Tips for Successful Laser Hair Removal

January 8, 2015

If you’ve decided to end the waxing, shaving and plucking routine that’s dominated your grooming life for years, there are a few tips worth knowing before you begin treatments. Many patients, both male and female, choose laser treatments to solve their “unwanted hair” problems and are really happy with the results. Knowing what to expect before, during and after treatment can make a huge difference in your outcome.

Before Your Treatment:

  •  It makes sense to do some research on the different types of laser technology being used in your community. The safest, most effective laser hair removal system being used today is called the Cutera CoolGlide Laser. This laser was the first ever to be cleared for permanent hair reduction by the FDA and is recommended by physicians worldwide. Check with your service provider to be sure they’re using the latest technology available.
  • Next, have a consultation with your doctor and discuss your medical history and your current medications. A history of facial herpes or a tendency to blister is important for the doctor or nurse to know prior to treatment. Certain medications can increase your sensitivity to the laser as well.
  • Speak with the doctor about the recommended number of visits that are being estimated for your treatment. Because hair grows in cycles, the treatments will occur over a period of time in order to get a full result.
  • You’ll likely be given some instructions for preparing for your visits. Most commonly, patients are encouraged not to wax or pluck the areas being treated in-between visits. This allows the doctor (or nurse) to identify the active hair follicles to be treated.

The Day Before Your Treatment

You’ll want to shave the areas that are going to be treated. If too much hair is left on the surface of the skin, the laser will target the hair as well as the follicle underneath the skin, potentially causing a burn. If you haven’t shaved, your technician will do it for you.

On Treatment Day

Skip the lotions, makeup and perfumes today. The laser works best and most comfortably on clean skin.

For additional comfort, your provider may use an anesthetic cream on the areas to be treated. Taking a Tylenol 15 to 30 minutes before your appointment can also help with any temporary discomfort. Be prepared to experience some swelling, irritation or redness that may last from 15 minutes to two hours after your treatment. Keep your skin well hydrated and protected from the sun. The tone of your skin should return to normal within a day or two.

After Treatment

Keep your skin well hydrated and protected from the sun. The tone of your skin should return to normal within a day or two. Drink plenty of water to assist the healing process.

Individual Care

Your experienced treatment provider will walk you through everything you need to know to have a succussful outcome while minimizing discomfort. Be sure to discuss the details of cost,  number of treatments, your personal medical background and any questions you have.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold  has been using lasers for over 35 years in his practice. Laser Body Solutions of Hamden is an award winning medical location for Laser Hair Removal in the New Haven CT area.