You might not know what to expect on your first laser hair removal treatment. To help you better understand and know what to expect, I complied a list of 10 things to remember on your very first laser hair removal treatment.
Things to keep in mind on your first first laser hair removal treatment
1. Clinic Reviews
If you haven’t done so already check the laser’s companies Google reviews and check the Better Business Bureau’s website for any complaints.
2. Laser hair removal consultation
Have you had a thorough laser hair removal consultation? Before your first laser hair removal treatment you must have a consultation. Not everyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal and in the consult it will be determined if you are in fact a good candidate. During the consultation the process should be explained, the technician should have looked at the color of your hair and skin, your questions should have been answered and the price should have been quoted. If you are scheduled for your first laser hair removal treatment and you have NOT had a consult, cancel the appointment and either ask for a consult or go somewhere else.
3. Consent Form and Disclosure Form
Before your very first laser hair removal treatment you should be signing a “Consent Form and Disclosure Form”. This is actually a very big issue. In the laser hair removal industry insurance companies are very, very careful. The insurance companies are sticklers for information from the laser hair removal companies. If there have been ANY issues with the laser company, any claims against the laser company, any impropriety, the insurance company will not insure the laser company. If there have not been any problems with the laser hair removal company the insurance company will insure the company and obligates the company to have these forms signed. So being asked to sign a Consent Form and Disclosure Form is a very good sign to you that the company is reputable and reliable.
If you are not asked to sign a Consent Form and Disclosure Form ask the laser company why you are not required to sign these forms.
4. Number of expected treatments
Confirm the number of expected treatments. This number can vary depending on the color of the skin, they type of laser device being used, the color of the hair etc. Regardless, they should be able to tell you the average number of treatments, their average client needs. For example, at MediSpa Jouvence the average client with light skin and dark hair will need 4 to 6 sessions for at least an 80% reduction. If I have a client who has color in the skin I tell them they are looking at, at least 6 sessions. You need to be given an idea of what sort of an investment you are in store for and knowing a rough estimate of the number of treatments required will give you an idea of your progress once the process begins.
5. Improvement after the first laser hair removal treatment
Confirm that you will have an improvement after your very first laser hair removal treatment. I have seen too many people in a laser hair removal consultation who have had 15 treatments done (at another laser hair removal company) and they do not have any improvement. I have seen people in a laser hair removal consultation who have been doing laser hair removal for 3 years, on the same site, with no improvement. This is NOT how laser hair removal, done properly, should be.
If your treatments are being done with a good laser, at adequate energy levels you will see an improvement on your very first treatment, and every treatment after that. At any given time you have hair in the “growth cycle” and that is the phase of growth that the follicle is being disabled in. If anyone tells you it is “normal” not to see an improvement after your very first treatment that is simply not true.
6. Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction
Confirm that the hair in your treatment site will be permanently removed. I have seen too many clients who have had laser hair treatments (at other laser hair removal clinics) and have had all the hair come back. That is not why you are doing laser hair removal. Everyone does laser so the hair will be gone.
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction. The hair (with color) that you currently have in your treatment site should be permanently reduced. If you achieve an 80% or 90% reduction on your treatment site that is permanent. No ethical laser hair removal company can say you will have 100% of the hair removed because only hair in the growth cycle is treated and any follicles that are dormant will not be treated.
7. Same laser on every treatment
Confirm that you will be treated with the same laser on every treatment. Some laser hair removal companies do not own their lasers. They lease the laser and you may get a different laser every time you go in. If you are told you will be treated with a Light Sheer laser for all your treatments make sure it is a Light Sheer laser every time you go in. Not all lasers are efficient and if they are not consistent with the laser they are treating you with your results may be inconsistent.
8. Laser maintenance
Confirm that the laser is serviced on a regular basis. Ask to see the servicing sticker on the back of the laser machine and see the date it was last serviced. If they laser hair removal clinic cannot show you proof of the servicing of the machine do not proceed with the first treatment.
Servicing of the machine is non-negotiable. Service contracts are very expensive and many laser hair removal clinics would rather take their chances to save the money. But, if the laser device is not serviced you have no idea if it is functioning properly. Is it firing at the setting it was set for? Is it firing too high, which could result in a burn? Is it firing too low, which will result in bad, slow results or no results. If the laser company does not have a service contract they will not be given laser parts from the company that distributes the laser device. So, if a part of the laser needs to be replaced what is it being replaced with? A car part? The outside of the laser may be one thing, the inside something else entirely. Imagine having a beautiful Ferrari car on the outside, and junk yard parts on the inside…it is not really a Ferrari!
9. Shaving treatment area prior to laser treatment
Confirm that your treatment site will be shaved. All treatment sites whether it’s the face or the body MUST be shaved. I have seen too many clients (who have done laser elsewhere) who have told me their treatment site(s) was not shaved. There is no laser device that does not require the treatment site to be shaved. The laser targets color and therefore if the hair on the treatment site is not shaved the hair will be burnt on the skin. There will be extreme heat on the surface of the skin and you will risk a burn or blister on the skin. Also, if the treatment site is not shaved energy is wasted on that long hair. The hair MUST be shaved as close to the skin as possible.
10. Book second visit
Be sure to book your second visit before you leave the clinic. You want to stay as close to 4 to 6 weeks for the face and 6 to 8 weeks for the body.
I hope you found this article on things to remember on your first laser hair removal treatment valuable. If you have any questions about laser hair removal treatments or any other skin treatments, I invite you to contact us at our Montreal Medispa Spa. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions.