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  • Laser Hair Removal: A Procedure for the Faint of Heart

    Do you cringe at the thought of surgery or faint at the sight of blood? Would you love to get “work done” but fear the sometimes long recovery period? Then you are an excellent candidate for laser hair removal. Whether you live in Berkeley or anywhere in Southern California, the beautiful weather allows you to bare skin almost year round. With laser hair removal, you don’t have to endure pain to keep your legs, back or arms fuzz free.

    No Pain No Gain

    Our culture in the U.S. loves the cliché, “no pain, no gain.” Laser hair removal doesn’t work that way. It works, and you gain beautifully smooth, maintenance-free skin for years to come without a lot of pain. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. There might be some discomfort involved, but if you’ve been out in the sun in Berkeley and endured sunburned skin then you can handle laser hair removal.

    Will it Hurt?

    The laser hair removal procedure can cause discomfort, but it typically feels similar to having a sunburn. The first treatment is typically the most painful, relatively speaking, because the laser’s beam is attracted to the pigment in your hair. The darker, coarser hairs therefore attract more heat, leading to more sensation during treatment. As the hair growth in a given area subsides, subsequent treatments become less and less painful.

    What to Expect After the Procedure

    If you want to walk around Berkeley in the sun after your laser hair removal procedure, your doctor will recommend protecting any areas recently treated. This skin is sensitive to sun’s light, so using sunscreen or covering these areas is essential to the healing process. Additionally, your skin may appear slightly red or swollen after your treatment, but these symptoms dissipate after a few days. You may find that some hair grows back, which is normal. Only hair in the growth phase is permanently affected by the laser. You can shave or use other methods of hair removal until your next laser session.


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