Before a medical spa treatment, such as laser hair removal, skin IPL treatments, and body contouring, many patients express concern about what the treatment will feel like and whether or not there will be discomfort before or afterwards.

The effects and sensations involved depend on many factors, such as the type of treatment, the experience level of the medical professional performing the treatment, and the manufacturer of the laser.

Treatment Type

Some laser and IPL skin treatments are quite comfortable. Many skin care patients liken these treatments to a hot stone massage and find it enjoyable. Other treatments, like some IPL hair removal treatments, can feel similar to a snapping rubber band. It’s important to remember that each patient’s sensitivity level is different, so what one patient finds uncomfortable, another will not.

Experience Level

It is always best to have a more experienced medical spa professional to perform the treatment in order to minimize discomfort. This can make all the difference between a comfortable experience and an uncomfortable one. Ask the professional esthetician that you will be using about their experience and comfort level with the treatment you are receiving.

Laser Manufacturer

Many machines have cooling devices built into them in order to keep the treatment comfortable. Of course, you can always ask for a cooling gel or topical anesthetic to go along with your treatment if you are concerned about discomfort.

What You Can Do

The best thing that you can do to minimize any discomfort for your medical spa treatment is to follow the instructions of your medical professional. This includes things like not bleaching your skin and avoiding sun exposure. Even if your treatment itself is comfortable, you could experience pain and discomfort by spending time in the sun before your skin is ready. Above all, be sure to talk with your medical professional about what to expect from your treatment, and how you can make sure it is a positive experience.

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