Along with the growing popularity of laser hair removal, there is also a growing number of questions that people have regarding the treatment. Although these questions often differ from one another, there are several that are asked more frequently. Here, we look at the 10 most commonly asked questions about laser hair removal.
1. Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes, the procedure is safe when performed by skilled professionals and with the proper equipment. The laser emits light energy that specifically targets the hair follicle. It eliminates the hair while the surrounding skin remains unharmed. At Advanced Laser we only use lasers approved by Health Canada
2. How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal is largely dependent on the size of the area to be treated. Larger areas of the body are more costly than smaller areas because they require more time and pulses to treat. The price is also affected by the number of sessions required to achieve the desired results. Certain areas on the body may take more treatments than others, as they may be more affected by hormonal changes.
3. Does laser hair removal work for everyone?
The best results for laser hair removal involves hair with pigment. Light blond and grey hair are difficult to treat. This is because the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle If your hair is light in colour, it will be more difficult for the laser to detect the pigment and effectively disable the hair follicle.
4. What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
Any area of the body can be treated. The most popular areas that clients seek treatment for are the legs, bikini, under-arms, backs and face.
5. Does laser hair removal hurt?
The most common sensation felt during the procedure is a small pinch, like a rubber band is being snapped against your skin. The feeling only lasts a few seconds and generally stops when the laser does. Our cooling equipment and lasers with large spot sizes help to minimize discomfort.
6. Is laser hair removal permanent?
Lasers will permanently reduce the amount of hair growth. Some areas of the body will experience permanent removal of hair while other areas may need some maintenance from time to time. After each visit, hair growth will be further reduced and you will require fewer sessions.
7. How long does one session take?
The length of a session depends on the size of the area to be treated. An upper lip can take as little as 30 seconds, while a larger area such as legs could take 60-90 minutes to treat.
8. How many treatments will I require?
The number of treatments you will require depends on area to be treated. Legs, bikini, under-arms could take 6 treatments. Other more hormonal areas could require 8 treatments. They are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart to effectively reduce hair growth.
9. How should I prepare for laser hair removal?
The most important thing to do before your first treatment is to stop waxing or plucking 3 weeks prior to your appointment. Also, for best results, you will want to make sure you are applying sunscreen throughout the course of the treatments to avoid any hypersensitivity to your skin.
10. What is the best laser for laser hair removal?
The answer to this question can be heavily debated. Every clinic will tell you that their laser is the best. However, nobody can argue that multiple lasers are better than one. Having multiple lasers means that you will be treated with the one that is most effective for your skin tone, and sometimes for certain areas of the body, you made need more than one type of laser to have the most effective results.
At Advanced Laser Clinic we prefer to use Candela GentleYag Pro (YAG) and the Candela GentleLase Pro (Alexandrite) lasers. The YAG works very well on darker skin tones because it has a longer wavelength that penetrate past the pigment in the skin to the pigment in the hair follicle. The Candela GentleLase Pro works well on patients with light to medium-coloured skin.
When it comes to laser hair removal, people usually have many questions about what the treatment involves and what to expect. It’s natural to feel concerned about any type of procedure that involves your body. That’s why we recommend that in addition to reading this list of frequently asked questions, you book your free consultation at Advanced Laser Clinic so that we can adequately answer all of your questions and ease any worries you may have, and provide you with a test patch, so that you know exactly what to expect.