Summer is in full swing and it's time to bring out those shorts, mini skirts and tank tops. Also some of us may have some exotic summer holidays already planned out and in case of any or all of the above scenarios - Surely sexy smooth skin is on our minds. And not just because we’re lusting for lux holiday getaways that require us to bare all in tiny swimsuits. For that, we’re fine with short-lasting shaving or painful-waxing. But for life? For life, we’ll settle for nothing short of a smooth, sexy and hair-free body that’s no pain, all gain. And while that may be wishful thinking, we’ve found the next best thing (and let’s just say it’s on our holiday wish lists here at The Kaya Skin Clinic!).
So, what am I talking about? Well, laser hair removal, of course.
Hair Removal is a time-consuming daily routine for many people. While traditional methods such as waxing, tweezing and shaving are effective for removing the hair, they do not provide long-term solutions for hair removal – never mind all those bumps, nicks and ingrown hairs! Over a decade ago, technological advancements led to the creation of a hair removal system that not only eliminated these annoying problems, but also provided a long-term hair reduction solution: laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is one of the fastest-growing methods of ridding the body of unwanted hair. The appeal of laser hair removal stems from its effectiveness, efficiency and convenience. It can be performed virtually anywhere on the body where you experience unwanted hair growth. Another reason for its popularity is that laser hair removal can result in permanent reduction of the hair.
The laser works by killing the root of the hair over a few visits. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.
After a few sessions, the root doesn’t grow back and, voila, hair stops growing. When searching for a clinic, there is no need to pay the highest price, though it is important to find a clinic that has quality equipment and experienced laser technicians and the laser hair removal at the Kaya Skin Clinic is one of the most well renowned.
To answer all of your most pressing questions, I turned to Dr. Sejal Shah, Dermatologist, Kaya Skin Clinic. And since I too spend lots of time in the pool during the summer, the lure of low-maintenance grooming was too good to pass up. So here I am in consultation with Dr. Sejal Shah to clear all my apprehensions and bust some common myths about laser hair removal.
Laser Hair Removal Myths Busted:
- Laser Hair
Removal is Really Painful
have 2 technologies for laser hair reduction:
In motion diode laser which is pain-free and Nd -YAG laser which has a
little discomfort (pin prick sensation). Discomfort with the Nd-YAG laser can
be further reduced using a numbing cream prior to lasing.
- Laser hair
removal has not been proven safe.
is an absolutely safe technology and has been in use since years. It is US FDA
approved. Laser hair reduction in Kaya is done by trained and certified laser
therapists under doctor supervision. Laser energy is absorbed entirely by the
hair follicles without causing any side effects on the skin.
- Laser hair removal works the same for all hair types.
works best for dark and coarse hair type. Very light and fine hair does not
- It doesn’t
work on dark skin/ if you have dark skin, your options are more limited.
lasers that we use are ideal for Indian skin type. The readings for each
session are set based on the skin type and hair type.
- Laser hair
removal eliminates unwanted hair forever/it’s permanent.
is hair reduction and not complete hair removal. Most of your dark and coarse
hair goes away, some amount of light, fine, slow growing hair stays back at the
end of all your sessions. Maintenance sessions may be required especially for
- Laser hair
removal treatments cause burns.
safety precautions and the expertise at Kaya ensures that adverse events like
burns do not occur. Laser affects only the hair follicles without causing
damage to the overlying skin
get laser hair removal treatments during the summer.
of the year is ideal for laser hair reduction treatments. As long as the skin
is protected using a sunscreen and Kaya skin protection cream and the aftercare
explained by the doctor/therapist is followed, you can carry out all your
routine activities post laser.
can get discolored from laser hair removal treatments.
hair reduction does not cause any kind of discoloration of the skin.
- It takes
ages vs One Treatment Does the Job
takes 6-10 sessions to see visible hair reduction, which takes 10-12 months
with hair free intervals in between, post which most people require only an
occasional maintenance session since there is not much hair growth. Waxing is a
monthly requirement for years.
- Laser hair
removal costs a fortune.
the long run, waxing every 20-30 days is more expensive.
shouldn’t shave between laser treatments.
can shave or use a hair removal cream between the laser sessions if required.
You should not wax/thread/pluck/ bleach between laser sessions.
- A tan won’t
affect your laser treatment.
is to be avoided when there is a recent, fresh tan since the skin is sensitive.
are different kinds of lasers, depending on wavelength, power of the machine,
cooling mechanism in the machine, etc.
penetrate the skin and affect your internal organs
penetrate up to 2.5-3mm of skin, which is the mid layer of the skin. The laser
energy is completely absorbed by the hair follicles in that layer, hence do not
affect any other structure of the body.
- There is a
risk that the laser can affect your skin pigment.
does not cause any darkening on the skin. Laser energy is completely absorbed
by the hair follicle while the surrounding area of skin is cooled.
- I can’t get
laser hair removal on my bikini line
hair reduction can be done on the entire bikini including bikini line with
- Laser hair
removal takes hours.
depends on the area to be lased. A small area like upper lip could take 20min,
larger part like full legs (both) could take 2-2 ½ hours
- I have to
let my hair grow for a week before my appointment.
