Laser hair removal isn’t just a simple cosmetic treatment, it is a medical procedure done in multiple stages. The providers at Mystic Valley Dermatology are trained and certified to perform laser hair removal.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
Up to 6 weeks before you plan on getting laser hair removal, you should avoid plucking and waxing. Laser hair removal targets the roots of the hair, and removing them may result in an ineffective procedure. You should also avoid sun exposure for the same amount of time. It may lessen the effect of laser hair removal and possibly cause complications afterwards.
Just before your treatment, your hair will be trimmed down to a few millimeters. The equipment is then adjusted for your personal hair factors such as thickness, color and location. You and your provider will then wear protective eye gear. You may be asked to put on a coat of cold gel or cooling device. This is doneo protect the outer layers of your skin.
The actual laser hair removal treatment is done in small pulses. You may experience small stinging sensations depending on the sensitivity of the area you’re receiving the treatment. The length of the procedure depends on many factors such as the size of location as well as the thickness and amount of hair. Your provider will observe your skin for a few minutes afterwards to make sure there are no bad reactions. You will then be given ice packs and usually some kind of anti-inflammatory lotion or cold water compress to soothe discomfort.
Laser hair removal treatment is done again in 4-6 weeks and repeated until the hair stops growing.
Recovery for Laser Hair Removal
It’s normal for the skin around the treated area to look like it’s sunburned for a few days after. Cool compresses and lotions will help soothe any discomfort. You’re allowed to wear makeup on the treated area the next day as long as there’s no blistering, which is very rare.
You’ll notice overtime the hair in the treated area will begin to fall out, or not grow at all. It’s important to wear sun screen and avoid sun exposure over the next month to prevent any discoloration and to protect your sensitive skin. Blistering, skin discoloration and permanent scarring is uncommon.