Laser Hair Removal Toronto
Laser hair removal results in the permanent reduction of hair growth and can be performed almost anywhere on the body.
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What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal harnesses the energy of light to heat and permanently destroy hair follicles. Hair follicles must be in the active growth phase in order to be targeted. This is why multiple treatments are required, typically spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to target each hair in its growing phase. Any skin type is a candidate for laser hair removal, but the hair itself must be brown or black.
Laser hair removal is best performed during the winter months when skin is untanned and sun exposure is minimal.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal targets the pigment in hair and is most effective in the removal of brown or black hair. Blond, white and grey hair cannot be treated with laser hair removal at this time. Broadband light (BBL) is used for laser hair removal in lighter skin types. The Nd:YAG laser safely targets hair in darker skin types. Laser hair removal simplifies your daily routine and avoids the skin irritation and ingrown hairs that can result from shaving or other methods of hair removal. Waxing or plucking should be avoided during laser hair treatment because these hair removal methods remove the hair by the root and leave no target for the laser.
The advantages of laser hair removal include:
- The permanent reduction of hair growth.
- The ability to remove unwanted hair almost anywhere on the body.
- Most people are able to resume their normal activities the day after a laser hair removal procedure.
Any downtime is minimal.
- Laser hair removal is relatively free of discomfort.
Laser hair removal is no more uncomfortable than waxing but results in permanent reduction of hair growth.
- You save time, energy, and discomfort.
Following your laser hair removal treatments, you won’t have to shave or wax. You just get to enjoy your smooth skin.
A series of sessions are needed to permanently reduce the amount of hair growth in a single area. Sessions are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.
Our Comprehensive Approach to Laser Hair Removal
The first step when considering laser hair removal is a consultation with one of Compass Dermatology’s expert laser estheticians. Your medical history will be taken. Certain medications, including common blood pressure medications and antibiotics, increase your sensitivity to lasers. Your skin type and the colour and thickness of the hair in the area to be treated will determine your unique treatment parameters. You will then meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists and the appropriate laser for your skin type and hair colour will be selected.
You may be asked to shave the areas to be treated the day before your laser hair removal session. You should avoid sun exposure and application of self-tanning creams. During the treatment you will wear goggles to protect your eyes. Treatment is associated with mild discomfort, often compared to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Many patients find that treatment of more sensitive areas, such as the underarm or bikini areas, is more comfortable following application of a numbing cream.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Laser hair removal results in the permanent reduction of hair growth. Hair follicles must be in the active growth phase in order to be targeted. This is why multiple treatments are required, typically spaced 4-6 weeks apart in order to target each hair in its growing phase.
Laser hair removal is extremely effective at permanently reducing unwanted hair. To achieve ideal results, it's important undergo the recommended number of treatment sessions at the correct frequency. Laser hair removal does not result in complete hair removal and maintenance treatments may be required.
Depending on how your hair responds to the laser, you may require 5 to 7 sessions to permanently remove the majority of hair from a treated area. The legs and arms typically require more sessions than the underarms and bikini area.
Laser hair removal is typically associated with mild redness and swelling of the treated area for 1-2 days following the treatment. Blistering and pigment change are rare complications.
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