LASER HAIR REMOVAL
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INCLUDE AND WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
During treatment, a small hand piece is used which touches the skin surface and delivers the laser light as a light coolant is sprayed onto the skin just before each laser pulse. Most patients experience little discomfort on the treatment site because of this dynamic cooling device but the degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. Topical anesthesia may be requested based on individual preferences or tolerances.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL TIPS
If you plan to have laser hair removal, you will have to take it a step further and completely protect the area you plan to treat from any sun. This is because tanned skin has a higher melanin level, which essentially confuses the laser. With un-tanned skin, the laser seeks out the hair follicles in the growth stage. The laser is able to distinguish between skin and hair, but when the melanin levels are high in your skin, darker skin colors can sometimes have side effects like discoloration or a slightly higher discomfort level. Be generous with sunscreen or even better, wear long pants and tops to keep those areas out of the sun completely!
Following your treatment, you can apply ice packs to the area at home to cool off the skin and reduce any redness. After a few hours, your skin looks completely normal and feels great! During the days and weeks after your procedure, avoid shaving the area. The hairs will die, come to the surface and fall out. If you notice they aren't falling out, gently exfoliate in the shower only after a few weeks have passed. A series of treatments will be needed to get the results you desire. However, you will notice almost immediately that hair growth will slow down, hairs will thin and overall sections will not grow back (even after just a few treatments).