Laser Hair Removal Demonstration
In our last post, Courtney introduced the LightSheer Duet laser that we use at Plastic Surgery Associates for laser hair removal procedures. In the video below, see how you can banish the fuzz in time for summer!
Before Your Appointment:
To ensure best results, closely follow your skin care specialist’s instructions to prepare for the procedure. Don’t wax, tweeze, or use depilatories six weeks prior, as that will disturb the follicle and remove the hair that the laser must target. Instead, shave the area to be treated before your appointment, leaving outlying hairs to be marked for treatment. Be sure to avoid sun exposure for a month prior to treatment, as well as self-tanning lotions. You will be asked to reschedule your appointment due to potential complications if you arrive with excessively tan skin, as the laser can’t target hair as well on dark skin.
Our patient Jillian related the feeling to the light flick of a rubber band. The discomfort is mild, fleeting, and, oftentimes, irritation felt afterward is from shaving. As you can see in the video, small dots appear where Courtney passed with the laser. Those specks are singed hairs that can be wiped away, and others will shed in the weeks following your treatment.
After Your Appointment:
You may have initial redness and mild swelling comparable to what you may see after waxing that typically disappears after 2-3 hours. Dry skin, tenderness or whitehead-like bumps are common, normal side effects that subside within a few days. If you had your underarms treated, avoid deodorant until redness and irritation disappears. Be cautious in the first 4-5 days following your treatment to prevent trauma to the treated area. You may use ice packs or aloe vera gel for comfort. Know that some treated hairs may not shed for weeks – if necessary you can shave those areas.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your free hair removal consultation, give us a call at (616) 451-4500.
Have you tried laser hair removal? What did you think of your experience?