I wrote a not so glowing review of laser hair removal recently, but I am still considering getting it again. The theory of laser hair removal is great – imagine never having to shave again – but the reality is that the hair will probably come back, so you don’t see permanent results. Laser hair removal reminds me of people’s obsession (myself included) with buying new beauty products. We keep buying new wrinkle creams and firming potions, knowing that the new item probably won’t miraculously get rid of our wrinkles and make us look 16 again, but what if it does? Or it’s like people that gamble, even though they never win – you’re bound to win the Megabucks one of these times, right?
Even though I don’t think laser hair removal is permanent, what if it is? I would hate to miss out! Or even if I saw a permanent reduction of 50% of my hair, that’s enough for me to get it again, because that’s better than nothing. I’m mostly interested in doing hair removal on my bikini area, and I’ve given up on other areas since I’m not real concerned about them. If you read the Real Self site, you will see that most readers think the treatment is worth it. I have a feeling most of these reviews were written right after the person was done with their treatments, so this was before the hair had a chance to come back. I also want to do hair removal again because, despite the pain, it’s sort of fun. I like seeing the hair fall out a few weeks later. I like experimenting with beauty treatments, and I want to know first-hand if they work. Since I know laser hair removal probably isn’t permanent, I’ll be sad if all the hair comes back, but I won’t be surprised, since I will sort of be expecting it.
Before I get laser hair removal again, here’s what I will do:
-Research different types of lasers and try to find out definitively which ones give the best results. This will involve me reading up on the internet about people’s accounts with different lasers. At this point I think Palomar and Lightsheer are good brands, and I will see if there are any other brands to consider.
-See if I can find a place that offers either a money-back guarantee, or a lifetime guarantee. Since I don’t think laser hair removal is permanent, it would be great if I could get ongoing treatments. This way I could do my initial 6 treatments, but then always go back if more hair comes in. I stopped by my old Medical Spa today, and couldn’t believe it when I found out the spa now offers free lifetime touchups, if you buy a package of 8! The price is a little more expensive than before, but this is a great value. The only catch is that spas are a pretty tough business, and I seriously doubt the company will be around in 5 years, let alone 2 years. So that’s a big gamble. I’ll also get this lifetime guarantee or money-back guarantee in writing.
-See if I can buy a package of treatments and pay each visit, rather than all at once. This is doubtful, but this way if a place does go out of business, I’m not out any money. Otherwise I will buy the whole package on my credit card, but if the company does go out of business, I doubt I’d be able to chargeback the sale to your credit card more than 6 months after the purchase.
-When I find the place to get my treatments, I will ask about the technicians and go with someone that has been doing laser hair removal for at least a few years. Remember that lasers can burn you, so you want someone with experience treating you.
-I’ll make sure I’m not on any photo-sensitizing medications before I start my treatments. I’m not planning on getting pregnant, but you can’t get laser treatments while pregnant, and since the whole process takes about a year, this is something some women will need to consider.
-To get a good deal, I’ll go to the spa toward the end of the month, when the sales associates are trying to make their month-end quota. If I can’t get a good deal then, I’ll ask for them to call me if they have new promotions in the future, or I’ll check back periodically until I find a great deal. I wrote that I can’t afford Botox right now (I can’t really afford laser treatments either), but if I came into some money, I might get a bigger discount if I buy Botox and laser treatments together. Finally, in the vein of getting rid of unwanted body issues, I wrote a post about stretch mark removal as well.