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What should you expect during laser hair removal?

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Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. Usually topical numbing medicine is applied 20- 30 minutes before the laser procedure, to help with the sting of the laser pulses.The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color. Depending on the laser or light source used, you and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin. Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions. When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You'll get treatments until hair stops growing.

From: Laser Hair Removal WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "Laser Hair Removal Information."

Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington: "Laser Hair Removal."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Laser Hair Removal."

FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."

The Hair Removal Journal: "How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "Laser Hair Removal Information."

Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington: "Laser Hair Removal."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Laser Hair Removal."

FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."

The Hair Removal Journal: "How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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