10 Questions To Ask Before Getting Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
You’ve booked your consultation to discuss getting laser hair removal, so you have taken the first step towards permanent hair removal and silky smooth legs for many years to come – congratulations! But have you thought about what you want, or more importantly need, to know? If not, here are some questions you should definitely ask the experts.
1. When should I start treatment?
This will very much depend on your aims. Perhaps you’re heading away on holiday and want to prep for your itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie yellow polka dot bikini. Or maybe you have a special occasion approaching and shaving just won’t do the trick. Whatever your reasons, think about what you’re working towards and discuss these with the specialist. They will then be able to determine the best course of action for you, including when to book your first session.
2. How many treatments will I need?
You will need to have a course of treatments because of the way the lasers work. They target hair that is in the ‘growth phase’ of its cycle but your hair reaches this stage at different times, hence the reason for a number of sessions; so that each of the hairs is targeted by the laser at some point. The area being treated, your hair density and skin type will also determine how many times you have to get it done.
3. Am I suitable for the procedure?
Laser works best on those with fair skin and thick, dark (brown or black) hair. If you have darker skin, it could be the case that you will require more sessions. Those with blonde or light-coloured hair may find that the treatment will not work for them at all. That is why this question is so vital and only the experts trained in laser hair removal will be able to assess whether or not you are suitable.
4. Are there any side effects?
As with all procedures, there can be side effects. However, laser hair removal is considered to be a low risk treatment. Even still, your consultant should perform a patch test to determine your likelihood of having a reaction (if they don’t offer, request one or attend another clinic). Other possible side effects of laser hair removal include irritation, itching, swelling, redness, discolouration, burns and scarring. Some itching and redness in the 48 hours post-treatment can be expected, but ask your therapist what is normal and what is not.
5. What technology do you use?
Different clinics use different techniques and technology, which is precisely why you should do some research into where you intend to have your laser hair removal treatment. Thérapie Clinic uses only medical-grade FDA-approved lasers and the most advanced technology on the market that help to cool and soothe the skin as the treatment is working. This means better results, less discomfort, safer procedures and faster treatment times.
6. Are the staff properly trained?
As is the case with the equipment, finding a clinic that has experienced and well-trained staff is a must. Again, this will reduce the risk of side effects and should make your treatment more comfortable. Don’t forget that your skin is an organ and just as important as the rest. You wouldn’t trust your heart in the hands of someone who is not up-to-date on the latest developments in healthcare, would you?
7. Is there any downtime following treatment?
You will have to keep an eye on the treatment area in the days immediately following your session but in general, laser hair removal shouldn’t impact a great deal on your normal routine. You should avoid a few things such as intense sunlight, perfumed products, intense heat, waxing, chlorine and tight clothing for at least 48 hours after leaving the clinic but that’s it. Again, check with the expert as to how you best to approach the aftercare stage.
8. Does it matter that I’m taking medicine?
If you are on regular medication, it is best to inform the practitioner taking care of you. It’s also worth mentioning any previous skin reactions you’ve had from using products/having beauty treatments. As well as the patch text, the expert should ask you a few question regarding your medical history to identify any potential red flags.
9. How much does it cost?
The price tag of laser hair removal varies from clinic to clinic but occasionally they will offer discounts or special deals around the summer months – something to look out for should you want to nab yourself a bargain. Again, it could pay to do your research. Laser hair removal might seem like a big expense up front, but when you think of the money you’ll save on razors, hair removal cream and waxing, it’s actually a lot more affordable than you would think. Also, you’ll save time and get longer-lasting results, so you’ll be ready to ditch the razor and forget about the pain of waxing for good.
10. What preparation should I do?
Much like the aftercare stage, there are some simple things you can do prepare for laser hair removal such as avoiding caffeine (it can make you more sensitive), wearing loose clothing (it lets your skin breathe afterwards) and not waxing (it practically makes laser ineffective). However, there’s nothing too demanding – which is just what we like to hear – unless of course your specialist says otherwise.
Thérapie Clinic offer free consultations and patch tests. If you are interested in exploring this further, call them on 1890 650 750, and if you haven’t yet booked your consultation, you can do so here.