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  SINGLE LASER SESSION - by Editor


If you have a lot of hair on your face, concealing it is not very easy. Laser therapy is effective, and need not be expensive.


For many women, hair removal is a big issue. Some have excessive hair on their arms and legs. Others want to know how they can get rid of hair on their stomachs, while still others have dark underarms, often caused by shaving their armpits. However, none of these issues generally cause as much concern as a hairy face does.

If you have a lot of hair on your face, concealing this hair is not easy. Some bleach their faces, but the hair is still visible. And for women with dark skin, bleaching may not seem to be the ideal solution because the light hair is clearly visible against a darker skin tone. They then try threading, waxing, hair removal creams or home remedies.

Now more and more women are turning to laser treatments, but there is one constraint that prevents it from being very popular � the cost.


Call ahead

It may seem surprising, but people often believe that laser therapy is more expensive than it actually is. Different clinics offer different deals, so before coming to any conclusions, call various clinics in your city and ask them their prices. It is however best to opt for a tried and tested clinic. Go somewhere your friends have been to, or a clinic that you have heard about and know to be reputable.


Get a patch test

Always ask for a patch test. In the patch test, a small patch of hair will be removed from an area on your body. Although the purpose of patch tests is essentially to see how your body reacts to the laser, this is really not an accurate indicator since often the strength of the laser when conducting a patch test is much lower than the strength of the laser used when actually removing hair during the treatment. What you can judge from a patch test though is how much of your hair grows back after one laser session.


Consider opting for a single session

As you may be aware, a single session is not enough to fully remove all hair. But, you may be surprised to know that many people have found one laser session to be enough to radically reduce hair growth. The thicker and darker your hair, the higher the chances a single session of laser therapy will be effective.

If you have a lot of hair on your face, consider going in for a single laser session. First, get a patch test done on that area of your face that has the most hair, like your chin. In this manner, your chin will be getting two laser sessions. (However, they may do just a small section of your chin in a patch test).


Find out about package deals

Where do you have the most hair on your face On your sideburns Do you have a lot of hair on your chin Or, is your upperlip turning green If your entire lower face seems to be hairy, consider going in for a single session of a lower-face package. Your hair will not completely go away, but the growth will certainly reduce substantially � which is indeed a blessing for people with a lot of hair on the face.

You may then need to continue with other hair removal treatments, for example, you may need to continue threading your upperlip, but no longer will it be green, and no longer will you have to thread it as often. Similarly, you can continue bleaching your side locks, but they will now be almost invisible.

Remember, if budget is a constraint, and a single session of laser therapy cuts down even fifty percent of your hair growth, it will be well worth the investment.

