What's the Best Laser Hair Removal Treatment for Sensitive Skin?

What's the best laser hair removal treatment/device for sensitive skin?

Doctor Answers 5

Cooling tip with laser hair removal may help

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Darker skin is usually more sensitive during the laser hair removal, just because it has more pigment that attracts the laser. For Caucasian, but sensitive skin, using a cooling device while performing the procedure can make a big difference. Choosing laser with integrated chilled tip helps with any pain or discomfort during the treatment.

Try to avoid applying body lotion or self tanning lotion before the procedure. Let your technicians know that you have sensitive skin and they should test spot the area first and adjust the laser settings based on your pain tolerance.

Best Laser Hair Removal Treatment

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Thank you for your question. A wide variety of medical lasers and light systems are used to remove unwanted hair, however most lasers are not effective for all skin types and hair colors. The Elos laser hair removal system is designed for permanent hair reduction by combining both optical and radiofrequency energy to deliver satisfying, longer lasting results with less discomfort than previous laser systems. All skin and all hair colors including gray and blonde hair are effectively treated. Faces, backs, arms, legs, faces, and bikini lines can be treated including those individuals with darkly pigmented skin. Treatments are administered every 4 weeks and generally 3 to 5 treatments are sufficient. Best of luck!

Laser Hair Removal for sensitive skin

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There is not one particular laser for sensitive skin. The laser one uses depends mainly on the color of the skin. All skin should be treated as if it were sensitive. 

Before starting laser hair removal, a trained RN or doctor should evaluate your skin and do a test spot with the laser before proceeding with the treatment.

Suzanne Kilmer, MD
Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Laser Hair Removal for sensitive skin

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Unfortunately, the correct treatment for your skin is based on the color of the skin and coarseness of the hair and not on your skin's sensitivity. Additional cooling can help with sensitive skin, but the main focus should be on finding the correct laser and practitioner for your laser hair removal procedures.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Laser Hair Removal for Sensitive Skin

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Laser hair removal uses a process called photothermolysis to heat up hair follicles and cause them to regress. Most importantly, the laser light wavelength is set at a specific wavelength to work directly on the hair follicle without affecting the skin. Generally, the skin will not respond to treatment adversely.

If your skin is sensitive because of numerous ingrown hairs, folliculitis, or inflammation exacerbated by hair, then you may be a candidate for complementary skin treatments alongside laser therapy.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.