Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt? What You Need to Know

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt? What You Need to Know

When it comes to laser hair removal, worries about discomfort can sometimes prevent people from giving the treatment a try. It’s understandable to be nervous, but thankfully there is nothing to be afraid of. Our practice keeps discomfort low in a number of ways, including advanced devices and highly trained providers. We use our technology and training to make laser hair removal even more comfortable for our patients from Valparaiso, Schererville, Merrillville, Munster, and other Indiana communities.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what you can expect to feel during a laser hair removal treatment.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses heat energy to damage hair follicles, significantly reducing future hair growth on a long-lasting basis. For the treatment to work, follicles must be targeted while hair is in the active growth phase. You’ll need a few sessions to effectively treat as many hair follicles as possible because hair enters the active growth phase at different times. These sessions should be spaced about 6 weeks apart for optimal results. You can learn more about the treatment in this related blog post.

How painful is laser hair removal?

For most people, laser hair removal is not too uncomfortable. Many people say each brief pulse of the laser feels like a rubber band snapping against their skin; they can feel it, but it is tolerable. Discomfort levels vary between people and may also depend on which body part is being treated and how large the treatment area is.

How do you stop the pain or discomfort from laser hair removal?

The Lumenis LightSheer® Duet, our laser hair removal system, uses advanced technology to cool your skin before and during the treatment, which greatly enhances comfort. The device also has the ability to treat multiple hair follicles at once to keep each session as brief and efficient as possible.

Working with a highly experienced provider is another great way to minimize your discomfort and keep your risk of burns and other complications very low. Trained professionals are skilled at properly pacing treatments and performing them both safely and effectively. Our RN Nikki Love has 15 years of experience performing the procedure and is highly adept at keeping people comfortable throughout the process.

Is it worth getting laser hair removal?

A majority of people are very satisfied with their laser hair removal experience and results. In fact, on, 91% of users called the treatment “worth it.” The reasons behind this high satisfaction rating include the long-lasting results, which typically only need to be touched up once a year, and the treatment’s versatility and ability to be used on many different parts of the body.

Some women and men also appreciate following up on their laser hair removal procedures with other non-surgical treatments. Popular non-surgical treatments include BOTOX® and dermal fillers to rejuvenate the face and sclerotherapy to diminish unsightly spider veins on the legs.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser hair removal at our Indiana plastic surgery practice in Schererville and Valparaiso? Please contact us online or call (219) 322-3131 (Schererville) or (219) 299-9300 (Valparaiso).

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