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Laser Hair Removal Pain Level

Most people are usually terrified of pain. But at some time it is worth to bear some little pain for more significant benefits, like enduring a laser hair removal process to save yourself the time and stress of shaving your skin for some period.

The benefits are accompanied by some little discomfort since the hair removal involves the use of beams. The technique can be used in pretty every part of the body except areas around orifice such flagrant nose the ear where hair has to be tweezed off as postulated by Kim Nicholas, M.D., a dermatologist in Greenwich, CT.

Below is the arrangement of pain factors in various body parts.

The Spot: Face

Is laser hair removal painful on face? The pain level on the face varies on a scale of between 1 and 10, where 10 is the worst case scenario, but the typical range is from 2 to 8, an extensive range. Since the skin thickness around the face varies, it is advisable to add a thicker layer of cream around the eyes than the regular moisturizer.

According to Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., dermatologist and founder of Capital Laser & Skin Care, the upper lip is the most painful part of the face since it usually has a thinner skin. When removing hair from the upper lip, it feels like a very quick snapping of a rubber band. The pain is more manageable in other areas where the skin is thicker such as the chin and sideburns, so they occupy the lower end of the pain spectrum.

laser hair removal client in Maple Ridge

The Spot: Underarms

The pain level is 9, and Dr. Tanzi’s patients identify this level as the most painful area of the body regarding laser hair removal. When removing hair it feels like a thick needle, but it is useful for removing hair from underarms. Due to the efficiency most patient usually complete the whole series of air removal, Dr. Tanzi explains. The process is beneficial since it saves you’re the burden of carrying razors around while on vacation or using products such as Veet.

The Spot: Bikini Line

It is rated at pain level 8. Any person who has ever endured the waxing of a bikini line can easily survive laser removal. The major drawback identified by most patients is that laser hair removal takes more time compared to waxing. Unlike waxing laser hair removal is a process and cannot be completed in few seconds.

The Spot: Arms

It is rated at pain level 3, and like the face, it feels like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. The skin on the arms can easily withstand any pain as opposed to that on the face. The skin is thicker on the forearms, so the sensation is mild. Dr. Nicholas explains that the pain in the so minimal in the forearm such that it can best be described as mere discomfort.

The Spot: Legs

The legs are rated at pain level 6 or 7 and are most comparatively pain-free areas with regards to laser hair removal. The pain feels like a mere snapping on the skin which can be described as a zinger by Dr. Nicholas. It happens smoothly such that one does not even realize the pain.

laser hair removal client taking a photo

The Spot: Stomach

It is rated at pain level 4. The skin on the stomach area is thick, but laser usually trickles the stomach making patients fidget and uncomfortable during the process. But concentration and focus on the process are essential to bear the whole process as explained by Dr. Nicolas.

The Spot: Back

It is rated at pain level 8. Zapping off back hair hurts and Dr. Nicholas recommends the use of numbing cream because of the density hair is small on the back. Use of numbing cream usually reduces the pain level to between 2 and 4.

Dr. Nicolas also has some recommendations to help minimise the pain involved during laser hair removal. She has identified use of topical numbing cream to lower pain level in any area to between 1 and 3. She also advises shaving of hair close to skin before the process, use of laser devices with cooling machines, and taking an antihistamine especially the night before and morning of treatment to help lower the pain.

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