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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures that are used within the U.S. t remove hair from a person’s body. This procedure is conducted by beaming highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. As a result, the hair becomes destroyed. Laser hair removal may have many questions regarding the hair removal treatment, as well as the hair removal procedure and what hair removal is. Read below where some of the commonly asked questions have been answered by Experts about laser hair removal.

Can a person get HIV Aids or STDs if he/she gets laser hair removal treatment?

An individual may not develop HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) or STDs (sexually transmitted disease) if he/she gets laser hair removal treatment. The treatment is conducted with the help of a probe through which a laser light is passed. This probe should be cleaned every time after its use. Even if it is not cleaned properly, an individual may only get a superficial bacterial infection known as folliculitis.

Can keratosis pilaris be cured with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal may not cure keratosis pilaris. This condition may however be treated by using Retin A cream. In some cases the cream may be applied every night.

Can laser hair removal darken moles and freckles on the skin?

Laser hair removal may darken the moles and freckles on the skin in some cases. This may be because the wavelength that is effective in hair removal may overlap the wavelength of the laser that darkens the skin. As a result, the moles and freckles may become dark. In some cases, the moles may become dark and fall off as well.

What is the difference between laser hair removal and photolysis?

Photolysis is known as a method in which the hair removal takes place with the help of an intense pulse light. Laser hair removal on the other hand uses one for the different types of lasers that are available such as Diode laser, Long Pulse ND: YAG or Alexandrite. The machine may emit visible lights that are filtered through glass probes that are attached on the hand piece. The wavelength that is suited to the condition is then passed through the probes. In some cases, the wavelength may be between 700-800 nm (nanometer).

The light or radiation of only one wavelength may be used in laser hair removal treatment. This may be a more precise way to destroy the hair follicles.

How different are laser hair removal and electrolysis from each other?

Laser hair removal and electrolysis are both methods that are often used for hair removal and are both considered to be safe by most dermatologists. Electrolysis is an older technique which may often be used for localized hair growth such as on the chin. This method may have a higher risk of side effects such as scarring and pigmentation if care is not taken while performing it. Laser hair removal on the other hand may often be used to remove the hair of the entire body. However, both these methods may not remove the hair permanently. The individual may need to go for sittings once every couple of years.

Is it common for the skin on the legs to become itchy and sensitive after hair removal treatment?

It may be common for a person’s skin to become itchy and sensitive after laser hair removal. This irritation may be caused due to laser heat and lesser cooling. The affected person may apply ice wrapped in a cloth two times a day to the skin. He/she may also take Loratidine 5mg tablet once a day in the morning for 5 days.

Can people with olive skin try laser hair removal treatment?

Individuals who have olive skin may try laser hair removal treatment. The individual may use the 11064 NdYag Laser. The wavelength of this laser may bypass the pigment within the skin.

Laser hair removal involves making changes to an individual’s skin and individuals may have many questions about the effectiveness and consequences of this procedure. It is important for individuals to have as much information about this procedure and side effects as possible before deciding to go through with the procedure. It may not be very easy for some to obtain information about this treatment on their own. However, many individuals may turn to Experts answers regarding the laser hair removal treatment and procedures.
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