So, what can you expect from this process? Here’s what you should know:
Before The Appointment
Before your appointment you’ll likely be asked to avoid shaving or waxing for about 6 weeks. Laser hair removal targets the roots of body hair, but if you’ve recently waxed or plucked, those roots will be temporarily gone and the laser will have nothing to target.
You should also avoid tanning beds and too much sun exposure, since it could make the process more painful and less effective.
During The Appointment
Your appointment will probably last from 30 minutes to 2 hours—this will depend largely on the area you are having treated. For example, it will probably take longer to do your legs than your upper lip.
The doctor or technician will calibrate the laser specifically for your hair thickness, skin tone, and hair color.
Next, some gel or topical numbing agent will probably be applied to protect your skin. You may experience some slight tingling, heat, or minor discomfort during the procedure, but overall the pain should be minimal if there is any pain at all. In most cases, you’ll be able to return home shortly after your appointment.
You and the technician may need to wear eye protection to shield your eyes from the bright light of the laser.
After The Appointment
After the procedure, it is normal to experience a little bit of minor swelling and redness. You should be able to go about your regular daily activities, but if you are looking for some pain relief, you can use ice, anti inflammatory creams, and lotions to minimize discomfort.
Hair may start to fall out a few days after the procedure—this is normal, but you’ll have to return for a few follow up appointments to get lasting results.
You should plan on returning for 3-5 sessions overall. These sessions are usually scheduled 4-6 weeks apart. Avoid waxing, plucking, and excessive sun exposure between sessions, just like you would before the first session.
After you’ve finished all your sessions, the hair removal will likely be permanent—you won’t have to shave, pluck, or wax again! To learn more about the process, call us today.