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Name: Tina
City:   California
Comments:   I don't think it is true that 1 session will help make so much difference in hair reduction. I can tell by experience. You need to shave for the laser treatment and shaving twice or thrice may actually increase hair growth insead of reducing it. If you go for laser treatment you have to follow through completely ie take as many sessions as it takes for hair reduction. Also get this done from a known professional who has a few references otherwise you may end up damaging your skin.
Name: rada
City:   san jose
Comments:   i don't know whether it is true or not. bcoz i don't have experience. when do we have to shave before 1st session or after 1st session .if we shave to shave after 1st session then that is true.after session then tina is right.
Name: santana
City:   new delhi
Comments:   hi tina, maybe things differ from person to person. i had a lot of hair on my lower back and stomach, which was often visible when i wore jeans. i tried waxing, but i developed a horrible rash, so i just let the hair be. then recently i decided to try laser. the back is pretty expensive, so i opted for just a single session, and the hair on my back has reduced dramatically. now very few hair comes, and i wax my back regularly. also, you need to shave after laser only if you intend to go for another session. my back was shaved once, at the laser clinic itself, and after that i didnt need to shave. now i wax my back once in two months, and very little hair is left. i;m pretty sure that different people's hair reacts differently.
Name: natasha
City:   bangalore
Comments:   my green upperlip normalized after just one laser session. hair still grows, and i still thread my upperlip, but it is no longer green as growth has gone down.
Name: Noelle
City:   Manchester
Comments:   since 2 years ago i've been shaving my upperlip. I so regret it as my upper lip has gone green so will it really normalize after one laser session? And doest it hurt? Please reply. Thanks
Name: Geetha
City:   Detroit
Comments:   Can anyone experienced laser treatment tell the cost per sitting so that we can see if any parlour is reasonable and go. Where is the cost low in India or U.S.Please reply. Thanks.
Name: rani
City:   bangalore
Comments:   i'm pretty sure india is lower than the us, and prices here just keep going down.. in india for example, u can get an upper lip plus chin lifetime package for rs 4500 - which means unlimited sessions of upperlip and chin..
Name: priti
City:   mumbai
Comments:   really a couple of years ago i got just upper lip done for 5 thousand ruppees or soemthing like that. prices have really fallen.
Name: sonia
City:   england/ leicester
Comments:   please help. i always get bad headach try so many treatment but no help.if you can help me plz send me email soon as you can...many thanx xxxxx
Name: ashu
City:   ludhiana
Comments:   hi . i have loads of facial hair including side burns.whenever i get upperlip done i have to use acnesol or else my skin breaks out.will that happen with the laser tooi am scared.also can the eyebrows be done with laser somebody told me that it is not possible. i really need to know this.............
Name: jessica
City:   new braunfels
Comments:   i have been shaving my upper lip since middle school. i don't want to do it anymore, and i have tried creams, devices but they don't take off as much as shving does. it leaves me with noticable stubble. i need suggestions. what else works. if i try anything else, i have to grow it out and it is ugly! i don't want to grow it out. i am already concious about the fact that i have been shaving for so long, i feel like when i am talking to someone they are constantly looking at my mouth. i have to shave every two to three days. is that alot? i don't want to get a "shadow" i feel so ugly. can anyone help me
Name: Sarah
City:   corvallis, oregon, usa
Comments:   I've heard of a home electrolysis appliance called "Finally Free". It says it works and it was in the Gaiam catalog, but the company that makes the product had their own website. It looks interesting. I'm thinking about getting one with my mom. It's relatively inexpensive, $100.
Name: priya
City:   delhi
Comments:   They've advertised Rs.4500 as unlimited, but it is actually for only 8 sittings. Be careful. Personal experience
Name: sheela
City:   TN
Comments:   Laser treatment is failure in my case . I had 6 sessions but after 2 months I got the facial hair again. Better check your testosterone level , correct it by an endocrinologist and then go for laser treatment if u have any. becas correcting the adrenal glands would weaken the roots of the hair and there by it would fall out automatically
Name: Rakhi
City:   florida ,Usa
Comments:   hey , i had shaved my upper lips couple of times ,and now i have a light green shadow , i feel so concious , please suggest something . thanks
Name: rina
City:   london
Comments:   i have lite but alot of realy fine hair on the front of my neck and the double chin area.plz sum1 telme their in the same situation
Name: sarah
City:   mumbai
Comments:   laser treatment dint work for me either i sat through one session and they said that it was guaranteed that the hair will dissapear....it was very expensive..... and the hair just grew back....
Name: Polly
City:   Bristol, UK
