Laser Hair Removal Tips
cassie's picture

Hi everyone

I thought I would start this thread for everyone to post their top tips about Laser Hair Removal. Have you been through laser hair removal treatment and would like to share your experiences, thoughts and wisdom with the rest of us? :)

To start the thread off, here is my tip of the day:

* Did you know that laser hair removal is less painful if you have shaved recently? You can shave the morning before your treatment, or if it is an area that you don't normally shave, shave it about 24 hours before hand so that any irritation to the skin has a chance to subside.

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Laser hair removal in india

Laser hair removal in india systems emit a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle. The hair absorbs it, the energy from the laser is transformed into heat and the hair follicle is disabled.

How does laser hair removal compare with electrolysis?

Electrolysis can be a tedious, painful process destroying each hair follicle one at a time. This can sometimes require treatment over years at regular intervals.

Laser hair removal on the other hand can treat hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously so the process is much quicker.

Light colored hair is more difficult to treat and blonde and red hair are very difficult to treat requiring multiple laser hair removal sessions with varied results.

Anyone on a diet high in beta-carotene will need to change eating habits if they want best results from laser hair removal. Beta-carotene, found in vitamin A, carrots, squash and other vegetables produces a yellow or orange color in the skin which absorbs the laser energy and interferes with it reaching the hair follicle.

As beta-carotene can remain in the body for months, an adjustment in diet may be needed well in advance of laser hair removal treatment for optimum results.

Persons with light skin are the easiest to treat, requiring less laser hair removal sessions as the results are faster.

Persons with dark skin or sun tanned skin take longer to get results because melanin, the dark pigment in hair, is also present in skin. Melanin absorbs some of the laser light.

There is the danger of dark skin being burned in these instances so a laser beam with a lower energy level is used. For this reason also a higher level of expertise is required on the part of the laser hair removal clinic.

How long does laser hair removal treatment take?

The time involved with laser hair removal treatment varies from person to person with skin, hair coloring and coarseness of hair all affecting the time.

Here are some estimates which can give an approximate guide.

Back 1½ -3 hours
Shoulders 10-20 minutes
Underarms 1-2 minutes
Bikini Line 8-10 minutes
Upper lip less than 1 minute
Chin 2-3 minutes

xtremenoscam's picture

There are really good topical

There are really good topical anaesthetics that you can apply to the skin before you have the laser treatment to numb it Xtreme No

cathrinegans's picture

How much do I tip for laser hair removal?

You really don't need to because it is a medical procedure and most compensation structures for laser operators are quite high and don't consider them getting tips.

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earleneleclerc's picture

Laser Hair Removal Tips

Laser hair removal is wonderful and when done correctly doesn't leave scars. I'm assuming the picture is of you and you are a white girl with very fair skin, this is perfect. Laser hair removal works best on people with very light skin and very dark hair. The darker and coarser the hair the best results you get.

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sadiehunter's picture

Laser Hair Removal

One of the side effects of laser hair removal are burns. While burns are not always part of the treatments, on very sensitive skin, major burning can occur. Because you are trying to get hair removed in such a sensitive area, I would look into all possible side effects.
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meliabenedict's picture

Laser Hair Removal Tips

I would not tip after a laser hair removal session. The service should be provided by a certified nurse, physician, or laser technician. It's really more of a medical procedure than a cosmetic procedure in this case.
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linknads's picture

Laser hair removal

Great idea, I'll check this Laser hair removal thread often now.

michaelhoffman's picture

Laser hair removal is safe

Laser hair removal is safe for most people—except if you are sensitive to light due to certain medications or a disorder or have an infection on the area you wish treated. The only part of the body that can’t be treated is eyebrows—for fear of eye damage—while some areas are difficult to treat, such as the scalp and upper lip.

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pain relief for laser hair removal

Here's my tip!

* If you're at all worried about pain (although they say that laser hair removal is not as painful as waxing, but for those of us with low pain thresholds we still worry!) ... then be sure to tell your consultant that you want as much pain relief as possible. There are really good topical anaesthetics that you can apply to the skin before you have the laser treatment to numb it. You can use over the counter ones but I think that some laser clinics are able to get extra-strength ones that have even more of the pain relief drugs in. The more the better I say :)