5 Things to Know Before Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment

February 5, 2014

The local drugstore has practically an entire aisle devoted to hair removal products. Many of these products give the desired result (smooth skin without visible hair), yet we’re forced to repeat the hair removal process almost endlessly. A lip has to be waxed about once a month, legs shaved daily, underarms every 2 or 3 days if you’re lucky. Keeping the “hair free” look can be a part time job for a well groomed man or woman.

Many people have opted to begin a process to permanently remove hair from their brows, upper lip, sideburns, backs, underarms, legs, arms and bikini areas. Although the process is a simple one, there are some things to take into consideration before choosing this treatment or a qualified practitioner.

Hair Female lip before and after

A before and after image of a woman who had laser hair removal on her upper lip.

Laser Hair Removal Back

A before and after image of a man who had laser hair removal on his back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five things you should know before your laser hair removal appointment:

1) Choose your practitioner wisely. Look for an establishment where there’s a doctor who does the initial consultation. (IT’S THE LAW!) Ideally, after that you’ll cared for by a nurse who specializes in laser hair removal.

2) Take into consideration that it would also be really nice to have that same nurse do each and every one of your treatments. You’ll build a rapport with that person so you’ll feel comfortable. Especially when you’re having hair removed from intimate places, you definitely want to feel that you know the person who is treating you.

3) Treatments take time. Don’t expect that your hair will be gone after one or two treatments. If you want to be ready for summer, you really need to start in fall and winter. You’ll be waiting a few weeks between treatments for new hair to grow so that it can be removed. Because hair grows in cycles, the process can take months to complete.

4) Anticipate that your treatment will feel like a rubber band snap. It’s not pleasant, but not horrible either. Most patients take Tylenol before their treatment and tolerate it well.

5)  We have to apologize to anyone that doesn’t have brown or black hair. If you have blonde, white, grey or red hair, laser hair removal isn’t for you. The lack of dark pigment in your hair color makes you a non-candidate for a successful outcome. The pigment in hair follicles of darker hair attracts the laser so it can do it’s job. When it is absorbed by the pigment the laser energy is converted to heat, which is what kills the growing follicles.