What You can Realistically Expect During and After Laser Treatment
Those who have gone through successful laser hair removal treatment will tell you that the procedure, in itself, isn’t bad. It is, after all, not very painful, and the effects can be wonderful. But if you are planning to go through laser hair removal treatment for the first time, you may not be fully aware of what to expect from it, especially during and after the procedure. Here’s what you can realistically expect during and after laser treatment.
What to remember
When you schedule an appointment, you should be asked about your medical history and current medications, and undergo an assessment of your skin. The laser frequency should be suitable to your skin type and the amount of hair on the area to be treated. These procedures are already a given, so you should be wary if the technician doesn’t pay attention to these details.
But during and after the treatment, there are some things you should know:
During the treatment
During laser hair removal treatment, the technician will press the laser to your skin. They will either use a cooling gel or have a device for cooling on the tip of the laser, depending on the kind of laser they will use. You may experience a bit of discomfort during the procedure, although you may simultaneously feel a cool sensation from the cooling gel or cooling instrument or device.
Certain areas, such as the hair on the upper lip, may take only several minutes, but larger bodily areas, such as the shoulders, legs, or back, can take a few hours.
After the treatment
After the laser hair removal treatment, you may see a bit of swelling or redness on the treated area, and this often lasts for a few hours. To reduce pain and discomfort, ice may be applied to the area, and if there is any reaction from the skin, the technician may apply a steroidal cream as well.
Once the treatment is done, the technician will advise you to stay away from the sun for a few weeks. This goes not only for sunlight outside, but artificial sunlight from a tanning bed. When your skin is showing signs of healing, apply sunscreen if you have to go out.
Your hair may also begin to shed in the first days or weeks of the treatment – don’t be alarmed, as this is not your hair growing back but is often part of the effects of the treatment.
If you notice any blistering or your skin feels too painful, itchy, or looks too red or swollen, you may have become victim to a laser burn – if this happens, let the technician know right away and visit a physician as soon as possible. You may be compensated for a laser burn or other injury with help from a competent laser burn lawyer.