Laser Hair Removal

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Truth be told, excess body hair can be unattractive and embarrassing. Shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide short-term fixes that are inconvenient, irritating, messy and only temporary. Electrolysis is the process where hair roots are destroyed by an electric current. Unfortunately, it is time consuming, sometimes painful, and only useful in removing hair from small areas. Laser hair removal is effective, efficient and affordable in today’s market.

Unwanted hair is a problem shared by both men and women. In many cases the condition runs in families. Race is definitely a factor – Caucasians are more prone to having excess facial hair than are Asians and African Americans.

Some people experience unwanted or excess hair from the time they reach puberty; others find it to be a condition that gets worse with age. Some women experience additional hair growth during pregnancy or menopause. Women who experience sudden hair growth should consult with their physicians, as this may be a sign of other medical conditions.

We are happy to announce the addition of the GentleMax Pro Laser, featuring PAIN-FREE laser hair removal treatments. See our blog entry here for more details.

BENEFITS

For those with unwanted hair, laser hair removal is an efficient approach to hair management. Rather than a hair by hair approach such as with electrolysis, multiple hairs are treated with each laser pulse. Small areas such as the face and underarms and larger areas such as the back, chest, legs and arms can be treated. Because we have two different Health Canada approved lasers, we have a range of treatment options for different hair and skin types.

HOW IT WORKS

Hair does not come in any one size or type. Follicles in different parts of the body produce differing types of hair. Hair can grow in thick, bushy patches or in long thin strands. In addition, hair is produced in follicles that can be found at different depths and densities – as close to the skin’s surface as a millimetre or as deep as five millimetres or more. Until recently, this great variety in hair types and body locations made long-lasting hair removal a significant challenge.

Pigmented hairs absorb the laser light which is converted to heat which effectively disables hair follicles. At the same time, the skin surface is protected by cooled sapphire tips and ultrasonic gel. As hairs grow in cycles, several laser hair removal treatment sessions are required. Hairs become thinner and lighter followed by reduction.

The length of an individual laser hair removal treatment may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to specific kinds of hair and skin. It is important to understand that hairs in an active growth phase (anagen) are most affected by laser treatments. Since all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, several treatments are necessary to achieve the best results.

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During your Laser Hair Removal consultation we will design customized treatment programs, and give patients an estimate of how many sessions may be needed in order meet expectations. In some cases, it is not necessary for patients to receive the recommended amount of treatments, resulting in a lower overall cost.

The laser treatment may cause some discomfort – patients often describe it as a pinch or the sting of a snapped rubber band. Most patients tolerate the procedure well; topical anesthesia such as EMLA may be an option when treating larger more sensitive areas like bikini, underarms or men’s backs.

The appearance of the treated area immediately following a laser hair removal session will vary from patient to patient, though side effects are rare. Any swelling or redness at the treatment site typically goes away within 24 hours, and most people are able to return to normal activity immediately.

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