What does the treatment include ?

Generally, the treatment will include :

  • Safety eyewear to protect the patient’s eyes during the procedure from the laser light.
  • A small hand piece is used with a probe that touches the skin to deliver the laser light.

  • A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse, followed by a slight popping sound as the laser removes the hair follicles being treated.

  • Most patients experience only a little discomfort at the treatment site.

  • Topical anesthesia may also be used.

  • The procedure can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes or up to an hour, depending on the area treated.
    All patients can go home immediately following treatment.

  • The treated area may become pink or red within about 30 minutes of treatment. This may last from a few hours to several days.

 

What precautions should be taken before and after treatment ?

  • Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.

  • Avoid plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of lip herpes, prophylactic antiviral medication may be prescribed.

  • If you have a tan or have a dark skin, a bleaching cream is started 2-4 weeks before treatment.

 

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