Questions to ask your doctor:
- Which diode laser device will you use on my skin?
- How many treatments will I need?
Pre-procedure prep for Diode laser hair removal: Avoid tanning for one to three months leading up to treatment. Use sunscreen with SPF 15-30 to protect your skin from tanning.
Waxing, plucking, electrolysis, and depilatory creams (basically any hair removal technique besides shaving) should be avoided before treatment with the diode laser.
Pre-treatment skin lightening with sunscreen and bleaching creams may enhance the results in patients with olive and dark skin tones.
On the day of treatment: Shave the portion of skin you plan on treating on the day of your appointment. A clean shave provides better results and also decreases the scent of burning hair.
What To Expect
You'll need to wear specialized eyewear for protection during the procedure. A physician will guide the handpiece over your skin while you sit or recline on a padded table.
Your skin may appear red or swollen afterwards.
Who should do it: Consult a licensed dermatologist. Laser hair removal with a diode is offered in both spas and medical offices, yet the best results (not to mention the safest and most hygienic) will be achieved with a board-certified physician.
Duration: The duration of your appointment will vary based on how large the treatment area is. For laser treatment of upper lip hair, the session may be completed in under five minutes. An entire back provides a much larger canvas and may take up to 30 minutes.
How Painful Is It?
Every time the diode laser is activated, you'll feel a bee sting-like prick. The skin will be tender and painful for up to three hours afterward.
Options for anesthesia: If you have a low tolerance for pain and prefer to use a topical numbing cream, discuss this with your physician in advance.