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Laser Hair Removal

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    24-48 hours
  • Average Cost:
    $430 per session
  • Anesthesia Required:
    Potentially
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About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that removes unwanted hair from the body by using a concentrated beam of light (aka laser). Laser hair removal uses a technique known as selective photothermolysis. Laser heat destroys cells with a lot of pigment (color). Hair transfers heat to the hair follicles, destroying them and preventing hair growth.

 

Commonly asked questions about Laser Hair Removal

1. What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that removes unwanted hair from the body by using a concentrated beam of light (aka laser).

2. Why is laser hair removal done?

Laser hair removal is used to remove unwanted hair from the body. Areas most commonly treated include the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini line, but hair removal can be performed on any part of the body except around the eyes.

If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.

3. How does laser hair removal work?

While various light-based technologies are used to remove hair, all treatments are the same. Bright flashes of light are emitted onto the unwanted hair during a treatment session. The light passes through the skin, focusing on the melanin in hair follicles. The pigment absorbs the light energy, destroying the hair. Depending on the size of the handpiece used, multiple hairs can be treated at the same time.

Hair colour and skin type both have an impact on the success of laser hair removal. The basic idea is that the pigment in the hair should absorb light, but not the pigment in the skin. The laser should only harm the hair follicles while causing no harm to the skin. As a result, a contrast in hair and skin colour — dark hair and light skin — produces the best results.

Multiple sessions are required to target the hair follicles during their growth stage. Most patients will need at least four to six treatments to achieve permanent, long-lasting results, and future touch-ups may be necessary.

4. Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is popular among both men and women. The majority of women seek treatment to remove hair from their underarms, bikini lines, and legs, whereas men prefer to treat hair on their backs and necks.

Laser hair removal is best suited for patients with dark hair and fair skin. This allows the laser to focus its light on the pigment within the hair rather than the pigment within the skin. However, specific lasers can be used successfully on patients with darker skin. Patients with blonde or white hair, unfortunately, are not good candidates because they lack the pigment required for treatment.

However, newer technologies are able to treat patients of all skin types and hair colors safely and effectively.

5. What can I expect when getting laser hair removal?

Before the procedure: The area being treated will be cleansed, and you may receive some numbing/cooling gel. The laser treatment will take place in a room that has been specially designed for laser treatments. During the procedure, everyone in the room must wear protective eyewear.

During the procedure: The skin is held taut during the procedure, and the doctor applies a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. When the laser is activated by the doctor, the laser beam passes through your skin to the hair follicles. The laser beam’s intense heat damages the hair follicles, inhibiting hair growth. You may experience some discomfort, such as a warm pinprick, as well as a sensation of cold from the cooling device or gel.

After the procedure: For the first few hours after laser hair removal, you may experience redness and swelling. Apply ice to the affected area to alleviate any discomfort. Avoid sunlight and tanning beds for six weeks after laser hair removal and between scheduled treatments or as directed by your doctor. Every day, apply a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen.

 

6. How long after laser hair removal will I see results?

Hair will not fall out immediately but will shed over the course of a few days or weeks. This may appear to be continued hair growth. Because hair growth and loss occur in a natural cycle, repeated treatments are usually required, and laser treatment works best with hair follicles in the new-growth stage.

4-6 separate treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart are usually required for successful treatment. This is because hair has a growth cycle, and the laser is only effective during the active stages of growth. Hair is reduced as a result of laser hair removal. A good response would be hair thinning and an 80 percent reduction in growth. The results may not be permanent and, in most cases, will necessitate maintenance treatments.

7. How long does laser hair removal last?

After receiving all of your sessions, laser hair removal will last for at least two years. However, laser hair removal is not a one-and-done sort of treatment. It requires multiple sessions and maintenance sessions to keep the area free from hair forever.

8. How much does laser hair removal cost in Canada?

The cost of hair laser hair removal in Canada widely varies. A lot will depend on the number of sessions you need, where you live, and the services you’ll use.

According to BankRate.com, the average cost of a single laser hair removal session in 2019 was approximately $429.* Laser hair removal costs can vary greatly from person to person, with the most important determining factor being the body areas you’d like treated. For example, if you want to get rid of unwanted leg hair, your laser hair removal treatment may cost more than someone who wants to get rid of underarm hair. Because the legs are larger body parts, they require more laser treatments to achieve the best results.

9. Are there risks to receiving laser hair removal?

Risks of side effects vary with skin type, hair color, treatment plan, and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:

– Skin irritation: Temporary discomfort, redness, and swelling are possible after receiving laser hair removal – these symptoms will dissipate within a few hours

– Pigment changes: Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin. These changes might be temporary or permanent. Skin lightening primarily affects those who don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment and those who have darker skin.

In some rare cases, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring, and other changes in skin texture, as well as excessive hair growth in the area of treatment. Although these side effects are uncommon, it is still good to be aware of them.

10. Is getting laser hair removal worth it?

305/332 people who have had received laser hair removal rated it “Worth It” (92%)

– Source: realself.com

 

 

 

**Please note – Beautifi only provides financing for laser hair removal above the amount of $1,500.