Laser hair removal is a method of hair removal, which is considered to be semi-permanent. The results usually last much longer than waxing or shaving, and some patients may achieve permanent hair removal over time with continued treatments. The recovery period after a laser hair removal treatment is often short and relatively pain free with some patients being able to have the procedure performed on a lunch break and return to work on the same day.
Laser hair removal is performed by using a laser to vaporize existing hair and damage the hair follicle in order to prevent new growth. The treatment is moderately painful depending upon the area of the body where hair is being removed. Many patients compare the sensation to that of rubber bands being repeatedly snapped against the skin. In some cases, a topical anaesthetic can be applied to the area in order to reduce pain during the procedure.
Clients can return to their normal activities immediately after laser hair removal treatments, although exercise should be avoided for the first 24 hours. The client should also avoid sun exposure for several weeks after treatment as the skin may be more sensitive while healing. During this healing period patients should wash the treated area gently during showers and baths to avoid any irritation.