Every year, hundreds of thousands of people seek out laser hair removal treatments to get rid of unwanted body hair once and for all. After several treatment sessions, laser hair removal can effectively slow and eventually stop hair growth on the legs, underarms and many other areas. Although it’s wildly popular and widely available, you should understand that laser hair removal is still a medical procedure, so it’s essential that you choose your practitioner wisely for your safety and satisfaction.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
During a treatment session, an intense, focused, pulsating beam of light is targeted on individual hairs, which damages their follicles and prevents regrowth. With each treatment session, hair growth is impaired until it eventually stops. This procedure is safe and effective when performed by the right practitioner, but can be dangerous technology when in the wrong hands. When used improperly, the high-powered laser can cause serious damage to the skin including burns and discoloration.
Do Your Research
Although they vary from state to state, laws and licensing requirements for those administering laser hair removal are typically pretty lax. As a result, this technology is often used by poorly trained operators who have no medical training or supervision. Before trusting your skin to someone with a laser, do some research to ensure your safety:
- Ensure that the facility you’re visiting is owned, operated and supervised by a doctor
- Make sure the professional performing your procedure is a certified laser technician who has the proper training and credentials to perform LHR specifically
- Ask your practitioner if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal and request a test on a small patch of your skin to see how your skin reacts