What to Expect After a Laser Hair Removal Treatment

In a consumerist culture where we are increasingly conscious of our self-image and how the significant others perceive us, having excessive hair on our bodies can be a big turn off and also a hindrance to our career and relationship prospects. But going hair-free doesn’t have to be a painful affair. Hair-free can also be pain-free thanks to the modern advances in the laser hair removal treatment procedures. But what can you really expect from a laser hair removal procedure?

Laser hair removal is certainly a very painless option compared to other treatment techniques such as waxing which can be really painful. Besides, as you attend subsequent laser hair removal treatments, the rate of re-growth will be slower and sparser. The hair also gets finer until it completely stops growing as the roots of the hair follicles are completely destroyed.

So what are some of the signs and symptoms after a laser hair removal procedure? Here are some main signs to look out for:-

You will feel some redness, itchiness or pinkness
Because the laser has disabled some of the hair follicles during the laser hair removal process, you will most certainly feel some irritation on the surface where the laser treatment has been applied. The itchiness or the pinkness will persist for at least 24 hours before it disappears. If it is lasting any longer, place a call to the laser treatment specialist.

Shedding
This is likely to occur between 1-3 weeks after the initial treatment. You are likely to notice less hair growth during this duration. What is happening here is that the follicles are shedding some of the hair that was in the active growth phase or the anogen phase. During this stage, some exfoliation will occur in order to facilitate faster shedding of hair. During this shedding phase, you will see some stubble or blackheads that will be pushing their way out of the follicles.

You will see some re-growth
The only follicles that will be disabled during the laser hair removal process are those that are in their growing phase on the day of the laser treatment. On the other hand, the follicles that were “resting” on the day of the treatment will now begin to wake up thus contributing to the re-growth. Hair grows in cycles and that is why it is important to go for multiple laser hair treatments for best results.