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Laser Hair Removal – What to Know Before You Go

Original Article By Greenwich Medical Spa Staff.

The benefits of getting laser hair removal are many. From ditching the razor and avoiding bumps to being bikini ready at all times, laser hair removal offers a permanent solution to unwanted hair on nearly any part of the body or face. And as summer heats up, many of you may be considering having this liberating treatment. But all laser hair removal is not the same, and there are some important factors to consider before selecting a provider.

Here are the top 7 things to know before having laser hair removal:

  1. Technology – How successful and how painless your treatments will be has a lot to do with the equipment being used. Find out whether a provider uses the latest and greatest technology or is simply trying to make older equipment keep going.
  2. Experience – The number of laser hair removal treatments performed by a practice says a lot. Ask how long and for how many patients the provider has given laser hair removal treatments. You want the equipment to be new, but the experience should be long term.
  3. Professionalism – In addition to seeking a practice with significant laser hair removal experience, make sure the provider performing the treatment has the know-how and credentials to do so. In some states, like New York, aestheticians can perform laser hair removal. You want to feel comfortable with that aesthetician’s level of training and experience. Ask if there is also a doctor on staff at the practice. Just in case of burns or any injury, wouldn’t you like to have a medical professional on hand?
  4. Suitability – Consider whether you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. In most cases, this treatment works best on darker hair as light hair follicles are not affected by the laser. Additionally, some skin types are not a fit for laser hair removal. A good provider will assess your suitability and be honest enough to manage your expectations and even let you know if you are not a good candidate.
  5. Number of Treatments – Laser hair removal offers a permanent solution to unwanted hair, but it doesn’t happen overnight. This procedure requires a series of treatments spaced about a month apart, and it will be helpful for you to know in advance how many treatments you should expect to receive. Don’t hesitate to ask your provider up front so that you will not have surprises later.
  6. Timing – Like most lasers, those that remove hair can make skin temporarily sensitive. It is suggested that you avoid the sun a week before and after treatment. That means you will need to carefully plan your laser hair removal around your beach vacations.
  7. Price – Have you seen the latest laser hair removal discounts and deals? Some providers offer up to 70% off during the summer months. But is that really a good deal? And what does that offer include? Saving money by going to a provider with older equipment, less experience or unrealistic expectations can cost you a lot in the long run – from unsuccessful treatments to possible damage to your skin. Save money at the grocery store, but when it comes to medical aesthetic treatments, put the provider’s professionalism and experience first!

At Greenwich Medical Spa, we have successfully and safely performed laser hair removal for more than 14 years, which means we have significant experience. Throughout those years, we have kept up with the latest advances in technology and pride ourselves on using the best equipment available today. In Connecticut and even in New York, we only allow our nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform laser hair removal – that means you can feel confident that your treatments will be handled by trained, experienced professionals every time.

Get in touch to start your carefree journey to getting rid of unwanted hair!


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Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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