So so many times we have people who come in for laser treatments and are completely uneducated about the dangers and benefits of laser hair removal. That is very reckless!
Because of this ignorance, a lot of our clients have previously suffered burns, fraud and ineffective results. Our advice to all is to do your research on the procedure and the laser facility. And, be prepared to ask important questions of your certified technician (absolutely make sure they are certified and experienced). The best way to get great results is to know how the treatments work and what to expect.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
If the technician is certified. Technicians that are not certified have never taken the required courses to learn how to use the machine properly and how to administer the best possible treatments in order to achieve the best results.
What kind of machine do they use. A lot of machines on the market are outdated and are less effective and generally less painful than the newer ones. Look for the newest machines out there. We recommend Candela GMAX Pro W/DCD - it is the latest on the market and is equipped with Dynamic Cooling Device (a device that releases Cryogen - a cooling liquid that shoots out after every laser shot that effectively cools off the treated area and minimizes the discomfort). GMAX Pro is also best for both dark and light skin types.
When is the best time to get the treatments. You can not receive treatments if you have been or are planning to tan or be exposed to the sun for a long period of time. The way that laser works is that it detects your skin color and hair color via the settings that the technician entered on the machine (the settings are determined by the "Skin Type Questions" which you should have answered in the form you should have been provided with). If you tan, you skin color gets darker then your original color - since the settings on the laser correspond to your true skin color, the treatment that is meant for your true skin color will cause burns to your darker skin. Even worse, it is very unhealthy to heat up your skin so extensively as so much exposure to heat may cause allergies, burns and may ultimately lead to skin cancer. But these are the absolute worst case scenarios - we have never encountered such dire consequences in our day to day operations. For those of you who love to tan, you need to wait for your tan to subside in order to start or continue your treatments.
How many treatments are required and how long should you wait between the treatments. The number of sessions depends on the area you want to be treated and the condition of your skin. The standard and most effective wait time between sessions is about 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the area you are treating. The reason for the wait, is to target as much actively growing hair as possible. You see, the hair does not grow at the same rate - in fact, there are three phases of hair growth (Active Growth Phase, Transition Phase and Resting Phase).