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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 are the Types of Laser Hair Removal?

Below you can find the types of laser hair removal used in laser hair removal. At the same time, we have compiled the answer to the question of which laser is effective for which hair thickness:

1. Ruby: It is preferred for very white skinned people. Melanin (pigment) absorption level is strong

2. IPL: It works in harmony with all skin types. Pain sensation is low. It is effective even on light colored hairs. Its use in small areas such as chin, mustache, armpits and chest gives effective results.

3. Alexandrite Laser Hair Removal: It can be used on all skin types except dark skin types.

4. Diode Ice Laser Hair Removal: It is also known as “ironing” and is known for allowing laser epilation to people with dark skin types. It is applied at high speed and thus enables rapid progress in larger areas.

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

How Much Are Laser Hair Removal Prices?

Average whole body laser hair removal price: While it varies between 2000 and 7000 TL, it can be done in small areas such as between the eyebrows for prices in the range of 50-100 TL.

From time to time, it may be possible to have laser hair removal campaigns at more affordable prices.

How Is Laser Hair Removal Done?

With the decision on laser epilation treatment, the area and/or regions where the application will be made are determined. For each region, the condition of the hair in the relevant area is studied and it is decided how many sessions of treatment will be planned.

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

During the treatment, the eye shadow of the person is closed to protect it 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 Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The application is the destruction of the cells existing in the hair follicle by laser heat treatment.

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

On Which Body Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Be Done?

We have listed the questions and titles that come to the minds of users regarding this issue as follows:

Can Laser Hair Removal Be Done To Every Area?

Laser epilation can be applied to every part of the body, including the genital area, excluding the eye area. The duration of treatment differs from person to person. Factors such as the area where laser epilation will be applied, the skin color of the person, the color and structure of the hairs, the brand/model of the laser epilation device are effective on the success and processes of the treatment.

Laser Hair Removal for the Facial Area

Facial area is one of the most difficult application areas in laser epilation. Diode lasers are much more suitable for this use and Alexandrite lasers are not preferred for the face area. These are mostly suitable for genital and armpits.

Laser Hair Removal to the Genital Area

Can laser epilation be applied to the genital area? This is one of the most frequently asked questions. Yes, laser hair removal in the genital area gives very good results. Laser epilation targets the hair root, so it does not cause any harm to the genital area. After an average of 6 sessions of application, the desired goal can be achieved.

In laser epilation applied to the genital area, the effect area is limited to the skin and gives very good results in the upper parts of the genital area. But the labium area is a more difficult area.

How Long Are Laser Hair Removal Session Durations and Session Intervals?

With the decision on laser epilation treatment, the area and/or regions where the application will be made are determined. For each region, the condition of the hair in the relevant area is studied and it is decided how many sessions of treatment will be planned. The most important factor affecting the planning of laser epilation treatment in multiple sessions is the growth phases of the hairs, which differ from person to person.

Generally, laser hair removal prices are prepared in the form of packages. Each package includes a certain number and duration of sessions.

Although it is difficult to give an exact answer to the question of how many sessions is laser epilation, laser epilation is completed in 4-6 sessions for women and 6-10 sessions for men. The facial area is slightly different. 8-10 sessions may be required. Session intervals can be said to be 6-8 weeks in the body and 4-6 weeks in the face area.

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

Applications must be carried out by a dermatologist, such as dermatologist and / or plastic surgery, who is an expert in the field of skin. It should be checked whether there is a doctor in laser epilation centers.

Seeing the previous applications of laser epilation doctors and then making an appointment, getting information about the technology used during the interview and being enlightened about the suitability of this technology for you are the stages of this process. In addition, when you reach your doctor, you can inquire about details such as the number of successful procedures and the certificates you have.

What are the Factors Affecting the Success of Laser Hair Removal?

For a successful laser epilation application, it is important that it is primarily under the supervision of specialist physicians.

