Getting rid of armpit hair is incredibly problematic, it grows very quickly and has a rigid structure, while the skin, on the contrary, is thin and sensitive. Laser hair removal is an excellent solution, because it eliminates unwanted hair for a long time and without unpleasant consequences. Having picked up a competent cosmetologist with modern equipment of the appropriate type, you will forget about shaving for up to 5-7 years.
There are four varieties of laser exposure with unique technical characteristics and indications for use. It is customary to highlight:
- Ruby. It is practiced longer than the rest, not bad when working in the armpits, since the hair in this area is almost always dark and dense, and the skin is light. Outbreaks are slow, and the number of procedures in the course of hair removal should be maximum.
- Diode. It resembles a ruby laser, but penetrates deeper due to the increased wavelength.
- Alexandrite. Currently the most popular. It works quickly and penetrates deep enough, suitable for dark and blond hair.
- Neodymium. It is a modern universal development. Adapted for any type of hair, can be used with sensitive and dark skin.
The first three types of laser operate according to the classical principle: their light energy is absorbed by melanin, a special pigment responsible for the intensity of the color of the hair. Light turning into heat destroys it and hair falls out.
Our skin also contains melanin in a minimal amount. The darker it is, the more pigment. Despite the fact that the laser pulse should be absorbed only by the hair, it is absorbed by tanned or dark skin, as a result of which there is a risk of burns.
To prevent this unpleasant tendency, a new technique was developed – the use of a neodymium laser. Its action is aimed at sealing the vessels that feed the hair bulb. Without receiving nutrients, it is destroyed, which leads to the death of the hair without damaging the surrounding soft tissues.
Preparations before laser armpit hair removal begin in 2 months. A sample action plan fits into the presented scheme:
- A visit to the preliminary consultation. Determination of the appropriate type of laser, identification of contraindications, if necessary, the appointment of additional examinations, obtaining basic recommendations.
- The transition at home from hair removal to hair removal (hair is not removed with the root, but shaved).
- A month before the procedure, any sunbathing is prohibited, before going out into the street, the armpit area should be hidden by clothing or treated with sunscreen.
- For 10-14 days before the session, it is recommended to refuse to take antibiotics, and for 7 days – from the use of deodorants or other cosmetics for alcohol.
On the day of hair removal, it is necessary to have clean skin in the armpits and a hair length of not more than 2 mm. Ideal indications for the procedure: medium-density dark hair in the growth phase on white skin.
Laser Hair Removal
The duration of the procedure is from 30 to 60 minutes. If necessary, before manipulation, the beautician conducts a sensitivity test and applies a local exposure to the anesthetic cream. As it acts, the skin is treated. In the process, there may be a burning sensation, discomfort, an unpleasant odor. Sometimes patients complain of sharp pain.
Part of the hair falls off immediately, the rest within 2 weeks. In one session, it is possible to eliminate from 40 to 60 percent of the hair, that is, those that are in the active growth phase at the time of the procedure. The full course, as a rule, includes 5 sessions with breaks from 4 to 10 weeks (at first the procedures are carried out more often, then the interval between them increases).
The delicate and thin skin of the armpits negatively reacts to the laser intervention. 9 and 10 patients have local redness and increased sensitivity. Side effects of this kind go away on their own and do not require treatment.
Unfortunately, in 2 cases from 10, laser hair removal patients have to face more serious complications. Their cause is a violation of safety during the procedure (by a cosmetologist) or after it (by a patient).
In order to minimize risks of this kind, you should carefully study the reviews and choose a specialist who will conduct the procedure qualitatively and give competent rehabilitation advice.
Complications are of a different nature. So, cosmetologists talk about the risks of occurrence:
- Hyperpigmentation. It occurs when non-compliance with recommendations for skin care and neglect of contraindications. Appears not immediately, but after 4 -5 days (and later after the procedure).
- Allergies in the form of a rash or irritation. The reason for the appearance is the individual intolerance of the laser, cooling or contact gel.
- Visual impairment, the occurrence of eye diseases. The reason is the lack of safety glasses during the procedure or their inadequate quality.
- Inflammation of the hair follicles. It is noted with increased sweating, depending on compliance with recommendations for skin care after the procedure.
Skin restoration after hair removal
Hair after hair removal does not fall immediately, but gradually. That is why hair loss in the treated area during the entire rehabilitation period is considered absolutely normal.
The main care recommendations apply to the first day after hair removal. So, it is forbidden to wash armpits and use deodorant. The use of soothing ointments for skin regeneration is permissible only with the permission of a doctor. In the future, it will be necessary to reduce physical activity and control sweating to reduce the risk of inflammation of the follicles. Also during the rehabilitation period is not recommended:
- go to baths and saunas;
- sunbathing in the solarium and on the beach;
- use funds for tanning.
Laser hair removal is performed in the absence of contraindications. Carrying out is not recommended at:
- Oncological diseases.
- Diabetes mellitus (decompensated stage).
- With intolerance to light, laser radiation.
- For allergic reactions.
- With severe viral diseases.
- In the presence of mechanical injuries in the armpits (cuts and wounds).
- The accumulation of moles and warts.
- Infectious or viral skin lesions; irritation (inflammatory foci in the armpits).
- Hypersensitivity of the skin and the possibility of scarring.
- Hormonal imbalance.
Laser manipulations are highly undesirable until the 18 patient reaches a young age, while taking antibiotics and during menstruation. In the latter case, the sensitivity of the body increases and the patient experiences discomfort during the procedure.