The sensation of laser hair removal is often compared to a pinpricking or rubber band flicking against the skin. It can be a little uncomfortable and some body areas are more sensitive than others. Areas such as the underarms, bikini line and upper lip would generally be more sensitive than having the arms or legs treated. Pain is only felt whilst the laser is fired and does not last. It should be noted that not feeling any discomfort during treatments may be an indication that the laser is set too low to produce good results.
However, the treatment is quite quick and generally well tolerated. The laser covers almost a square centimetre with each shot, so gets several hairs each time it is fired. Other treatments, such as electrolysis are much slower as they treat one hair at a time.
Very occasionally some clients find the laser too uncomfortable and would use an anaesthetic cream such as EMLA on small areas of the body. EMLA is not suitable to treat large body areas as adverse reactions can occur. If you have any concerns about pain tolerance, your nurse will be happy to discuss them with you at the initial consultation.
This article was written by Jane Keena of Complete LaserCare.
Jane qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth and worked as a senior nurse in the NHS until 2001.
She left to pursue a career in laser hair removal, initially working for Boots the Chemist where she was appointed laser protection supervisor and gained a BTEC award in Laser and Intense Light Hair removal in March 2001.