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What is Laser Hair Removal ?

Laser hair removal is the elimination of unwanted hair follicles in the target area with laser beams that do not damage the skin surface, which can be applied to every part of the body except around the eyes.
 

What is Laser Hair Removal?


Laser Hair Removal arranged in a clinical environment by the specialist doctor, with the number of sessions and session intervals planned individually; It is based on the principle of destroying and ultimately destroying the cell called papilla, which has the task of producing hair follicles, by laser beams.

Laser Hair Removal can be applied to every part of the body, including the genital area, except around the eyes. The duration of treatment differs from person to person. Factors such as the area where laser epilation will be applied, the person's skin color, the color and structure of the hair, the brand / model of the laser hair removal device are effective on the success and processes of the treatment.

Laser Hair Removal is a treatment that can be applied to anyone over the age of 18, men and women. With the decision of laser epilation treatment, the area and / or areas where the application will be applied are determined. For each region, the condition of the hairs in the relevant area is studied and it is decided how many sessions a treatment will be planned. The most important factor affecting the planning of laser epilation treatment in multiple sessions is the growth stages of the hair that differ from person to person.

Generally, Laser Hair Removal prices are prepared in package form. Each package includes a specific number and duration of sessions.

 

What Is The Price of Laser Hair Removal?


Average whole body laser hair removal price: While it varies between 150 $ and 510 TL, it can be applied to small areas such as between the eyebrows for prices in the range of 4-8 $. 
 

How is Laser Hair Removal Done?


With the decision of Laser Hair Removal, the area and / or areas where the application will be applied are determined. For each region, the condition of the hairs in the relevant area is studied and it is decided how many sessions a treatment will be planned.

While small areas such as chin and mustache are completed in 2-3 minutes, the session duration of larger areas such as the back and complete legs extends up to 1.5 hours.

During the treatment, the person's eye shadow is covered to protect from laser beams. The area to be epilated is cleaned with alcohol and the area is scanned with one of the laser types with different beam wavelengths. Each laser shot scans a specific area of the skin.

 

How to Perform Laser Hair Removal at Home?


Although we recommend the clinical environment for laser epilation to be done safely, today there are also those who prefer laser epilation at home. For Laser Hair Removals in a clinical setting, the average of treatment session intervals are 4-6, and the duration and dose of Laser Hair Removal is determined according to the hair structure and skin color tone of the person. This treatment plan can be extended up to 6 to 8 sessions at home.

Laser Hair Removal results can be evaluated by looking at the laser epilation comments of those who use devices at home.


How Long Will Laser Hair Removal Show The Expected Results?


This treatment is an application with processes. After the first session, it is not possible to completely get rid of the hairs, never to come out again. It is important to plan Laser Hair Removal session intervals. At least 6 sessions are required.

Treatments are repeated every 3-4 weeks. In this process, the hairs are expected to be weakened and diluted compared to the past.

 

What Should I Pay Attention To Before Laser Hair Removal?


In the Laser Hair Removal preparation process, first of all, it is necessary to find the right doctor. It is very important to have the application done in a clinic under the supervision of a doctor. It is possible to encounter negative cases related to Laser Hair Removal in beauty centers.

There are some points to be considered in order to get the most benefit from the application.

1- Use Sun Protection Cream: It is important for the success of the application that your skin color is light and your hair is dark. Apply a sunscreen cream with at least 15 protection factors to the areas to be treated.

2- Do not use wax and hair yellowing: Stop waxing at least 2-4 weeks before the application and do not use hair yellowing products.

3- Shave the Application Area: Shave the hairs in the area to be applied as recommended by your doctor for laser application. Generally, on the day of application, it will be requested to shave the area before coming to the clinic.

4- Do Not Use Cosmetic Materials: Do not use cream, deodorant and similar cosmetic materials on the day of application.

 

Is Laser Epilation a Right Application for Me?


Your doctor will decide whether Laser Hair Removal is the right treatment for you. The most curious about Laser Hair Removal is whether there is an age criterion.

In this regard, our user's "From what age can Laser Hair Removal be applied?" Our doctor Altughan Cahit Vural, MD replied as "Laser Hair Removal can be done after menstrual period for women".

Healthy men and women over the age of 18 who have no problem with Laser Hair Removal can be treated. The effectiveness of the treatment is higher in people with light skin and dark hair compared to people with light colored hair.

