Laser hair removal is an excellent alternative to shaving, waxing, and tweezing. It is semi-permanent because it kills the hair at the root, so it will not grow back. You can get laser hair removal on almost anyothersome area of ​​the body. Once you complete your laser hair removal sessions, you can go to semi-annual maintenance treatments and not have to think about it again.

However, the treatment is not for everyone. How do you know if you're a good candidate for the procedure?

The best candidates are those with lighter skin and dark hair. This combination allows the laser light to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair as opposed to the pigment in the skin, making the treatment more effective. If your hair is very light, has little to no pigment, or is the same color as your skin, the treatment may not work as well for you.

Candidates with blonde, gray, or red hair probably will not see desired results from laser hair removal. That is because the hair lacks pigment, so there is nothing for the laser light to target. However, clients with darker skin should see their desired results as long as they consult with a skilled esthetician.

Women who are pregnant are not good candidates for laser hair removal because hormonal fluctuations may lead to some hyperpigmentation in the treatment area. While there is no set age limit for getting the procedure, the plastic surgeon or esthetician might set practice-specific age limits.

If you have a tendency towards developing keloids, laser hair removal treatments may not be appropriate for you; again, your esthetician will give you a personal recommendation during your consultation. If you have a tattoo or permanent make-up in the area you want to have hair removed, it might not be possible. Also, the procedure is not appropriate for the area just around the eyes.

If you are unsure if your skin or hair coloring makes you a good candidate, your esthetician will give you a consultation and let you know if the procedure is appropriate for you.

Always be sure to use a board certified plastic surgeon or a state licensed esthetician when pursuing laser hair removal. Unlicensed or uncertified surgeons and estheticians do not have the proper qualifications for operating a high-tech laser, and using unqualified practitioners increase their risk for injury or undesirable results. Your surgeon or esthetician's licensing should be easy to find.