Laser hair removal represents the pinnacle of hair removal techniques. It’s safer, brings fewer complications than other methods, and tends to remove hair for a longer duration than waxing or shaving.
The unique way laser hair removal works can make some patients worry about the procedure. To dispel some of those worries, let’s examine a typical laser hair removal procedure.
Before the Laser Hair Removal Procedure
There are certain preparations you must take before you undergo laser hair removal. These can affect the safety of the procedure, the incidence of side effects and the overall success rate of your laser hair removal treatments.
You should minimize your exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which primarily come from the sun and tanning devices, three days before the procedure. This leaves your skin strong and undamaged, which minimizes the risk of complications.
You should refrain from shaving the area you wish to have treated for a few days before the procedure. This allows the hair to grow long enough for the lasers to damage the hair so that it doesn’t grow back.
Waxing and other mechanical methods of hair removal should be avoided for a week before your procedure. These can harm your skin and reduce the effectiveness of the laser hair removal.
What is the Laser Hair Removal Procedure Like?
The dermatological care provider will prepare the areas you wish to perform the laser hair removal procedure. This can include applying an anesthetizing agent if you have particularly sensitive skin, which will maximize your comfort while reducing the sensation of pinching you may feel.
The procedure will take between five to twenty minutes. You will need to remain still to ensure that the maximum number of hair follicles are affected by the laser removal as the device is moved around your skin.
After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
After receiving your treatment, you should avoid direct exposure of the sun to the treated areas. You should also refrain from using harsh chemicals on your skin, as these may cause permanent damage to your skin.
You may notice that your skin is slightly irritated after the procedure. This is a normal side effect, and it should subside within a few days of allowing your skin to rest.
When your laser hair removal is successful, you will notice a gradual loss of hair. This can take anywhere from one day to a week after the procedure.
If more hair remains, then you will require repeat procedures. Areas with thicker hair, such as the groin and legs, may require several treatments before the hair becomes less noticeable.
Once a few days have passed, you will be able to resume your normal activities.
Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule a consultation.