 

Is Laser Hair Removal a Painful?


The sensation of pain during and after Laser Hair Removal varies according to the skin tone. Many people with this experience describe the pain felt during the session as rubber pain hitting the skin.

It is possible to make the person feel more comfortable with the treatment of anesthetized tropical cream to the skin, with solutions with regional cooling functions such as ice compress and cooling spray during or after the session.

 

How Do I Find the Right Doctor for Laser Hair Removal?


Laser Hair Removal must be performed by a specialist in the field of skin, such as dermatologist, dermatologist and / or plastic surgery.

You may want to see the doctor's previous practices, get information about the technology used, and be enlightened about the suitability of this technology for you. You should also inquire about details such as the number of successful transactions and the certificates owned.

 

Why is Laser Hair Removal Not a Right Treatment for Me?


People under the age of 18 who continue to develop hormones are not treated. In addition, Laser Hair Removal Treatment should not be applied to unprocessed hair (quince hair) under the age of 18. The stronger the hair root, the higher the success of the procedure.
 

  •  Laser hair removal should not be applied to people diagnosed with skin cancer, herpes patients, people who have to undergo different laser treatment or have recently received this type of treatment, those who are pregnant and breastfeeding.

  •  Laser beams are effective on the pigments in the hair follicle that give the hair a black color, so people with red, white, gray and very light yellow hair are not suitable candidates for Laser Hair Removal.

  •  Women with male-type hair growth problems due to hormonal disorders should be treated to correct the hormone condition before laser hair removal treatment, and then Laser Hair Removal treatment should be planned.

  •  It is not suitable for Laser Hair Removal in tan skin. It cannot be applied to people whose skin color has changed with the sun or solarium until they return to their normal skin color.

What are the Types of Laser Used in Laser Hair Removal?


You can find Laser Hair Removal devices below:

1. Ruby; It is preferred for people with very white skin. Melanin (pigment) absorption level is strong.

2. IPL; It works well with all skin types. The sense of pain is low. It is effective even on light colored hair. Its use in small areas such as chin, mustache, armpit and chest gives effective results.

3. Alexandrite; It can be used on all skin types except dark skin types.

4. Diode; It is also known as "ironing" and is known for allowing Laser Hair Removal  to be performed on people with dark skin types. It is applied at high speed and thus enables rapid travel in larger areas.

5. Nd YAG; It is an effective laser on light skinned, thick or thin, black and dark brown hairs. It is not effective on people with light hair and dark skin.

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What are the Possible Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?


When looking at the damages or side effects of Laser Hair Removal , one of the most boring side effects that can be encountered, although rare, is the burns on the skin surface where the application is performed or itching after laser.

Burn problem after Laser Hair Removal is usually due to the accumulation of melanin in the skin by sun or various tanning methods. Again, rarely, hyperpigmentation, ie dark pigment increase or hypopigmentation, ie discoloration on the skin surface may be experienced.

One of the questions on the Yeniben Question and Answer page regarding itching after Laser Hair Removal  is as follows:  "Hello, I am doing Laser Hair Removal. After the treatment, there is swelling and itching on the legs. Two days do not pass, what can I do, what do you recommend me to use, thanks."

To this question in our doctors Birgul Erden, MD responded as follows: “In some bodies, there may be temporary redness, itching, swelling with laser effect on the first day. In such cases, we recommend the use of antihistamine cream. " One of our doctors practicing Izmir, Ibrahim Tanju Adali, MD: “Perifollicular edema and itching that may last 2-3 days after Laser Hair Removal is an expected reaction. Massage with cold water can be good, if it is an unbearable itching, you can consult a doctor and get medical support ”.

 Other possible side effects that will improve in a short time immediately after the treatment;

 

  •  Ache

  •  Bloating

  •  Rash

  •  Water collection in the application area

  •  Opening some wounds

  •  A viral condition such as herpes

  •  In rare cases, there is an increase in hair production.

What Kind of Result Should I Expect From Laser Hair Removal?


The effect of the treatment on you begins to be seen after 3-4 sessions of application. Not having great expectations after the first session will keep you away from disappointment.

The final results of the treatment, where progress is recorded step by step, are expected to take place between 4 and 6 sessions. In some cases, the number of sessions may increase and in some cases it may decrease.

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?


In order to be permanent, only 6-9 sessions should be applied. It is difficult to get long-term results with fewer sessions.
 

