There are many people each year who make the decision to go through with a hair removal process. It is our job at Touch MedSpa to inform clients through the process and make them feel comfortable. For many women and men excessive hair can be embarrassing and unwanted. It is not uncommon for unwanted hair to affect other parts of the body like self-esteem and confidence. We believe in being the best you holistically and strive to minimize the negative effects of unwanted hair.
During the first visit to one of our highly qualified aestheticians you will experience one-on-one personalized care regarding your treatments. The first session will start with a consultation with one of our aestheticians. We want to make sure that every hair removal is successful, so it is important to learn more about your health history and family history. The aesthetician will go through a series of questions to better understand your needs. After the consultation session, your Fitzpatrick skin score is discovered using a FDA patented device called the Skintel Melanin Reader. This handheld device measures how much melanin the skin contains. Depending on the results you will be given a Fitzpatrick score between 1-6. 1 is very light colored skin that burns easily to a 6, which is very dark colored skin that rarely burns. This score well help determine how strong the laser settings should be to have the optimal effects, and minimize damage to the skin.
The length of the session and number of laser pulses will depend on how much hair you want removed and how large an area. Smaller areas like the chin will take less time than larger areas like the legs. Normally treatments last from 15-30 minutes. If you have not shaved the area, the area will first need to be shaved. We recommend you do this before your treatments. The session will begin with lighter laser impulses to help ease the patient into the treatments. The entire area will be treated with the laser on a lower level, and then a second time with a bit stronger impulse. There may be frequent pauses in laser impulses to allow for cooling and icing.
How should you expect to feel during the treatment?
The laser head is built with an automatic cooling system in each head. So you will feel a combination of a cool sensation followed by a warm sensation. The lighter the setting of the laser impulse the less painful the treatment will be. The higher the laser the more discomfort you may feel. The strength of the laser will depend on the coarseness and color of hair. Many people attribute the feeling to a light snap of a rubber band or a quick sting. It is important to understand there may be some discomfort in each treatment, but there are many ways to alleviate the pain. You may take anti-inflammatory pain relievers before or after treatment, you can use ice after the treatments, as well as numbing or a topical steroid cream.
After each treatment make sure to follow the post treatment guidelines. You may feel a slight warm or sun burn feeling in the area that can be cooled with ice as needed. The area may be red for a few hours after the treatment but redness should subside within 2-24 hours hours.