Since the conception of laser hair removal, it has been a highly sought after method, especially when compared to wax hair removal. Since it’s better for those looking for a long-term solution, it’s become quite popular, quite common, and much less expensive. There are a few tips to know before jumping in and trying out laser hair removal.
Are you a great candidate?
Believe it or not, not everyone is a great candidate; however, most people are, since the technology has come so far over the last two decades. No matter what your skin color or skin type is, laser hair removal is effective on pretty much everyone, although the session times may vary. Before making your appointment with a clinic, make sure that they’re using state-of-the-art technology. The laser scans over your skin for hair follicles, detects them, and then zaps them efficiently. It’s not done by eye, so to speak.
Everyone uses different lasers – not all are the same
Even though there are industry standards, there are some professionals that use more powerful lasers than others, and it’s worth mentioning that not all are created the same. At minimum, there are five varying technologies that you may see, including the Diode, The Alexandrite, the IPL, the Ruby, and the ND:YAG. While each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, there are some that are better for thicker hair, while others that excel on thinner hair. The effectiveness depends on the skin and hair type that you have.
Background checks are always a good thing to do
We bet you never thought to do this before, and it’s important that you find someone who is fully qualified. Just because they work at a facility, doesn’t mean they have the credentials to back up their work – even if they were recommended to you by a friend. Before going, do extensive research on not only the facility, but the person that you’re going to see for the treatment. Make sure to also contact the clinic of your choice to find out more about pre-laser hair removal prep that you need to do.
Don’t wax before you go!
When you know your appointment, you’ll want to not wax, tweeze, or epilate. For the four to six weeks before said appointment, you’ll want to use a traditional razor to help shave down the hair. This is because you’ll want the light to pick up on the hair follicles under the surface and zap away the problem areas.
Irritation is to be expected
Depending on your skin type, you may find that you irritate easily more than others. When you’re getting laser hair removal, it’s like you’re getting a tiny rubber band snapped on your skin. Because of this, you may find that you have irritation post-visit.
It won’t be instantaneous
A misconception that’s often believed is that the results will be instant. Depending on your hair type, you’ll need 4-10 sessions to effectively get the most out of the laser hair removal. The growth of your hair will ultimately decide how many visits you have.
Avoiding the sun
We aren’t talking about being a vampire for weeks until your appointment. Never tan before your appointment, even if you think sleek and tan legs will look great. This is due to the laser not being able to differentiate between your color and the hair shade.
Once you’ve done your research and are ready to take the plunge of a hairless area, contact Atlantis Health, Beauty & Laser Clinic at (905) 237-1354 for a consultation.