Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

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What is Laser Hair Removal and How Does it Work?

Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light emitted from a medical laser to target and remove unwanted hair.

There are several laser hair removal technologies on the market, however, all laser hair removal machines work similarly. The light from the laser is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair. This light energy is converted to heat, damaging hair follicles just below the skin's surface. Once the hair follicle's destroyed, the hair falls out and does not regrow. Multiple treatments are generally needed for initial hair removal 4-6 weeks apart and maintenance treatments every few months.


Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

 Traditionally, the best candidates for laser hair removal were patients with light skin and dark hair. This contrast helped the laser target your hair. In patients with darker skin (more melanin), the skin tends to compete with the hair for light energy. The absorption of light energy by melanin in the skin resulted in the potential for damage to the skin, not the follicle. However, with technological advancements, modern lasers can safely be used on patients with dark skin.

Currently, laser hair removal works well for patients of all skin types with any unwanted body hair who expect a permanent reduction in hair (60-80% permanent reduction) and are willing to commit to several treatments initially and occasional maintenance treatments.

Keep in mind, unwanted hair must have some pigment (colour), either brown, light brown or black. The procedure doesn't work well for hair colours that don't absorb light well, such as gray, blond, red, or white hair.


Which Area Is Suitable For Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal can treat almost any area of the body, including:

upper lip, chin, neck & beard line, full face, shoulders, underarms,

full arms, half arms (elbow to the fingers), chest and abdomen (neck to your bikini/buttocks ), stomach (bottom of your chest to the bikini line), back (neck to the tailbone, including shoulders), bikini line, buttocks, legs, thighs, and lower legs (knees to your toes).


What to Expect

Your initial laser hair removal appointment will begin with a consultation. This visit takes approximately 15 minutes. During this consult, we will review your medications, medical history, discuss your goals, explain how the treatment works, and determine the number of treatments you need.

What To expect

Here’s how we take care of you before, during, and after your treatment.
Before
Before Your Treatment
  • Avoid waxing, threading, and tweezing in the area for at least four weeks.
  • Avoid all forms of tanning (natural sun, tanning beds, spray tans, and self-tanning products) for four weeks before your treatment to avoid potential injury
  • Shave the treatment area 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Do not drink more than two alcoholic beverages the day before your treatment.
During
During Your Treatment
  • Arrive at your appointment with the treatment area free of makeup, lotion, deodorant
  • Lines are drawn on your skin to define the treatment area
  • You will be given protective eyewear
  • A cold gel or a cooling device will be applied to protect the skin during the treatment
  • Pulses of light will be delivered to the treatment area. Many patients describe it as feeling like a rubber band snapped against the skin.
  • Small treatment areas are completed in minutes. Larger areas, such as the legs or back, can take up to one hour.
After
After Your Treatment
  • Mild redness and swelling may occur, which usually subsides within the first 24 hours
  • Avoid all types of heat for the first 24 hours (hot showers or baths, saunas, steam rooms, and exercise)
  • You will be able to apply makeup or topical moisturizers immediately if you chose
  • Hair will not fall out immediately, it will occur slowly over the following few weeks.
  • Some patchy re-growth is normal due to the differing growth cycle of hair follicles.
  • Book and attend follow-up treatment as directed by your technician
  • Stay out of direct sunlight for at least three days after your appointment

Treatments

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Frequently Asked Questions

When Is the Best Time to Get Laser Hair Removal?

The best time for laser hair removal is during the fall and winter months for most patients as you have minimal sun exposure, little skin exposure, and it works best on untanned skin.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Require?

We generally recommend three to six treatments for best results. During your initial consult, we examine your rate of hair growth, the area treated, and your skin and hair colour to determine the total number of treatments required. As a general rule, the following number of treatments are required:

Face and Neck 6-8 Treatments 4-6 Weeks apart

Bikini Area 5-10 Treatments 4-6 Weeks apart

Underarms 6-8 Treatments 4-6 Weeks apart

Legs 3-6 Treatments 4-6 Weeks apart

Back 5-7 Treatments 4-6 Weeks apart

Why does it take more than one laser hair removal treatment?

The laser only disables the hair in the active growth stage during treatment. The hairs that return are those not in the active growth stage at treatment.

Is it better to wait 4 or 6 weeks for laser hair removal treatments?

We recommend a session every four weeks initially. After four weeks of growth, the hair is at the ideal stage to be targeted by the laser. As your hair growth diminishes with treatment, we increase the duration between your visits. Eventually, depending on your skin and hair type, you will only need to come in for maintenance sessions every few months.

Is it okay to wait longer between laser hair removal treatments?

No, If you wait too long between laser hair removal treatments, your hair follicles won't be damaged enough to prevent the hair from regrowing.

Is laser hair removal painful?

Laser hair removal causes minimal pain, and most patients feel a tingling or stinging sensation akin to a rubber band snapping the skin during the treatment. The skin may be red and tender for a few days after treatment, similar to a sunburn. However, most patients tolerate the procedure well and agree it is far less painful than waxing.

Is there any downtime following a laser hair removal treatment?

Laser hair removal does not require downtime; most people return to their daily activities immediately after treatment. However, the treatment area may be slightly red and sensitive following treatment.

When will I see the laser hair removal results?

You will see the results of laser hair removal immediately. Following your first and every treatment after that, you will notice a decrease in unwanted hair growth.

How long will the results of laser hair removal last?

