If you are used to plucking, waxing , threading or electrolysis, you should be able to tolerate laser hair removal without any problems. It feels a little different to other methods of hair removal, rather like a pin pricking or rubber band flicking against the skin, but most people find it quite bearable. The Lightsheer Diode laser that we use to perform treatments, has a built in “Chill-Tip” to cool the skin and minimise discomfort and skin reaction.
After the treatment, your skin may feel a little warm, but should not be painful. It is usual to see redness, slight swelling around thicker hair follicles and perhaps smell some burning hair. The skin settles down very quickly after treatment, normally within a few hours. We recommend keeping the skin cool that day and to apply aloe vera to soothe if needed.
This short video shows a hair removal procedure using the Lightsheer Diode Chill Tip.
Laser hair removal is generally tolerated well, but if you are particularly sensitive to the treatment, a topical anaesthetic cream such as EMLA may be applied to smaller body areas such as the upper lip or underarms if needed. Most people do not find this necessary and are happy to chat, read or listen to music whilst they have their treatment done!
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.