I’m a 29-year-old Indian female and have excessive body hair. I’ve tried different models/types of hair removal lasers but were unsatisfactory.

The high degree of therapeutic failure is quite unusual and most likely is based on two main factors. First, you are changing your dermatologist frequently and not allowing enough time for them to show you success of their treatment. Second, your previous physicians and laser technicians have been trying different laser modalities, as such not permitting any of the selected lasers to do the desired job.

Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in hair follicles with laser light. This energy damages and goes on to destroy the targeted hair follicles, thus stopping them from producing further hair. The most important factor in determining the effectiveness and desired treatment outcome is two-fold: a right skin type and hair character assessment of the patient and then selecting an accurate laser type with maximum proven effectiveness.

Asian skin is generally more prone to hyperpigmentation and superficial scarring, whether from insect bites, light scratches, or after any mild injury which also includes mild degree of skin burn acquired from an increased laser heat, if unchecked by the treating physician or technician during the process of treatment.

Asian hair also has different characteristics, the space between cuticle cells is narrower, there are more cells and these are denser and stronger.

However, there have been several major technological advances in the field of lasers, and we have many safe and effective treatment options.

To achieve your desired results, consult an experienced dermatologist and skin laser center.

Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir is a Dubai-based dermatologist and medical director of Dermacare Skin Centre