Tips for Laser Hair Removal
It seems like every couple of days there is an online deal for laser hair removal. I am not trying to discourage laser hair removal or using med spas, but I feel that everyone should know what to look out for when going to a spa for this service. It just seems a little out of control, the number of deals for this service and crazy low prices. The prices make me nervous. Since I am not an expert or technician in this field, I interviewed someone who I know offers a clean and professional service. Griselda bedolla, co-Owner of Skin Solutions and a certifed technican in the West Loop, explained to me the most important professional standards for med spas that offer laser hair removal and what every consumer should know about the procedure.
5 Important Tips
1. Please remember this process requires a series of treatments. Everyone is a little different, so there is range in the number of treatments required and it is very likely, even with a highly skilled technician that you may need to return for touch ups.
2. Check and choose a certified technician.
3. Make sure there is a doctor onsite for emergencies and that an appropriate doctor reviewed your health history. A skilled medical professional needs to look at your medication, history of various disorders (i.e. thyroid) to make sure you have a successful and helathy treament.
4. Becareful, many med-spa only use a doctor in the roll of a 'Medical Director,' allowing them to purchase the equipment. But they do not neccessarily overssee the treatment or reivew health history.
5. If you are a blonde or red head (natural), the med spa should inform you if you that the treatments do not work as well. Due to lack of melanin in the hair folace it become more of a maintenance than a permenant treatment. Therefore, they do not suggest it.
Clean environment :
- Let’s point out the obvious, the laser is going from your private parts to your face!!!
- Hospital grade wipes should be in the treatment rooms and used to wipe everything down.
- Technicians should be using ice packs before the treatment to cool down the area about to be treated, which allows for a more comfortable treatment and desensitizes the area. This cuts down on the pain.
- Some places lower the energy on the laser, which may provide a less painful treatment, however, it will require you to come in more often.
- So you need to trust the technician and know that they using a setting that is appropriate for your skin type (hair follicle). This is why a recommendation might be better way to choose a med spa , than a random online coupon.
Pre-treatment interview and appointment:
- The Med Spa/technicians should discuss pre-treatment behavior. Your initial conversation with the spa should include questions or advise that discourage you from coming in tanned (this impacts the amount of energy and gives a false skin type).
- They should go through your health history and inquire about medication. With this being said, it should then be reviewed by a physician. There are several medications that conflict with light based treatments like doxycycline. These types of details make you a less than an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. Even after many treatments you are not likely to be successful.
- If you are looking to do this on your face, women who are on certain birth control or suffer from PCOD are not good candidates. These two factors will require long-term treatments and become more of a maintenance procedure, verse a treatment.
ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo is a simple snap shot of the med spas deals out there, it is not a represenation of med spas that I believe ignore these recommendations or follow these recommednations.