Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
If you’ve arranged a laser hair removal appointment for the first time in your life, congratulations! You’re on the way to smoother skin with less shaving, plucking, waxing, or electrolysis. Many people feel a mixture of excitement and nervousness before their first appointment. We completely understand these feelings and do everything we can to make sure your experience is a comfortable one.
You may feel nervous because you don’t know what to expect in terms of pain, discomfort, or sensation. Each person has different tolerances for discomfort, so your experience is in some ways going to be unique, but we can tell you that our patients by and large experience minimal discomfort during laser hair removal.
As the laser pulses penetrate the hair follicle, you will feel a snap, similar to snapping a rubber band against your skin. We may apply a numbing topical anesthetic to the area prior to the laser treatment, to further reduce discomfort.
It’s a great idea to prepare yourself for this cosmetic dermatology appointment, but you can also depend on us to walk you through the process, every step of the way. Here are a few other ways to prepare for the appointment:
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning. Doing so increases melanin in your skin. The laser will target this darker melanin when it should be targeting the root and follicle alone. Essentially, the laser treatment may not work as well if you’ve tanned.
- Don’t pluck/tweeze, wax, or get electrolysis for at least 4 weeks. These hair removal methods remove the hair root and follicle temporarily, which is what the laser treatment is targeting.
- Shave the day prior. Doing so will get the shaft of the hair out of the way of the laser, leaving behind the hair root that is targeted for removal.
We will make sure you have all of the pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions ahead of time.
Smoother Legs with Laser Hair Removal
If you live in Seattle and are interested in scheduling a laser hair removal treatment with Dr. Steven Greene and his team of master Estheticians, please call Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle at 206-402-4797. We look forward to arranging your consultation!
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
If you want to remove unwanted hair from your face or body, laser hair removal is a great way to reduce the need to shave for the long-term. With a thorough treatment, you can reduce the frequency for shaving, plucking, and waxing. At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, we use advanced FDA-approved laser systems to give you exceptional results. While we cannot guarantee results will be permanent, we do know that our laser hair removal patients experience long-lasting hair reduction.
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that works by targeting and eliminating the cells that contribute to hair growth without damaging the surrounding skin. During the treatment, our staff uses a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin of the hair. The energy from the light gets converted into heat and deactivates the hair follicles, which helps inhibit hair growth.
Best of all, the treatments only take a few minutes and work for a variety of skin colors and hair types. Laser hair removal is a fast, easy way to reduce unwanted hair on the:
In addition, laser hair removal treatments will leave your skin feeling softer than before and help prevent ingrown hairs.
For those who want to remove hair from an area of their body with the best chances of long-lasting results, we recommend having more than one treatment. After a single treatment, hair can take weeks or even months to grow back. Every treatment following the first procedure extends the growing process further. While some hair may grow back, it is usually sparse or thin. Eventually, many people find that their hair almost never grows back.
The good news is that treatments last only between 15-30 minutes and you can immediately resume your regular activities after the procedure. The recovery period is minimal, so you can get back to your day with your skin looking smooth and beautiful.
Schedule a Laser Hair Removal Consultation Today
If you don’t want to deal with unwanted facial or body hair, call Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule a consultation. Led by Dr. Steven Greene, our experienced team can help you decide if laser hair removal is right for you. We welcome patients living in Seattle and nearby Washington communities.