Ladies, we love hair, as long as it’s on our heads and not anywhere else. Smooth, hair-free skin is one of our lifelong quests, and laser hair removal has become the treatment of choice for those who want a permanent solution.
Unfortunately, many who have had the treatment claim that it just doesn’t work. The blame can be on the technology, the technician or you.
That’s right – you.
Are you guilty of committing any one of the below?
1. You waxed or plucked between sessions. In the quest for hairlessness, you may have been a little impatient and plucked, waxed or sugared those renegade hairs that were still growing on your chin. Big mistake – yanking hairs out makes it harder for laser hair removal to work its magic, because the hair follicle isn’t intact and can’t be zapped anymore. If you must be hair-free and can’t wait until your next session, shave instead.
2. You didn’t stick to the treatment regimen. Your sessions are booked according to the natural growth cycle of your unwanted hair. All laser hair removal technology can only effectively remove hair in its active growth phase, but one patch of hair is comprised of follicles that are in this phase at different times. That’s why you need multiple sessions to get rid of all the hair in one area. When you don’t stick to your schedule and delay treatments, you won’t be able to obtain optimal results.
3. You are a sun worshipper. Being a laser based treatment, your skin will become photosensitive after treatment, and requires to be in top form beforehand as well. Sun worshippers won’t be able to get the best results for two reasons: sessions will be postponed until your skin is in better shape and not so photo damaged (which is what a tan causes), and many technologies cannot accurately treat tanned skin because of the pigment.
4. You have a low threshold for pain. Laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, if you have a low threshold for pain, you probably will find this uncomfortable and treatments may be unbearable. A numbing cream can be applied, but it may still be insufficient. To accommodate, your technician might reduce the intensity, thereby making the treatment less effective.
5. You chose your clinic based on price alone. It’s not always the case, but the cheapest place isn’t always the best. Never shop based on price alone, especially for something like laser hair removal, a treatment that is medical in nature. Always choose your technician based on quality and experience.
Today’s guest blogger Cindy Clark is a medical writer for Skin Vitality, one of Canada’s largest aesthetic medical providers. She has personal and professional experience with a number of nonsurgical treatments, including Laser Hair Removal in Toronto.
Note: The post has been completely written by the guest blogger and the thoughts expressed are hers alone. mySkin does not endorse to any products or sites mentioned in the post.