Once you have taken the first step of booking a complimentary consultation, the laser technician will assess the area of concern, discuss all details of the treatment including expectations and pre-treatment protocols, while addressing any concerns and questions you may have. At this time a patch test on the desired area would be performed at the appropriate laser parameters.
Prior to treatment, all surface hair is removed by shaving or snipping to prevent any damage to the skin. The laser emits a near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser generates heat in the hair shaft, which diffuses to the stem cell and matrix targets to cause desired damage.
In addition to the treatment protocol, it is important to know the growth cycles of hair. Hair growth has three stages: Anagen (active stage), Catagen (regression) and Telogen (resting). In order to achieve permanent reduction, ideally the hair follicle should be infected by the laser during the anagen or active stage of hair growth. Since approximately 15-25% of hairs are in this active growing stage at the same time, 5-7 treatments are generally required for best results.
Feel like you spend half of your life in the bathroom dealing with hair removal products that provide only very temporary results? Waxing is painful and messy, depilatories damage sensitive skin, and shaving leaves you with unpleasant stubbles.
Electrolysis is an option, but not if you don’t enjoy long sessions of needles shoved into your hair follicles. Sure, the hair will be gone but you’ll be left with bumpy, inflamed skin instead. Explore the most advanced method available today – laser hair removal
For a permanent alternative that’s fast, relatively painless and safe, Permanent laser hair removal is the answer.
Laser hair removal system destroys or impairs targeted hair growth by delivering computer guided long-pulse laser light directly down to the hair follicles. The laser beam is absorbed into the hair follicle residing under the skin surface and destroys it with the generated heat. Since it is large in diameter, a number of follicles are affected simultaneously. Only a mild stinging, burning sensation is felt during the procedure. It is so minor that no anesthesia or pain medication is required. However, particularly sensitive skin can be treated to a topical anesthetic cream.
Following laser hair removal, the target area treated with the laser is cleansed. Then, normal activity can be resumed without hassle. There may be a slight reddening surrounding the follicles, but this will disappear in a matter of minutes in majority of cases. As with any treatment involving lasers, protect the treated skin with sunscreen or clothing.
In the weeks following, hair may appear to be growing in the treated areas. Because the hair follicles are lifeless, this, in fact, is simply the body attempting to cast them off to get rid of them. They will easily fall out. However, if the hair does not fall out, it is hair that wasn’t targeted during the procedure.
Hair not in its growth cycle cannot be targeted by laser hair removal. Therefore, more treatments may be required in order to obtain the results desired, and will depend on hair density, hair color, skin types, the treatment area, and your hair growth cycle.
Preparing for the laser Hair Removal
Don’t wax, pluck, or sugar before the laser hair removal procedure
Laser energy utilized during the laser hair removal procedure requires the hair shaft to transfer it down into the unwanted hair follicle to destroy it. If unwanted hair is pulled out before laser hair removal, then the laser energy can’t destroy the hair follicle because of the absence of a hair shaft.
Cream depilatories should not be used as they may irritate the skin, making it hypersensitive to light exposure.
Shaving is fine since it is extremely superficial in removing hair, and in fact is required at the onset of a procedure just before the laser device is used. Don’t tan before the laser hair removal procedure
Achieving the best results from laser hair removal relies on laser energy being absorbed by hair follicles. With the help of melanin, this laser energy becomes heat, which then destroys the hair follicle. The National Laser Therapy Clinics of Canada’s laser systems for hair removal are the safest lasers to be used for all skin types, including tanned and darker skins. However it is recommended to avoid tanning two weeks before to two weeks after the scheduled procedure. Don’t put any skin products on prior to treatment
On the same day of a laser hair removal treatment no products on the skin should be used. This includes moisturizers, make up, perfumes, deodorants or talc (depending on the area being done).