Light-skinned and dark-haired individuals are the best combination of candidates for this procedure. However, the best advice is to research the facility you’re choosing to use, the equipment they are using and how long the technician has been doing these treatments to know if this procedure is right for you.1
3; It feels like a rubber band snapped against the skin. Particular areas of the body can be more sensitive, such as the underarms, bikini, and upper lip. Each person's pain tolerance can vary. Cold compresses or anesthetic creams can reduce discomfort. Some lasers have cooling devices, such as cold air or a chilled tip, that also help with making the treatments more tolerable.3
Laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. Some hair could be resistant to the laser treatment or grow again after treatment—although the new hair growth might be finer and lighter in color.6
Much confusion exists over who can perform laser hair removal and the laws vary drastically from state to state. A number of states have developed specific laws regarding laser hair removal and who may conduct hair removal treatments, so every consumer is encouraged to research their state’s laws relative to this treatment. However, most states have not addressed this issue and those usually consider it to be a medical treatment. AmSpa is aware that it is common that estheticians perform this procedure; however, most state boards do not approve of this practice. Because it is typically considered a medical treatment, prior to your initial treatment, the medical spa should conduct an in-person exam by either a doctor, a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant. Once the in-person exam is complete, most states allow anyone with proper training, experience and supervision by a medical professional to perform laser hair removal. Please check with your local medical board, nursing board or health care attorney for more information.
Special care must be taken for those with darker skin. A less intensive laser should be used to avoid damaging the outer skin. Anyone who has tanned, used a spray tan, or gone to a tanning booth should avoid getting laser hair treatment to avoid possible damage to their skin.6
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