What You should Really Expect Prior to and During Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser hair removal is a type of non-surgical beauty treatment which has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. At first, only women took advantage of such a procedure – but nowadays, even men are taking advantage as well, especially for problem hair areas such as the back and shoulders. And whilst it’s true that laser hair removal is quite effective, it has to be done correctly. If not done in the proper way, there can be some serious consequences. Here, then, is what you should really expect prior to and during laser hair removal treatment.
Preparing yourself for the procedure
Whilst the technician will do most of the work, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself as well. Before you go through the procedure, for instance, do some research on the clinic, salon, or technician’s expertise. Ask around – and get recommendations if you can. It’s better to be safe in your choice of salon or technician from the beginning.
Once you have chosen a salon, you should prepare yourself physically as well. Four to six weeks prior to the treatment, try to avoid waxing or plucking. Another way to prepare yourself would be to avoid being under the sun for at least four weeks prior to the procedure, because sun exposure may result in additional complications.
What the technician should be doing
The technician has certain responsibilities prior to the procedure as well. For one, they need to do a test on your skin and hair to determine its characteristics. This is because the frequency of the laser equipment has to be adjusted according to the colour of your skin, the thickness of your hair, and even the area where the hair will be treated. If the technician does not do a thorough assessment of your skin and hair, they may set the laser at a frequency that is too high, resulting in injury such as a laser burn.
During the procedure, the technician should also make sure that your eyes are adequately protected with the use of eye goggles and other protection. Your skin’s outer layers should also be properly protected with a special gel or cooling gadget or device.
Once the procedure is finished, you should be given anti-inflammatory lotions or creams, cold water, or an ice pack. The technician should also give you further advice on after-care so you know what to do if there is any redness or swelling (which is common).
If you experience any discomfort or any injury, such as laser burns, blisters, skin discolouration, prolonged swelling, and more, this may be due to the technician’s negligence. If this is the case, you should collect all the evidence and consult with a solicitor regarding filing a claim.