Do not expect to find a surgeon in the same amount of time you found your last frying pan. Shopping for laser hair removal is time consuming and rightly so. You're looking for someone to make you look and feel better, and that's a job worth doing right. Skimp on the shopping process, and you may make a bad decision that actually costs more time (and money) than getting the job done right in the first place.
Factor the following time guzzlers into your total shopping time:
- Laser Hair Removal specialist's availability: Depending upon your community or choice of specialist, you may have to wait several weeks for a consultation. Make sure you choose a laser hair removal specialist that is of top quality but he also has to have the time to see you for an initial consult.
- Research: You'll spend roughly one to two hours in the office for every consultation. During this time, you talk with the specialist, fill out paperwork (of course), and talk with a patient coordinator about fees, scheduling, and any other general information you need. On top of that, you need to factor in your time to get there and back, which can vary widely depending on where you live.
- Your schedule: Depending upon the laser hair removal specialist you choose, you may have to wait weeks or months for your procedure date. If you want the procedure within 30 days, there is no point in interviewing a doctor who does not have time available for three months. When you call for an appointment, ask about if the clinic is booked and how far out they are booked. If it's not a fit, ask if they can adjust their schedule to the date you want. Be clear that if they can not accommodate your schedule, you're going to have surgery with someone else. If they can not accommodate you, move along to the next name on your list or, if this is the surgeon you really want, adjust your time frame for surgery. You can also ask to be put on a waiting list for cancellations.
- Recovery: Remember the old adage, "If you do not have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?". Even though most laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal procedures require little or no recovery time you may not know how your skin may react to this procedure, even though laser hair removal and laser acne treatment is overall safe and painless procedure your skin may prove to be more sensitive that others and you may be more comfortable in the confines of you home for a day or so while your skin heals.