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?


The treatment is to destroy the cells in the hair follicle by laser heat treatment.

Since the damaged stem cell cannot nourish the hair follicles, after a few sessions, hair growth begins to be delayed, grow weaker and less, and hair growth ends when the application reaches the producer cell of the hair follicle, Papila.

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?


Whether the laser epilation application is permanent or not is a matter of interest to those who want to have the application. In order for it to be permanent, only 6-9 sessions should be applied. It is difficult to get long-term results with fewer sessions.

In addition, the question of whether laser epilation is a radical solution is one of the frequently asked questions by those who want to have laser epilation. Since most of the hair follicles are destroyed after the laser, it is not possible to regrow. Especially thanks to the latest technological devices, it is seen that this problem is not encountered again with a rate of almost 90%.

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Harmful? Are There Any Side Effects?


Although it is rare when looking at the harms or side effects of laser epilation, one of the most annoying side effects that can be encountered is burns on the skin surface where the application is made or itching after laser.

The burn problem after laser epilation is usually due to the accumulation of melanin in the skin by the sun or various tanning methods. Again, rarely, hyperpigmentation, that is, an increase in dark pigment, or hypopigmentation, that is, lightening of the skin surface, may occur.
One of the questions on the Yeniben Question-Answer page regarding itching after laser epilation is as follows:

“Hello, I am having laser epilation. After the application, the legs are swollen and itchy. It doesn't last two days, what can I do, what can you recommend me to use, thank you.”

To this question, our doctors, Birgul Erden, MD responded as follows: “In some bodies, temporary redness, itching, swelling may occur on the first day with the effect of laser. In such cases, we recommend using an antihistamine cream.” Dr., one of our doctors who apply laser hair removal treatment in Izmir. Ibrahim Tanju Adali, MD : “Perifollicular edema and itching, which can last 2-3 days after Laser Hair Removal, is an expected reaction. Massage with cold water can be good, if it is a very unbearable itching, you can see a doctor and get medical support.
Other possible side effects that will improve in a short time after the application;

1. pain
2. bulges

3. redness

4. Water collection of the application area

5. Opening some wounds

6. Occurrence of a viral condition such as herpes

7. In rare cases, there is an increase in hair production.

  • Does laser hair removal cause cancer?

One of the first questions that may come to mind of someone who is researching whether laser epilation is harmful or not is whether laser epilation causes cancer. As mentioned before, laser epilation passes through the cells of the skin and is effective only on the upper layer of the skin. The idea that it causes ovarian cancer, which is one of the most curious, is also a false information. No such case has been identified.

  • Does laser hair removal cause infertility?

Again, this question is one of the most frequently asked questions by people who research laser epilation damages or side effects. In the operating system of laser epilation devices, such a result is out of question, since the energy power can only go down to the layer where the hair follicle is located under the tissue.
 
Click for detailed information about the harms and side effects of laser epilation.


How to do Laser Hair Removal at Home?


Although we recommend the clinical environment for safe laser epilation, there are those who prefer laser epilation at home today. In laser epilation applications in the clinical environment, the average laser epilation session intervals are 4-6, and the laser application time and dose are determined according to the hair structure and skin color tone of the person. This treatment plan can extend up to 6 to 8 sessions in home laser epilation applications.

Laser epilation results can be evaluated by looking at the laser epilation comments of those who use a laser hair removal device at home for laser hair removal at home.

 

  • What Are the Best Laser Hair Removal Tools You Can Use At Home?

We share with you the list of the best laser epilation tools and laser hair removal reviews and experiences of people who use laser hair removal at home, prepared by researching:
 

1. Philips Lumea Prestige IPL (BRI953/00)

2. Philips Lumea Advanced IPL (SC1997)

3. Philips Lumea Advanced (SC1999/00)

4. Remington IPL6750 i-Light Prestige

5. Braun BD3001 Silk Expert 3 IPL

6. ROWENTA EP9600 IPL Instant Soft Epilator

7. Xiaomi Inface ZH-01D Ipl Hair Removal Tool

8. Fakir IPL 200.000+ Satinskin Pro IPL Laser Hair Removal Tool

9. Babyliss G947E Homelight Golden Edition

10. Arzum AR5043 Pure Touch Pro IPL Hair Removal System

Click here for detailed information about these most preferred laser epilation devices and their prices.


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Last Update: 06/01/2022