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How to Minimize Pain During Laser Hair Removal?

I had laser hair removal in the past and it HURT!  I'm fearful of pain from my next laser treatment.

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We apply a specially-made topical anesthetic half an...

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  • We apply a specially-made topical anesthetic half an hour before Fraxel treatment.
  • Occasionally, we will give a patient a pre-op "cocktail" to cause sedation.
  • Also, ice to the treated area just after a burst will help a lot.

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Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Less Pain Is More Gain- for Laser Hair Removal

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There are many techniques to lessen pain : 1) topical anesthesia- we utilize several with great patient satisfaction. 2) ice 3) other variants of cold- cold roller, Zimmer cool air blower 4) oral sedatives. 5) oral analgesics. 6) other distraction techniques. 7) although I have never used for hair removal- local anesthesia or nerve blocks - are effective in lessening pain . When we lessen the pain , the patient is happy- and will desire to have the procedure again.

Web reference: http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com/laser/laser_hair.html

Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Reducing pain during laser hair removal

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An easy way to reduce discomfort is to apply cold packs to the area prior to treating it. Many lasers also have built in devices to increase comfort during the procedure such as a chilled tip or a zimmer cooler that blows cold air onto the skin. Another alternative is to apply an anesthetic numbing cream (only recommended for small areas and on intact skin. Do not apply to mucous membranes) at least 20 minutes prior to your procedure.

Hope this helps.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Minimize Pain During Laser Hair Removal

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You can use a lidocaine cream. GentleLase's proprietary Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) cools and protects the surrounding tissue, which greatly reduces the chance of pain, discoloration, or damage to the skin.

Web reference: http://www.drjsalomon.com/laser-hair-removal-miami.asp

Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

To minimize pain you can use topical anesthetics and ice.

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The Lightsheer Duet laser that we use in our office is less painful than any other lasers on the marker and most of our patients do not need numbing cream or icing prior to the procedure. Most topical anesthetics take 45 minutes to an hour to numb the skin and are not recommended to be applied on large areas. Patient’s safety is most important and choosing a laser that is tolerable without any numbing creams might be a better option.

Web reference: http://drturowski.com/laser-hair-removal-chicago.html

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Cooling Diminishes Laser Hair Removal Pain

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There are several ways to minimize pain with laser hair removal.  I recommend you make sure you do not come in if your are premenstrual. That will exaggerate the pain.  I also have in my office we a few techniques that help with reducing the pain as well.   You also want to consider what type of laser is being used. We use the Candela Gentelase laser which pulses a cold spray before each pulse of energy is delivered.  Patients find that this really adds a soothing effect for the pain.

Web reference: http://www.hallplasticsurgery.com/laser-hair-removal-austin.html

Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Minimizing Pain During the Laser Hair Removal

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Pain tolerance varies from client to client. One fact that can cause extra sensitivity are hairs that extend above the surface of the skin, in which case can singe the hair and can burn the skin. We suggested you shave either the night before or the morning of your treatment. In house we use 2 that can assist in easing the sensitivity. Ice and/or a Topical Lidocaine. The ice is applied just before the treatment to help numb the area just enough to control the sensitivity level. The topical lidocaine is applied about 30 minutes prior to treatment giving the area a chance to become numb.

 

"Dr.D"

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Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Minimizing Pain during Laser Hair Removal

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In our office we use a cold air machine attached to our Cynosure Elite Laser.  In most cases, the very effectively lessens any pain from the laser.  Additionally, with this laser, the treatments are very fast, so the process is over very quickly.  We also offer topical anesthetics prior to treatment for very sensitive patients.  Our goal is to make the process very comfortable for the patient.

 

Good Luck.

Web reference: http://www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com

New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Laser Hair Removal

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Everyone will have a different threshold for pain when getting treated. Cold air or numbing cream are options to consider.

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Bay Area Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Laser Hair Removal Limiting Pain

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While everyone's pain tolerance is different, the majority of clients in my Raleigh, NC plastic surgery medical spa and laser center do not think it is painful. Our patients report that treatment with our lasers is much more comfortable than other lasers and far more comfortable than waxing. Our lasers, yag lasers for hair removal, and an alexandrite laser are equipped with a DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device) that makes the treatment both comfortable and safer to the skin than other lasers. Before every laser pulse, a cryogen (cooling agent) is automatically sprayed onto the skin within the laser field that protects and partially numbs that area. This makes the treatment safer and more comfortable. Because the lasers we use have a very large (18mm) spot size, treatments are very quick. Any discomfort one experiences is over very quickly.

Web reference: http://www.michaellawmd.com/breast-augmentation_breast_implants.html#

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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