If you are done with painful waxing sessions, or regular shaving, laser hair removal may be a smart alternative. True to the name, laser hair removal relies on laser light to ‘kill’ hair follicles, so this is more of a permanent solution. In this post, we are discussing more on the procedure and what to expect from your first laser hair treatment.
The process of laser hair removal is fairly simple. Your doctor will clean the area, and a special laser tool will be used to focus the light on your skin. As the hair follicles absorb the laser, these follicles die and eventually fall off. One session of laser hair removal can last for a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the area being treated, and most patients at least a few sessions to get rid of unwanted hair permanently. Upkeep and follow-up procedures may be required in the future. In general, laser hair removal can be considered for most parts of the body, such as underarms, face, bikini line, back, chest, chin, upper lip and legs.
What to expect from laser hair treatment?
There is little or no discomfort associated with laser hair treatment. The procedure doesn’t take long, so the pain or discomfort is easily bearable. Keep in mind that some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. If you are too sensitive to pain, you can let the doctors know, and they can decide on a topical anesthetic product before the session. For those who know the pain of waxing, laser hair removal doesn’t get worse than that. Your skin may seem red after the session, and you may have skin irritation, for which ice packs can be used. Alcohol and certain medications must be avoided, as directed. Side effects of laser hair removal are limited, especially when done by a professional at a reliable clinic. In some cases, if sun exposure cannot be avoided entirely, your doctor may have other suggestions.
There are a few dos and don’ts that must be followed both before and after laser hair removal. For instance, sun exposure must be avoided for a week or two, and you may not be allowed to wax. Shaving can be considered before the treatment, but do not over-moisturize the skin before treatment. Your doctor or laser hair removal expert may recommend a few things during the consultation session, which must be followed.