Once the decision has been made to go forward with a cosmetic treatment, there can be some anxiety as the appointment draws near. To help alleviate those fears, it is a good idea to learn what happens during the treatment. In many cases, a simple knowledge of what is to come will relieve anxiety so the treatment session is as pleasant and painless as possible.
Laser hair removal is usually done in a series of sessions that take place in four to eight week intervals. There may be three to five appointments scheduled, depending on the area that will be treated and how effective the treatments are. The first appointment consists of a consultation with the doctor who will be performing the procedure. At this meeting, the patient will learn exactly what to expect from the treatment and have the opportunity to ask questions about the laser hair removal process.
At the next appointment, the area that will be treated may be shaved and an anesthetic cream is applied to alleviate any possible discomfort. In many cases, a cooling device is attached to the laser to increase comfort level for the patient. After the procedure, the treated area may be slightly red and swollen. This will go away fairly quickly with gentle cleansing, but a topical ointment can also be provided to ease the discomfort.
Laser hair removal can successfully remove unwanted hair on a semi-permanent basis. By knowing what to expect from the procedure, a patient can face the treatment sessions without anxiety or fear.