Laser hair removal treatments consist of a series of high intensity light impulses. During treatment, you may feel a tingling or prickling sensation. This is due to the heat acting on the hair follicle beneath the skins surface and your skins reaction to the laser itself. Normally, the sensation subsides & decreases immediately after treatment. You should have no lingering discomfort with laser hair removal.
Here we should mention a new type hair removal technology. The No No Hair Remover uses Thermicon Heat Technology. It has a micro-filament that actually makes contact with the hair shaft transferring heat through to the follicle. Users report feeling little or nothing at all during and after use of the No No. The only downside reported is the smell of burning hair.
If you find that using your laser is causing too much discomfort, there are two remedies that work very well. First, you can adjust the laser to its lowest intensity level. This is the easiest and most successful method of decreasing discomfort but will decrease the amount of hair removed and increase the number of treatments required for permanent hair removal. The other option is to use a topical lidocaine anesthetic lotion or gel (available from your physician) to numb the area prior to the laser application. This allows the use of a higher intensity light pulse increasing the amount of hair removed and decreasing the number of treatments required for permanent hair removal.
Typically, user have no side effects after laser treatment. But in some cases, you may experience brief redness, swelling or flaking of the skin. For most users, the redness or swelling disappears within a few hours and the flaking can be remedied by applying a dry skin lotion. As with all procedures, the side effects experienced will vary from person to person but for most users, they are able to return to their normal routine immediately after each treatment. Remember, your skin will be sensitive to direct sunlight after your laser treatment so be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen and of course avoid tanning booths.