While it has become a much more popular treatment over the past several years, many aren’t familiar with exactly how it works and what to expect. One of the most common questions asked is, “Does laser hair removal hurt?” It does hurt slightly, but the general consensus is that it certainly hurts less than waxing, the problem with answering this question is that everyone has a different level of natural pain tolerance, for those with a very low threshold it may hurt a bit – similar to being poked with a paperclip. For those with higher levels of tolerance, the actual procedure will be entirely uneventful. Overall, the pain is very negligible compared to the overall potential benefits, and there are several ways to minimize this problem during and after. Most consider any discomfort certainly a price worth paying.
The Initial Treatment
When polled, around 92% of participants rated that it was “slightly less” or “much less” painful than a standard waxing. The reason that most experience pain is because the treatment works by stunting the hair follicles through heat. The hurt is actually a great sign that it is working well. It should be noted that while it may hurt slightly, the initial treatment is the most difficult and proceeding visits will be much more comfortable.
Many different facilities have ways of dealing with this. The most common means of reducing this irritation is through a cryogenic spray that is applied after, or during, the treatment, this can be very effective in either reducing or eliminating it entirely. Some other laser removal clinics or spas put a topical numbing solution on your skin prior, this is one of the most effective ways of minimizing irritation.
Ways to Minimize Pain
One of the most common, easy and effective ways to avoid irritation is to shave the treated area prior. Because the high-powered lasers can deactivate follicles, hair can also be affected by these lasers and it will hurt more if not shaven properly. If you are highly sensitive to pain, ensure that the chosen treatment has means of reducing it, either by medication or through cryogenic sprays. Something as simple as taking a few capsules of Tylenol can go a long way to help.
The most important factor to take into consideration when trying to negate pain during the procedure is to ensure that the person doing the treatment is very experienced and professional. When having a procedure done, there is no factor more important than this, never choose a poor clinic just simply for a lower cost.
Managing Tenderness After the Procedure
While very few people have post procedure pain, it is still a factor for some and there are several ways to ensure that you experience little or no pain. Here are a few tips in order to keep post-treatment tenderness to a minimum.
- Avoid direct sun exposure to treated areas for 2 weeks after the procedure
- Keep the treated area clean
- Use high quality moisturizers on the treated area
- Avoid heavy friction in the treated area to reduce swelling and redness
Overall, the procedure may hurt slightly but with these techniques the irritation during and after procedure can be reduced quite dramatically. Hopefully you have understood the answer and the depth of the question, does it hurt? If you still have doubts or concerns about the procedure, talk to a professional to learn about more ways to ensure an effective treatment, lower pain and achieve great results. With a home laser hair removal machine, you have more control over the pain caused, and can take it more slowly.