Looking for a way to remove unsightly hair from your body, without the need for painful and time-intensive processes like waxing?
One of the best solutions to undesired body hair is laser hair removal. We’re proud to offer this service at Luminary Cosmetic Medicine and Hair Restoration at both Linwood and Philadelphia locations.
Before you come in for laser hair removal, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about what the process involves, as well as the immediate recovery. Here are a few quick notes:
The Laser Hair Removal Process
Before the process begins, we’ll thoroughly cleanse the treatment area. In some cases, a topical numbing agent will be applied. While laser hair removal isn’t exceedingly painful, numbing agents may help alleviate discomfort to sensitive or tender parts of the body.
The treatment itself takes place in a private treatment room, where everyone present will be wearing protective eyewear to shield against any side effects of the laser. The skin will be held taut while the laser is used.
What Does the Laser Feel Like?
Some patients say that the laser isn’t painful at all. Others say it provokes a very brief, very minor sting, comparing it to a pinprick or the snap of a rubber band.
Also note, as the laser is used, there may be a slight sulfur-like smell. Don’t worry; this is a good indicator that the treatment is working as it’s supposed to, vaporizing your hair completely.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?
The duration of your treatment simply depends on the size of the area you’re treating. If it’s a smaller area, like your upper lip, the whole process may take just 10 minutes or so. For a much larger area, like an arm or leg, the treatment could take closer to an hour.
After the Laser Hair Reduction Procedure
The best way to avoid any side effects from your laser hair removal is to make sure you stay out of direct sunlight for a couple of days. If you do need to go out into the sun, make sure the treated area is fully covered. Also avoid tanning beds.
Following your laser skin removal, the treated area will likely appear quite red, and there may even be some minor swelling. This is all normal, and should subside quickly; often, these effects will last for just a few hours. If you’re in any discomfort, a cold compress can provide relief.
Is Downtime Required?
There’s no downtime required following laser hair removal. So long as you avoid sunlight, you’re free to immediately head back to your normal activities.
How Long Will It Take Before I See Results?
You’ll probably notice anywhere from a 10 percent to 25 percent decrease in hair after your first treatment. Most patients need multiple treatments to get the desired effects; plan to have anywhere from two to six total laser hair removal procedures.
If you have any additional questions about laser hair removal, we welcome you to contact us directly at Luminary.