What to Consider Before Starting Laser
February 6, 2019
Getting laser hair removal is a big decision. Okay, it may not seem like a big decision but there’s lots of different aspects to consider. Everything from the financial aspect, the lifestyle changes and what your long term goals are. These are all factors you should be taking into consideration before starting with your laser hair removal treatments.
When it comes to getting laser hair removal, it’s important to look at the financial factor. Firstly, do your research before using one of those Groupons you find. Not all lasers are made the same, and many of these will be far less effective than the LightSheer Duet we use at Bare Essentials.
So while you may be getting what seems to be the cheapest deal in town, if it doesn’t really end up working, was it worth the money?
You’d be surprised to learn how many people come in upset because their Groupon didn’t pan out the way they wanted. Avoid wasting your money, and call and ask the salon what kind of laser they use. Clarify that the machine they use is in fact a diode laser and not an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), as the latter is actually far less effective. (For the record, the LightSheer Duet is a diode laser that works on a wide variety of skin types.)
Also, it’s a good idea to consider which of our pricing options will work for you. You can pay per session, or purchase a package of 6 sessions + 2 touch ups. While most people opt for the package (it works out to be a buy 5, get one free deal), it does need to be paid up front. If that’s not an option for you, or perhaps you don’t think you’d be able to complete the package (ie you’re moving soon), then the pay per session option may be for you!
Now, when it comes to getting laser hair removal done, there are a few lifestyle changes that need to be taken into consideration. Firstly, consider the time of year and the area of your body you’re getting lasered. If the area is one that is exposed to the sun, starting your treatments in the summertime may not be the best idea.
When you start laser, you’re going to fill out a form that asks you to assess your skin. Based on the information you provide us will determine the course of your treatments. The settings we select are based on your untanned skin tone. In the summer, most people spend time out in the sun and develop a tan. As soon as this happens, your laser treatments become much less effective. The skin is darker, and will trap the heat much more than your unexposed skin. If you do tan, you generally need to wait a minimum of 8 weeks before you can come in again. The tan needs to be completely faded before we resume laser sessions.
Many people opt to begin their treatments in the Fall so they can finish most of their treatments before Summer rolls around.
Finally, taking into consideration what some of you long term goals are in key as well. I know this sounds odd, but as with anything, hair removal trends come and go. Are you always going to want the ‘whole shebang’ gone? Or is it just the bikini plus a little bit that you want gone for good? Typically, whatever you’ve always done (ie shaving, or waxing, the whole thing) is what you will want gone for good.
Another key factor to keep in mind is that major hormonal changes will affect some of your hair removal down the line. Things like pregnancy and menopause are the main culprits when it comes regrowth after laser hair removal. Typically this hair will fall out without ever needing to be touched by the laser, but if not, you can always opt to have a touch up done down the road.
This is especially important to keep in mind if you’re considering laser and you’re on the younger end of the age spectrum. Your hormones don’t level out until about 18+, so laser isn’t a great option for teens. As their hormones change and evolve, hair is going to start popping up all over the place. Any hairs that were killed with the laser initially won’t grow in, however any new hairs that sprout will still be there. We generally say wait until you’re at least 18 for girls and 21 for boys.
Hopefully that gives you a little guidance on what to consider when choosing laser as your permanent form of hair removal! If you have more in depth questions about the machine or the entire process, we offer free consultations! Give us a call to book yours!