There are also many factors that affect the result:
  • Preferred device: The right device is one of the factors that directly affect the result. It should be preferred according to the structure of the skin.
  • Skin color: It is important in this application that the skin is light in color.
  • Hair color: The effectiveness is usually higher on thick hairs. Hair structure is also one of the factors affecting the result.
  • Gender: Women are more advantageous in laser hair removal than men. More successful results are seen in women than men.

What is the Best Time for Laser Hair Removal?

For laser epilation applications, it is a preferred application in the winter months as it is exposed to the sun in the summer. It should be done especially during the period when the person completes adolescence.

The session intervals of laser epilation, which is an application that can be performed up to 6-10 sessions on body parts, are also important.

The time of laser epilation should be well planned.

What are the Points to Be Considered Before and After Laser Hair Removal?

In the preparation process of laser hair removal, it is necessary to find the right doctor first. It is very important to have the application done in a clinic under the control of a doctor.

It is possible to encounter negative cases related to laser epilation applications in beauty centers.

In order to get the most benefit from the application, there are some points to be considered before and after laser epilation.

Considerations Before Laser Hair Removal:
  • Use Sunscreen 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 a protection factor of at least 15 to the areas to be treated.
  • Do Not Use Wax and Hair Bleach: Stop waxing at least 2-4 weeks before the application and do not use hair bleaching products.
  • Shave the Application Area: Shave the hair in the area to be applied as recommended by your doctor for laser application. Generally, it will be requested to shave the relevant area before coming to the clinic on the day of the application.
  • Do Not Use Cosmetic Materials: Do not use cream, deodorant and similar cosmetic materials on the day of application.
  • Do Not Turn Hair Color Yellow: Avoid applications that will turn the hairs yellow before laser epilation.
Considerations After Laser Hair Removal:
  • Attention to Redness and Swelling: It is important not to touch the redness and swelling that may occur after laser epilation and not to play with that area.
  • Moisturizer Important: It is important to use a humidifier for the laser epilation area. Drying soaps should be avoided.
  • Continue Sun Protection: It is important to protect the laser epilation area from the sun, especially for the face area. Sunscreen should be used.
  • Beware of Extremely Hot Water: While taking a shower, make sure that the water is not too hot.

Who Is Laser Hair Removal Treatment Suitable For, Who Is Not Suitable For?

The physician who will apply the laser epilation application best decides for whom it is suitable.

Who Is Laser Hair Removal Treatment For?

The most curious thing about laser epilation application is whether there is an age criterion.

In this regard, our user's "Laser epilation can be applied from what age?" to the question, our doctor Op. Dr. Altuğhan Cahit Vural replied , "Laser hair removal can be done for women after their period."

Treatment can be applied to any healthy male or female person over the age of 18 who has no problems with laser application. The effectiveness of the treatment is higher in people with light skin and dark hair compared to people with light hair.

Who Cannot Have Laser Epilation Treatment?

When we ask who should not have laser epilation application, the age factor comes up. People who have not yet reached the age of puberty are in this group. In addition, it is not recommended for pregnant women in terms of not creating a risk. At the same time, the laser epilation treatment process is delayed in women who are in the breastfeeding period.

In addition, laser epilation treatment is not preferred for people who have had acne treatment in the last 6 months. Again, a situation where the best decision will be made by the specialist is the presence of excessive tanning.

What are the Results of Laser Hair Removal Treatment? What Result Should I Expect?

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 application, in which the progress is recorded step by step, are expected to occur between 4 and 6 sessions. In some cases, the number of sessions may increase, while in some cases it may decrease.

How Important Is Skin and Hair/Hair Color in Laser Epilation?

In laser epilation application, skin and hair color has an effect on the results. People with light skin and dark hair structure get faster results in this application.

Which Laser Is More Effective For Which Skin Color?

Laser hair removal methods also differ according to your skin color. If you have a dark complexion and also have thick hair, Diode brand laser hair removal will be more suitable for you. It is a method that gives fast results and has a low risk of burns. Another highly effective method for dark skin and thick hair is Nd:YAG Laser Epilation.

