Laser hair removal has been around for decades and has only grown in popularity as technology advances. The last few years have seen an increase in the number of medical spas offering laser hair removal treatments.
Not all laser hair removal is the same. It’s important to look for a provider that is knowledgeable and that you can trust. At SMooth Solutions, our first priority is the education of our clients so that they can make informed decisions about their aesthetic care.
If you’re looking for a medspa near Naperville or the greater Chicago area, here are some things to consider to ensure you get the best laser hair removal experience.
Why consider laser hair removal
Hair is a natural part of our bodies, and there is nothing wrong with having it. However, it’s perfectly reasonable to want to remove body hair if it’s causing you discomfort or insecurity.
We know that chances are, if you’re considering laser hair removal, you have body hair in places you don’t want it. And you’re probably tired of losing time to shaving, waxing and other temporary epilation methods.
Laser hair removal is a proven process for getting rid of unwanted hair. You can treat almost any area of the body with minimal to no recovery time required.
Commonly treated areas:
It can often feel overwhelming with the number of medspas offering hair removal procedures these days.
At SMooth Solutions Medspa, we focus on education and personal attention for each of our clients. As experts in hair removal, we are committed to making sure our clients are truly informed about the treatments they are seeking.
5 things you’ll find in the best laser hair removal provider
- They provide an in-depth educational consultation.
- They don’t try to upsell you treatments you don’t need.
- They have demonstrated experience and proven results.
- They’re honest with you.
- They prioritize your comfort.
If you’re looking at laser hair removal, and the provider you’re considering can’t demonstrate these five things, you probably want to look elsewhere!
1.What an in-depth consultation should look like
Most medspas are going to offer a complimentary consultation. Be sure you know what to look for in the consultation process.
In another one of our blogs we really dive into what you should learn from your consultation process. The main things to look for:
- They answer your questions
- They are knowledgeable about their equipment
- They don’t pressure you to purchase
During your consultation, an ideal provider will be able to answer any questions you have about your treatment process. You shouldn’t feel pressured to purchase any laser hair removal treatments during your consultation.
Pay special attention to how they talk about the treatment process—they should be knowledgeable about the type of lasers they use. Ask how they treat different skin tones, as they should be using different laser wavelengths for individuals based on their skin tone.
Laser hair removal is not meant for every part of the body. Sometimes it needs to be used in combination with other removal methods in order to guarantee full removal. This is why SMooth Solutions also offers treatments like electrolysis.
2. Your provider shouldn’t try to upsell you
Your experience at any medical spa should always leave you feeling empowered and educated about your choices. Be wary of med spas that try to upsell you on treatments you did not ask for.
For some clients, they often know what they want addressed, but they aren’t sure which treatment is the best option for them.
At SMooth Solutions, we offer a virtual consultation tool that allows you to self-identify issues or areas of concern, which then recommends possible treatments for you. This is just another way that we ensure our patients feel in control of their treatment process.
It’s possible that during your in-person consultation, your provider may recommend electrolysis rather than laser hair removal. This is particularly likely if you are someone with lighter hair which lacks pigment, because hair removal will not work on red, gray, white or blonde hair.
How laser hair removal works
Lasers used for hair removal will either target melanin within the hair shaft (Alexandrite) or be absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood vessels that feed the follicular tissue (YAG). Either wavelength will work to provide permanent hair removal when used correctly with adequate fleunce/energy levels, pulse durations and spot size.
It’s also crucial that you understand your hair removal will take multiple treatments to eradicate the hair permanently. . Most people do see results within a few sessions. The number of sessions will depend on the size of the area being treated, your skin tone, and hair color.
They respect your budget
A quality provider will also be sure they are working within your budget. At SMooth Solutions we’re sure to talk with each client about the cost of treatment.
We make an effort to make sure our services are affordably priced and accessible by every client.. We also offer monthly payment plans opportunities for our laser hair removal treatments
3. Demonstrated experience
Laser hair removal is a science-based aesthetic treatment. The best laser hair removal experience is going to be with a provider who is not only skilled at performing the procedure, but also understands the physical aspects of the laser technology to ensure proper calibration of the equipment during your treatment. Experienced providers are able to show proven results, and also avoid any risks associated with laser treatments.
Look for results and reviews from past clients. A quality medspa will have good before and after photos that demonstrate effective results SMooth Solutions is results-focused and research-oriented. Our team is always working to learn the newest techniques and treatments in laser hair removal. We started out as a medspa specifically focused on hair removal and have 30 + years of experience in aesthetics.
The risks of inexperienced providers
Providers that are less experienced, or worse, less diligent, may not account for the differences for clients with darker skin tones. In these cases, patients might not see any removal of hair and actually report more hair growth, a condition called paradoxical hypertrichosis, particularly if they received treatment on the face or neck.
Generally, laser hair treatments are not meant for fine, vellus hair on the face as this hair has a very weak blood supply, which can get triggered to produce terminal (beard-like/coarse) hair.
4. They’re Honest With You
Not all laser hair removal treatments are the same; your provider should be upfront about that with you.
Many medspas will advertise using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for permanent hair removal. This is intentionally misleading. IPL is not a laser treatment. Patients that opt for IPL treatments will not experience permanent hair removal and will need to get repeated IPL treatments indefinitely.
A lot of “at-home” laser hair removal utilizes IPL technology. Not only is using IPL ineffective but attempting treatments at home can be risky. It’s always best to see an actual professional.
They use an actual laser
How can you, as the consumer, tell whether they are using an actual laser? During your consultation, ask about the treatment process. If they mention needing to use an ultrasound gel, they are not using an Alexandrite or YAG laser.
Laser hair removal works by entering the skin directly to destroy the hair follicles. There shouldn’t be any sort of barrier between the laser and the skin. This is why it’s extremely important to have an experienced provider to avoid any risks or complications during your treatment.
The GentleMax Pro provides 90% permanent reduction of hair growth on all skin types. The device allows us to use both the 755nm and 1064nm wavelengths, allowing us to treat clients with lighter and darker skin tones.
5. They prioritize your comfort
Laser hair removal can involve some intimate parts of the body. The best laser hair removal experience will make you feel safe and comfortable with your provider.
Typically, you will visit your provider for multiple treatments as part of your laser hair removal process. You want a place you look forward to visiting! And you want a provider that can demonstrate experience and honesty throughout the process.
SMooth Solutions prioritizes developing personal relationships with each of our clients. Our boutique medspa has a local and inviting feel.
Aftercare is also an important part of the best laser hair removal. Your provider should talk to you about caring for your skin before and after your treatment to ensure your comfort.
Experience the SMooth Solution to unwanted hair
At SMooth Solutions we offer true, permanent laser hair removal. We specialize in laser and electrolysis procedures and often combine them to provide the best hair removal results for our clients.
Laser hair removal is just one of the many aesthetic services that we offer. We know that aesthetic care is not just about one type of treatment, we also see clients for:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Photo facials
- Skin tightening
- Medical-grade skin care products
- And more!
Visit us today for your in-depth consultation and free trial treatment. Our expert staff can answer any question you have about the services we provide. We are happy to offer our advice and recommendations to assist you in your aesthetic care needs.
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