Unwanted hair sprouting on your face or body is sure to make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance. Could laser hair removal be right for you? We look at what makes you suitable for this cosmetic treatment, what you should know, and what you ought to expect. Once you have all the facts, you’ll know whether you’re the right sort of candidate for the procedure.
You’re Tried Other Methods and They Aren’t Working For You
The first point is one of personal preference. Clients who come to us for laser hair removal are sick and tired of shaving, plucking, waxing, or using harsh hair removal creams. By the way, dermatologists agree that hair removal creams are bad for you and that laser hair removal is safer. Our clients want a longer-term solution that will spare them the hassle, risk, and discomfort they frequently experience when using other methods to remove unwanted hair.
You’re Willing to Prepare for Your Treatment
Laser hair removal works on the roots of the hair. When you pluck or wax, the root is temporarily removed – but it does grow back. To get the benefit of laser hair removal, you must be willing to prepare by not plucking or waxing for about six weeks before treatment commences. Remember: laser hair removal only works when the root of the hair is intact.
You’re Ready to Take Special Care of Your Skin for Six Weeks After Treatment
Adverse effects after laser hair removal are very rare indeed – but too much sun exposure increases your chances of unwanted or uncomfortable side-effects. You should therefore be willing to stay out of the sun as much as possible and use sunscreen for four to six weeks after the treatment. Tanning salon treatments would also not be advisable. So, if you were planning to work on your tan, either postpone laser hair removal, or put off the tanning.
You Are Ready to Seek Out an Experienced Professional
Laser hair removal is a safe process – but it can be dangerous if the person administering the treatment is not qualified and experienced. You should determine what credentials the person who will be treating you has. If there’s anything that makes you feel uncomfortable about the professionalism of the person you’re dealing with, don’t allow them to treat you.
You Understand the Treatment Before You Begin
A good laser hair removal practitioner will be honest about what you can and cannot expect. In most instances, repeat treatments are necessary to complete the process. How many treatments you’ll need depends on a lot of factors, but you are likely to need between two and six treatments before you get the desired results.
You Know That It’s Long-Lasting, But Not Permanent
Most people find that hair fails to regrow for months or even years. Often, the hair is much weaker, paler, and less obvious when it does regrow. At this point, it’s up to you to decide whether the hair is unobtrusive enough to be left or whether you will undergo another course of treatments.
You Have Discussed Any Limiting Factors With Your Laser Hair Removal Practitioner
When laser hair removal first appeared on the scene, it only worked for people with light skin and dark hair. Nowadays, it doesn’t matter as much if your hair is light or your skin is dark, but it does mean that the laser hair removal practitioner must be extra careful when applying the treatment. You can determine just how much your darker complexion or light hair will affect your treatment at an initial consultation session.
Apart from assessing your skin and hair, your practitioner will ask about any medications you are using. Some medicines can make your skin more sensitive, so be open about any prescription drugs you need to use.
Will Laser Hair Removal be Right for You?
If, after reading this, you’re fairly confident that laser hair removal is the solution you’ve been looking for, there’s just one more step to take. Make an appointment and discuss the procedure as it applies to your individual situation. You’ll get all the detailed information you need, and you’ll have time to think it over before going ahead with the treatment. Call us today. There’s no time like the present!