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Laser Hair Removal Infographic

Jan. 04, 2022 7:25 am | by Dr. M. Tahsini

laser hair removal infographic

 

 

Before the Procedure

  • Choose a board-certified doctor with a specialty in plastic surgery or a relevant field who will review your medical history and let you know if skin laser hair removal is right for you.

  • Avoid plucking or waxing hairs for at least four to six weeks before your procedure. These activities will temporarily remove hair roots and follicles, which are the places your provider will target during treatment.

  • Within 24 hours of your hair laser treatment, we recommend that you shave the area since hair can potentially be burned during the process. Also, it leaves hair follicles intact and cuts the hairs, making it easier to locate the follicles.

 

During the Procedure

  • You may have the option to apply an anesthetic creame 20 to 30 minutes before starting. This helps reduce discomfort during the procedure and we recommend if for those with sensitive areas on their skin.

  • Before your hair laser removal treatment begins, you will most likely be given eye protection to wear and the settings of the laser equipment are adjusted according to skin thickness, location, and color.

  • Finally, depending on the device, your provider may apply a special cooling device or a cold gel to the outer skin for protection and to minimize side effects.

  • During the hair laser removal treatment, you may feel a slight discomfort as pulses of light gently tap the treatment area. Most people descrie the feeling as a rubber band lightly snapping the skin or a warm pinprick.

  • The entire process time varies depending on the treatment area. But it usually takes anywhere from several minutes to an hour. Consequently, your provider may offer you anti-inflammatory cream, ice packs, or lotion to ease any discomfort.

 

After the Procedure

  • You may notice some warmth, redness, and mild discomfort around the treatment area. It basically feels like a mild sunburn that you can get rid of with moisturizers and cold compresses.

  • For the next month, you should use sunscreen when going out in the daytime. Furthermore, you should try to avoid direct contact with sunlight altogether.

 

While laser hair removal delays hair growth for many months to years, it is not permanent hair removal, but it sure beats waxing or shaving every other day. Once you complete a full cycle, all you need is good maintenance from time to time.

 

Sources

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skincare/laser-hair-removal-aftercare

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/laser-hair-removal/about/pac-20394555

https://skinworksmed.com/blog

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