Comparing Laser Hair Removal Techniques
If you want to remove unwanted hair with a laser treatment, you probably assume that all laser treatments are the same. They just target the hair and zap it away, right? Well, yes and no. They do all operate in a similar way, but their different designs and strengths can create drastically different results. That’s why comparing laser hair removal techniques before you pick one to actually have done on your skin is so important.
Some Lasers Are Better for Treating Light or Thin Hair
There are certain aesthetic laser machines that are really only designed for removing small amounts of hair. These less intense machines, ironically, are known as intense pulsed light devices. IPL lasers can be so mild that many of them are sold for use in the privacy of your own home. But those hand-held home devices aren’t capable of doing much. The results you will get from them will be very similar to the results you would get from shaving.
Professional IPL machines are a little stronger, but still not as intense as their name would have you believe. They are, however, capable of removing some hair from your body. It just may take a lot of treatment sessions to keep the hair from coming back.
Other Lasers Are Better for Treating Darker or Thicker Hair
If your hair is dark or thick, you might want to avoid IPL treatment. It simply isn’t strong enough to do the job properly. Instead, you could try having a YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) treatment. YAG devices tend to be much stronger than IPL devices. They can often damage the hair follicles enough to prevent regrowth for a long time. In fact, in some cases the hair never grows back at all. However, you should still expect to undergo several sessions in order to get the full effect.
Also, you should keep in mind that one big YAG laser concern is false advertising. Not all clinics actually have YAG lasers, even if they say that they do. Some of the lasers are falsely advertised as YAG when they use other sorts of technology and components. Granted, some of those lasers do remove hair fairly well, but you should still make sure that you are getting the treatment you signed up for.
Take the Time to Verify the Facts
Before you ever have a hair removal treatment, you should take the time to verify the facts. Begin with the facts about the clinic and technicians. What certifications do they have? Where did they get those certifications? How many years have they been in business? Can they provide any references? Do they have any reviews on third party websites? Those and others like them are all good questions to ask.
Once you are comfortable with the clinic and technicians you have chosen, you can start talking to them about the actual procedure you should have. They will often recommend a procedure based on your skin and hair types. It might not always be the procedure you had in mind, but you can always get a second opinion if you feel the need. Once you are comfortable and have all of the information you need, you can start the proper hair removal procedure.