Considering Laser Hair Removal? What you should know first!

Considering Laser Hair Removal? What you should know first!

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.

Ice packs:

  • 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.

Laser Intensity:

  • 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.



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  • I think it's a decent idea to set up this blog.I want to share something related to the cost of laser hair removal treatment.
    Generally the cost of laser hair removal is $150 to $500, depending on the area of the body that is being treated.

    For larger areas such as the back, the average cost lies between $600 and $900 per treatment session. For the treatment of the chest it will only cost between $350 and $600.

    For the upper and lower legs, the cost can vary from $600 to $850 while the arms, on average, will cost only $350 to $500. The underarms are the cheapest area to treat, with a cost range of $250 to $350.

  • Thank you for sharing & giving the information on laser hair removal. You have provided the best & useful tips which everyone should keep in mind before going for laser hair removal sessions.

  • This is some good information on laser hair removal. If anyone on here wants a little bit more information this is a good laser hair removal guide . Laser hair removal is a great way to removal unwanted body hair but not everyone is a great candidate so it is important to make sure you are well clued up on it first and know everything there is to know.

  • "removal unwanted body hair"...sorry remove unwanted body hair.

  • I agree with you on this article mate! Laser hair treatment removal is sure convenient since I'm not a shaving fanatic nor a waxing fanatic. Shaving is a no no since unwanted hair just sprouts backs in after a day of shaving. Waxing? nah.... don't like to consider the thought of the pain in the first place. That's why I'm more okay with laser hair treatment removal and since it doesnt hurt.

  • Thanks for posting this! I have a friend who has wanted to get some laser hair removal done but has been afraid of some of the unknowns related to the process of laser hair removal. She's been seeking laser hair removal specials in her area but hasn't been sure about going through with it. She will appreciate this article a lot. Thanks!

  • Great read, highly informative.

    I am still a little concerned by the fact that I am on the darker side of things. How many more treatments do you have to get if your skin is very dark? I am of direct African descent...

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  • Herm... Link didn't seem to work. might work.

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    Hey there! Thank you for sharing all of this information. I am thinking about getting hair removal and I am wondering if you know of a good place to go for some laser hair removal in Chicago?

  • Laser hair removal is the best technology to remove your body hair. Our experience is that when I was go to the Klinik esthetika (it is the skin and beauty clinic) this clinic well maintained and the world class technology, and there Doctor are well trained and experienced. When the doctor was removed my hair there has no pain and hair was removed very softly. In my view Klinik Esthetika is the best clinic for hair removal.

  • Laser hair treatment is out of my price range. I agree that there should be precautions taken when signing up for the process and that low prices do seem sketchy. I began using a hair removal product that can be applied at home, has no pain and even kills the roots. It's so much more affordable than laser and the results have been fantastic.

  • Thank you for sharing & giving the information on laser hair removal.
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  • This blog makes some very good points about what you should consider before choosing laser hair removal. But if you have a real problem with unwanted hair, I encourage you to find a good laser technician and get it done. I’ve been doing laser hair removal in Denver for over 15 years, I have never had a serious problem and I have seen many lives changed by the results from my practice.

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