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What to Consider When Booking Your Laser Hair Removal

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Struggling with stubborn body hair that just won’t lighten up? Without a doubt, you’ve tried numerous methods, such as painful waxing, ineffective hair removal creams, meticulous plucking, or endless shaving.

If you’re ready to try something both effective and permanent, it’s time to consider laser hair removal!

But before you book an appointment, here’s what you might want to consider when weighing all your options.

What to Look for With Laser Hair Removal

Below we address a few important factors, including at-home vs. in-office laser hair removal treatments, why you should take provider experience into account, why scheduling a consultation is the first step to a successful laser hair removal treatment, the four main types of lasers used, and the number of treatments you may need for optimal results.

At-Home vs. In-Office Treatment

First, let’s touch on the difference between at-home vs. in-office laser hair removal treatments.

While at-home treatments using laser hair removal devices are popular, we always recommend going to a board-certified dermatologist or licensed professional for this type of procedure. It’s essential to visit someone who understands the complexities of the skin and has experience administering the procedure, to achieve the best results.

Though at-home treatments are more affordable, they’re nowhere near as effective or sophisticated as the devices you’ll find in a professional’s office. Not to mention, in a home setting there’s a higher chance of injury, such as burning or scarring the skin.

Overall, going to a professional for laser hair removal is simply safer, and you’ll get better results! With that in mind, let’s talk about what you should keep an eye out for when considering in-office laser treatment.

Provider Experience

As mentioned above, it’s important to choose a reputable clinic that has a board-certified or a licensed professional administering the treatment. An accredited professional will provide the best (and safest) results.

Surprisingly, this industry is relatively unregulated by the FDA. In fact, each state is responsible for regulating cosmetic treatments, like laser hair removal, and some states do not require a licensed doctor to perform the procedure or even oversee the treatment.

Thus, it’s best to choose a clinic where a doctor is present during the procedure. At Tuscaloosa Medspa, Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty, MD, FAAFP administers all of the laser hair removal treatments, so you can always trust our team to deliver exceptional results!

Schedule a Consultation

Before you head to your first laser hair removal session, it’s key to schedule a consultation. This opportunity allows for you to ask the provider questions in person. Whether you want to know what type of laser is used or treatment details, such as cost, preparation, or recovery, the consultation is where you can have all your questions answered.

Typically, most reputable clinics will offer consultations free of charge. At Tuscaloosa Medspa, we require each patient to schedule a consultation before moving forward with a laser hair removal treatment.

What Type of Laser is Used

Similar to the numerous different types of at-home laser hair removal devices, there are also a few different types of lasers used for professional cosmetic treatments.

Typically, a provider will use one of four common lasers for hair removal:

  1. Alexandrite Laser

  2. Diode Laser

  3. Nd:YAG Laser (Neodymium yttrium aluminum garnet Laser)

  4. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

When inquiring about laser hair removal at a clinic, make sure to ask what type of FDA-approved tool they use for the procedure.

Number of Treatments

A reputable laser hair removal specialist will be completely transparent and upfront about how many treatments you will need for best results. On average, a series of 6-8 sessions are needed for complete hair removal, as only 85-90% of hair follicles are targeted during the first session. This should be discussed with your provider.

Interested in Laser Hair Removal in Tuscaloosa?

Ready to banish that stubborn body hair once and for all with the help of laser hair removal? Look no further than Tuscaloosa Medspa! Learn more about our laser hair removal treatment by scheduling a free consultation.

Dr. Peramsetty is a board-certified MD and dermatologist located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. At his state-of-the-art medspa he performs medical procedures that help his patients feel and look their best. With the help of his knowledgeable staff, Peramsetty’s Tuscaloosa MedSpa has the perfect services available for you!

Are you ready to love the body you're in? We’re sure it’s great already, but we would love to help you feel your best! Book your appointment today.

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