Alexandrite Laser Epilation, on the other hand, is more suitable for fair-skinned people, as briefly mentioned before. In addition, dark thick hairs are ideal for this method. This method is not preferred for percentage use. Because this way it can cause stains.

Ice Laser Epilation, on the other hand, is a more suitable method for the face. Another known method is Ruby Laser Epilation, but it is known to be effective on light skin and dark hair, but its effect on hairs with deep roots is less than other products.

How Should Laser Selection Be Based on Skin Type?

Laser types have been mentioned before. Below we have compiled the most common types of lasers and which skin type they are suitable for:

1. Diode: Effective for light and dark skin.

2. Alexandrite: It is effective on not very dark skin and dark hair.

3. Nd: Oil Laser: It can be used safely on all skin types, including bronze skin.

What are the Most Frequently Applied Regions in Women and Men?

Laser epilation, which is used to get rid of unwanted hair, is suitable for both women and men. However, the regions applied and the results differ. While excessive hair growth in the back area is more undesirable in men, laser epilation applied in the bikini area is mostly preferred by women.

The face area is one of the most critical areas for laser epilation. Care should be taken when performing laser epilation on the face. Hormone therapy may also be required for this hair growth, which usually occurs due to hormonal reasons.

Laser Hair Removal for Women

We have mentioned before that laser hair removal results in women are more successful than in men.
  • Underarm Area: The armpit area is highly preferred both because of its results and because of the characteristics of the area. It takes about 6 sessions on average. One of the most curious subjects here is the lymph nodes. One of the questions that comes to mind is whether laser epilation damages these glands. No such result is found. Successful results are obtained from the regions.
  • Genital Area: It is one of the areas especially preferred by women. Since classical methods and shaving are challenging and the results are quite successful, women have turned to laser epilation.
  • Bikini Zone: The bikini zone is the area that is in high demand by women. The results are also quite successful. Results are usually achieved in 6 sessions.
  • Mustache Area: It is one of the most preferred areas in women. Women never want the fine hairs that grow in this area. Diode lasers preferred in the face area are suitable for this. The application period can also find 10 sessions.
  • Arm Area: Women generally do not want black hairs to appear from this area.
  • Nape Area: Women may also experience hair growth in this area, and in such cases, applying for laser epilation is the ideal solution.
  • Leg Area: Hair growth here is not hormonal like on the face, but genetic. With this application, which is much more effective on the lower legs, both legs are completed in a total of 1-2 hours. Laser hair removal, which is especially preferred for a permanent solution, is completed after 6 sessions. The most suitable methods for this region are Alexandrite and Diode lasers.
Laser Hair Removal for Men

We have listed the most preferred laser epilation areas for men below:
  • Back Area: The process of removing the hairs in the back area is quite difficult and troublesome in methods other than laser epilation. Since the structure of the hairs on the back is harder and thicker, the most effective method in this area is provided by Diode laser.
  • Chest Area: The method applied here is usually Diode lasers. But if the person has a light skin, then Alexandrite can also be preferred.
  • Arm Area: Both women and men want to get rid of the hair in this area. Diode laser is preferred in this region where fine hairs are predominant.
  • Nape Area: This area can also be disturbing in men, and Diode should be preferred for hair growth here.
  • Above the Beard Area: In this region where Diode laser epilation is preferred, men want to achieve a clearer image.
  • Neck Area: For men, problems occur during shaving in this area where acne and ingrown hairs are common, so laser epilation is ideal.

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

Although it is rare when looking at the damages or side effects of laser epilation, one of the most annoying side effects that can be encountered is the burns on the skin surface where the application is made or itching after the 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 Newme 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 , Dr. Birgül Erden 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. İbrahim Tanju Adalı : “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. Swellings

3. Redness

4. Water collection of the application area

5. Opening some wounds

6. Occurrence of a viral disease 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 for 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 working 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.

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

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