Here is the thing about body and facial hair. Everyone’s got them but most people wish they didn’t or that they were not so overtly visible. We all have our stories of hair removal, wherein we have time and again switched from one alternative to another to get rid of unwanted hair.
From conventional methods such as wax and tweezers to epilators and lasers, hair removal procedures have advanced drastically since their humble beginnings.
Especially, laser hair reduction. While it may sound daunting at first, this is a technology that pays dividends in the long run.
Wondering what laser feels like? How effective is it in the long run? Which one is best suited for your skin? Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, Delhi-based dermatologist, cosmetologist and founder of ISAAC Clinics and Dr Kiran Sethi Lohia, Cosmetic Specialist, Isya Aesthetics, answer all these questions and more about the latest developments in laser hair technology.
Cosmo: How effective is the latest laser hair reduction technology in terms of results?
Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta: Laser hair reduction is a great method of body hair removal, which is a US FDA-approved treatment. However, it is better to have realistic expectations when it comes to hair reduction. Smaller areas like underarms or even face that have less hair will probably have better results than arms or chest depending on the density of hair as well as hair type. The latest in the world of laser hair reduction is Soprano Ice Titanium. With cutting-edge technology, Soprano Ice Titanium comes with three different wavelengths that cover double the surface area and a dual applicator system; it reduces treatment time by 40-50%. With double surface area and a dual applicator system, you can target larger areas like arms, legs and back in under 30 minutes! The best part: it suits on all skin textures (dry, oily, sensitive) and skin tones (fair, medium and dark). Even if you just came back tanned from a vacation, you can opt for a session of Soprano ICE Titanium.
Cosmo: What are the different types of laser hair reduction technology available today? Which one is best suited for the Indian skin?
Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta: Alexandrite Technology: 755nm wavelength offers more powerful energy absorption making it ideal for the widest range of hair types and colours, especially lighter coloured and finer hair.
Diode Technology: 810nm is the classic wavelength to offer deeper penetration of the hair follicle and high average power.
Gentle YAG Technology: 1064nm wavelength offers the deepest penetration of the hair follicle making it an optimal solution for darker skin types and thicker, darker hair.
Soprano ICE Titanium at ISAAC Luxe offers all three wavelengths and therefore is the best, most advanced laser hair removal system globally as of now.
Dr. Kiran Sethi Lohia:
There are many types of laser reduction available:
1- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is the oldest technology that takes the most sessions and is the least targeted to hair
2- Diode Laser is more targeted to hair, but involves higher risk of marks or burns on Indian skin. It, however, shows faster results and requires lesser sessions.
3- Long Pulse Nd YAG Laser is safer for Indian skin. It is, however, painful and requires more number of sessions.
4- Alexandrite has higher efficacy and comes in a painless variety.
5- Diode, Alexandrite and Long Pulse Nd YAG in 3-in-1 Laser hits hair at 3 different levels. Hence, they require less number of sessions, are painless and give the best results.
Cosmo: Where do you see laser hair reduction in the coming years?
Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta: We have already seen advances in terms of faster treatments as low as 30 minutes for the whole body as well as minimal discomfort. We hope to see little to no pain with more surface area coverage in times to come.
We are all for body autonomy and it is totally up to you to chose and define how you want to see your body. If you like to keep your body hair natural, do not allow anyone to police you about what you do with your fuzz. However, if you are looking for a long-term hair reduction technology, you know which option to go for.