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Laser Hair Removal 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

Published on Jan 15th, 2024

Are you tired of the relentless cycle of shaving and waxing? Welcome to the world of laser hair removal, a solution that might just be the game-changer you’ve been looking for. In a world where convenience and efficiency are king and queen, laser hair removal stands out as a royal option for long-term hair reduction.


But what exactly is laser hair removal? How does it work, and more importantly, is it the right choice for you? These are some of the burning questions we often find ourselves pondering as we stand in front of the mirror, razor in hand, yet again.


In this comprehensive guide, we will dive deep into the nitty-gritty of laser hair removal. Whether you’re a laser newbie curious about the process or someone who’s already dipped their toes in the laser pool but wants more information, this article is tailored for you.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal


What is Laser Hair Removal?

At its core, laser hair removal is about targeting hair follicles with laser light to reduce hair growth. Hair possesses melanin, a pigment responsible for its coloration. This pigment selectively absorbs specific light spectra. Consequently, laser or BBL treatments can be employed to eliminate hair containing this pigment. Since the skin also harbors melanin, caution is necessary in selecting a laser type that will target melanin in the hair preferentially, minimizing impact on the surrounding skin.


Why Go for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal stands out for its efficiency and long-lasting results, significantly reducing the need for traditional methods like shaving or waxing. This procedure targets hair at the root, which not only slows down regrowth but often results in finer, sparser hair over time. The precision of laser treatment also allows for specific areas to be targeted without affecting the surrounding skin. 

Moreover, it’s a time-saver, reducing your daily grooming routine and providing a smooth skin feel that’s hard to achieve with other methods. For many, the appeal of laser hair removal lies in its ability to enhance confidence and provide a sense of freedom from constant hair maintenance.


Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Every skin and hair type comes with its own unique characteristics, and this is certainly true for laser hair removal. The effectiveness of the treatment often hinges on the contrast between your hair colour and skin tone. Deciding if laser hair removal is the right choice for you also depends on factors like your budget and the number of sessions you might need. These sessions can vary based on your individual hair and skin type, as well as the areas you’re targeting. So, it’s all about weighing these aspects to see if this treatment aligns with your needs and expectations.

Getting Ready for Treatment


Before Your Session

Prepping for your treatment is more important than you might think. It’s essential to shave the area you’re having treated at least 24 hours before your laser appointment. Your medical esthetician won’t be able to proceed with areas that have visible hair above the skin’s surface. Moreover, treatment isn’t advisable on rough stubble as it can cause excessive heat on the skin’s pigment during the laser process.


Don’t Skip the Consultation

Consultation is where you get all your questions answered. Don’t skip it! During your consultation, your medical esthetician will assess your skin as well as understand your skincare routine more deeply. By doing so, we’ll be able to analyze your skin condition and assess your goals, therefore forming a more customized and tailored treatment plan for you. 

The Main Event


During the Procedure

During the laser hair removal process, you will be provided with special protective glasses to safeguard your eyes. The medical aesthetician will then expertly apply a laser device to your skin. This procedure is typically swift, though you may experience a sensation in certain areas akin to the snap of a rubber band. Despite this mild discomfort, the process is generally well-tolerated and efficiently executed. 


Your skin might be a bit red or swollen, kind of like a mild sunburn, right after the treatment, but it usually calms down fast. Following the aftercare advice is super important. 

Here are some instructions you should follow:

  • Do not soak in hot tubs, baths or showers for 24 hours
  • Do not work out to the point of respiration as extreme itchiness may develop
  • Avoid glycolic, retinol, BHA, or AHA products for 7 days after treatment
  • Apply sunscreen for 6 weeks over the treated area
  • If any blistering of open areas occurs, apply topical antibiotic ointment


Keeping Up the Results

It is important to remember that laser hair removal is a progressive treatment plan, rather than a single-session solution. The journey to achieving optimal results typically involves multiple sessions. Each session builds upon the last, gradually reducing hair growth. As you progress through your treatment plan, the anticipation of witnessing the transformative results can be quite exhilarating. Patience and consistency are key in maintaining and enhancing the efficacy of your laser hair removal experience.

Next Steps

Thinking about giving it a try? The best first step is to book a consultation. Every person’s experience with laser hair removal is unique, so getting personalized advice is key. And who knows? You might just be on your way to smoother, hassle-free skin!

Want to learn more?

Call now at 604-284-5501 or email us to ask our medical esthetician for advice!