How Does Laser Hair Reduction “Removal” Work?
Hair contains a pigment, melanin, which gives it colour. This pigment can preferentially absorb certain spectra of light. Thus, laser or BBL can be used to destroy these pigment-containing hair. As skin also contains melanin, care must be taken to choose the type of laser that will destroy the melanin-containing hair preferentially, while sparing the surrounding skin.
How Efficient Is “Laser Hair Removal”?
Although each individual is different and their bodies react differently to the treatment, generally only hair in active growth phase can be destroyed during treatment with any laser or light-based technology. Completely destroyed hair follicles result in permanent damage so no hair can grow back. For hair follicles that are partially damaged, new grown hair later will grow at a slower rate and tend to be less visible.
This represents, on average, 20% of body hair destruction at any given time in a single session. Multiple treatment sessions are required to remove the bulk of body hair.
Laser/IPL hair removal is approved by the FDA for permanent reduction (most common results lie between 40% and 80%). On average, it can effectively achieve hair reduction by about 70% after a full cycle of treatment.
Is laser hair removal result permanent?
For hair follicles that are completely destroyed, it’ll result in permanent damage so no hair can grow back. For follicles that are partially damaged, new grown hair later will grow at a much slower rate and tend to be less noticeable.
Since laser technology cannot guarantee complete destruction of all the targeted hair follicles, laser hair removal is never 100%*, no matter how advanced the technology or machine is. The more appropriate term should be “laser hair reduction“.
* Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for complete permanent hair removal.
How Much Is The Treatment?
It depends on the areas you want to get hairless and how many sessions you need. A treatment plan usually consists of 4-6 sessions to give satisfactory results.
Price ranges from $100 for smaller areas such as upper lips and $600 for larger areas such as whole legs in a single session. Contact us at 604-284-5501 today for price list and details.
Why People Prefer Laser Hair Removal Than Other Methods?
Laser technology to reduce hair has become a popularly demanded service since the 1990s on areas including face, chest and abdomen, legs and the “bikini line”/”Brazilian line”. Laser hair removal is the process of hair removal through the exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. Compared to shaving, laser technology covers a larger area at a time. It is also much less painful than waxing (ouch!) as the targeted area is numbed before and after the treatment. Moreover, results can last three to six months or longer before hair grows back visibly.
What Areas Do People Ask For To Have Hair Removed?
Popular areas include: face, chin and neck, arms, back, chest, bikini line/”Brazilian Line”, and thighs and legs.
Does Your Laser Work On Pale/Dark Skin Tone? Is It Safe?
We use a Nd:Yag laser with 1064nm wavelength, which is the longest wavelength used for laser hair removal which has minimal effect on surrounding tissues, and as such it is the deepest-reaching while also being the safest laser to use on any skin of colour. It has been shown clinically to target black hair in patients with dark skin or light-coloured hair on pale skin tone with success.
How many sessions will I need?
On average, you may need at least 4-6 sessions at the intervals of 2 to 8 weeks to see satisfactory hair reduction.
The reason why the treatment is spaced between intervals is because only hairs in the active growth phase (anagen) can be successfully treated.
Can in-growth hair be treated?
Our laser is designed to efficiently remove all types of hair. Sometimes “shaving bumps” can cover a follicle, but the penetrating light can still be safely used.
It is best to schedule a consultation with our doctor and raise all your concerns so Dr. Pinkhasik can better assess you and you know what outcomes you can expect.
Am I A Good Candidate Of Laser Hair Removal?
The laser we use (Nd:Yag laser with 1064nm wavelength, which has minimal effect on surrounding tissues while also being the safest laser to use on any skin of colour) is safely operated by our experienced medical professional. Most people are good candidates of this procedure.
To fully assess your candidacy, please schedule a consultation appointment with us.