Hyper-androgenism & Insulin resistance in PCOS brings body-shaming features which lowers one’s self confidence, this includes; hirsutism, nodular & cystic acne, acne scarring, black pigmentation on nape of neck, armpits etc.
Our PCOSmetic gyne unit deals with such cosmetic problems of PCOS through Laser and we thus, provide holistic treatment to our patients under one roof only.
Laser For Hair Reduction (LHR)
The truth is, when it comes to removing body hair, you’ve got options—and you’ll want to consider all of them before making a decision. You can shave everything away quickly, but the hair grows back in a matter of days. Depilatory creams dissolve hair in minutes, but they have a tendency to smell like wet dog mixed with gasoline. If you want a more thorough hair removal, you might consider waxing or sugaring, which snatches the hair at the root. Hair doesn’t grow back for weeks, but waxing is a painful process, and it itches like hell when the hair grows back.
There are more long-lasting options, like electrolysis. Electrolysis uses a super-fine needle inserted into each hair follicle to send an electric current that kills the hair follicle. If you’re thinking it sounds painful, you’d be right and a session can be time consuming.
And that brings us to ‘laser hair removal’, a popular semi-permanent hair removal option that damages the hair follicle to minimize hair growth. “The laser detects the hair exclusively by focusing on the pigment cells that reside in the hair follicle. Once the melanin in hair is targeted, the laser burns all the way down the hair follicle and root. After a few sessions, you can throw away your razor and cancel your waxing appointments. But before you sign up for your first session (which will be one of many), we’ve broken down the pros and cons of laser hair removal.
What are the pros?
While laser hair removal doesn’t get rid of hair forever (only electrolysis is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal), it does drastically reduce hair growth—to the point that you can stop shaving altogether.
You can get it done anywhere on the body, and the machine can cover large places fast. Legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach, face…There is no limit to the places you can get laser hair removal.
When it comes to pain level, laser hair removal falls somewhere between shaving (painless) and waxing. The technicians use ice to help numb the area before and after the laser treatment. It also gets progressively less painful as treatments continue and the hair becomes finer.
What are the cons?
It’s a long process. A session of laser hair removal on the underarms takes less than a minute. However, it takes multiple sessions to see real results (anywhere between three and eight depending on the size of the area), and you generally have to wait six weeks between treatments.
It’s expensive. If you add up how much you spend on razors or bikini wax sessions in your lifetime, it might be worth spending on laser hair removal. You can think of laser hair removal as a beauty investment.
Since the contrast between the color of the skin and the color of the pigment in the hair follicle is what allows the laser to easily pick out what to target, laser hair removal works best on fair skin with dark hair and worse on darker skin. In patients with darker skin tones the pigment-rich skin competes with the hair follicle for the laser’s attention. This doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility for darker skin types, but you’ll want to make sure the facility you go to is properly equipped. Certain lasers, like the Nd:YAG, are better at distinguishing between hair and skin on all skin types.
If done by an untrained technician, laser hair removal could leave burns or scars on the skin. Unfortunately, licensing procedures vary from state to state, and sometimes there are no requirements at all. Beware of laser centers and make sure to ask where your laser technician was certified to do the procedure. Even doctors who want to provide laser hair removal treatments need further training. Laser treatment is not taught in medical school, so physicians performing laser treatments also need training and certification.
Laser For Acne Scars & Pigmentation
Acne is caused in patients of PCOS due to hyper-androgenism. Scar marks from acne often arise when pimples are picked, popped, or scratched, leaving depressed scars or dark spots. Cystic acne can sometimes leave intense hyperpigmentation which can last for months or years. All of this results in less-than-spectacular skin that can affect the confidence of anyone dealing with scarring. If you’re tired of covering up, laser treatment for acne scars may be the answer you’re searching for.
How It Works
Laser treatment for acne scars works by pulsing intense light into the skin, layer by layer. In doing so, it encourages the production of collagen and prompts cells to begin regenerating. The body’s natural healing process sloughs off the damaged tissue, revealing fresh skin underneath. It’s like resurfacing the damaged parts of your skin!
