How Do I Choose the Best Laser Hair Removal Center?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen
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When choosing a laser hair removal center, verify the credentials of the employee who will be performing your laser hair removal, investigate the center's reputation, and pay attention to how center employees address your questions. Cost and location may also be of concern to you, so you may wish to consider the convenience of getting to and from the center as well as how much money you will have to pay for its services. On the other hand, because the procedure carries with it certain risks, you should temper your concern about costs with a realistic assessment of the professionalism and skill of its staff.

When you begin your search for a laser hair removal center, take the time to find out the licensing laws that govern the procedure in your area. In some places, only medical professionals are allowed to perform laser hair removal. Some jurisdictions permit nonmedical professionals, such as aestheticians or cosmetologists, to perform the service if they have undergone special training and are practicing under the supervision of a physician. Whether the procedure is performed by a doctor or a trained layperson, ask about the training that he has received. Even doctors typically need to undergo training in use of the laser equipment in order to ensure good results and your safety.

Never rely on advertising or local publicity when choosing a medical service. You should find out if the laser hair removal center and its medical staff are well regarded in your community. You can check to see if either the center or its employees have had a history of being reported for malpractice or other negative issues by contacting the licensing agency that governs hair removal in your jurisdiction. In addition, both medical and beauty industry professionals are typically licensed, and their licensing boards will have information about any history of disciplinary action taken against them. You may also wish to talk to your own physician and ask for any feedback or recommendations that he may have for you.

In some cases, the law governing the hair removal centers defines physician supervision loosely and does not require a doctor to actually be on the premises while the services are being performed. Ask if a medical doctor will be on the premises during your procedure. If the doctor is not present, you may wish to choose a different laser hair removal center. You should also steer clear of clinics that seem intent on selling you the procedure rather than informing you of its risks and benefits. By doing research on the procedure before looking for a clinic, you may be able to ask better questions of a center representative. If he appears impatient or dismissive of your questions, this is likely a laser hair removal center that you do not want to work with.

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