How to Get Ready for Laser Hair Removal Treatments
Laser hair removal is a popular method to get rid of unwelcome hair on the human body. More and more people, both men and women, are opting for this route. However, as with any procedure that is done on the body, it comes with its own set of risks. The trick is to find out what these are before going forward with the procedure. Overall, this method of removing hair has shown great benefits, and it is fast becoming the popular method of permanently getting rid of hair. Laser hair removal is basically more effective, and longer lasting compared to other options.
The first thing that needs to be understood is that not all laser hair removal processes are comparable. In other words, do not expect to get the same results from two different clinics. Not all clinics function the same way. The type of facilities the clinic uses, the location of the clinic and the experience of the person doing the process, all plays a big part in the success of hair removal process. All of these factors also play a big part in the price. This is why we can see a drastic difference in price from clinic to clinic. For example, a mediocre clinic located in Beverly Hills may cost more than a good clinic in San Diego. This may not be fair, but it is the way it is. Therefore, considering price versus quality is the first step towards preparing for laser hair removal.
This is why it is important to consider price before deciding on a clinic. Cost is after all, a big factor. Each clinic will charge for laser treatments in a different way. Some go with a fixed rate or a package deal. Others may go with amount of time spent or per unit of time. The third method is called payment per pulse. This type is based on a “pulse” which is the activation of the laser hair removal machine. Whichever payment method is done, it needs to understood and made clear at the beginning.
Moving on to the actual process, a potential customer will need to take some precautions and preparations, before doing laser hair removal. The actual procedure involves directing laser beams on to the surface of the skin. This is done to destroy the hair follicle, which is responsible for hair growth. It does this by entering the hair follicle and burning it. The laser beam is attracted to the pigment of the skin. This is why it is the most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair. The reason for this is because dark colored hair is more capable of absorbing the laser beam. Therefore, for those who have other types of hair such as blond, grey, or red colored hair, it will not be as effective. This is also why it is not as effective for people who have darker colored skin.
As mentioned before, laser hair removal method comes with a few mild risks. The good news is that, these risks can be avoided if some precautions are taken. The following are some of the basic precautions that need to be followed.
Consult a doctor: It is important to see a doctor before choosing laser hair removal. This is to find out if your skin is acceptable for this process. In order to find this out, there will be a series of tests done. One of the most common side effects that come with laser hair removal is burning of the skin. In most cases it will be just a gentle burning sensation that will go away quickly. However if the technician is relatively inexperienced, the burns can be quite serious. In most cases, burns happen on darker skin. This is because instead of the hair follicle absorbing the laser beam, the skin will attract it. The bottom line is that it is important to shop around and find the clinic with the best reputation.
Don’t wax or pluck before the laser treatments: Laser energy utilized during the laser hair removal process often require the hair shaft to transfer down into the unwanted hair follicle to destroy it. If undesirable hair is pulled out before laser hair removal, then the laser energy can’t destroy the hair follicle because of the absence of a hair shaft. Cream depilatories should also not be used as they may irritate the skin, making it hypersensitive to light exposure. Shaving is okay since it is standard to shave before your treatments begin.
Don’t tan before the laser treatments: Achieving optimum results from laser hair removal relies on laser energy being absorbed by hair follicles. With the help of melanin, this laser energy becomes heat, which then destroys the hair follicle. Laser Hair Removal is more effective on lighter skin, therefore it is recommended to avoid tanning two weeks before to two weeks after the scheduled procedure
Don’t put any skin products on prior to treatment: On the same day of a laser hair removal treatment, no products on the skin should be used. This includes moisturizers, make up, perfumes, deodorants etc.
Some medications may also interfere with laser hair removal. It is important to tell the patient consultant of any medication taken during the consultation session. You may also want to double check with the medical aesthetician before treatment.