Laser Hair Removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States! Lessening the burden of having to shave, pesky ingrown hairs and awkward in-between growth stages, Laser Hair Removal has become the answer to many individuals’ prayers, both male and female. But what many of these individual’s do not take into consideration is the importance of having this procedure performed under the supervision of a medical professional. More importantly, a doctor who is board-certified in a specialty such as plastic surgery. Before laser hair removal, this doctor will likely review your medical history and discuss risks, benefits, and expectations to determine if it is an appropriate treatment option for you.
Preparing for laser hair removal is simple and easy. Within 24 hours before treatment, shaving is recommended so the laser can more easily locate follicles. Hair stubble can be burned during the laser process and cause increased discomfort. In preparation for your first laser hair removal session, it is important to avoid waxing or plucking of hairs for four to six weeks before treatment. These activities temporarily remove hair follicles and roots, which are the targets during laser treatment. Shaving is acceptable, as it cuts the hairs and leaves hair follicles intact.
During the procedure pulses of light will be given in the treatment area and slight discomfort may be felt. This has been described as a warm pinprick or light rubber band snapping against the skin. The first treatment usually causes the most sensation compared to subsequent treatments, and the laser process varies from a few minutes to an hour depending on the treatment area. Once the procedure is complete, you may be given lotion, anti-inflammatory cream or ice packs to ease any discomfort.
After your laser hair removal session, the treatment area will be red and sometimes feel irritated. This response is normal and anticipated and can be treated with Tylenol. Following your treatment, it is imperative to avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post treatment. Avoid excessive sweating, hot shower, saunas, and seat warmers (depending on treatment area) for atleast 24 hours after Laser Hair Removal. After 3 days you can reintroduce a lite exfoliation to minimize the risk of ingrown hairs.