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Laser Hair Removal: What You Can Expect?

First, understand that laser hair removal can be dangerous in inexperienced hands. Burns, permanent changes to your skin color and scars can occur if not performed by a medical professional who is extremely trained in using lasers and has in-depth knowledge of the skin.   It is recommended that you choose a licensed medical professional to perform laser hair removal since it is considered a medical procedure. Here at Defy Nature, Kristin is a Registered Nurse who performs the treatment and has years of experience and training with LHR.

What happens during laser hair removal?

Before the treatment, the area will be cleansed. Some patients prefer to use a numbing crème prior to be procedure which we can prescribe to your local pharmacy. Numbing the area helps with discomfort during the treatment when the skin is sensitive. We recommend putting Emla crème (with lidocaine) on 45  minutes prior to your procedure.

The laser hair removal will take place in a room set up specifically for laser treatments. Everyone in the room must wear protective eyewear during the procedure. To perform the procedure, the skin is held taut and the skin is treated with the laser. Many patients say that the laser pulses feel like warm pinpricks or a rubber band being snapped against the skin.

How long your treatment takes depends on the size of the area being treated. Treating the upper lip takes minutes. If you are having a large area like the back or legs treated, your treatment may last up to an hour.

What must I do after getting laser hair removal?

To avoid possible side effects, all patients need to protect their skin from the sun. After laser hair removal, you should:

  • Avoid direct sunlight from hitting your treated skin.
  • Not use a tanning bed, sun lamp, or any other indoor tanning equipment.

You may see some redness and swelling after treatment. This often looks like a mild sunburn. Applying a cool compress can help reduce your discomfort.

What areas can be treated?

 Defy Nature commonly treats men and women’s:

  • underarms
  • bikini
  • back
  • Mustache (women too! )
  • sideburns
  • neck
  • chest
  • sphinx-YES!
  • Anywhere you have HAIR we can remove it!

Is there downtime?

No, laser hair removal generally does not require any real downtime. Immediately after laser hair removal, your treated skin may be red and swollen. Despite this, most people return to their everyday activities.

When will I see the results after having laser hair removal?

You will likely see the results immediately after treatment. The results vary from patient to patient. The color and thickness of your hair, area treated, type of laser used, and color of your skin all affect the results. You can expect a 10% to 25% reduction in hair after the first treatment.

Most patients need 4 to 6 laser treatments. After finishing the treatments, most patients do not see any hair on the treated skin for several months or even years. When the hair regrows, there tends to be less of it. The hairs also tend to be finer and lighter in color.

How long will the results of laser hair removal last?

Most patients remain hair free with a 70 percent reduction for months or even years. When some of the hair regrows, it will likely be less noticeable. To keep the area free of hair, a patient may need maintenance laser treatments.

What are the possible side effects?

The most common side effects are minor and last 1 to 3 days. These side effects include:

  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Redness

In the past and still, currently offered at other providers, only people with dark hair and light skin can safely have laser hair removal. But at Defy Nature their device called Gentle Max Pro works great for patients who have dark skin and light tones.

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Call Defy Nature today at 860-442-5347

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