I’ve heard that laser hair removal is painful—this is why I’ve been scared to have it done. Is this true?
Hair removal lasers are equipped with a cooling device that helps reduce the discomfort and protect the top layer of skin from the heat. In addition, a topical numbing agent may be used to desensitize the treatment area.
We also recommend taking an ibuprofen beforehand to help mitigate the pain. Doing so will help, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
The feeling of laser hair removal has been described as a rubber band continually snapping at the skin. Additional side effects can be redness and swelling that last anywhere from one to three days. Most patients who have had the laser hair removal procedure believe the hair-free results are well worth the feeling experienced during the procedure.
Can I wax before laser hair removal?
No. You need hair in the follicle to allow laser hair removal to work. You can’t wax or pluck at least one month prior to treatment. Instead, the best option is to shave (bleaching and depilatories could irritate the skin).
Doesn’t laser hair removal only work on people with light skin?
In the early stages of laser hair removal, it used to be that only fair-skinned people with dark hair could have the treatment done. But today, there’s a laser that can be used to remove hair from just about everyone.