Once you have found the perfect laser hair removal clinic for your needs the next step is to get into contact and arrange a consultation. Most clinics offer a no-obligation consultation. The consultation will assess your needs and it is a time for you to see if the clinic is right for you. Always check surroundings, is the area clean and tidy. Does the clinic give you a welcome and comforting feel? Remember that first impressions count.
While laser treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure, it’s best to think of it as a medical procedure.
In other words, you should only have a licensed and certified expert do it for you.
Start by finding a licensed and certified laser hair removal clinic near your city. Ask friends for references or check online reviews for recommendations. Once you’ve found a place you can trust, make an appointment for a consultation.
The consultation is key, and reputable clinics require one for every patient. During your session, the laser technician will provide you with all the info you need to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.
What to expect?
The consultation is the time to ask questions. That way, you can gather all of the information you need to make an informed decision.
During this initial meeting, you and the technician will discuss your potential treatment. They’ll also ask questions about your medical history. Make sure to mention any skin conditions you have had in the past and if your skin is prone to scarring.
When the technician is done asking questions about you, it’s your turn to ask them questions.
Ask how many sessions you will need. Ask how effective the procedure will be so that you know what to expect. Ask what the process actually entails, how long it will take, and what tools they’ll use.
Inquire about the potential risks, too, as some people experience irritation, scarring, and pigment changes in the skin.
Last but not least, ask how much it will cost and if payment plans or specials are available.
Let the therapist know your current hair removal habits. If you are shaving, then that’s perfectly fine. If you are currently removing hair from the root with waxing, plucking or epilating try and avoid this 4 weeks before your laser hair removal consultation. You can leave a small patch of hair to show the therapist the density of the hair.
Holidays: If you have any pre-arranged holidays please let us know as we can then schedule your treatments around the holidays you have booked. Sun exposure before and after the laser session will be discussed. It is best to avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks before any sessions. This is due to the skin being tanned and exposed to the sun. The laser can make the skin photosensitive.
Medication: If you are on any medication let the therapist know about your consultation. If you start any new medication during your course of laser let the therapist know as soon as possible as this may contradict your treatment session.
Skin: If you have any skin concerns such as dermatitis, acne, rosacea or any pigmentation let the therapist know about these if they are in the treatment area.
For some people, the pulses may feel like an intense sting, some heat or a combination of the two. You’ll be asked to rate the pain from 1 to 10 with 10 being the most painful. Once the technician has finished a couple of pulses, she will record them and remove the gel. Your skin may feel a bit heated and irritated. Then you are good to go!
The test patch will give you a feel of the laser and the sensation. The sensation with the hybrid laser is usually a heat feeling however it can feel stronger in some areas than others. Such as bikinis and underarms.
Before your first session
Before your first session, it is important for you to avoid waxing for six weeks. This is also the case with the use of tweezers. The laser needs to be able to identify the hair follicle. During this time period, shaving is acceptable.
You MUST stay out of the sun. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas of your laser.
On the day before your treatment, you should shave with a clean, new razor. By shaving, the lasers will be able to locate the follicles. Using a clean, new razor ensures there are no lingering bacteria that could cause contact dermatitis after your laser treatment.
Avoid any creams or lotions on the skin
Do not use any chemical exfoliants 1 week before the test patch
Avoid taking any herbal remedies such as St Johns Wart
After the session:
- Use SPF on all exposed skin
- Avoid hot baths, saunas and steams rooms as this can increase the heat within your skin.
- Avoid chemical exfoliants for 1 week before and after the treatment
- Shave after 72 hours as the skin can be irritated by the laser
- Exfoliate the skin after 1 week of laser hair removal
- Avoid any plucking and waxing in the area
You may notice the hair will fall out during the next few weeks, avoid picking at the hair. Hair will become less coarse and you may experience slower growth of the hair follicles.
Your next treatment will be booked for you and this will be after 4 weeks. This allows the hair growth cycle to complete and the hairs to be the anagen stage of the growth cycle. Each session the practitioner will go through an ongoing medical questionnaire which you will sign and detail any changes.
If there are any medical changes or new medications, please let the therapist know as soon as possible as we would not like you to miss your appointment or save you the journey of travelling to the clinic.
Please try and attend alone where possible. Only the therapist and the client will be allowed in the treatment room. If possible, please avoid bringing young children into the clinic unless they will be supervised by an adult.
If you have any further questions relating to the laser, your laser hair removal journey, please contact our customer support team who will be able to get you in touch with the therapist at the clinic.