There are two methods of removing unwanted body hair for those seeking treatment: Electrolysis and YAG laser hair removal.
In hair removal, the recovery period can vary from as little as fifteen minutes to a full hour, with respect to the volume of hair being treated. The treatment for hair removal needs to occur up to seven times in four to twelve week intervals, as our hair grows at different speeds. The volume of the hair being treated can also vary depending on its location on the body.
Although the outcomes of both methods of hair removal can be the same, Laser hair removal and electrolysis vary in the ways they go about the treatment.
Laser hair removal begins with targeting the area being treated with a ray of light. The light from the laser spreads into pigment of the hairs in the area, which then prevents hair growth with minimal damage to the lasered hair follicles. One benefit of laser hair removal is that it is more efficient in terms of time, as the laser can be modified to target a wider area.
On the other hand, electrolysis requires a physical needle to be inserted into each singular hair follicle. The follicle will then be damaged by a chemical reaction, produced by either radiation or electricity. Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis can be quite time consuming as the hair removal professional needs to insert each needle into the numerous follicles that need to be treated. This process can often require repeated sessions to achieve the desired results.
The main goal of hair removal treatment is to stop hair growth through eliminating the germ cells in our follicles. Through repeated sessions with your hair removal professional, you may relieve yourself of any concerns of unwanted hair growth.
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In going through hair removal treatment, one needs to be aware of the pros and cons of the procedure.
There are numerous advantages to undergoing hair removal treatment. The first being that different parts of the body can be targeted for hair removal, regardless of the size. The treatment can also help make your skin pigmentation more balanced. A lot of people who undergo the treatment experience long lasting hair loss to the targeted area after three to eight consecutive hair removal procedures.
In making the decision of undergoing hair removal treatment, it is also important to be transparent and aware about the disadvantages that come with the procedure. Hair removal is a long process, often needing consecutive sessions for effective and long lasting results. Skin that is naturally darker in complexion may also react differently to the treatment. Hair that is lighter in color (blonde or white) may also be less affected by the treatment.
The CoolGlide Laser or the Gentle Yag Laser will strategically restrict the growth of hair in the preferred area. It takes a couple of minutes to treat small patches of hair such as those located in the armpits. For broader areas like the back or the legs, the process can take about three hours to complete.
After three sessions spread apart at four to six intervals, you can expect total hair removal. In cases of recurring hair growth even after the treatment, another five to eight sessions is needed to stop further growth.
As a protective measure, your hair removal professional will cover your eyes with a shield. To ensure that the procedure will go smoothly, the hair targeted for removal will be shaved down. A gel will also be applied to the skin of the patient that has a two-fold effect: it makes the laser treatment more effective while preventing any unwanted skin damage.
Within the day, be sure to have a cold compress ready for the affected area. Any topical ointments or medication is not recommended for usage. Try not to expose the affected area to the sun.
When cleaning the affected area, only use water for the first two days and keep the area dry whilst avoiding any other contact with the skin for the next seven days.
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As with all procedures, hair removal treatment comes with its own set of risks and side effects. The main risk that comes as a result of the treatment is skin irritation.
You may feel pain in the lasered area, with some chance of swelling and sensitivity, but these symptoms usually fade after a couple hours.
You may also expect that the hair removal procedure may change the pigmentation of your skin, either making it darker or lighter.
How long will it take me to recover?
Symptoms such as pain and irritation to the lasered area can last up to a couple of days. If the laser causes any burns to the skin, the recovery period can range from a few weeks to a few months. There are cases of permanent skin lightening, but these are few and far between.
How do I care for myself after the operation?
It is best to ask for the opinion of our skin experts to get the most optimal treatment plan after your operation.
What is the difference between electrolysis and Yag laser hair removal?
As highlighted earlier, electrolysis involves penetrating each hair follicle with a needle that emits either electricity or radio frequency. This results in impeded hair growth. This is time consuming as each follicle of the targeted area needs to be operated on with the needle.
Laser hair removal is a lot more efficient, as the laser can be modified to cover a large area of hair follicles. The laser targets the hair follicles and prevents any future hair growth.
What does recovery look like after hair reduction treatment?
After hair reduction treatment, you may experience some sensitivity. You may expect any discomfort to fade within the day. The next day after the procedure, be sure to avoid exposing the treated area to any heat source. Sunscreen usage is advised. Any remaining hair in the area will fall out within two or three weeks.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on many factors such as your skin pigmentation, the color of your hair and any pre-existing medical conditions or medications being taken.
As with all treatments, each individual may react differently. For optimal hair removal treatment, the patient may need to take up to ten sessions of hair removal procedures.