Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

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Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

painless hair removal Let’s face it: you’re ready to take a stand against shaving and waxing.  You’re tired of the constant upkeep and the pain of getting waxed every few weeks.  You’re sick of having to spend a constant amount of money on your upkeep, only to have to spend the same amount just a few weeks later.  You want to put an end to the shaving and waxing curse…

And that’s why you’re so interested in laser hair removal.

Use of this innovative treatment has skyrocketed in recent years.  In 2009, despite the presence of a serious recession, the laser hair removal industry pulled in a whopping $244 million.  Up to 60% of women between the ages of 18-29 have indicated they’d be interested in laser hair removal, while 82% of these women have gone on to pursue treatment.

But while it might seem that everyone’s interested in laser hair removal, there’s one question that seems to get swept under the rug: Does laser hair removal hurt?

In short, no.  Laser hair removal is often confused with its predecessor, electrolysis – and that certainly did hurt.  Rather than zapping individual hairs – which felt like a pinching and slapping sensation – laser hair removal uses a highly effective and gentle laser to stop additional hair growth.  Many patients who have undergone laser hair removal have described it as a “heating” sensation.  This indicates that laser hair removal isn’t painful, but you may feel the heat of the laser.

At the Fountain of Youth medSpa in Victoria, TX, Dr. Nhi Le specializes in laser hair removal. Before the treatment, she’ll use a BLT cream to help reduce any discomfort. Similarly, the use of cooling air, applied to the treated area directly after the procedure, will also help with any discomfort.  These solutions are ideal for patients who might have a lower pain threshold, as this ensures you’ll be comfortable throughout the duration of the procedure.  Patients should also note that they will experience a little redness and soreness for a few hours after treatment.

Dr. Le also utilizes one of the most state-of-the-art lasers for hair removal: the LEDA Diode 808, which is made in Germany. The FHR® Fractional Hair Removal technology and the Low Fluence Mode allows for the treatment of both sensitive and darker skin types.

Patients should also consider shaving a day or two before the treatment, as this can help ease any poking sensations you might feel.  It’s also worth noting that the more treatments you receive, the less it hurts.  Make sure that you don’t expose your treatment area to direct sunlight, as sensitive skin can cause laser hair removal to hurt.

For more information on laser hair removal – or to schedule a consultation – visit Dr. Nhi Le at Fountain of Youth Medical Spa today. We’re based in Victoria, TX, near Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustinPort LavacaEl Campo & Sugar Land. To learn more just give us a call at 361-576-9100 or fill out the form in the top right corner .

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