Updated: Dec 3, 2022
Your level of preparation
Our cosmetic doctor can tell you if you do not know what your skin type is. In the event that our esthetician will be doing the procedure, it is imperative that a medical professional monitor them and be present on-site at all times during the treatments. Be wary of day spas, hair salons, and other institutions that permit non-medical staff to perform laser hair removal.
Make an appointment with our doctor for a consultation before undergoing laser hair removal to evaluate whether or not this method of treatment is suitable for you. The following are some of the things that our doctor will probably do:
Conduct a thorough review of your medical history, paying particular attention to your current medications, any past experiences with skin conditions or scars, and any previous hair removal operations.
Discuss the potential drawbacks, advantages, and benefits of laser hair removal, including what the treatment can and cannot achieve for you.
Take pictures to be utilized for comparisons of the before and after as well as for long-term studies.
During the appointment, we will talk about a treatment plan and the charges associated with it. The cost of having unwanted hair removed using a laser is often paid for privately.
In addition, the physician will provide detailed advice on how to be ready for the laser hair removal procedure. These could include the following:
Trying to avoid being exposed to the sun
Be careful to heed your medical professional's advice and stay out of the sun both before and after treatment. Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum and SPF30+ protection whenever you walk outside.
Lightening Your Skin
Steer clear of any sunless skin products that might actually make your skin darker. If you have darker skin or have just had a tan, your doctor may also recommend that you apply SPF30+ every two hours.
Avoiding The Use of Alternative Techniques For Hair Removal
The hair follicle can be damaged by plucking, electrolysis, and even waxing. For that particular reason, these practices should be avoided at least four weeks before treatment.
Avoiding sun exposure a week before and a week after treatment.
No waxing, shaving is ok. Hair must be shorter than 2 inches.
Before the treatment, make sure to plan time away from the sun for at least a week to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Area designated for the shaving process
The day before having laser hair removal, it is advised that you trim and shave your facial hair. It eliminates hair off the surface of the skin, which can lead to damage on the surface of the skin from burnt hairs, but it does not affect the hair shaft underneath the surface of the skin.
What you should be prepared for
The removal of unwanted hair with a laser typically takes between six and eight sessions. The amount of time that passes between 3-4 weeks.
To protect your eyes from the light of the laser, you will need to wear a special set of goggles that are provided for you at the beginning of each session. In the case that a second shaving is necessary for the area, assistance can perform it for you. Your esthetician could apply a local anesthetic cream to your skin in the form of a topical anesthetic to help relieve any pain or discomfort you might experience during the treatment.
During the course of the operation
The physician will apply pressure to your skin using a hand-held laser tool. It is possible that a cooling device attached to the instrument's tip or a cool gel will be utilized to protect your skin and reduce the likelihood of experiencing any adverse effects as a result of the laser treatment.
After the esthetician turns on the laser, the light from the laser will penetrate your skin and go to the hair follicles underneath. The extreme heat generated by the laser beam causes damage to the hair follicles, which in turn limits the creation of new hair. It is possible that you will experience discomfort, such as a warm pinprick, and it is also conceivable that the cooling device or gel will cause you to feel a sense of cold.
It could just take a few minutes to treat a tiny region like the upper lip if the area being treated is quite small. It is possible that the treatment of a bigger region, such as the back, will take more than an hour.
After completion of the operation
In the initial few hours following laser hair removal, it is possible for the treated area to become red and swollen.
Ice should be used in the region that is being treated in order to alleviate any discomfort. In the event that you experience a skin response immediately following laser hair removal, your esthetician may provide a skincare to the region that was impacted by the reaction.
After getting laser hair removal and in between planned treatments, you should stay out of the sun and not use a tanning bed for at least six weeks or as long as your esthetician recommends. Always use sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 broad-spectrum rating.
If you are interested in laser hair removal, we recommend you reach out to our team for a complimentary consultation. Our board certified trained professionals will curate a plan that is right for your goals.