is essential to have some visible growth prior to the session, so that the
doctor can decide the area to be worked on and the amount of energy to be
Laser hair removal and electrolysis at Kaya
Laser hair removal and electrolysis provide the closest thing to permanent hair removal. ‘Laser’ refers to an intense pulse of light, which means it carries a risk of burns and should only be done by a certified expert. Electrolysis involves inserting a fine needle into the hair shaft to destroy the hair producing cells. Kaya offers best services supervised by dermatologists who customise the laser service to suit your skin and hair type. To know more visit: here
There are 2 kinds of laser technologies at Kaya– the Pain-free one which is Soprano hair reduction and the Nd: YAG laser. Both of these are US FDA approved and highly safe for Indian skin type. The sensation that you get through Nd: Yag laser is just a pink-prick sensation which vanishes easily as soon as the service is done. Nd:Yag Laser is a more popular technology and is available at every Kaya skin clinic. To know more visit here
In the pain-free laser, all you feel is a slightly tingling and a bit of warm sensation. The Kaya expert makes sure you are comfortable and if you’re feeling any discomfort, more gel is added to counteract the heat from the laser.To know more visit here
|Dr.Sejal Shah, Kaya Skin Clinic shows us the laser hair removal machine|
Kaya Hair free Gentle Touch works on the hair root without harming the surrounding skin and reducing your hair from the root and preventing further growth. It has no side effects and within a couple of sittings body hair from all over your body can be removed. To know more visit here .
|Post Laser Hair Removal Care by Kaya - Face Cleanser, Sunscreen & Skin Protection Cream|
|Dr.Sejal Shah showing me the Post Care Creams to be applied after the laser treatment|
The technology is advanced and customised as per your needs. So going laser is the best way to be fuzz-free.
My Experience at Kaya Skin Clinic
Right after my consultation with the doctor, I decided to go in for a patch test on my hand for the laser hair removal, to check my skin sensitivity and pain endured.
After the consultation with the doctor, I proceeded to the room when the procedure is done. First the laser hair removal expert handed me wraparound sunglasses, and put some on herself, to protect our eyes from the laser light. She intially shaved the area after sanitizing it and then applied a thick layer of a cooling gel to my hand. The gel helps to keep the skin cool as the laser heats up, but it also lets the hand held Laser probe move easily across skin.
The laser equipment is adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.
Next, the Kaya expert used the hand held Laser probe and ran it in circular motions over the area – where a cool gel had been applied,on the patch on my hand, and as she did I could feel my skin begin to heat up.
After we were done with the laser hair removal on the patch, the gel is wiped off with a tissue and some ice is applied to the area to soothe it. Then she applied a Skin Protection Cream to the lased area, to soothe the area and ease any discomfort.This cream needs to be applied for 3-4 days after the procedure.
I wouldn’t say it’s completely painless because there is a prickly sensation as the laser goes over your skin, and it can get hot. But I found it to be a much more comfortable way to remove hair than waxing.
After I was done with the patch test, except for a bit of redness on my skin which disappeared an hour after my treatment, I had no sensitivity in the area.
They told me that in case in a day or two afterward, if the treated area of the skin looks and feel like it's sunburned, applying cool compresses and moisturizers helps.
Post the laser treatment Kaya gives you a Sunscreen cream for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
You do need to take a few precautions for at least 2 days after the procedure -
1. Avoid deodorants and soaps for a day.
2. Do not bathe with hot water.
3. Apply the post laser cream twice a day and sunscreen if you’re heading out.
I was pretty impressed with the results of my patch test and was really convinced to go in for laser hair removal under the expertise of the staff at the Kaya Skin Clinic.
Some FAQ’s by Kaya:
The Cost & Promotions
Now comes the inevitable – Laser is expensive!
- You might see hair growth after initial sessions. These will fall off eventually. Rest will be targeted in the next sitting
- There might be slight redness or swelling immediately after the service. This is completely normal and will subside in a few hours
- Apply post laser cream to the serviced area for 5 days after each session. Apply sun screen regularly thereafter
- Continue your regular outdoor activities, but avoid excessive direct sunlight exposure for 2-3 days post the session. Apply sun screen, with SPF 15, at least 20 minutes before you go out in the sun, especially on the serviced area
- Use normal tap water on the service area for 12 hours post the session. Warm water or soap can be used after 12 hours
- Swimming can be resumed after 2-3 days post service since chlorine can irritate the serviced area
- Between the sessions, hair can be removed using shaving or hair removal creams only. Avoid removing hair for a week before your next appointment
- Do not bleach, wax, pluck, thread hair in between the sessions from the serviced area. Do not out dye or put mehendi on the area to be serviced
- If you are taking KAYA HairFree on face, then avoid facial for 7 days prior and 7 days post your session
- Do not use Acne drugs like Retin A and cosmetic products like chemical peels/products containing AHA for 7 days prior and 7 days post your session
- Is laser hair removal really permanent? Most KAYA customers achieve 80-90% permanent hair reduction. This service reduces the quantity and thickness of hair. However, it does not target very fine, bleached or grey hair. Since hormonal changes in the body might trigger some hair growth, it is recommended that after a course of 6 sessions, you undergo a few maintenance sessions.
- Is the Nd:YAG laser technology safe? Absolutely! We use a US FDA approved Nd:YAG laser, safe on Indian skin and suitable for all skin types. The service is performed by our trained and certified skin practitioner, under supervision of the dermatologist. Our Skin Practitioners go through a stringent 45 day program at the KAYA Training Center in Mumbai, a state-of-the-art facility that imparts the latest expert training. On-going quality control and re-training ensures consistency in the delivery of the service. Side effects from laser hair removal are uncommon. Sometimes clients experience hyper-pigmentation (darkening of skin) or a slight redness of skin (allergic reaction to the heat). Both conditions are temporary and can easily be treated with topical creams
Kaya Laser Hair Removal is priced at Rs. 3100 per sitting and a minimum of 6 sittings are recommended for permanent hair removal. Here’s the good news! Kaya Skin Clinic is running a promotion offer where you can experience the first Laser treatment for underarm hair at Rs. 85 only. And when you upgrade to the full package of 6 sittings, you get upto 50% off.
So go hair-free this summer and #BeKayaReady this Summer and book your consultation now here .
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