Comments:   I agree with this article, there have been a lot of improvements in laser therapy in recent years, especially for those with darker skin. The way the laser works is it seeks out the dark pigment, so there needs to be a good contrast between the colour of your hair and the colour of your skin. The fairer your skin the better really - wear sun block and wait for your skin to be as light as possible. I had a few sessions in 2000 on a very low setting in case of skin damage, after 3 sessions I lost 40% of hair and felt great. Lasers are better now, the darker and thicker the hair the more it responds- the hair on my face was very fine so took longer. I had spots and scars on my face from infected hair follicles and once the hair had gone the spots went to! Sometimes the hair is weakened not killed off and you may get a break out of spots in the place where you had treatment, but if you have another session this sorts the problem out. I definitely recommend it. Make sure to have a nurse do the treatment, not a beauty therapist as you can be burnt by the laser (it happened to me recently with an inexperienced therapist who used too high a setting! but the scars healed well and you can't see them now). You can do in between the eyebrows and the ends of the brows but not underneath the brow because of the risk of eye injury. You need a really good set of goggles for this and the therapist will ask you to hold them in place tight against your eyes. Keep your eyes shut! I have had treatment on my breasts because I had ingrowing and infected hairs and was getting scars (yuck) I needed quite a few sessions to get rid of these hairs but it was worth every penny and worked out cheaper than electrolysis which I also tried but which didn't seem to work. There are lots of places which offer this treatment, but in my extensive experience the best places are laser therapy centres staffed with nurses, not beauty salons with a laser machine, you don't get hard sell off a nurse. It was explained to me that hair grows in cycles and not all hairs are growing at any one time, so only the growing hair gets treated. I was told to expect to do "top up treatments" every year or so, but so far I have only needed to have a couple of sessions every 3-4 years.
Name: Sam
City:   noida
Comments:   hi, i am in singapore now. i wanted to go fr a laser treatment here for my face. cud u plz tell me if there is a gud place to go to. also let me know abt the cost. thanking u.
Name: chinky sadhwani
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hi i m 18yrs i hv lot of hair on my sideburns n upper lips ,my skin is also very sensitive ,people say laser therapy spoils the skin . so wht is the best method for removing hairs n after wht age is laser therapy advisable? can u also tell me the best clinic or center of laser therapy in bombay?
Name: khushi
City:   usa
Comments:   hi,my problem is that,i had a tattoo in middle of my hybrowe .so,can i remove this for laser treatment.ple tell me.
Name: Poonam
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Hi,I have unwanted hairs on chin.so can you please sujjest me some good dr for lazer treatment.
Name: Sowmya
City:   mumbai
Comments:   Can u plz give me some of the hospitalsdoctors offering Laser hair removal treatment in mumbai?I m keen on consulting a professional.Thank you
Name: P Shankari
City:   Kanchipuram
Comments:   i have hair on my face. can you clear the hair by lazer
Name: Chithra Sasikumar
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Pls let me know the details regarding laser treatment for unwanted hair removal ie. duration of treatment,charges..etc
Name: neeru
City:   jaipur
Comments:   can you suggest me that is lazer treatment beneficial or do it have side effects.
Name: venus
City:   MUMBAI
Comments:   kaya clinics are very good in mumbai. u can call any helpline number and can contact kaya clinics
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Name: raj
City:   tamilnadu
Comments:   i have a lot of hair in my back. is it possible to remove these hairs by laser treatment and how much it cost will cost.?
Name: Binu
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   I have unwanted hairs above my upper lips. I have heard that Laser removal therpy gives side effects. So pl give name of Related Doctor, any beautician or any Effectless medicine which will be beneficial to me Thanking you My age is 17 years
Name: Akhu
City:   Lucknow
Comments:   hi everyone howz u doing my age is 22 i havnt gone for my eyebrowz and upper lips till yet but now i m thinking just to shape dem lil... i dnt want to go parlours every now and den thinked for laser .... what do u think can laser wud b d option or i shud start wid threading and stuff takcre do reply...
Name: poms
City:   delhi
Comments:   Hi everybody ... pheww finally this is one page that looks a bit sensible...and the comments seem geniune ... i´m 29 ...suffering from facial hair problem on my lower face since 67 years now ... and the growth has jus worsened over the years ...especially the chin .... use to bleach earlier but that helped only wth the side burns nad cheekss as the hair was softer ... chin b´coz of hardness of the hair has to be constanly plucked with a tweezer ... the situation has become so bad now .. that i spend 1520 min everymoring ..digging at my chin... worse.. all the plucking has mede a lot of ingrown hair ...which eventually break out as bumps or pimples.. also in desperation of wanting to remove them .. i had to occasionally scrape the skin a bit .. which has meade the skin on my chin an upper neck area very scarred and constantly on a break out .. i have stopped blaeching also for the last 23 years now as the golden fuzz on the cheeks was getting to be .. so finally started doing a fine trim with a scissor on the cheeks , side burns and neck.... it´s really bad now and i jus cant deal with it anymore. have visited various clincs in delhi , vlcc , kaya and a few more ... the cost of traetment si not cheap ( i´v been quoted between 2545 thousand rs from various sources) also what really bothers me is that all these places want the entire amt upfront and they do not take a gaurantee. How do they expect us to trust them with taht kind of amount without any commitment from them ..unfortunately i dnt have nay friends who have gotten any of these treatments done for me to call a place a reliable source.. to top it ..keep reading horror stories abt patients abt experiences at these so called reputed places.. PLEASE .. can anyone help....
