Summary: Once you’ve done your research and found a trusted med spa with certified laser hair removal technicians, the next step is to schedule an initial consultation. During this consult, your technician should be able to answer any questions you might have about the process, as well as walk you through each step you’ll encounter along the way. Here are some of the things you should expect to glean from the consultation.
1. A Walk-Through of the Process and Technology
During your consultation, your technician should outline the entire process from start to finish, as well as show you around the medical spa and even the lasers, pointing out any features that may be available, such as cooling laser technology, to make your experience more comfortable. This overview should give you a better sense of what treatment sessions will be like and what will be entailed in your preparation for them.
2. Tips for Preparing for Your First Session
Making sure you stick to the guidelines set out by your technician will help to ensure that you achieve the most effective and safest results. Keep in mind that you’ll likely be asked to refrain from waxing or plucking the hair from the area that will be getting LHR. Waxing and plucking actually remove the entire hair follicle, which is what the laser targets, so these things can greatly reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. Similarly, you’ll want to stay out of the sun (and tanning beds) for at least 30 days prior to your first session, as lighter skin tones respond best to LHR.
Your technician may also recommend that you shave the area to be treated the day before your LHR, as shaving will promote hair growth. This is an important step, as the lasers actually target only the hair follicles that are in their active growth phase.
3. A Discussion of the Number of Treatments Needed
Because the lasers work by targeting actively growing hair, LHR typically involves 6 to 9 treatment sessions that are spaced several weeks apart. Multiple sessions will ensure that all of the hair is targeted and removed from the desired area, leaving you with the best possible results.
4. Recommendations While between Sessions
Even when in between treatment sessions, it’s still important to follow many of the same pre-treatment guidelines. While you’ll start to see more and more results after each session, you should still refrain from waxing, plucking and tanning during these in-between periods. Sun exposure between sessions can lead to complications, including scarring, blistering and discoloration of the skin. If you’re really concerned about tanning, you can use a sunless tanning lotion about one week after your session, but be sure to leave enough time for the color to fade before it’s time for your next treatment.
5. Aftercare Advice
You should also expect to get a good idea of what will be recommended once your full treatment is complete to make sure that you receive optimum results. You’ll be urged to stay out of the sun for another 6 weeks following your final treatment, but you should no longer have to worry about shaving, waxing or plucking at this point.
Knowing what to expect before you go into your LHR consultation can help you better prepare for the first steps of the process. The most important thing to keep in mind during your consultation is that as long as you are working with a trusted, certified technician, he or she will be able to guide you throughout the entire process, leaving you with a smooth and effortless look.