Have laser hair removal ideas been dancing in your head lately? If so, you’re not alone. Summertime is the most popular time of year for the treatment, what with all those beaches and swimming pools.
If you’ve never gotten laser hair removal before and you’re not quite sure what it entails, it’s a good idea to approach your specialist with some questions beforehand. Be sure to ask…
Is your particular laser(s) going to be good for my type of skin?
Different lasers target different things, so it’s smart to ask what type of laser will work best for your skin’s color, tone, oil levels and skin texture. Be sure to find the best laser for you.
Do you perform a lot of laser hair removal treatments?
The specialist you choose should routinely perform laser hair removal treatments. Don’t go with someone who doesn’t have much experience in the practice—get someone who is certified and knows what they’re doing.
What do I need to do to prepare before my session?
Whatever area is being treated should be clean and shaved. The more hair you have, the less effective the laser’s going to be. You also do not want the room to smell like burned hair. Stubble can cause some lasers to not work as well, but other types of lasers need a couple days’ growth, so be sure to ask your laser hair removal specialist before you do (or don’t do) anything.
Is there anyone who should avoid laser hair removal for medical reasons?
Women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating at the time shouldn’t get laser hair removal, but there may be other factors that you need to be aware of. Be sure to ask this important question to your specialist.
How many treatments will I need to get?
The typical number of treatment visits is 4-6, but it can be more or less than this, depending on your skin and hair type.
How long does the treatment last?
The average “lifespan” of a laser hair removal treatment is three years before you’ll be needing a touch-up treatment. Hair follicle life cycles come into play here.
Can I get laser hair removal if I have a tan?
Your laser hair removal specialist should not answer “yes” to this question. Tanned skin cannot safely or effectively receive laser hair removal treatment. It will either burn or not work at all.
Does laser hair removal treatment work for everyone?
Again, this is a great question for the specialist, since different lasers focus on different things. However, if you’re trying to get rid of blonde, light-colored, or gray hairs, be aware that these types of hair are pretty difficult to get rid of. Those lighter hairs have lighter hair follicles, which means the laser has a hard time picking them up and removing them.
If you’ve been seriously considering laser hair removal treatments, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or to schedule a consultation at Monterey Laser and Skin Care. Laser hair removal is one of our specialties, and we would love to hear from you!