Name: Renee
City:   New York
Comments:   I have tried lazer at one recongnised plane in NY for a year, it encouraged more hair on my neck where i never had hair before. I chenged the place and went to another one and now it´s been 1.5 years that i am doing the treatment and i still don´t see good results on my face and I am so very disappointed as i have hair on my chin as well along with the rest of the face but i hate to shave my chin as what if laser won´t be able to treat me and i wil be left with more hair on my chin. Everthing is Baloney....Only electrolysis works but ya, it slow and painful, but only that works specialy for the face as the face has the most stubborn hair.
Name: MJ
City:   Los angeles
Comments:   I tried Lazer for facial hair and for some reason not only i got black spots on my face but i have 5 times more hair than i ever had. earlier i had to only do eyebrows and upper lip threaded now i have to get my whole face wax because lazer did not help but make it worse.
Name: rs
City:   delhi
Comments:   Hi,I guess It all depends on wat kind of hirsutism u have...which can be diagonosed by various tests reqd for identifying the hirsutism..which is facial hair in women....wither u have excess of male hormones or PCOD or idiopathic syndrome....I have the idiopathic one...which occurs when someone in ur family has excess of hair like mom,dad or upper hierarchy....even if father has more than normal male hormones..the child might suffer from idiopathic hirsutism......which actually leads to sensitive hair roots and not the hormonal issue...so laser seems best permanent....this is all wat i have heard from my doctors in past 3 yrs...n now i heard of KAYA skin clinics...can someone give me a fb on Kaya clinics..
Name: Khushbu
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hi SirMam I am having so many unwanted hairs in my stomach,Chest area and also in neck side,and the growth of this hairs are also fast like underarms hair. and the area of this type of hairs as I feel is increasing day by day,now i can see so many hairs in neck side and few are coming in upper lips also. How good is Laser treatment for this problem,and which laser technology will be effective and good and will there be any side effect?will the treatment effect permanent or for some days only? What will be the cost and time period?And which clinic is good in Bangalore?o please can you suggest me out for this problem.
Name: shreya
City:   mumbai
Comments:   i have done a face laser treatment. but they do not offer laser for eyebrows. i travel a lot so its difficult to look for a parlour everywhere to get my eyebrows threaded. pls recommend a clinic in mumbai wher i can get permanent laser for eyebrows done.
Name: Aarthi a
City:   bangalore
Comments:   Hi, Please suggest me best clinic for lazer treatment for removal of upper lips in Bangalore waiting for your reply Thanks in Advance
Name: muskan
City:   gurgaon
Comments:   i want to know lazer treatment is ok or onot should i use this or not for unwanted hair suggest me please
Name: megha
City:   del
Comments:   hi all, i also suffer from the same problem i have too much hair on my face and my chest and stomach but i´m now free from all this its all because of laser treatment, it really works but if u do that in time by consulting ur doctor, now i have very few invisible hair on few areas only i´m happy and more confident now
Name: megha
City:   del
Comments:   hi all, i also suffer from the same problem i have too much hair on my face and my chest and stomach but i´m now free from all this its all because of laser treatment, it really works but if u do that in time by consulting ur doctor, now i have very few invisible hair on few areas only i´m happy and more confident now
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City:   sicjeab
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Name: Veda
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hi, even i have lot of hairs on my face. Can anyone suggest me good laser treatment center in Bangalore???
Name: mani
City:   noida
Comments:   Hi,i´m a male,have hair between my eyebrows which i want to remove..can anybody suggest me regarding this...laser would be beneficial or what..and what would be the cost like?
Name: mani
City:   noida
Comments:   any good place in noida for the same..pls suggest...
Name: Sheril
City:   chennai
Comments:   Iam sheril from chenai, and i would request someone to suggest me a good cosmetologist for laser hair removal treatment.. I recently went to apollo but they have asked me to check my harmone balances and many other tests.. the one this i hate about apollo is that, it doesnt have laser there and still does it through some private clinic.... can someone suggest me any other better clinic
Name: Reshma Castelino
City:   mumbai
Comments:   i have dark and hard hair on my chin and cheeks. it looks very bad, i want to have laser treatment. kindly help
Name: soumya
City:   bangalore
Comments:   Could you please suggest the best parlor where the eyebrow threading is done in bangalore properly to my satisfaction? please reply to help
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