If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in Canada. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light which destroys the hair.
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. The benefits of laser hair removal include:
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should ensure you are choosing well trained technicians with experience treating different skin types and that know how to treat unforeseen complications. If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for 4-6 weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be shaved clean to the skins surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color. A thin layer of treatment gel will be applied to the area to create a barrier between the laser and your skin. The gel also provides cooling to the skin as well as a smooth surface for the laser to move across. During the treatment you will feel a slight warmth in most areas while the laser penetrates the hair follicle. The sensation passes quickly and sometimes patients will have a slight redness to the area that was treated that will pass quickly within 1-2 days.