We all know by now that laser hair removal is one of the best methods available out there when it comes to zapping hair away. Although the cost can be quite restrictive for some, those who are able to manage to save up for it will find themselves grateful that they made the one of the best decisions of their lives – because then they’d be hair free (and only needing a retouch treatment every couple of years). The end result is worth every penny, as many would say. And why wouldn’t it be?
But when it comes to laser hair removal, the choice of who to go to for your treatments is basically the most important choice you have to make. Making the wrong choice can lead to lackluster results – or worse, if you get unlucky and choose a center that does not know what they are doing, it can result in pain, injury, or scarring.
This is why it is so important to know who you can go to and who you can trust, in the matters of permanent hair removal (or at the very least, permanent hair reduction).
So how do you know who to trust? There are so many salons, aesthetic centers, and clinics out there at this point. They’ve cropped up left and right. Who should you choose? How do you choose?
Is the Doctor in?
Many centers for hair removal do not have a doctor performing the actual laser procedure. Some do not even have the doctor supervising. A good way to know whether you should go for a particular service or not is to ask whether the procedure is performed by a doctor, and if not, if it is at the very least supervised by one. There are some clinics where nurses perform the procedure – if you are comfortable with this then you can go for it.
Are You Reputable?
A good marker to look for when it comes to deciding which clinic to book into is to see if they are reputable. What are their credentials? Are these credentials from accredited, reputable institutions? Is the business licensed? Are the technicians actually licensed and accredited to perform the procedures they are about to do?
A bonus to look for is if the business is a member of professional organizations that revolve around laser hair removal, such as the IALA (International Aesthetic and Laser Association) and ASLMS (American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery). Membership in these organizations are not exactly a necessity or requirement, but they do help to show that the business knows what they are doing!
Are You Experienced?
If you’re about to blow a lot of your money and time on treatments, always be sure to ask the clinic how long they have been in business and how long they have been performing procedures for. This is a good gauge of whether or not they have had enough experience to do everything right.
What Kind of Laser are You Using?
Before you book your treatments, talk to the center and ask what kind of laser they are using – there are many different kinds and not all of them are FDA-approved tools that were specifically designed for the purpose of removing hair.
A good way to make sure you are going with the right clinic is to schedule in an initial consultation, which is often free. This initial consultation will allow the clinic to estimate a few details, like how many treatments you are likely to need, how effective the treatments will be for you, and how long it will take for you to see results.
Price and Payment Options
Naturally, it goes without saying that before you book in, you must make sure that you look into the pricing and payment options available to you. Canvas and look around to see who among the reputable clinics is offering the best rate or package. Some may be more expensive, but they may have payment plans to lighten the load. The choice is yours. You may also consider something like the Remington iLight Pro for home use.
Think, Think, Think
As with any financial decision, and aesthetic decision (especially when it’s permanent), make sure that you think about it well. Weigh your options and look at the different choices you have, their prices and payment methods, their credentials and experience. Take a couple days before you decide, or longer if necessary – it is a big expense after all. In the end, you’ll be better off having taken your time rather than having rushed your choice!