Things To Keep In Mind Before Laser Hair Removal Procedure
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In a recent article, we spoke about how laser treatment works for overall hair removal.
(Read the blog here- About Laser Hair Removal Procedure)
In today’s article, we will help to educate you further on the various things to keep in mind before laser hair removal treatment.
About laser hair removal
There are various hair removal options that are present in the market such as epilation by plucking or waxing, depilation by shaving, chemical depilatories, electrolysis, and eflornithine cream. With the advancement of medical science, a variety of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) systems are made available that are the most effective options for long-term hair reduction. The mechanism of action of these laser systems is targeting the melanin in the hair shaft, follicular epithelium, and hair matrix by emitting light with wavelengths ranging from 600 to 900 nanometers (nm) because those wavelengths are selectively absorbed by melanin.
Laser hair removal procedure
During the laser hair removal procedure, laser energy from the lasers is transmitted within the shaft of the hair, that explodes the hair bulb, which in turn destroys the overall germ cells. Patients will be able to achieve permanent hair removal only once the germ cells are completely destroyed.
The aesthetic practitioner will have to first assess the overall properties of hair and the properties of the skin of the patient.
The basic principle of laser hair removal is that the pigment of the hair, but not the pigment of the skin, should absorb the light. The laser should damage only the hair follicle while avoiding damage to the skin. As a result, laser hair removal tends to work best in dark-colored, terminal hair which is in the anagen phase, combined with fair skin.
While considering the type of laser device, the aesthetic practitioner generally tends to select a wavelength ranging from 600 nanometers to 900 nanometers. It is better to use a longer wavelength such as 810 nanometers of a diode laser for laser hair removal on darker skin types when compared to a 694-nanometer ruby laser.
Since each stand has its own hair growth cycle, multiple laser treatments are generally required depending on the patient`s medical conditions. Common treatment areas include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, forehead, and the bikini line.
How to prepare
Before laser hair removal, the aesthetic practitioner carefully goes through the patient’s medical history, including medication use, history of skin disorders or scarring, and past hair removal procedures, if any. After that, the appropriate treatment option is determined.
The aesthetic practitioner also tends to offer specific instructions to prepare for laser hair removal such as -
Patients are advised to avoid excessive heat on the treatment area(s) and direct sun exposure of any kind also helps to achieve better results. They are advised to use broad-spectrum, SPF30 sunscreen while going out before laser hair removal treatment.
Patients are advised to not tweeze, pick, rub, exfoliate, wax, or use a depilatory that tends to disturb the hair follicle on the treatment area(s) for at least a few weeks before the laser hair removal treatment.
The patient should follow his/her doctor`s directive and stop taking aspirin, Advil, or any other blood-thinning medications for at least two weeks before and after the laser hair removal treatment to prevent excessive bleeding.
Patients are required to trim and shave the hair on the treatment area(s) the day before laser treatment. It removes hair above the skin that can result in surface skin damage from burnt hairs, but it leaves the hair shaft intact below the surface that cannot be seen with the naked eyes.
About IIWAM training in laser hair removal
As always, the practitioner must undergo proper training in facial aesthetics to understand the procedure, the product, and the patient. Equally, he/she must know the benefits, risks, and counter-measures to correct complications. IIWAM also offers an Online Aesthetic Certification programme for Non-Surgical Body Sculpting, Advanced Dermal Filler Training (Restylane, Juvéderm, Teosyal, Bellotero), Advanced Botulinum Toxin Training (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), Skin Booster Training (Restylane Skin Booster, Profhilo, Rejuran), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Training, and Thread Lift Training (PDO, Aptos, Happy Lift).
At IIWAM, our trainers pay utmost attention to teaching the following subjects in laser hair removal treatment under the best online laser training courses.
What are the layers of the skin?
What are the principles of lasers?
What is laser-tissue interaction?
How do lasers work?
What are laser complications?
How to avoid laser complications?
How to treat laser burns?
Which are the safest lasers?
About IIWAM Aesthetic Education
At IIWAM, we provide an International Aesthetic Certification program and also Advanced Online Aesthetic Courses for Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Aestheticians, and Spa Owners in the field of Aesthetic Medicine.
Our Institute is based in Malaysia and has international students from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. With our insignia of “Be Certified, Be Recognized”, we develop knowledgeable, skilled, and confident aesthetic practitioners of international repute. Our Aesthetic training focuses on teaching the principles of Aesthetic procedures before venturing into Aesthetic clinical skills. IIWAM training Programs are a combination of Onsite Training, LIVE Online Webinars, and Online Learning. IIWAM is the first Institute in the World to have its Programs assured by City & Guilds of London and certified by European International University. IIWAM is also a registered CPD Training provider with CPD Standards Office in the UK and by CPD Malaysian Medical Association.
Onboard is our Assoc. Prof Dr. Morthy, the lead trainer, medical director of the International Institute of Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (IIWAM), formerly known as Aesthetic Academy Asia (http://www.iiwam.ac/). In the Aesthetic part of our Institute, we provide Advanced Aesthetic Medical Procedures that are Safe, Effective, and Affordable, offering a wide range of specialized treatments for All Your Aesthetic Needs.