The content of this article aims to provide information about laser hair removal, its features and possible risks and complications (undesired results). Please read the form carefully. If you have questions or points that you do not understand, please ask your doctor for help.

What is Laser? Is it Harmful for the Body?

Laser is intensive light energy. Heat is released as a result of intense application of light onto the skin in a very short period of time, such as milliseconds. Different wavelengths of light are preferred according to the characteristics of the target tissue. This is explained by the selective photothermolysis theory. In case the targeted tissue is a hair follicle, laser wavelength with higher affinity for black color is preferred. When this light energy contacts with the black melanin pigment in the hair follicle, it is converted into heat energy and shoots the hair root. Thus, the hair follicle is uprooted and a new hair growth from the completely uprooted hair root may occur rarely.

Contrary to popular belief, laser light is not ionized light (radiation). Tissue damage is only caused by the effect of heat. Since it can only affect the skin and subcutaneous skin, it does not have any carcinogenic effect. It is impossible to reach deep tissues and organs like radiation. It is unfounded to be afraid of the laser to cause cancer. There is no data that laser technology, which has been used in medicine for many years, causes cancer. It is a safe technology when used by competent people.

The point to be considered here is that laser shots should not be made on nevus. Your nevus must be covered during the procedure.

Laser light is a strong and bright reflecting light, thus special-filter laser goggles should be used both to protect the eyes of the patient and the practitioner.

There is no evidence that laser hair removal harms the ovaries in women or the unborn child in pregnant women. However, it is not recommended to apply laser hair removal to pregnant women.

Today, the most used laser systems for laser hair removal procedure are alexandrite laser (755 nm), Nd-YAG laser (1064 nm), and diode laser (800 nm), respectively. Apart from these, there are IPL light systems (590-1200nm), which are also expressed as modern waxing, that are not real laser systems, but an intensified light source.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is the treatment of removing unwanted hair via laser beams. The target of laser light is the pigments around the hair follicle. Thus, the success of hair removal is directly proportional to the color of the hair. During laser application, normal skin is not damaged since the target is only black colored hair. Laser hair removal is not effective at all on white hairs, and the chance of success is very low.

To Which Areas is Laser Hair Removal Applied?

Laser is safely applied to all body areas with unwanted hair structure. It can be applied on areas such as face, neck, neck, ears, eyebrows, arms, armpits, legs, belly, hips, back, shoulders, waist, chest, breast, and bikini region. The only area where it cannot be used is under the eyebrows as it is very close to the eyes.

What are the Laser Hair Removal Periods?

Laser hair removal is a process applied in sessions. Although the duration of a session varies according to the area and hair density, complete body laser hair removal sessions take approximately 1-2 hours. Session intervals vary between 1 and 2 months on average. The purpose of laser hair removal is to ensure that the hairs do not grow again. In order for the laser to affect the hair follicle in such a way that it does not grow again, the hair must be in the growth period. All the hair follicles can not be in the growth period at the same time. Thus, all the roots are not permanently affected in one session. As hair follicles gets in the growth phase, sessions should be performed at intervals of 4-6 weeks. The required number of sessions varies according to the region, as well as genetic factors, age, gender, skin color, hair structure, hormonal factors, accompanying diseases and some ongoing treatments (such as cortisone and epilepsy treatment). When you inform your doctor about the purpose of your treatment, a suitable treatment schedule will be arranged for you.

What are the Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether laser hair removal has any harm or side effects to health. The possible risk of side effects is quite low when the energy level and skin cooling are selected and applied according to the skin structure, hair structure, and treatment area of the patient.

Side effects are redness (erythema) and swelling at the hair root, which are temporary. Temporary edema (swelling) may also be rarely seen.

Sunburnt skin absorbs laser energy at a higher rate than fair skin. There may be a risk of burns if the dose and type of laser are not properly selected according to the skin color of the person. It can be said that the Nd:YAG laser, which transmits less energy to the skin surface, is more suitable for sunburnt people than Alexandrite laser. The skin should be protected from the sun for two weeks after the application. Otherwise, maculation and/or allergic reactions may occur. There may be darkening or lightening of the color in the application area.

In case there is herpes in the upper lip, it will be more appropriate to delay the treatment in the presence of herpes and infection as the herpes may spread, and to have your doctor apply a treatment beforehand.

You should be careful about the information to be provided by your doctor about laser selection and hormone treatments for facial hair, when it may cause the spread of fine hairs on the face, albeit rarely.

As a result of direct shooting into the eye , problems that can lead to blindness may occur.

What are the Points to be Considered Before Application?

While coming for the application, please come after a good rest.

Do not consume alcoholic beverages before the application.

The application are should be shaved 1-2 days before. Wax should never be used before the operation.

Before the procedure, procedures such as rubbing, irritation and peeling should be avoided.

What are the Factors Affecting the Results in Laser Hair Removal?

If the person has hormonal disorders, they should first complete the hormone treatment and then, have the laser hair removal procedure. In the same way, if the person is using a drug that increases hair growth, he/she must withdraw the use of drug in order for the laser hair removal to give an effective result. Success in laser hair removal is achieved more quickly in people with fair skin and dark hair. Since light colored hairs do not absorb laser beams sufficiently, they are more difficult to be removed than dark hairs. While Alexandrite laser is used in people with fair skin, Nd:YAG laser is preferred in sunburnt people. Success in laser hair removal is directly proportional to the use of the most suitable laser type and energy level for the skin.

Laser Hair Removal For Men

Laser hair removal procedures are also preferred by men as well as women. In men, the most common application areas are the hairs on the back, shoulders, chest, neck, and cheekbones. Laser hair removal procedures in men vary from women. As men have thicker and darker hair follicles, they respond very well to the laser and much more successful results can be obtained. However, this situation causes the laser energy to concentrate more and higher heat energy is released here, while the pain and algesis caused by this heat energy is experienced more intensely than women. Since men often do not want absolute hair-free skin as much as women, it may be possible to get satisfactory results by applying fewer sessions. The disadvantage of men is that they are constantly under pressure in terms of new hair growth due to their high androgenic hormones. This may reduce the effect of laser hair removal in the long term and make revision applications mandatory.

What are the Prices of Laser Hair Removal?

The prices of Laser Hair Removal vary according to the application area, hair density, number of sessions, and the laser system to be applied. For price information in laser hair removal, the healthiest thing to be done primarily is examination. After the examination, the most suitable laser system and the number of sessions should be determined by your doctor. You can get detailed information about laser hair removal and get an appointment by contacting us at 03122867978 / 0533 5017432.

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