I had laser hair removal in the past and it HURT! I'm fearful of pain from my next laser treatment.
How to Minimize Pain During Laser Hair Removal?
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We apply a specially-made topical anesthetic half an...
- 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.
Laser Hair Removal Limiting Pain
Less Pain Is More Gain- for Laser Hair Removal
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.
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How to Minimize Pain During Laser Hair Removal
We also recommend taking an ibuprofen beforehand to help mitigate the pain. Doing so will help, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
The feeling of laser hair removal has been described as a rubber band continually snapping at the skin. Additional side effects can be redness and swelling that last anywhere from one to three days. Most patients who have had the laser hair removal procedure believe the hair-free results are well worth the feeling experienced during the procedure.
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Reducing pain during laser hair removal
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.
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Minimize Pain During Laser Hair Removal
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.
To minimize pain you can use topical anesthetics and ice.
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.
Cooling Diminishes Laser Hair Removal Pain
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.