Laser hair removal is the process of eliminating hair by introducing pulsing laser light directly onto the hair follicles. This will cause the follicles to die, and thereby the hair to which that follicle is attached will fall off and no longer grow. Sound painful, doesn’t it?
Well, if you look at the name, it may suggest that the process is indeed a painful one. Or it may even come across as intimidating or a little too technical because laser beams are deemed things of the future. But there is no need to fret.
If you are going to go the route of laser hair removal, be sure to find a reputable place. I go to the best medical spa in St. Louis for my laser hair removal.
Despite it sounding like you will be put on a slab and be probed with beams and goggled lab technicians, this method of hair removal is very simple and can be relatively pain-free. This offers a longer-term solution to the irritating problem of having unwanted and unsightly hair sprouting from the most unfortunate and hard to reach areas. Depending on whether or not the hair follicle is destroyed or simply damaged, the result can be complete and permanent hair removal. In the event that the hairs manage to regrow, there is no restriction on having this treatment again.
To be perfectly honest, this procedure is not without any feeling of discomfort. Generally, the discomfort level is similar to that which you will experience when you get sunburnt. So, a little redness and irritation can be expected after each procedure.
Also, you have to take into consideration the part of the body that will be treated. At the same time, some areas tend to be more susceptible to the feeling of pain, like the upper lip, the bikini area, the underarms, or general areas where there is thin skin. The other areas of the body where there are lesser nerve endings tend to be more forgiving and can tolerate pain like the areas around the cheeks, or forehead, arms, and legs. So, take that into consideration when pondering over whether or not you will undergo this particular procedure.
During the actual procedure, you will not be able to feel any burning sensations or any heat, but you will get to experience a sensation most commonly comparable to being flicked. Some people describe it as like being ticked by a rubber band. But you need not worry about it. If you have a particularly low tolerance for pain or you just want to be on the safe side of things, there are numbing creams or numbing agents that can be used before and after each treatment.
As your session progresses and the hair becomes thinner, you will feel that the pain or discomfort also decreases. Some attribute this to being more accustomed to the process undertaken during the procedure or being under the care of a knowledgeable technician who is capable of handling the skin with more care.
Considering the smooth and silky skin you get to achieve and the length of time you get to enjoy the results, really, the trade-off is well worth it.