Types of Laser Treatments
- ‘Intense Pulsed Lasers’ or IPL-
One option for laser treatment for acne scars are ‘Intense Pulsed Lasers’ or IPL. These lasers emit short bursts of light that destroy, or vaporize, the dark spots left by acne lesions (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) so skin texture looks improved. IPL lasers are also effective at treating wrinkles, age spots, and skin discoloration. The areas that were vaporized will be rejuvenated with fresh, healthy skin.
- Fractional CO2 lasers
This works by creating very small zones on the skin, often called “micro thermal” zones. These multiple, small areas of trauma promote healing throughout the full thickness of skin. The benefit is a full thickness rejuvenation produced by inducing new collagen, elastin, and dermal matrix protection as well as epidermal resurfacing. Since only 20% of the skin surface is injured at one treatment there is minimal down time and faster healing. Because only 20% of the skin is affected at one treatment, multiple treatments are required. This is the best treatment for depressed acne scars.
Are you ready to put your best face forward?
The ‘PCOSmetic Gyne Clinic’ has the treatments and service options that can help you do just that. Leave behind the dullness, discoloration, and discomfort that comes from acne scarring and unwanted facial hair for a fresh new look that will renew your life!
Some of the risks of laser include blistering, discolouration, redness, and scarring on the part of face or body but these are temporary and resolves within 3-4 days.
Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines, acne scars & pigmentation in the face. It can also treat loss of skin tone and improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage. Laser resurfacing can’t eliminate excessive or sagging skin.
While laser skin treatments do work incredibly quickly, they can be slightly irritating during the treatment itself. The pain is minimal and has been compared by patients to ‘a rubber band snapping against your skin. ‘ After a few minutes, your skin becomes used to the pain and you don’t feel it anymore. Numbing creams and ice fomentation used during the procedure can minimise the pain to a great extent.
When it comes to removing unwanted hair, laser treatment is the best method. It’s a long-term solution that’s far less painful than waxing. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, it’s the only method you should choose, as it completely destroys the hair follicle. Threading or waxing increase blood circulation in the deep layer of skin around hair follicle and remove only hair shaft, does not target the hair follicle, hence the hair growth become hard over the time.
our hormones are studied prior to proceeding for laser for hair removal and then after consultation with cosmetic gynecologist only, it is decided whether you need medicine or not along with laser. Usually, medicine and workouts if incorporated with laser, gives optimum results.
This depends on the growth of your hair, area and texture of hair. Terminal hair (hard) get better results than soft and fine hair with laser treatment and are reduced quickly with 2-3 sittings only. Laser on underarms, face, upper-lip, chin & bikini provide better and sustainable results. Hair on under chin are little resistant. Still, we suggest minimum 6-8 sittings for 80-90% hair reduction and this may differ from person to person, depending on their growth. After achieving your desired results, you can have maintenance sitting every 6 monthly to yearly to keep the hair at bay.
There are many varieties of laser in market, like Nd Yag, diode, IPL, or CO2 laser and which laser suits your skin can be decided only after consultation with the plastic surgeon. Usually, Diode laser works best for hair removal while CO2 laser works best for skin resurfacing.
Laser therapy and electrolysis both produce longer-lasting effects. But electrolysis seems to work the best. The results are more permanent. Electrolysis also carries fewer risks and side effects, and you don’t need the maintenance treatments required for laser hair removal.
Electrolysis is considered more painful than laser hair removal. It may require more sessions than laser hair removal, but each session is cheaper. Laser hair removal is a faster, less painful process, but you’ll pay more for each session
Laser may cause temporary blistering, redness and burning on the treated area. So, post laser you need to do proper ice fomentation for 2-3 days, avoid sun exposure for 8-10 days and use sun screen compulsorily. Follow the medical advice properly and for better results avoid any skin treatments in between 2 laser sittings, if required urgently, discuss with your consultant.