This post was submitted by Aleya who has been doing electrolysis and laser hair removal on Long Island for ten years.
When we think of danger we think of things such as fast moving objects, extreme sports and sharp items. Normally hair removal is not something that comes to mind when we list things that can be harmful but like everything else it is important to be careful when getting treatment or you may be very unhappy with the results. Below are some things that can go wrong when getting hair removal and a few tips on how to avoid them.
Laser Hair Reduction
There are many things that can go wrong with laser if you’re not careful so it’s important for you to pay close attention to the laser technician and go to your appointments without any lotion, deodorant or makeup on the area that you are getting treated. The reason for this is that the laser will burn the chemicals in the product and this will cause your skin to get burn marks in turn.
In addition to this it is imperative that you don’t have the slightest sign of a tan on the area that is being treated. Tanned skin is prone to hyperpigmentation which means that you will get white burn marks all over your skin. These marks are slow to heal and can take up to two years to go away. If there’s any doubt about whether you are tan or not just compare an area of your body that has never been exposed to the sun to a part which has. If there’s a definite difference in color then don’t get laser. To ensure that you stay as light as possible be sure to avoid the sun or at the very least apply sunscreen constantly.
If you avoid the getting treatment while you’re tan or have product on your skin, you should be okay. There are however, a few dangers that are sever but very rare. Laser can cause infection, severe redness and swelling, crusting, scaring, peeling and blistering. Again, the possibility is very little but it can happen. If it happens to you then you will heal but it’s better to see a dermatologist to speed up the process. The best way to avoid this is to go to a technician who you trust and listen to their instructions.
Something that is not commonly known about laser is that if it’s done on someone who has active hair follicles but does not have the right kind of hair for laser then it’s possible to cause a lot of thick, black hairs to grow out. To avoid this, skip shaving for a few days and show the technician the type of hair that you have. Laser should only be done on people who have a lot of thick, black hairs so you should be approved before getting treated.
The main thing that can help you to not experience any casualties during laser is a good technician. If you’re interested in getting it done then go to someone who your friends recommend or better yet someone who has good reviews online. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure that you are comfortable with the person working on you.
Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis may not feel very comfortable but it’s a very safe and effective procedure. While it is possible to burn someone with it, she will have to work awfully hard to do so. If a sensitive area such as the brow or upper lip is worked on with a high intensity for a long period of time, the client may experience redness and swelling for a few days. It’s the electrologists job to make sure that your settings are correct and to watch your skin for sensitivity.
Some people may experience tiny scab marks but this is very normal. Think about it, you’re shooting electricity into a hair follicle so scabbing may occur. This is in no way permanent and depending on the sensitivity of your skin will take a couple of days to a few weeks to go away. If you apply Neosporin twice a day to the marks then you will heal faster.
If a dirty probe (the tool that looks like a needle) is used on a client then it can cause infection and short term scarring. The probes are disposable and should be changed with every single customer so if your electrologist tries to use an old one on you or tells you that she is going to save yours in an envelope and use it only on you then you need to look for a new office.
Who hasn’t sucked it up and gone in for a wax? The pain isn’t the worse part though, there are two problems with waxing. First, removing the wax and hair from the skin can become problematic if an inexperienced technician doesn’t do it properly and ends of tearing the skin. Not only is this painful but it can leave permanent marks on the skin. Also, if the wax is too hot then it can burn the skin and make the area sensitive for a while.
The best way to avoid any of these hair removal dangers is to go to someone who is licensed and experienced in their field. Be sure to ask for referrals, read reviews and ask questions. Most importantly, you have to feel comfortable with the person that you are going to for treatment. If your gut is telling you that something is wrong then you should listen to it. Remember, all of the dangers listed here are worse case scenarios and as long as you are careful you should be safe.
Life of a Southern Mom did receive compensation for this guest post. All opinions are my own.