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What to Expect During and After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Find answers to all your questions about laser hair removal treatment, including cost, aftercare, and effectiveness. 

Tired of dealing with pesky, unwanted hair? You’re not alone! For lots of women, it’s a constant battle that can be super frustrating. Shaving and waxing take up plenty of time, can be irritating, and often don’t give the smooth results we want. That’s where laser hair removal comes in. At Plano Plastic Spa, we use the Lumenis Splendor X laser, a top-notch tech made for safe and effective hair removal. 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that uses laser energy to zap and disable hair follicles. The Lumenis Splendor X laser we use at Plano Plastic Spa delivers specific laser wavelengths to target all of your unwanted hair at their roots. 

The best part? It’s safe for all skin types and tones and can be used to treat virtually all areas with unwanted hair! Common treatment areas include the: 

  • face (like the upper lip, chin, sideburns, and brows)
  • legs (full leg or specific areas like the calves and thighs)
  • arms
  • underarms
  • back
  • chest 
  • bikini area 

What to Expect During the Treatment

Here’s what happens during a laser hair removal session at Plano Plastic Spa:

Consultation: You’ll sit down with one of our licensed aestheticians for a consultation. They’ll talk about what you want, your medical history, and check out your skin and hair to make sure laser hair removal is right for you. They’ll also go over how the treatment works, any possible side effects, and how to take care of your skin afterward.

Getting Ready: When you’re all set for your appointment, the aesthetician will clean up the area you want to treat. If needed, they might shave it too. Make sure to steer clear of the sun for a few weeks before your treatment, as tanned skin can cause problems during laser hair removal.

The Treatment: The aesthetician will put on some special goggles to protect their eyes, and they’ll give you a pair too. Our Lumenis Splendor X laser has a cool attachment to help keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. They’ll use quick pulses of laser light on the area you want to treat. You might feel a little sting, but most people handle it just fine. How long it takes depends on how big the area is.

What to Expect After the Treatment

After your laser hair removal session, you might notice a few temporary things:

Redness and Swelling: The area where you got treated might look a bit red and puffy for a few hours. Putting something cool on it, like a cold cloth, can help.

Itching: You might feel a little itchy in the treated spot. Using a moisturizer without any scent can calm it down. 

Temporary sensitivity: Your skin might be more sensitive to sunlight for a few weeks. Don’t forget to slather on sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day to keep your skin safe.

Dermatologist-Recommended Laser Hair Removal Aftercare Tips

Following your laser hair removal session, your skin may feel sensitive so it’s important to follow post-treatment instructions from your provider, which may include the following: 

1. Soothe the area. Ease any swelling or discomfort by applying a clean, cool compress to the treated area for 15-20 minutes, a few times a day.

2. Protect your skin from the sun. Sun exposure can irritate your skin after laser hair removal and make it more likely to develop hyperpigmentation. Protect your skin from sunlight for at least two weeks post-treatment to prevent irritation and dark spots. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when outdoors.

3. Skip the hot showers and baths.  Stick to lukewarm showers or baths for at least 48 hours after your session. Steer clear of hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms for about a week.

4. Be gentle with your skin. Avoid scrubbing, waxing, or tweezing the treated area. These activities can irritate your skin and increase your risk of ingrown hairs. If you need to remove hair between treatments, shaving is the gentlest option.

5. Moisturize! Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. This will help to soothe irritation and promote healing.

How Painful is Laser Hair Removal? 

Laser hair removal can feel different for everyone, depending on your pain tolerance and where you’re getting treated. Most people say it’s like a little snap or sting, sort of like a rubber band flicking your skin. But the Lumenis Splendor X we use at Plano Plastic Spa has a cooling system built in to make the experience as comfortable as possible. 

When you’re getting zapped with the Splendor X, you’ll first feel a cool sensation on your skin that helps numb things a bit. You and the technician will both wear special glasses to protect your eyes. Then, the machine sends quick bursts of laser light to the hair follicles, where it gets soaked up by the pigment in the hair. 

You might still feel a bit of snapping or stinging, but the cooling device helps a lot. Because the Splendor X works fast, the whole thing is usually over pretty quickly. And Voilà! You have silky, smooth skin in a matter of minutes. 

Laser Hair Removal Cost in Plano, Texas

Laser hair removal is an investment. The price can vary depending on how big the area is, how many sessions you’ll need, your location, and how the spa charges. At Plano Plastic Spa, we have ways to pay for your treatment over time so you can get rid of unwanted hair without breaking the bank. Hello smooth, hair-free skin! 

Commonly Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

Is laser hair removal worth it?

Laser hair removal can give you long-lasting results, smooth and less-irritated skin, and less time spent on shaving. You will see noticeable results even just after your first treatment, though you may require multiple sessions to see the full benefits. 

Is it possible to remove 100% of hair with laser hair removal?

Getting rid of all your hair forever with laser treatment isn’t a guarantee. There are a few reasons for this. First, hair grows in cycles, and the laser works best when the hair is actively growing. That means you’ll probably need multiple sessions to zap all the hairs in the right stage. 

Also, how well the laser works depends on your skin tone and hair color. It’s most effective on light skin with dark hair because the laser targets the dark pigment in the hair. We recommend completing the number of sessions recommended by your provider so you can get the most results. 

What does laser hair removal feel like down there?

The bikini area can feel more sensitive compared to other spots. You might feel a stronger stinging sensation during laser hair removal here. But don’t worry, our aestheticians are pros at handling delicate areas and will adjust the settings to make it as comfy as possible. If you’re still worried about pain, you can talk to us about using numbing cream during your consultation.

Can men get laser hair removal?

Absolutely! Laser hair removal is a popular choice for men seeking to reduce unwanted hair growth on various parts of the body. 

Bikini Season is Coming!

Summer is just around the corner. Experience the freedom of laser hair removal and enjoy carefree days at the beach or pool. If you’re looking to get laser hair removal in Plano, TX, call or visit Plano Plastic Spa to book your appointment. We serve clients in and around Plano, Texas including Richardson, Allen, Dallas, Garland, Arlington, and more.