Is Laser Hair Removal Right For You?



Wow! What a busy start to a year in our office! We have been busier than ever and it’s been great. As Dr. Thompson gets ready to leave on his medical mission to Ecuador this upcoming week, I will be going to Mexico on vacation. I am stoked!

I was recently talking to a friend and she said she was going to make an appointment to get waxed. I said, “Why would you want to go through that process? Growing out your hair, the pain, ingrown hairs, and all to have it back in just a few weeks?”

I told her she needs to start doing laser hair removal! Although there is a slight amount of pain involved it is nothing compared to waxing. You actually shave before your appointment versus growing out the hair. Depending on the area being treated, you will come in every 4-8 weeks for treatments and can have anywhere from 6-12 treatments for permanent removal. The money and years spent on waxing will somehow accumulate or even be more expensive than doing laser treatments. I have treated almost every place on my body and have had great results! Some areas still need more treatments, but even the reduction in those areas has been worth it to me. I highly recommend it and with summer coming up, it is a great time to start.

Who is the perfect candidate for laser hair removal?

If we are being specific, someone with light skin and dark hair is the best candidate. Anyone can be treated but those with darker skin types are treated with caution.  The laser is attracted to color so depending on your skin type and hair color, settings are adjusted accordingly. Be advised that those with blonde, white, or gray hair are not great candidates for treatment or may just require additional treatments than those with darker hair.


What are the contraindications for laser hair removal?

If using depilatory Creams and/or photo-sensitizing creams you must wait at least 6 weeks from using to have a laser treatment. If you’ve been using self tanners or have been going tanning, you should wait at least 2 weeks prior to treatment to avoid risk of burning.

Also hold off on major tweezing, threading, or waxing 6 weeks prior to treatment. The laser needs to target a root. If it has been removed there is nothing to target.

If you have any contagious skin diseases, you must be evaluated before treating. Same for herpes, lesions, sores, moles, etc. You will definitely want to wait if you are experiencing an outbreak and make sure you have been evaluated if problems persist.

Pregnant women should not be treated and some hormonal conditions may need to be addressed prior to laser hair removal. Areas with tattoos and permanent makeup will need to be avoided.


Is laser hair removal painful?

Pain with treatment does vary from person to person and area that is treated. Topical numbing cream is offered if needed.


Is There Downtime Following Laser Hair Removal?

It’s easy and no downtime is involved. Some patients experience redness and it varies from person to person how long it lasts.


Call (801)776-2220 schedule a free consultation and receive further information and pricing on laser hair removal. If you decide to proceed, you will most likely be able to be treated the same day as your consultation if you’d like.  We also offer packages since all areas will need multiple treatments.

I hope this helps you decide if laser hair removal is for you!


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