Laser Hair Removal FAQs
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How much does laser hair removal cost?
What is laser hair removal?
How does laser hair removal work?
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Any individual who wants to permanently reduce unwanted hair on their face or body through laser hair removal treatments should have a laser consultation with a certified laser technician to discuss whether this treatment is appropriate. The newest laser hair removal technology has improved to the point where it is generally effective for all skin tones, most hair types and colours (individual results and experiences may vary). Unfortunately though not everyone is a good candidate. Our diode laser can treat all skin colours however lighter coloured hair; blonde, grey, white or red generally gets poor to no reduction and the thin fluffy hair (mostly on the face), even though dark, is also unlikely to have good results. Some blonde hairs do have dark roots which would be good candidates for laser hair removal. There are also many contra-indications to laser which mean you can’t be treated, e.g. pregnancy, taking medication that increases the skin’s light sensitivity such as Accutane and many others which will be discussed at your free consultation.
I have a darker skin tone, can I still get the treatment done?
Why do I need a consultation first?
- Your medical history will be reviewed to check you are medically suitable. (Bring along a list of any medication you are taking) and fill out our First Visit Laser Consultation medical questionnaire and the Informed Consent booklet. We will also attempt to email out a copy of this to you in advance.
- The treatment area and type of hair growing in the area will be checked.
- We will discuss any concerns, expectations and goals and will work with you to select the best treatment or combination of treatments.
- The estimated duration and cost of each session or series of sessions will also be provided to you.
- If you are a candidate for laser hair removal, you may schedule your treatments (after 48 hours) at the time of this initial consultation.
How many treatments are required?
Most clients will require around 6 treatments per area though some will require more. The exact number will depend on each individual person’s skin type, hair color and texture, and the area being treated. Laser hair removal treatments are most effective at destroying the hair follicle when it is in its active growth stage (anagen) as follicles do not contain enough pigment (melanin) to be neutralized during other phases. Since each hair can be at a different stage in the cycle, several treatments must be performed to effectively target the majority of hair follicles in the treatment area. The amount of time hair is in growth phase (anagen) is different in different parts of your body, e.g. on your head 2 or more years (thus longer hair), on your face 4-6 weeks, body and legs 6-8 weeks. The period of time hair is in the anagen stage is used by us to determine how many weeks between each laser treatment (so we get the maximum growing hairs each treatment).
Do I have to be a certain age for laser hair removal?
Yes, due to hormone levels that can change rapidly in adolescents that can cause new hair growth. This could lead to varying results in younger clients. For this reason we do not perform laser hair removal treatments on clients less than 16 years old to ensure effective, lasting results.
Why laser instead of IPL for hair removal?
IPL is very commonly and mistakenly referred to as a “laser”. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and it is a broad spectrum light that spreads over the whole treatment area. IPL has a wide range of uses and is generally well suited for skin rejuvenation treatments. It has a much shallower skin penetration compared to a diode laser. Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is a medical grade optical electronic device that generates an intense (very narrow) beam of single wavelength light that selectively targets melanin in hair without damaging surrounding skin. Diode hair removal lasers provide focused and more concentrated light energy that can penetrate deeper to better reach more hair follicles. This provides better hair reduction and long lasting results than IPL.
Can I get laser hair removal done over a tattoo?
No. The laser will cause the pigmentation in a tattoo to heat up. This would ruin the tattoo and could also burn your skin. You could do laser hair removal before you get a tattoo in a specific area.
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After the Treatment Questions
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I had a treatment on my face, can I put makeup on right after?
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