What things should you know when you are looking for laser hair removal?
‘How much is laser hair removal’
There are many questions that you should ask when you are looking for permanent hair removal. In all honesty, cost is probably the last thing you should ask about. While we appreciate that cost can be very important when making any investment, if ‘How much is laser hair removal’ is the first question you ask, you could well end up disappointed in the long run. If it is very cheap, it is probably cheap for a reason. If it sounds like a lot of money, but you are happy with all other aspects, you should consider whether going cheap could cost you more in money, stress, time, pigmentation, and pain in the long run. Many clinics will offer some kind of payment plan, so it is worth asking.
So what are the important things?
1. Professional clinic –are the therapists medically trained, or at least supervised?
Laser Hair Removal is completely unregulated – literally anyone can buy a laser for hair removal, tattoo removal or skin complaints and treat people. If they are ethical, they will try to get some insurance. Untrained therapists may treat inappropriately, may not refer on to other professionals where needed, and may not recognise problems in time to avoid adverse effects. Nobody can guarantee never encountering a problem, but fully qualified medical therapists (by which we mean Nurses and Doctors, or qualified Laser Technicians in some instances) are more likely to spot problems, understand what they are looking at, and know when to refer to others if necessary. Also they have a registration to protect, so may proceed with more caution.
2. Quality of equipment – what technology do they use? Is it medical grade or is it unbranded?
– do they understand the importance of assessing skin type (Fitzpatrick scale) prior to treating
– is the laser regularly serviced by the manufacturer (not by the clinic themselves)
– does it look clean and well looked after
– do they know what to do, and do they have appropriate equipment to deal with it if you are not getting the results you expect?
3. Cleanliness – is equipment properly cleaned or sterilised as appropriate, or single-use items used properly.
Different treatments require different disposable items, different products and consumables. Ask your therapist about cleanliness and sterilisation/reuse of equipment policies.
4. Laser hair removal results before and after pictures.
Are you able to see pictures of real clients?
Do they have current, honest reviews from real people?
5. Make sure they are properly insured.
Do they have proper insurance, including Public Liability to make sure you are protected?
6. Make sure their admin is good – do they insist on:
Regular up to date photographs
If not, proceed with caution – proper paperwork and client records are essential – for quality of treatment over time, and your protection and evidence if you encounter any problems further down the line.
7. Do they give proper, detailed after care instructions?
Are you left wondering what to do with your hair growth between treatments? Do you know what to look for to make sure you get the best results? Are you aware of how important time scales are in the long-term effectiveness of your treatments? Or are you given instructions verbally and in writing (or by email) to ensure you know how to look after your skin? Do you have a way of contacting someone if you are concerned following a treatment or have any questions throughout your treatment course?
8. Laser hair removal and sun exposure – do they give you proper advice?
This is very important for all types of skin lasering – both before and after treatments. Make sure you understand exactly what you need to do in regards to sun exposure, sunscreen usage, fake tan and tanning booths etc.
9. Laser hair removal results – do you know what to expect?
Do you feel like you know what you may be facing with regards to treatment course length? If someone promises you ANYTHING be cautious – laser hair removal is not an exact science, and results depend on many factors including hair colour, how fine or coarse your hair is, whether you pluck between treatments, your hormones and age amongst other things – are they able to honestly give you the information you need to help you make a decision to get the best results?
10. Does it feel comfortable in the clinic?
Do you get a good vibe at the clinic you are at? Does it feel like a place you should be, do you feel comfortable? This is a really important one in our book – there are probably several laser hair removal clinics that could offer the service that you want, but if you don’t feel like you are visiting a friend, I would be cautious. If you go somewhere that you feel you belong, you will have a better rapport, be better able to ask questions, particularly if you feel the treatment isn’t going as you would like, and are likely to be more satisfied in the long run.
So when you are looking for laser hair removal, the things you should know are all here – and really important in helping make your decision when investing in yourself. Why not call us on 01543 396609 for more information?