Laser Hair

A Comprehensive Guide to Laser Hair Reduction


Laser hair reduction (LHR) is an innovative medical procedure that has revolutionized the landscape of hair removal. This method harnesses the power of laser technology and offers a more permanent solution than traditional hair removal techniques.

How Does Laser Hair Reduction Work?

Laser hair reduction targets the melanin pigment found in hair. When the laser is beamed onto the skin, it selectively targets and damages the melanin in the hair follicle. This impedes hair growth without damaging the surrounding tissue. Dermatologists carefully assess factors such as the treatment area, hair colour, texture, and growth phase before determining each individual’s most effective laser parameters.

Advantages of Laser Hair Reduction

  • Non-Invasive Treatment: The laser procedure is non-invasive, making it a preferred choice for many.
  • Efficiency: A significant advantage of laser hair removal is its ability to target multiple hairs simultaneously, making it relatively faster than other methods.
  • Cost-Effective in the Long Run: While traditional methods like waxing and threading may seem less expensive initially, their repetitive costs accumulate over time. In contrast, laser hair reduction offers a more permanent solution after a few sessions, making it more cost-effective in the long run.
  • Permanent Hair Reduction: Unlike temporary solutions, laser hair reduction ensures lasting results, making frequent painful hair removal sessions a thing of the past.


Before embarking on this journey, it’s essential to prepare. A month prior, patients should refrain from waxing, plucking, or undergoing electrolysis, as these methods remove the hair root temporarily, which is necessary for the laser’s effectiveness.

On the day of the procedure:

  • The targeted area is cleansed and shaved.
  • Laser shots are administered based on parameters set by the dermatologist.
  • Patients usually describe the sensation as a mild warmth with little to no discomfort.
  • Typically, between 6-8 sessions are recommended for optimal results. However, those with hormonal imbalances might require extended treatments.

It’s essential to understand that the goal is “permanent hair reduction,” not “complete hair removal.” While the re-growth is reduced significantly, any hair that does grow back tends to be lighter, thinner, and sparser.

Post-Procedure Care

After undergoing LHR, the treated area becomes sensitive. To ensure optimal results and prevent complications, adhere to the following:

  • Steer clear of direct sun exposure.
  • Apply sunscreen diligently.
  • Refrain from exfoliation, shaving, or waxing the treated area.
  • Sidestep hot showers, saunas, and hot tubs.
  • Avoid using makeup and other topical creams on the treated skin.


Laser hair reduction is a leap forward in hair removal techniques, offering lasting results with minimal discomfort. One can achieve smoother and hair-free skin by understanding the procedure and following post-care recommendations. Always consult a certified dermatologist before deciding on the treatment to ensure it’s the right fit for you.

By Dr. Madhuri Agarwal, Founder of Yavana Aesthetics