Laser hair removal is a skin treatment using a strong light with a specific wavelength absorbed by the colored component of hair follicles. This causes damage to the hair follicle, which furthermore prevents it from re-growing on the skin. Several treatment sessions will be needed to remove most of the hair in a particular area.
Hair naturally grows in a three-phase cycle that includes a resting phase (telogen), a transitional phase (catagen), and a growth phase (anagen).
Hair removal treatments by laser only affects hair follicles in the anagen phase by delivering heat to the follicle, destroying its structure and minimizing its ability to regrow. Follicles that were in the catagen and telogen phases during this first treatment will move into the growth phase and will be treated during consequent appointments in your treatment plan. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that you can expect to see hair growth reduce by between 10% and 25% per laser hair removal treatments.
But the hair growth cycle isn’t the only factor to consider. Medical conditions or changing hormone levels also play a role in hair regrowth. Hormones can keep some hairs in the resting phase during hair removal treatments, meaning treatments wouldn’t affect these follicles.
The LightSheer Diode Laser System safely and effectively treats all skin types including tanned skin and the broadest range of hair colors, diameters, and depths.
Almost any area on the body can be treated with Laser hair removal. Laser works best for dark hair on light colored skin and does not work for blonde or white hair.
Usually 4-6 treatment sessions are required for good results and 3 treatments may reduce hair by 60% to 80%. The remaining hairs are finer and lighter in colour and more treatment sessions may be required to remove finer hair.
There is a small risk of increased or decreased skin pigmentation in treated skin areas. This is usually a reversible condition. Sun protection is strongly recommended during the laser treatment period to avoid skin pigmentation.
You may feel some pain or discomfort during the laser application. If necessary, a numbing gel called EMLA or Maxilene can be applied to the skin 30 to 60 minutes prior to the laser treatment. This reduces discomfort associated with the treatment. Most people can tolerate laser without using any freezing agent.
The area to be treated should be shaved 1-2 days before the procedure. The area should not be waxed, plucked, threaded, or have electrolysis within 6 weeks before the treatment. The root of the hair should be visible for the laser treatment to work effectively
You can schedule a free consultation with our esthetician to find out more about laser hair removal sessions.