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Laser Hair Removal

Updated: Sep 30, 2021


IN THIS ARTICLE:
  • How Laser Hair Removal Works.

  • Benefits of Laser Hair Removal.

  • How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal.

  • Why Laser Hair Removal is the best Method.

  • Recovery and Risks.

If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering

Laser hair removal is a process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle.



How Laser Hair Removal Works.


Dr.Katureebe, a certified Dermatologist at Kampala Dermatology Clinic explains how the laser works.

Laser hair removal is a simple process, as long as it’s performed by a licensed and certified dermatologist.

Dr.Katureebe recommends a laser licensed and certified technician applies a laser light to the area of unwanted hair. The pulses of light emitted by the laser attack the hair and the follicle, destroying the hair at the root and preventing it from growing back.

Hair grows in three different phases, and for the laser to effectively destroy the root, the hair needs to be in the growth phase.

It is for this reason that multiple treatments are required. In order to capture each hair in that growth phase, you will need to have several sessions spaced out roughly four


Benefits of Laser Hair Removal.


Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, chin, back, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.


Dr. Katureebe Ronald. Dermatologist in Kampala

Dr.katureebe lists some of the Benefits of laser hair removal.

Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

Predictability. Dr.katureebe testifies that most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.


How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, Dr.Katureebe recommends you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or a licensed and certified technician performing the procedure.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, Dr.katureebe suggests you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.


Why Laser Hair Removal Is the Best Method.


1.It’s Quick.

If it’s a quick solution you’re searching for, laser hair removal is the fastest way to get rid of unwanted hair.


2. It’s Less Painful Than Other Hair Removal Methods

Laser hair removal is a lot less painful than most people think. Many people equate it to the feeling of snapping a rubber band against the skin.

Depending on your threshold for pain, you may find it slightly uncomfortable, but the sessions are so fast that most people find it easy to endure.


3. It’s Precise

Laser technology is incredibly precise, making laser hair removal ideal for people looking to target and remove a few specific hairs.

This makes it a great option, even if you’re looking to remove small areas of hair from around the eyebrows, upper lip, nose, bikini line, or hairline.


4. It Can Remove Hair From Any Part of the Body

With the exception of the eyelashes, laser hair removal can be performed on any part of the body.

It’s especially ideal for the back and bikini area, which can be hard to reach with razors and extremely painful to wax.


5. It Prevents Ingrown Hairs

Shaving, waxing, and other methods of hair removal can cause ingrown hairs. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, laser hair removal is an excellent option.

By destroying the hair at the root, you’ll never have to worry about those pesky hairs growing back in or curling back into the body and becoming ingrown.


6. It Saves You From Having to Endure Regrowth

Some methods, such as waxing and plucking, require that you endure a bit of regrowth in between sessions. With laser hair removal, you can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin at all times.


7. It’s a Long-Term Solution

Most people see permanent, lasting results with laser hair removal. In some cases, you may need a touch-up a few months or years down the line, but it remains one of the best long-term solutions available.

Because it’s a long-term solution, it’s also cost effective. Over the course of your lifetime, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars, as there won’t be a need for monthly waxes or razor blade refills.


Recovery and Risks

For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it's sunburned. Dr.Katureebe suggests cool compresses and moisturizers may help that are available at Kampala Dermatology Clinic. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless your skin is blistering.

Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.

Dr.katureebe indicates that Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions which you don't have to worry about.


Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and approved.



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roji moh
roji moh
Oct 13, 2023

how many hair removal sessions!? Period bet each and cost!

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