Laser hair removal is a safe, effective way to remove unwanted hair. It’s especially ideal for people who are conscious about their appearance and don’t want to be bothered with shaving, electrolysis or waxing. Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body, including:
- Underarm Laser
- Face, Neck, Upper Lip, Sideburns, Cheeks, Outer Ears
- Abdomen, Chest, Back
- Arms, Legs and Thighs
- Buttocks, Bikini and Brazilian Laser
Even though laser hair removal has been around for decades, many people still don’t fully understand how it works. Simply put, laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light energy to target the melanin in each hair, creating heat and ultimately resulting in the destruction of the blood supply that supports any regrowth. Lasers will destroy the hair at source. Over time this results in slower growth and a reduced hair count as each hair cycles-though its various stages of growth. Over time you simply have fewer and fewer hairs. Most patients can expect 80-95% reduction in hair.
There are several types of lasers used for laser hair removal and the two most effective are either : Alexandrite or ND YAG lasers. Both target melanin to reduce and prevent NEW hair growth. There are times when and IPL system might also be beneficial for laser hair removal. Important to note is that a wide range of lasers are also used to treat skin conditions like acne, pigmentation, large pores, vascular lesions and rosacea, aging skin and laxity. While some of these skin lasers might also target melanin in skin cells, the desired outcome is not the same as removing hair permanently.
What to Expect from a Laser Hair Removal Consultation
First and foremost, it’s important to make sure you’re a good candidate before proceeding with laser hair removal. Your medical provider will conduct a thorough consultation and may ask you questions like:
- Have you ever had skin cancer?
- Have you had laser hair removal before?
- Are your hormones balanced? Do you have PCOS?
- How much sun exposure do you get in a typical week?
- When did you last shave?
- If you wax, how often and when did you last wax?
- Are you pregnant?
- Do you take any medications or supplements that could affect your sensitivity to sunlight (like Accutane)? If so, are they being taken currently or have they been discontinued for at least six months?
Can Laser Hair Removal Treat My Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicle that mainly appears on the backs of arms. It can be caused by bacteria, fungus or yeast. It’s important to note that folliculitis isn’t the same as pimples—the latter is caused by bacteria that live on our skin and tend to show up in areas where we have a lot of oil (like our faces). The inflamed hairs that you see with folliculitis are usually bumpy, surrounded by redness and can sometimes be tender to the touch.
The best way to treat your symptoms is by treating the underlying cause. Sometimes, antibiotics will help clear up infections caused by bacteria while antifungals and antiyeast medications can also be used when there are fungal or yeast infections present.
How many Laser Hair Removal sessions will I need?
The most important thing to remember is that it’s going to take multiple treatment sessions before you see the full results. Each session targets hair that is in a different growth cycle, so think of laser hair removal treatments as a process. You can expect 6-12 depending on the laser used, the qualifications of your technician and your body’s response.
Laser hair removal is a process. In order to achieve permanent results, it is recommended that you have between 6-10 treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments required depends on the area being treated the color and thickness of your hair and its location on your body.
Get rid of unwanted hair with laser in Toronto.
If you’re tired of shaving or waxing, laser hair removal can be a great option to get rid of unwanted hair for good. Clarity Medspa in Toronto offers treatment using the GentleMax Pro, which is FDA-cleared to permanently remove hair from nearly any part of your body and for all skin types. The GentleMax Pro has both and ND-Yag and Alexandrite laser bundled into one comprehensive system. Additionally we have an IPL system to manage finer/lighter hairs…
Whether you have coarse hair or fine hair, dark skin or fair skin and anywhere on the body—from underarms to legs—laser treatment works for everyone! It all depends on your individual response to the laser energy.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair for good. It can target most types of hair. Laser treatments can be done on men or women with treatment plans customized to suit the location of hair, skin colour and medical history.
Laser treatments take time to achieve optimal results – typically the time between session can vary from 4-8 weeks. While this might sound like an inconvenience at first glance but one ends up saving you money over time as waxing and electrolysis appointments can cost $50-$100 each month.. compare this to laser hair removal sessions which range from $50- $200 per session and results are almost permanent!
Laser hair removal works for both men and women. While it is safe there are some precautions to take before and after treatment.
Laser hair removal works for both men and women, although it can be challenging for those with darker skin tones – for these clients we have the flexibility with and Nd-Yag device specifically for skin types 4-5-6. The process is safe, but there are some precautions to take before and after treatment.
The process can be a bit uncomfortable depending on your pain tolerance level; however, most patients report that it’s bearable and no worse than waxing. Additionally it does not require anesthesia or numbing creams. Depending on the area being treated, the number of required sessions will vary in order to achieve permanent results. The GentleMax Pro is an exceptional device and typically requires the fewest number of treatments compared to any other device on the market. 4-6 sessions spaced about eight weeks apart are required for full body coverage.
We hope that this article has given you more information about what to expect from a laser hair removal consultation and treatment. . If you have any other questions about whether your hair needs to be treated with laser, or for more information on what’s involved in the procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!