The benefits of laser hair removal for women.
Laser hair removal is a safe, virtually painless method of removing unwanted hair and is suitable for most areas of the face and body. The perfect solution to unwanted hair on the face, bikini, under arms, legs, chest, breast and buttocks with perfect results. The treatment will leave your skin looking and feeling endlessly smooth, clear and very feminine.
The benefits of laser hair removal for men.
Good grooming is essential for the modern man, and laser hair removal is a fast, virtually painless method of removing unwanted hair and is ideal for men on most areas of the face and body. The perfect solution to unwanted hair on the face, chest and back with perfect results. The treatment will leave your skin looking and feeling endlessly smooth, clear and hair-free, even bringing an end to the tedious task of daily shaving.
The Consultation – what to expect.
The Laser Consultant will provide detailed information on the laser hair removal treatment during your free 30 minute consultation and answer any questions you may have. We will recommend a course of treatments suited to for your hair type. If you wish we can do a test skin patch (sample) so that you can see and feel the results. Whatever your personal requirements may be, we will provide you with a very personal level of care and skill.
The Treatment – what to expect.
When you come to see us for your first treatment, we will fully explain the procedure to you, ensure you are comfortable and provide you with goggles to protect your eyes. Cooling gel will be applied to the treatment area to soothe the skin before the pulses of light are applied with the sapphire crystal. The time the treatment takes depends on the area being treated. The treatment is fast and an area such as the upper lip may take just a couple of minutes whereas full legs can take about 1 hour.
The Laser Art Clinic uses very advance Canadian built and certified laser equipment. In this sophisticated technology a laser light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy of the laser light travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the melanin in the hair follicle. The melanin absorbs the light and rises slowly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.
We ask that you shave or use depilatory cream to remove the hairs on the area you are having the treatment for more effective results. We do not recommend waxing, plucking or threading as that will remove the hairs from the hair follicle that we are targeting. Our specialist can do this for you but there will be a charge. Please refer to the bottom of the menu page for more information.
*We recommend you have tan free (real or fake tan), healthy skin on the area you wish to have treatment and protect your skin by using sun screen with an SPF 15 or higher.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure which removes hair from the body utilizing a long pulse laser. Laser hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997. The treatment is performed by a specially-trained laser specialist or a doctor (depending on the clinic and state regulations) by pointing the laser device at shaved skin. Laser heat disables follicles from producing hair.
Hair grows in cycles. Since various hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, about 6-8 treatments at intervals of 6-8 weeks are necessary to disable most of the follicles in a given area.
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
Both men and women seek laser hair removal to remove unwanted hair. Hair removal is commonly done on underarm, pubic area, legs, abdomen, lip, chin, back, buttocks, thighs, face, neck, chest, arms, and toes.
Laser technology works by targeting dark pigment. Therefore, it works best on pale skin and dark coarse hair. The lighter the skin and the darker and more coarse the hair, the better are the results.
How does laser hair removal work?
Lasers designed for permanent hair reduction emit wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the pigment in the hair (melanin). If the surrounding skin is lighter than the color of the hair, the energy of the laser is concentrated in the hair shaft, effectively destroying it without affecting the skin or the follicle.
How many laser treatments will I need and how far apart are the scheduled?
Most patients need at least 6-8 effective treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair on any given area. Due to length of hair growth cycles, treatments are usually needed once every 6-8 weeks. Hair cycle length varies depending on body part.
Shedding of all treated hair should be expected within 3 weeks of each treatment. The hair that doesn’t shed and is growing as usual after 3 weeks has likely been either missed or not affected due to inappropriate settings. If this is the case, a touch up treatment is necessary at that time. All 6-8 treatments should be good effective treatments in order to achieve good results. Once the hair sheds, patients should experience a hair-free period for several weeks. Once new hair comes in again, patients should come in for their next session.
Is laser hair removal treatment permanent?
Laser hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and the Food and Drug Administration approved them for “permanent reduction.” They disable hair permanently as long as the right type of hair is treated with an appropriate type of laser at effective settings.
However, it is called a “reduction” because, no matter what some clinics may claim, hair removal lasers cannot and do not remove 100% of the hair in an area. With proper treatments, laser can remove the majority of the coarse hair on a body area, but they cannot remove finer hair. Be cautious of clinics making claims that seem too good to be true.
Generally, a patient can tell how much reduction was achieved from a course of treatments after waiting 6-8 months from their last treatment. Any hair that grows in after the 8-month period is new hair that the body can develop due to numerous factors such as age, diet, hormonal changes, and medical conditions such as PCOS. Patients who experience new growth later in life can get touch up treatments.
What should I expect before and after the laser hair removal treatment?
Patients should not wax, epilate, or remove hair with the root using any other hair removal method for at least 6 weeks prior to their first session and throughout their course of treatments. The hair needs to be in place in order to be targeted by laser as laser devices targets the pigment in the hair.
The area to be treated should be shaved 1-2 days prior to treatments so that the energy is targeted towards the hair follicle and not wasted it on the hair above the skin’s surface. Treating unshaved skin can result in burning of the skin by singed hairs.
Treatments are relatively quick. Both underarms take about 5 minutes. Full body can take 1-1.5 hours. After the treatment, applying ice packs and cooled pure aloe vera gel help soothe the skin.
All hair should shed within 3 weeks* following the treatment. Sometimes, shedding doesn’t start until about 10 days after the session. During the shedding phase, hair may look like it’s growing, but it is actually coming out to shed. Ex-foliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a loofah can help speed up the shedding process. After 3 weeks, some patients may see small black dots remain in the hair follicles on some areas. These are commonly referred to as “pepper spots”, which eventually shed on their own. Ex-foliating may help speed up the process. Regardless, they will be singed off in the following session.
Once the hair sheds, patients should experience a hair-free period for several weeks. Once new hair grows in, patients should come in for their next session. For most people and on most body areas, this happens about 6-8 weeks after the previous treatment.
Patients should continue treatments until remaining hairs are too fine for laser to target, or until they’ve reached their desired reduction.
*Shedding of all treated hair should be expected within 3 weeks of each treatment. The hair which doesn’t shed and is growing as usual after 3 weeks has been either missed or not affected due to inappropriate settings. If this is the case, a touch up treatment is necessary at that time. All 6-8 treatments should be good effective treatments at aggressive settings in order to achieve permanent results.
Booking your appointment.
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