Laser Hair Removal for Sensitive Skin

Laser Hair Removal is an effective treatment to remove unwanted facial and body hair growth caused by hormonal fluctuations, age, genetics, or other medical related conditions.

Melbourne Laser Hair Removal can be performed on all skin types, including darker skin tones as light beam targets the pigment in the hair follicle, not the pigment in the skin.

Advanced laser hair removal technology allows comfortable

  • Facial hair removal on even the most sensitive of areas like the upper lip and chin
  • Pubic hair
  • Legs, arms other sensitive areas

Laser hair removal uses a process called photothermolysis to heat up hair follicles and destroy them. Very important to note, that the laser light wavelength is set at a specific wavelength to work directly on the hair follicle without affecting the skin. Generally, the skin should not respond to treatment adversely.

What can you do to prepare your sensitive skin for laser hair removal?

Come to a consultation. Ask your laser hair removal specialist about type of laser or IPL device will be used in the procedure, if numbing cream be applied prior to treatment, testing patch, any cooling device or alternatives

The answers to these questions will provide you with the information you need to determine if this is the right Melbourne laser clinic for your laser hair removal treatment and offer you the information you need to prepare properly for your procedure.

Type of Laser or IPL

Different lasers are used for hair removal, depending on the hair color, color of the skin, coarseness of the hair and not on your skin’s sensitivity. As a rule darker skin tends to be more sensitive to hair removal procedures just because it has more pigment that attracts the laser.

IPL hair removal is the best for fair skin; it also reported to be good and effective on sensitive skin as well. YAG laser is also a good choice for all skin types. It’s known for least amount of epidural damage hence good for sensitive skin.

Anaesthetics and numbing Cream

Many of you must have come across a burning sensation on your skin after getting rid of hair by plucking, waxing or shaving. For example, shaving creates tiny wounds on the surface of the skin due to the effect of the blade and with time, it turns your skin dry and hard.

The effect and impact of the laser hair removal treatments vary greatly from individual to individual. For some, the procedure feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Others equate the pain level to that of waxing, although the sensation is quite different.

In case you have very very sensitive skin and you are worried about the possible discomfort during the procedure, a numbing cream could be applied prior to the treatment. This is a kind of local anesthesia on the target area of the skin that keeps the patient calm during the entire hair removal process.

While this topical anesthesia only works on the surface of the skin, it is often effective in keeping a patient more comfortable during the procedure.

Testing patch

Before starting laser hair removal, a trained laser specialist should evaluate your skin and perform a test patch with the laser before proceeding with the treatment.

Test patch of the area also ensures there is no adverse reaction from the laser or IPL hair removal device on your sensitive skin.

It also gives you the opportunity to determine comfortable the procedure will be, so your laser operator can take the appropriate steps to make the treatment as comfortable as possible by adjusting the laser settings based on your pain tolerance.

Cooling Tip

Because the laser uses heat to damage the hair follicle, the temperature can contribute to the discomfort of the procedure. To keep the patient more comfortable during treatment, and prevent potential skin damage from occurring, the laser operators can use a cooling tip on the laser device or any other cooling alternatives.

The heat generated due to the treatment needs to be cooled down and this technique helps in comforting the skin.

Additional Treatments

Sometimes, sensitive skin is the result of a problem like ingrown hairs, folliculitis or inflammation exacerbated by hair. If this is the case, your laser specialist can recommend additional skin treatments to be done before or after the laser hair removal to make the treatment more comfortable and effective.

Other tips for sensitive skin are to avoid applying body lotion or self tanning lotion before the procedure.

In conclusion I want to say, there is not one particular laser device for sensitive skin. All skin should be treated as if it were sensitive. The main focus should be on finding the correct laser and practitioner for your laser hair removal procedures.

If you are worried about what the laser might do to your skin, let your specialist know about your concerns prior to the laser hair removal procedure. With advance preparation, he or she can ensure your treatment is as safe and comfortable as possible, no matter how sensitive your skin might be.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Darren says:

    Does your company treat sensitive asian facial skin?
    thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi there Darren,

      Thank you for your email.

      Yes, we deal with Asian as well as non Asian sensitive skin types all the time. It’s a big issue actually. Sadly, many people sensitise their skin simply by making wrong choices in their skin care regime. Just a few examples include choosing the wrong skin care range for skin type you have; or changing skin care ranges often…

      We would be delighted to invite you for an obligation free consultation to discuss any issues you may have and to see if we can help you in any way.

      Please drop me a line if you’d like to chat.