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How can one improve their complexion?

Complexion is the natural color and appearance of the skin of a person. Human skin color can be black to pinkish white. The color of our skin is genetically determined, which means that skin color is inherited from our parents. Hydroquinine is a bleaching agent but being chemical, can’t be used for a long period of time without side effects. Exposure to the sun should be avoided to prevent tanning from the sun. This is why it is always advised to use a sunscreen on the face, arms and legs. Skin doctors in Delhi provide various treatments related to the skin problems using advanced techniques and methods.

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser hair removal works by a principle, which is called selective photothermolysis. In this, the laser is turned on for millisecond releasing a beam of light on to the skin. The light energy passes without any harm through the skin, but absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Absorbing this laser energy, the hair follicles are disabled, impairing their ability to grow. Hair does not grow immediately at the same time, and has three stages throughout the growth cycle. The hair follicles that grow in the first stage of growth are the darkest and absorb the most energy. A patented Chill Tip cooling hand piece protects the outer layer of skin, and has a mild anesthetic property allowing areas to be treated as painlessly as possible.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is a permanent hair reduction method and removes hair in stages, but reduction that is achieved is permanent. However, if there is any underlying cause, which is not corrected, can cause recurrence of the hair.

Can all hair be removed in one sitting?

No, not possible. It requires multiple sittings and the sitting depend on the type of hair as well as skin but on an average a number of sittings are generally required. Time of the treatment can vary based on the area. The upper lip takes only few minutes while the back or legs may take an hour.

Is the laser hair removal painful?

Not really. But, yes you will feel a bit pain. It feels like a mosquito bite or a mild prick, which is usually bearable. Since, every individual’s pain threshold pain varies; some people find it very painful and that too in the more sensitive areas like upper lip and bikini line. Hair can be removed from head to toe from all parts provided they are dark and not very fine. Laser hair removal in Delhi is available at competitive prices.

It is often instructed that hair should not be threaded, waxed or bleached prior to laser. Is it so? Why?

Yes, it is true that hair should not be waxed, threaded or bleached at least 7-10 days prior to the laser hair removal. This is because with laser, the root of the hair is targeted. By threading or waxing, we remove the root and thus laser becomes ineffective. Bleaching takes away the melanin of the hair; it again takes away the target, even if roots are present. This can be done in few ways like by shaving, trimming or by using depilatory creams. Either can be used. Depilatory cream has to be used by the patient at home just prior to coming. But it can cause sensitisation and developing allergy. So shaving is another option it allows the patient to see the hair growth prior to laser.

Laser has lots of complications. Is it true?

Not at all. Lasers do not cause any complications, if done by fully trained and experienced personnel. But these days, lasers are largely being used by untrained and non-medical people without having any particular knowledge of laser or skin anatomy. Anything can happen in the hands of untrained people. So make a selection only after confirming the authenticity of the clinic.

What are the common side effects of laser?

Except from a bit of discomfort or prick felt during laser, which is generally bearable, laser causes instant redness and swelling of the area, which settles down in a few hours to 2-3 days time with or without medication. Little inflammation and reddishness post laser is a must and should occur. But it never stays beyond a few hours.

Any precautions to be taken in post laser period?

Yes. Protection from the sun is a must. Patient is advised to avoid excess exposure to the sunlight. Sunscreen should be applied vigorously for few days, post laser. A mild topical anti-inflammatory lotion is applied for 1-2 days after laser, helps the inflammation and redness settle faster. There is no other major care required.

Can facial make-up be applied soon after laser?

Yes, facial make-up can be applied soon after the laser as it also acts as a good sunscreen. But, any irritant cosmetic should be avoided for just one day i.e. the day laser is done. According to the top dermatologist in Delhi facial beauty treatments like bleaching should be avoided for 3-4 days following lasers as there is a little sensitisation of the skin already.

What happens to the skin after treatment?

Within the 30 minutes of treatment, the area which is laser treated becomes red or pink. Clients describe this as sunburn which usually settles down within a day or two. If required, doctor may suggest a topical cream to apply to the treated areas.

What should I do after I am treated?

Following the treatment, you can continue with your routine activities, and treated areas should be handled with care. The area can be cleaned using mild soap or water. Tanning should be avoided and use a sunscreen on any treated areas exposed to the sun.

Is treatment safe during pregnancy?

Although no known adverse reactions upon a fetus are known to result, but we recommend not proceeding with treatment if you are pregnant.

Lastly, is laser expensive?

If you consider, in lump sum it is. In the sense, the sittings are expensive and 5-6 sittings are required. But if we see in general money that a person spends on threading and waxing over the years, in comparison to them laser turns out to be cheaper.

Are moisturisers necessary?

Yes, moisturisers are necessary. They form an occlusive film on the skin which helps in binding the moisture and prevent skin from drying out.

What is the best way to get rid of unwanted hair?

Arms, legs and underarms can be waxed, but never wax the hair on your face, chest and back. If you use hair removing creams, do it cautiously as it can burn the skin it left longer than required.

How can I prevent tanning?

Delhi skin specialist’s advice to avoid direct exposure to sunlight as much as possible. Use a sun block of SPF 30 plus.