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Laser Hair Removal FAQ

FAQ Laser Hair Removal

Is Laser Hair Removal a painful process?

The process is described as tolerable and not especially painful by most patients. This, however, does vary from patient to patient. For the majority of patients, the feeling is akin to nothing more than a slight sting or pinch and does not last particularly long.

What precautions should be taken prior to undergoing the procedure?

Try to avoid sun exposure. Hair can be more aggressively treated without a fresh tan. Having hair is essential to having a successful treatment. You can not wax, tweeze, thread or have electrolysis for 4 weeks before a treatment. The best way to manage hair before is to shave, trim, or use cream depilatories. The day of your treatment the hair will need to be freshly shaved.

Because the treatment is designed for the removal of excessive body hair, it is essential that the patient not wax, tweeze, undergo electrolysis or thread for a minimum of four weeks prior to the treatment. Shaving or trimming is acceptable. Also, avoid tanning and sun exposure, as fresh tans may hinder the ability of the treatment to aggressively remove hair.

Are multiple treatments necessary?

Repeat sessions are necessary, and most clinics will recommend at least three. The exact amount of sessions that will be required varies from patient to patient, and depends on several different factors, such as skin tone and the thickness of the hair being treated. For example, dark skin clients with thinner hair will often require 6-8 treatments. The time that it takes for hair to grow back can also vary from patient to patient. Also, depending on how much hair loss the patient hopes to achieve in the end. Some patients are satisfied with 50-60 % hair loss while others will want to continue to the maximum of 80-95%. The average waiting time between sessions is recommended based on the part of the body to which the treatment is being administered. Usually 4-6 weeks for the neck and above and 6-8 weeks for any areas below the neck is recommended. Between treatments, hair management should not present any difficulty. Shaving or trimming can be applied at the discretion of the patient.

What after effects might be present?

Once the treatment has been completed, the patient can expect the skin to show a slight amount of redness and bumps, which is considered normal and should not last long. The patient should also be sure to stay away from sun and heat exposure for at least 48 hours after the treatment. Heavy exercise and saunas should also be avoided, as they may induce heat. Also be sure to moisturize the area with the proper cream (you may ask your doctor for a recommendation) and cleanse the area regularly with a mild soap.

 

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