Tips for Managing Pain During Laser Hair Removal

Most patients who have laser hair removal report some pain or discomfort during their sessions. For many, experiencing pain can be a source of anxiety or stress that can deter them from pursuing their transition goals related to permanent hair reduction. Luckily, there are some ways that folks can mitigate the experience of pain before, during, and after their laser hair removal sessions.

Reducing pain caused by laser hair removal:

    • Drink plenty of water before your session: Consuming caffeine before a laser treatment can make you more susceptible to pain, and being plenty hydrated can help flush out your system.
    • Sunscreen: Because laser has the potential to cause redness on the skin where treated, we recommend wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF for the weeks leading up to and after treatment.
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Taking over the counter pain medication about an hour before your session can help reduce your experience with pain. We recommend avoiding NSAID’s like Ibuprofen (Advil) because they can thin the blood, which leaves patients at more risk for bruising.
    • Topical anesthetics: Drug stores sell over the counter numbing creams that can be used to help reduce pain when they are absorbed into the skin. If possible, you can apply a thick layer of topical numbing cream to the skin that will be treated up to an hour before your treatment. Some areas of the body lend themselves better to this method of pain management. Any creams on the skin will need to be washed off immediately before laser treatment.
    • Create a calming environment and state of mind: Taking long deep breaths, communicating with our staff about your pain tolerance or anxiety beforehand, and bringing a friend with you can all help induce a more relaxed state. The more relaxed you are, the less pain you are likely to experience.