If you’re considering laser hair removal, but you’ve never had it done, you may be overwhelmed with questions. Fortunately, we have the answers you need right here. These are a few of the most common questions (with answers) new laser hair removal patients have.
- Does It Hurt? This is easily the most common question potential patients have, and for good reason. In fact, more people want to know the answer to this question than any other. You want to know if a treatment is going to be painful. The answer to this one, though, depends a bit on the person you’re asking. The vast majority of those who have experienced laser hair removal say that each pulse of the laser feels a bit like a rubber band snapping against your skin. A few have said it hurts quite a bit worse than that, and some have said it doesn’t hurt at all. The key is that every person’s pain tolerance is different, and so understanding whether or not it hurts might be a question only you can answer. Fortunately, most people will tell you that any pain they did experience was gone an hour after the procedure was complete.
- When Will I See Results? You’re paying for this treatment, so you want immediate results, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen the moment the treatment occurs. That’s not to say you won’t see anything. You should see the red, baby smooth skin that is fairly common post treatment. Within a day or two, you will see the colour and thickness of your hair in the treated area change significantly. You should also see some hair reduction. You will likely need some follow up treatments, though. Most patients require somewhere between two to six treatments. If the hair regrows after that point, there will be quite a bit less of it, and it will be much lighter and finer.
- Are There Side Effects? There are some possible side effects, but they’re relatively mild. You may experience some discomfort and swelling in the area where you had the treatment performed. Most people experience at least some on-site redness as well. It is also possible to see some skin lightening or darkening in that area. If you choose a laser clinic that isn’t as experienced, though, the potential for side effects becomes quite a bit greater. You could experience blistering in the area that was treated, as well as infections and scarring. This is why it’s so important to choose a good laser hair removal clinic to meet your needs. It’s also absolutely essential to follow the after-care instructions your clinic hands you. If you don’t follow the directions, you could experience additional side effects that may be quite serious.
Laser hair removal is one of the single best options for permanent hair removal, but it’s only natural to have a few questions before your first procedure. Be sure to contact the clinic you’ve chosen to handle your procedure to get answers to all of your questions.