Most patients remain hair free for months or even years. When some of the hair regrows, it will likely be less noticeable. A patient may need maintenance laser treatments to keep the area free of hair.

What are the most popular treatment areas for laser hair removal?

Women's most popular laser hair removal areas include upper lip, sideburns, underarms, arms, legs, bikini line, and Brazilian. Men's most popular laser hair removal areas include the eyebrows, upper cheeks, neck, legs, and back.

How long does each laser hair removal session take?

The duration of each session depends on the treatment area's size. Smaller areas like the upper lip may take just a few minutes, while larger areas like the legs or back may take up to an hour.

Is Laser Hair Removal safe?Is laser hair removal safe?

Yes, laser hair removal is generally safe when performed by a trained and experienced professional. However, it's important to choose a reputable clinic and follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions to minimize any potential risks.

Are there any side effects of laser hair removal?

Temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, and mild discomfort in the treated area, which usually subside within a few hours or days. Rarely, there may be temporary pigment changes or blistering, but these are typically temporary and resolve on their own.

Can laser hair removal treat ingrown hairs?

Yes, laser hair removal can be an effective treatment for ingrown hairs. By targeting and destroying the hair follicles, it helps prevent future ingrown hairs and reduces the associated inflammation.

Can laser hair removal be performed on sensitive areas?

Yes, laser hair removal can be performed on sensitive areas like the bikini line or underarms. The procedure is safe for these areas, but it's important to communicate any concerns or discomfort you may have with our staff.

Can I shave between laser hair removal sessions?

Yes, you can shave between laser hair removal sessions. In fact, it's recommended to shave the treatment area before each session, as it allows the laser to target the hair follicles more effectively.

Can laser hair removal be done on tanned skin?

It's generally advisable to avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure before laser hair removal sessions. Tanned skin contains more melanin, which can compete with the hair follicles for the laser's energy, potentially leading to less effective results or increased risks of side effects.

Are there any alternatives to laser hair removal?

Yes, alternative hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, threading, or using depilatory creams exist. However, these methods offer temporary results and require more frequent maintenance than laser hair removal.

Can men undergo laser hair removal?

Absolutely! Laser hair removal is equally effective for men as it is for women. Common treatment areas for men include the back, chest, shoulders, and neck.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost in Winnipeg?

The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the treatment area's size and the number of sessions required. See our pricelist for for pricing.

Who Should Avoid Laser Hair Removal?

While laser hair removal is generally safe and effective for many individuals, there are certain situations where it may not be suitable. Here are some instances where individuals should avoid laser hair removal:

Pregnancy: Avoiding laser hair removal during pregnancy is generally recommended, as the effects of laser exposure on the developing fetus are not fully understood. It's best to wait until after pregnancy and consult with your healthcare provider before considering laser hair removal.

Breastfeeding: Although no known risks have been reported, it's advisable to postpone laser hair removal while breastfeeding to err on the side of caution. The safety of the procedure during this period has not been extensively studied.

Photosensitivity: Individuals who are photosensitive or have a history of light-triggered conditions, such as lupus or porphyria, should avoid laser hair removal. The procedure may exacerbate these conditions or cause adverse skin reactions.

Recent Sun Exposure or Tanning: It is recommended to avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning before laser hair removal sessions. Tanned skin contains more melanin, which can interfere with the laser's ability to target the hair follicles effectively and increase the risk of side effects.

Active Infections or Skin Conditions: If you have active skin infections, such as herpes or impetigo, or certain skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis in the treatment area, laser hair removal may exacerbate these conditions or cause additional discomfort. It's best to wait until the skin has fully healed before undergoing the procedure.

Medications and Medical Conditions: Some medications, such as photosensitizing drugs or those that affect the skin's healing process, may make laser hair removal unsuitable. Additionally, individuals with medical conditions such as keloids or a history of skin cancer should avoid laser hair removal.

Blonde, Gray, or Red Hair: Laser hair removal works best on dark, pigmented hair. Individuals with light-colored or white hair may not achieve optimal results as the laser targets the melanin in the hair follicles.

Recent Hair Removal Methods: It's important to discontinue other hair removal methods, such as waxing, plucking, or electrolysis, for a few weeks before laser hair removal. These methods can disturb the hair follicles, affecting the laser's ability to target them effectively.

How do I get started on my laser hair removal treatment?

Book your free consultation today.

What brand of laser do we use?

We use the Lutronic Clarity II.

Why do we use the Lutronic Clarity II?

At Enhance, we want to offer our clients the best laser hair removal system available, so we chose the Lutronic Clarity II for the following reasons:

  • Fast treatments - The large treatment area and high repetition rate allow legs or backs to be treated in 15 minutes, saving time.
  • Virtually painless - The adjustable power and integrated skin cooling provide a comfortable treatment with minimal pain or side effects. Our clients are amazed at how comfortable the Clarity II treatments are compared to other lasers they have tried.
  • Safety features - The machine has contact cooling, adjustable spot sizes, and built-in skin sensors to help prevent skin injury.
  • Effective on all skin types - The adjustable settings allow safe and effective treatment on any skin type, from fair to dark.
  • Permanent hair reduction - Most clients see a long-term drop in hair growth after a series of treatments—less hassle.

Overall, the speed, comfort, adjustability and proven results make the Clarity II one of the premier modern devices for laser hair removal. We have found it provides excellent outcomes for clients seeking smooth skin free of unwanted hair, and it does so gently and with minimal downtime.

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