Laser Hair Removal, does it hurt?

Laser Hair Removal

Have you been considering laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair? Laser hair removal is an alternative to shaving, waxing, and sugaring. Individuals can choose to have laser hair removal done at a spa or they can buy a handheld laser hair removal devise to use at home.

Below is some information to help you make an informed decision about laser hair removal.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Lots of people worry that laser hair removal will hurt. While you can get burned from laser hair removal, the burns you get can be treated like any other first-degree (minor) burn. When severe, burning from laser hair removal can cause sores or blisters. For those with sensitive skin, discoloring of the skin can occur and may take up to six months to heal.

Most often, laser hair removal burns are first-degree burns. That means that they’re the mildest burns out there. However, even mild burns can cause a lot of physical pain.

To minimize your risk of getting a laser hair removal burn, you should make sure to follow the directions on your laser device exactly. It is also recommended that you shave 24 hours before your laser hair removal session to prevent visible hair from being singed by the device.

Even when you take all of the necessary precautions, you can get burned. If you get burns from laser hair removal, you should do the following:

  • Keep ice on the burned area until swelling stops. You may also take a cool bath to soothe the burn.

  • Don’t put ointments on your burn unless recommended by your doctor. Ointments can build an extra barrier, preventing your skin from getting the air it needs to heal properly.

  • Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes, especially over the burned area(s).

  • Don’t pop any blisters that appear. Popping blisters can increase your risk of infection.

  • If you’re bandaging your burn, wrap it lightly in gauze. Do not wrap your burns tightly, as that can cause discomfort and prevent healing.

  • Take an over-the-counter NSAID like ibuprofen to help with the pain.

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