If you’re thinking about getting laser hair removal, you might be wondering what the downtime is like. The good news is that it’s pretty easy and can be done in just one visit!
The treatment lasts for about 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
The duration of a laser hair removal session varies depending on the size of the area. The larger or more intricate areas, such as your back, will take longer to treat than smaller ones like your arms. Your technician will also ask you to lie down so that they can cover all areas evenly and thoroughly.
The first treatment takes longer than subsequent treatments because it is an initial consultation with your technician and they need time to assess which laser settings would be suitable for you. They also want ensure that they are treating each area correctly so that no harm comes to your skin if there are any side effects from the procedure (which is rare).
Lastly, we advise continuing with at least four sessions before seeing noticeable results; however, this does vary between individuals based on their hair growth rate and skin type!
Self tanning products, tanning beds and sun exposure should all be avoided before the treatment
Because laser hair removal is a treatment that uses light to target and destroy hair follicles, avoiding direct sunlight for at least one week before your session is recommended. The reason for this is because the melanin in your skin can cause complications during laser treatment if it is exposed to intense heat from the laser.
It’s important not to use self-tanning products on your skin prior to your appointment because these products can create buildup of melanin on cells, which could increase risk of burns or scarring during treatment. If you have been using self tanner in the past year or plan on using one before your next session, let us know so we can make sure we don’t perform a procedure that could result in scarring!
You will need to avoid sun exposure after the treatment
You will need to avoid sun exposure after the treatment.
Sun exposure can cause the skin to burn and may lead to irritation, redness and blistering of your skin. You will need to avoid tanning beds, and sun exposure for a week after your treatment. Heat can also cause irritation and burns after the treatment. Vigorous exercise, hot water, steam etc should all be avoided for at least 48 hours after the treatment
The treatment lasts for about 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
The duration of the treatment varies depending on the size of the area being treated. Smaller areas generally take less time to treat than larger ones, but this can also depend on how many sessions you have scheduled. For example, during a first session, the operator may wish to spend more time ensuring that your skin does not react negatively to the laser. Subsequent sessions will likely be shorter since there won’t be any new growth for them to target and therefore no need for new treatments or fine-tuning.
There could be occasional redness and swelling.
You can expect some redness and swelling after your treatment. You should take ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce any inflammation that occurs. Sun exposure is also a no-no for at least two weeks after your treatment, because it can cause more damage to the skin.
You will be able to resume your regular routine within 48 hours of the procedure and should see an improvement in hair growth in about 3-4 treatments.
Any medication that you are taking for acne needs to be stopped few days before the procedure.
You can resume taking medications for acne after the procedure. However, you must stop taking any medication that you are currently using for acne for at least 7 days before your treatment. This includes topical creams, oral medications and topical gels. It is important to speak with your doctor about this because some medications may increase the risk of complications during laser hair removal. If you are taking Accutane (isotretinoin), it should be stopped at least 1 year before undergoing laser hair removal treatment because it increases the risk of scarring or inflammation if applied to recently treated skin.
You will have to shave the area that is going to be targeted before the procedure.
Shave the area that is going to be targeted with a razor in the direction of hair growth. You should shave your skin within 24 hours of your procedure and never before your treatment.
You should avoid waxing or plucking a few weeks before the treatment.
You should avoid waxing or plucking a few weeks before the treatment. If you go to get your brows done and the technician notices that your skin is very red, she may recommend that you do not get laser hair removal until a certain period of time has passed. This is because it’s not safe to have any new growth on top of old, thickened hair and skin.
There are different kinds of lasers for laser hair removal; some are more effective than others depending on what kind of pigment your hair has. Your doctor will choose which type will work best for you based on whether or not it would be able to remove all the hairs without damaging surrounding tissue in an area where they don’t want any damage at all (like around eyebrows).
Results are not immediate.
The results of laser hair removal are not immediate. After each session, you can expect to see small decreases in the amount of hair at your chosen treatment area. However, it may take several sessions over the course of several weeks or months for you to see noticeable progress.
Treatments should be spaced out about 4-8 weeks apart so that your skin has time to heal in between treatments. This is especially important if you have darker skin tones because they tend to be more susceptible to pigment changes (darkening) or scarring than people with lighter complexions are; therefore it’s better not to apply heat sources too frequently on these areas as this could cause damage and discoloration over time.
Laser hair removal is an easy and safe procedure with little downtime.
- Laser hair removal is a safe and effective procedure with little downtime.
- You’ll need to shave the area before your appointment, but it’s not necessary to remove all of the hair. The laser will only target dark hairs, so if you don’t want to shave an entire area, just trim down any light colored or blonde hairs so they’re short enough for the laser to reach them.
- It’s also important that you stay out of direct sunlight for two weeks after your treatment (you should wear sunscreen). This step is especially important when receiving treatments on both legs at once because exposure to sunlight could cause sunburns on multiple areas simultaneously—and no one wants that!
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the downtime for laser hair removal and how to prepare for it. If you have any further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help!