The day comes for you to have your first laser hair removal treatment. It is normal to feel nervous and maybe a little worried. This is because it is something you have not done before and you're not sure what to expect. Try to relax and take it as normal visitation you pay to the doctors.
If there is a wait after you arrive at the office, try to keep your mind busy so you will not worry about the upcoming procedure. Maybe a friend can accompany you to your appointment, or, if you are alone, reading a book or magazine. After payment is done you will be more relax because it is one less thing you have to worry about.
When it's your turn to enter the treatment room, you will be instructed to remove all the necessary clothing and a sort of uniform will be given. If the area that will be treated with laser hair removal is not photographed during the consultation, a nurse or assistant will pick it up now.
The treated area is washed to rid them of any lotions, cosmetics, perfume or deodorant. It is then rubbed with alcohol. Depending on the procedure, the area may, or may not, be shaved. Your skin will be cooled prior to treatment to help reduce side effects from occurring. You, and others in the room, will be given safety goggles to wear during the procedure.
The doctor or technician in charge of the procedure will preform a patch test. This will give him a chance to measure the tolerance of treatment and also select the correct fluence levels. It also gives you the opportunity to experience how the laser feels and hopefully relieve some of your worries. A single pulse delivered to the test area, which is near the area for treatment. This is checked for any damage signs to the skin such as blistering or separation.
When the doctor is ready to start the procedure, he would aim the laser to the hair follicles. The time required for this procedure depends on the amount of hair that needs to be removed, the spot size of the beam, and the scanning pattern of the hand piece that the doctor is using. Laser hair treatment can take anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes, depending on the area considered.
Many people would say that the laser feels like a rubber band snapped on your skin. If you are feeling discomfort or pain, you will be given a topical anesthesia or cooling remedies.
When the laser hair removal treatment is completed, a discussion on post-treatment care will ensue. You may experience some temporary side effects such as redness and swelling, which usually disappear within one or two days.
Once you've experienced your first laser hair removal treatments you will be more relaxed if you require further treatment.