Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Got the “shave my legs again” blues? Does the thought of forever ditching razors and waxing, to say nothing of depilatories and electrolysis, make you jump for joy? Your dreams can come true! Red Sands Vein & Laser offers easy and convenient laser hair removal in St. George Utah.
Here is a look at how laser hair removal works and a checklist to help you decide if you are a good candidate.

How Does Our Laser Hair Removal in St. George Utah Work?

There are several laser devices used in clinics, but all work basically the same way. A piece of equipment produces laser energy, or heat, and delivers it directly to the hair you want to get rid of. This energy suffuses the hair to the root, damaging the hair follicle in the process. This makes it unable to produce new hair.

This process has a range of benefits:

  • It is completely safe when it is done by trained personnel.
  • It tends to be less painful than waxing or electrolysis.
  • You can get rid of large sections of hair, like on your legs and back.
  • It works quickly. The treatments are short and you see results soon.

Will It Work for You?

Originally, the rule of thumb was that the treatment worked best with dark hair and light skin. Laser hair removal produced uncertain results on specific groups of people, especially those with dark skin tones, and people with grey, red or blonde hair.

But as technology has advanced, new lasers do a good job on many of these people that previously were left out. Treatments that combine laser with radiofrequency energy have better results for people with lighter hair follicles or darker skin color.

But it is essential that each person signing up for laser hair removal, realize that results vary from person to person, sometimes dramatically. For reasons that are not fully understood, even people who fit the ideal–dark hair and light skin—don’t respond to the process. Though studies vary, it’s safe to say that it doesn’t work for about 15% of the people who want laser hair removal. You’ll want to consult with a professional before you decide whether or not to try this type of treatment.

Beyond skin tone and hair color, there are seven other indicators that can help you determine if you are a good candidate.

Large Area for Hair Removal

Treatment is quick with laser hair removal. That makes it ideal if you have a large area of hair you want to remove. This is especially true of legs and the back. If you are looking for professional laser hair removal in St. George Utah, you should understand that the process is quick, but it isn’t precise. That means it isn’t a good fit for small areas that require detail accuracy, like eyebrows.

Electrolysis, on the other hand, works well for precision hair removal since strands are treated one by one. In some cases, people get laser hair removal done before starting electrolysis. This quickly reduces how dense the hair is, making electrolysis less time-consuming and more affordable.

The areas of your body that are safe for laser work are:

  • Chest
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Armpits
  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Upper lip and chin

Some Discomfort Is Ok

Laser hair removal is relatively free of pain, but there is some discomfort involved. It’s been described as popping a rubber band against your skin. If you are very sensitive, it might feel more painful.

People with dark, coarse hair tend to experience more pain. Also, those with more pigment in the hair and in the skin feel more pain. The good news is that with each treatment you have less hair, so the pain is reduced.

To reduce discomfort, icing the area after treatment and taking a pain reliever is highly recommended.

Fed Up with Short-Term Methods

If you are just plain tired of the ongoing need for waxing, threading, and shaving, you should seriously consider laser hair removal in St. George Utah. It results in a permanent reduction in the amount of hair on your body. Although it may not produce permanent hair removal, the reduction is enough to make other daily or weekly methods of hair removal unnecessary.

Research to Find a Skilled Laser Practitioner

It is essential to find a laser hair treatment practitioner who knows what she’s doing. In some states, this isn’t regulated and the result is unqualified practitioners.

Find a reputable clinic by:

  • Checking online reviews
  • Calling and ask questions
  • Getting an initial consultation
  • Having a patch test done

Here are some of the questions should you ask when you phone:

  • Do they use FDA-approved lasers?
  • What type of lasers and what brand do they use?
  • How long have they been using lasers to remove hair?
  • How many clients have they treated?
  • What is the name of the doctor who supervises the treatment?
  • Are the initial consultation and the patch test free?

Plan Your Schedule

To work effectively, you need a series of laser hair treatments. It can take a year or more, with appointments spread throughout that period to do the job. It is important to plan for this. Starting treatments and then stopping will not give you the results you want.

Expectations and Side Effects

As we mentioned earlier, make sure talk to your practitioner about realistic results that can be expected for your hair and skin type. Also, remember it usually takes multiple trips to the clinic over several months in order to get the results you want.
Another thing to consider is that laser hair removal is not a beauty treatment, it is a medical procedure. Like any medical process, it can have side effects. Be aware that in rare cases it can result in:

  • Crusting
  • Irritation
  • Scabbing
  • Changes in pigmentation
  • Scarring

Following Aesthetician’s and Doctor’s Instructions

For laser hair removal to be effective, you will need to follow all the instructions that the treatment provider gives you. They will have certain requirements for you to follow before and after each treatment.

You also need to follow the treatment plan. If your treatment specialist recommends monthly appointments for the next six months, good results are dependent upon you keeping those appointments.