1. It’s painful
I have a pretty low tolerance to pain, but had the treatments with no issue. The technician treating me used a cooling gel where I was going to have the laser – my underarms and upper lip. It was applied about 5 minutes before the treatment. It really felt more like the snapping of a rubber band on my skin. There were a few little stinging sensations, but definitely not a highly unpleasant experience. And this is coming from the girl who runs from the doctor when she has to get her blood drawn!
2. You can predict when you’ll be hair free foreever
Cycles of hair growth play a major role in your hair removal treatment regimen. Excessive hair growth can be caused by a variety of things, heredity, stress, medication, and hormonal changes. For women puberty, pregnancy and menopause play important parts in determining hair growth.
Many researchers say that there can be as many as 2500 hair follicles per square inch but less than 100 hairs will be showing at any given time. For these reasons, during treatment, it is extremely difficult for anyone to predict, not even your doctor, the exact length of time before there is no more growth in the treatment area.
There are 3 stages of hair growth – Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. The “perfect” time for hair to be permanently destroyed is when it is in the Anagen or growing stage. It can take 6 to 12 weeks for a hair to grow to the surface of the skin. These cycles can vary somewhat from individual to individual, and in addition the individual patterns are different too.
3. Only dermatologist or nurse can perform the treatments
- In Victoria, NSW and South Australia there are no licensing, regulatory or certification requirements to perform any Laser or IPL treatments.
- Queensland has Radiation Safety Act 1999 regulating licensing of operator and premises to operate laser for cosmetic treatments.
- Tasmania has Tasmanian Radiation Protection Act 2005 regulating accreditation of equipment, premises and operator for laser procedures
- WA imposes conditions, limitations and restrictions on the use of Class 4 laser through Western Australia Radiation Safety Act 1975
However we stress that unskilled technicians performing laser hair removal can result in the horror stories you may have heard from others.
So training is a prerequisites in our view to operate all hair removal devices.