What Do the Lumenis Laser Hair Removal Treatments Feel Like?
Many patients are interested in laser hair removal for the convenience of no longer needing to shave, wax, or tweeze unwanted hair. Another motivating factor is avoiding painful hair removal routines. With this in mind, laser hair removal candidates usually have questions about if the treatment is painful. Lumenis is a laser hair removal option that includes cooling technology for a more comfortable experience, and one that patients can choose to have done with Dr. Ness at Fargo Center for Dermatology.
Lumenis is a laser hair removal system that can be used for all skin types and tones, including darker or tanned skin tones. The Lumenis device uses the appropriate wavelength and cooling technology for improved results and a safer, more comfortable treatment. Lumenis can be used to remove hair from many areas of the body, including:
- Bikini area
Lumenis treatments are much more comfortable than comparable laser hair removal options. The technology’s cooling handpiece soothes the skin as the laser energy is directed to the hair follicles. Most patients do experience a mild stinging sensation that is well-tolerated, without any anesthesia.
Like other laser hair removal options, Lumenis works by targeting hairs at the active growth phase of the hair growth cycle. This means that not all hairs within an area will be treated during a single session, making multiple treatments necessary to achieve the intended results. Most patients will require about 6-9 treatment sessions in total to achieve their desired results by targeting all hair follicles in the area. These treatment sessions are typically scheduled 4-6 weeks apart to allow healing and to target hair at different stages of its growth cycle for more effective results.
Lumenis treatments do not require downtime, but you may notice some side effects. These include redness and potentially some slight swelling including irritation of the hair follicle. The skin may feel slightly sensitive, which many patients describe as similar to a mild sunburn. The hair will begin to shed about 3-7 days after your treatment; this process may appear that the hair is regrowing. In between Lumenis sessions, you should avoid waxing or tweezing the hair, but you can shave the area. It is also important to avoid sun exposure as much as possible and apply SPF regularly to the treated area. Dr. Ness may recommend a specialized skincare treatment plan to improve and maintain your skin’s health as you undergo Lumenis hair removal treatments.
When all of your Lumenis sessions are complete, hair will be permanently reduced. Some patients may require touch-up treatments, but any hair that grows back following laser hair removal should be notably thinner, finer, and lighter.
To learn more about Lumenis laser hair removal, schedule a consultation at Fargo Center for Dermatology by calling our Fargo, ND office at (701) 203-0816 or by contacting us online.