FAQ - Laser Hair Removal
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair by exposing the hair follicle to pulses of laser light energy to destroy it.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
It is important to make the distinction that laser treatments reduce unwanted hair semi-permanently rather than remove it. Many clients return for a annual touch-up once they have completed their initial hair removal sessions. The reason for this is that weight gain or loss, medications and hormonal fluctuations can cause new hair follicles to develop.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Treatment discomfort varies from area to area. It also depends on your pain tolerance. Most clients describe the sensation as that of a rubber band snapping on the skin, or a warm prickling feeling, while others report no discomfort.
To minimize any potential discomfort, our laser technician applies ice to the treatment area. We also carry a topical anesthetic you can purchase to help with pain management. The topical anesthetic which needs to be applied at least one hour prior to your treatment.
What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
Any area can be treated, with the exception of eyebrows.
What skin and hair colours can laser hair removal treat?
Our N.D. Yag laser can treat any skin colour. However, as far as hair colour, it can only treat dark hair.
All laser hair removal technology works by targeting the melanin, which is the pigment we have in skin and hair to channel the laser's energy into the follicle to destroy it. There is no laser technology on the market that can treat blonde or white hair due to this limitation.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Depending on area of concern, texture of hair, and pain tolerance, the average treatment series is 6 - 8. In some instances, due to hormonal imbalance or medical conditions, more sessions may be required.
Each treatment session is spaced 4 weeks apart for facial areas and 6 weeks apart anywhere else on the body. This is due to the growth cycle of the hair. The reason this many treatments are required is that at any given time, only 20 percent of our hair is actively growing, and in order for the laser to destroy the hair follicle, it needs to be active.
How long does each laser hair removal treatment take?
Depending on the area to be treated, each session can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. During your consultation, we can answer this question more accurately.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare before each laser hair removal session?
On your first consultation visit, we will need all the hair present in order to observe the colour texture and density of your hair in the area of concern. For all treatments, the area must be shaved the night before. Shaving retains the hair follicle but removes the surface hair to allow the laser light to focus its energy on the follicle itself. Avoid UV exposure 7 days prior to treatment. Clients who are sunburned or tanned must wait 2 weeks before being treated to avoid additional skin damage. Avoid sunless tanning products 7 days prior to your treatment. It is recommended that you exfoliate the area to remove any residual colour. If applicable, apply numbing cream 60 minutes prior to your treatment. All products must be completely removed prior to treatment. Clients should come to appointments with clean skin in the area to be treated. All clients who are treating any part of their face or neck will be required to clean their entire face. Avoid chemical peels and other laser procedures in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your laser treatment. Avoid all alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinals/retinoid, Tazorac and Differing 2 weeks before treatment.
Can I wax, pluck or shave between laser hair removal sessions?
Clients must stop waxing, tweezing and chemical epilation 5 weeks prior to treatment.
Are there any temporary or permanent side effects?
Yes, there can be temporary side effects associated with laser hair removal. Some people experience raised, red and irritated skin similar to a mild sunburn. This will subside within a few hours or more rarely a few days. If your technician is qualified and experienced, permanent damage is very rare.
Skin discolouration can occur for a variety of reasons such as laser on tanned skin, hormonal imbalances or over treatment. It’s very unlikely but blistering or burning can occur.
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