Here at New Life Laser we field a lot of questions about laser hair removal. We thought it might be useful to share with you the top five most frequently asked questions (and their answers), just in case you have the same questions bouncing around in your head.
Q. Is it safe to get laser hair removal at a spa?
A. Laser hair removal requires a higher level of skill than your standard spa treatment, and it’s important that you seek treatment from a facility that is staffed by experienced, professionally trained hair removal technicians who use only state-of-the-art equipment.
Q. Can I shave before laser hair removal?
A. For laser hair removal to be successful, the hair root needs to remain intact before the procedure. This means that you can shave, but stay away from waxing, tweezing or epilating for several weeks prior to your first laser hair removal treatment.
Q. Can I get laser hair removal if I have a tan (or plan to get a tan)?
A. Nope. You need to protect the area you plan to treat from sunlight a full 72 hours before the procedure. We also recommend that you stay out of the sun and protect your skin with sunblock for a month or two after treatment, as the treated area is likely to be sensitive.
Q. What’s the most common side effect of laser hair removal?
A. It is typical for the treated area to be red, but this generally fades within the day. Slight irritation is also normal, and patients often describe this sensation as similar to the feeling of a rubber band snapping at your skin. We use a cooling hand-piece to help alleviate this discomfort. Most people say that if you can handle waxing, you can handle laser hair removal.
Q. When can I expect to see results?
A. While other hair removal methods offer immediate and fleeting results, laser hair removal is the opposite. Hair falls out gradually after a treatment, and it typically takes be between four to 10 visits for full hair elimination. We schedule visits about four weeks apart for optimal results and safety. While the process takes longer, it's well worth the lasting benefit!
Have you been thinking about laser hair removal as a lasting alternative to tweezing, waxing and shaving? At New Life Laser, we want to help you with your decision. Call us at 615-521-8847 to schedule a free consultation.