What Typically Happens During a Laser Hair Removal Session?

Updated on April 18, 2023
Woman undergoing laser hair removal.

For many, laser hair removal has proven to be a safe and effective way to eliminate unattractive body hair. This cosmetic procedure involves using a concentrated beam of light or laser to target hair follicles so that hair growth is significantly reduced. 

Since laser hair removal is considered safe, it is worth considering, especially for people looking for something other than the more traditional methods of hair removal, like shaving, to get rid of unwanted body hair. 

The procedure is performed by a qualified technician or dermatologist using top-of-the-line machines to keep hair follicles from producing new hair. They utilize a device for laser hair removal for dark skin, tanned skin and light skin.

Additionally, people undergoing the procedure do not worry about long-term issues since the treatment is not linked to these problems. There may be temporary side effects, but they are typically minor.

The following are what to expect during a laser hair removal treatment.

Consultation with a dermatologist or certified technician

The process begins with a consultation with the professional who will be performing the procedure. Here, the person’s skin type and hair color will be assessed. Additionally, they will assess the hair texture to decide on the suitable laser they will use. During this time, they will inquire about whether the person has health issues, is taking certain medications, or using skincare products.

Preparation for the procedure

Before the procedure starts, the area is cleaned and shaved by the technician. They do this to ensure that any hair above the skin’s surface is removed and that the hair is not burned by the laser, and it doesn’t produce an unpleasant odor. Next, they may apply a numbing gel, especially for sensitive, small parts of the skin, that takes about a minute or less to take effect. This will relieve discomfort while the procedure is going on.

Laser hair removal procedure

Laser treatment is performed in a specific room meant for laser procedures. Everyone here is required to have protective eyewear while the procedure is underway. Once the preparations are completed, the technician uses the laser beam, targeting hair follicles. After activating the laser, the patient may experience minor discomfort, much like pinpricks. Some people also get a snapping feeling, like when a rubber band snaps on the skin’s surface.

The technician controls the laser’s intensity depending on the person’s skin type, the thickness of hair, and comfort level. Then, the laser vaporizes the hair to remove it, producing tiny smoke plumes that smell similar to sulfur. The area’s size determines the duration of the procedure. For instance, larger areas, such as the legs, may take over an hour to treat. After the procedure, there may be some swelling or redness in the area, which are temporary and disappear after several hours or a few days.

The instructions for post-treatment care are provided by the dermatologist or technician, which include avoiding exposure to the sun and using certain skincare products that are more gentle on the skin. Laser hair removal can offer long-term hair reduction and boost self-confidence following preparation steps and post-treatment care.

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