make the procedure virtually painless.

After the treatment, there may be slight redness and swelling, which will subside within a day or two. Since all the hairs are at different stages of the growth cycle, repeated sessions will be required at an interval of 4-6 weeks. This will ensure that the laser targets every single hair. A minimum of 6-8 sessions will be required for long-lasting results.

Factors affecting the result of the treatment

  • Colour of the hair (darker is better)
  • Thickness of the hair (thicker is better)
  • Location of hair (certain areas are more resistant to treatment)
  • Hormonal imbalance (conditions like PCOS affect results)
  • Treatment regularity (patients must come for regular sessions)
  • Type of laser used (the doctor will determine which is the ideal laser for each patient)
  • Medications (which may cause hair growth. Eg. Minoxidil)

The machine

Here at our laser hair removal clinic in Sharjah, we are proud to provide only the best FDA approved laser systems for laser hair removal.
We use the Candela GentleYAG PRO Long-Pulsed Nd:YAG as this is the safest and most effective laser for the skin type in our region.
The Candela hair removal systems are the most popular devices in the world because of its safety profile, efficacy and patient comfort. Click here to know more about the Candela GentleYAG PRO.

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