I recently underwent a laser hair remover session at Kaya Skin Clinic and today I’ll be talking about my experience. This was the first time I tried laser for hair removal and as with anyone who’s new to it, I had a lot of queries and doubts regarding the procedure. I hope this post will give you a good idea about Laser hair removal and address your queries!
How it works ~
You’re greeted with the signature Kaya drink when you reach the clinic (its cold apple cinnamon tea, its the nicest tea I’ve ever had!). The first thing that you need to do when you go for this service is fill out your details including any medical history etc. on a form along with contact details. You are then given a consultation with one of the doctors at the clinic who will analyse your hair growth. If you have any queries, the doctor is the best person to talk to before you undergo the procedure. Based on your hair growth, the doctor will decide the parameters on which the Laser machine is to be run. You need to undergo about 6 sittings typically, spaced at least a month apart to get permanent hair removal. During this duration, they recommend you to not wax the area and only use a razor when the need arises.
I underwent the laser for my underarm area and my growth reduced significantly after the first sitting. I’ve undergone 2 sittings so far and I did not need to shave in between, the growth reduced so much.
After the consultation with the doctor, you then proceed to the room when the procedure is done. You’re given a gown to change into and lockers are provided to keep your belongings. The Kaya expert first shaves the area after sanitizing it and then applies a thick layer of a cool gel on the entire area. You’re also given a pair of tinted glasses to wear to protect your eyes from the laser. The Kaya expert herself wears the glasses and a mask while performing the procedure. At each step she explains what she is doing. Brand new disposable razors are used for the shaving and the Laser probe is sanitized before each use. The Kaya expert then uses the hand held Laser probe and runs it in circular motions over the area – where a cool gel has been applied. This is done typically for around 3-4 minutes.
I was a little apprehensive about the pain part. ‘There are 2 kinds of laser technologies at Kaya– the Pain-free one which is Soprano hair reduction (which I underwent) 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.’
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.
What the Laser beam does is that is kills the root of the hair. So after the requisite number of sittings, the follicles are dead and they do not produce hair anymore (unless you undergo some hormonal imbalances in the future). Once the Laser part is done, the gel is wiped off with a tissue and some ice is applied to the area to soothe it. You might see a little bit of redness in this area. If you have very sensitive skin, you might have a bit of soreness also which would disappear in a day or two. After the ice application, a Post-Laser cream is applied which you need to apply for 3-4 days after the procedure.
The procedure is now done and you can change back into your clothes. It takes about an hour including the filling out of the forms, the consult with the doctor etc. The Laser procedure itself takes just about half an hour. I personally did not experience any worrisome side effects or skin irritation after the process. I did feel a slight itchy feeling for 2-3 hours after the process but it was pretty mild. If you experience anything more, you can apply ice on the area at home and that should bring down any redness etc. you might have.
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.
How to prepare yourself before Laser –
1. Do not wax the area at least 10-15 days before the procedure. For the process to actually work, there needs to be hair growing out of the follicle. The hair is shaved before the procedure so that only about 1-2 mm of hair is coming out of the follicle and the laser can work on the root.
How permanent is it ?
I’ve undergone only 2 sittings so far but I see a significant growth reduction. According to the doctor, you might need a little bit of maintenance like 1 laser setting/year and that too if you have any hormonal imbalance causing little hair growth. But you basically get freedom from monthly waxing/weekly shaving once you’ve undergone a Laser procedure!
Advantages of Laser over other methods (as shared by Kaya Skin Clinic) ~
Convenience: Kaya Hairfree is a more convenient & less time consuming method over waxing. Each underarm session for instance, takes not more than 5 minutes
Hair reduction: This treatment can reduce number of hair by a whopping 70-90% in just 5 sessions. A quick comparison with waxing shows that it takes decades of sessions for hair growth to be reduced, and by a rather minuscule percentage
In-grown Hair: Waxing rips the hair out of the roots to give you the desired hair-free skin. Although, the hair is left with a tip often below the skin, which starts to grow inwards. Kaya Hairfree addresses in-growth problem by permanently putting a stop to hair growth. Infection if any, caused due to wax could also be treated through this process in quick sessions
Less discoloration and scarring: As a result of ingrown hairs and irritation or itching after shaving/waxing, many women develop discoloration called post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. With the permanent reduction of hair by Kaya Hairfree most of the discoloration goes away, leaving your skin flawless and scar-free.
Softer, smoother skin: Most women state that their legs feel stubbly only 2-3 days after shaving and after a few more days post waxing. Laser hair reduction on the other hand, results in softer, smoother skin after each treatment. The small percentage of hair that remains is treated into turning thinner, and lighter in colour.
Skin Infections: Waxing can also lead to skin infections if not supervised whereas Kaya Hairfree is done under a dermatologist’s supervision.
Now comes the inevitable – “Laser is expensive!” Here’s the good news! Kaya Skin Clinic is running a promotion during the months of May and June wherein you can get the first sitting of your Laser Experience done at the cost of waxing (Rs 85 at Kaya)! Each sitting costs Rs 3100 otherwise. And when you upgrade to the full package of 6 sittings, you get 48% off. So you essentially pay Rs 7999 instead of Rs 15,300 for your under-arm laser hair removal.
Hope you found this post useful! If you have any queries or doubts regarding Laser hair removal, you can drop me a comment below and I’ll try my best to address your concerns. You can also follow Kaya Skin Clinic on Twitter and participate in the “Ask the Expert” activity wherein you can get your questions answered by a Kaya Expert on a live Twitter chat.
Disclaimer : Service sponsored by Kaya Skin Clinic for review. However that has not affected my opinion and my review is honest as always. Read full policy HERE.