Remember that before you go about having facial hair removed by laser, you have to take some precautions. But the procedure itself will vary in the time it takes, depending on how much hair you want removed. Recovery time will also vary depending on your skin type.
Preparing in Advance
It’s best if you stay out of the sun for at least six weeks before the procedure. WebMD notes that sun exposure on the skin can make it more difficult for the laser to effectively remove the hair. As well, sun exposure after the procedure isn’t recommended due to the potential of blistering.
You also shouldn’t do any other forms of hair removal (e.g. waxing or electrolysis) before the laser surgery is performed. The laser targets the roots of your facial hair, and if they’re already temporarily removed from other procedures, the laser surgery won’t be effective.
You’ll need a few hours of time during your initial visit to remove your facial hair. That’s because there has to be careful adjustments of the laser to suit your skin color and for the thickness level of your hair. As well, existing hair on your face will be trimmed to a shorter length to allow for easier removal.
When the laser is used, it may not initially cover every area you want. That’s because your surgeon will want to wait and see what kind of reaction your skin has to the laser after each pulse. Depending on how much irritation you might have, the surgeon may provide you immediate ice packs around the treated area.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you’re likely to have some blistering or the appearance of having a sunburn. This can be treated easily with more ice packs or skin lotions provided by your doctor. For those with darker complexions, there could be a tendency for more severe blistering, though anything overly serious is usually rare.
Laser treatments will usually have to be ongoing for a few months, so expect to have these skin issues for a while. However, they do heal and you’ll have the confidence in knowing the excellent results, no matter if you’re a male or female.
Also keep in mind that removing facial hair by laser never means permanent hair removal. While it can slow down hair removal for many months, expect to have periodic treatments over time based on growth patterns.
Consider Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic in Vancouver, B.C. as your main source for your laser facial hair removal. We use state-of-the-art lasers, such as the Gentle Max laser, that helps alleviate irritation by using a cooling method with each pulse. Contact us to find out more about the G Max laser procedure and all other available laser options.