Is Laser Treatment Painful?

30 Jun Is Laser Treatment Painful?

Lasers are fast becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for people of all ages and genders in Long Beach. A wide variety of conditions can be treated with laser therapy including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, blood vessels, tattoos, unwanted hair, rosacea, uneven skin tone and texture, sun spots, and much more. Even active acne can often be treated with lasers. The technology of lasers is over 40 years old, but has been evolving rapidly over the past few years in particular allowing laser and light treatments to be more effective and safer than ever before.

IPL Laser TreatmentFor those who are unfamiliar with what a laser treatment involves, this post will give you an idea of what to expect during a laser procedure. Talking with your dermatologist or doctor before undergoing any sort of cosmetic treatment will give you peace of mind and clear knowledge of what is ahead. If you know what to expect, you are more likely to have a positive experience with your laser procedure.

In general, a laser treatment is not painful or causes very little pain that is manageable for most people. However, for some treatments that do involve more pain (such as Fraxel) or for individuals who have a lower tolerance for pain, topical analgesics can be applied a few minutes prior to the procedure to reduce or eliminate discomfort. Oral pain relievers can also be taken beforehand if you are worried about pain.

Some people describe the feeling during a laser procedure as a stinging sensation or the feeling of a rubber band being pulled taut and snapped across the skin. The experience is different for everyone because everyone handles pain and new situations differently. Honestly, the only way to know what a laser treatment is like is to experience it for yourself.

Many people experience less pain when a small area is treated as opposed to a larger area. Also, people with dark skin may experience more pain than people with lighter skin tones because darker skin absorbs more laser energy.

If during the laser session you experience intolerable pain, be sure to immediately let the person performing the procedure know so that he or she can stop and/or adjust the intensity of the laser. However, keep in mind that lower settings will likely negatively impact the results of your laser procedure. The default settings are default because they are proven to provide optimal results. Often, if you can hang in there for a few minutes, everything will be finished quickly and effectively.

In the Long Beach area, a variety of skin conditions can come up that require laser correction. Contact Ulmer and Wu Dermatology at (562) 435-5621 to find out which laser procedure is best for you.

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