Laser hair removal typically requires two to six treatments to be effective in permanently removing body or facial hair. The number of weeks between treatments is determined by the area of the body being treated, the rate of hair growth, and the density of the hair. The laser hair removal treatment will be the same for everyone. Here's what to expect on the day of your procedure.
To protect your eyes from the laser beam, you will be given special goggles. Before treatment, the area may need to be shaved. A local anesthetic may also be applied to the area by the doctor or nurse to reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure.
Laser hair removal involves the application of a laser to the hair follicle, which kills it and causes it to stop producing hair. The doctor will apply a hand-held laser wand to your skin and gradually move it around until the entire target area is treated. Treatment for small areas, such as the upper lip, may only take a few minutes. Larger areas, such as the back, could take up to an hour. You should only have one area treated per visit, unless it is a small area.
Immediately following laser hair removal, there may be some redness or swelling, which may last for a few hours. This is not a cause for concern, and it should be resolved quickly. If you are in pain or discomfort, you can apply ice to the affected area. If you have a skin reaction soon after the treatment, your skin specialist may apply and administer a steroid cream to reduce inflammation. If you experience a skin reaction after returning home, you should seek medical attention.