If you are tired of shaving your legs, there are many things you can do to help with this. One of these things is using laser hair removal. This will not remove hair permanently but will delay the growth for long periods of time. Keep reading to learn more about laser hair removal.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Make an appointment with a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to determine if this procedure would work well for you. If the dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon decides to do this treatment, they will give you instructions on how to prepare for it. They will ask you to avoid the sun as much as you can and use sunscreen when you cannot. The doctor will ask you to not lighten your skin in any way using skin creams.
You also need to avoid removing the hair on your legs in other ways, such as waxing, plucking, or using electrolysis for a few weeks before the procedure. The doctor will ask you to shave your legs the day before the treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
The doctor will ask you to wear goggles to protect your eyes during the procedure. The doctor can apply an anesthetic cream to your legs to reduce pain during the procedure. The doctor uses a laser to remove the hair. The laser beam goes through the skin down to the hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages the follicles preventing them from growing hair. The doctor does one section of your legs at a time so expect the procedure to last a while. The doctor can tell you how long this will take.
Depending on the type of laser used there may be some discomfort during the treatment. Some lasers also have a cooling device or use a gel to cool down your legs faster, so you feel less pain.
Laser Hair Removal Recovery
After the treatment, your legs may swell a little and become red, but this generally only lasts a few hours. You can apply ice to your legs to help get the swelling down and reduce redness. The doctor may give you a cream to put on your legs after the procedure.
You may have to have more than one treatment to completely damage all hair follicles. If so, the doctor will give you instructions on what you should not do between treatments. For example, you should not use a tanning bed for a certain amount of weeks and use sunscreen on your legs when you go outside.
The doctor can give you more information about the laser hair removal treatment.