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Laser Hair Removal For Smoother, Hair-Free Skin

SERVING CANADIANS SINCE 1992

ABOUT Laser Hair Removal For Smoother, Hair-Free Skin

You want to be hair-free without the hassle of shaving and waxing every few days. Imagine if you could get rid of unwanted hair within a few weeks, permanently.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is based on advanced technology that targets the follicle, the exact place where hair grows. By destroying the follicle, hair can no longer grow — and that’s how you get rid of it!

Your choice

Choose from the following state-of-the-art technologies available at Skin Vitality Medical Clinic:

Soprano® XL

elos™

Woman getting laser hair removal on her upper lip.

5 Methods for Improving the Results of Laser Hair Removal

There are a number of different ways in which a patient can work to ensure that they get the most out of their laser hair removal treatment. Steps that can be taken after the procedure can promote the benefits of the treatment and ensure that the time and money spent isn’t wasted.

1. Follow Post-Treatment Instructions

Your laser technician will give you specific instructions regarding what to do and what to avoid in the time following your procedure. To obtain optimal results it’s extremely important to stick to these instructions.

2. Choose Only One Treatment Method

Studies have shown that a combination of treatment methods can have a detrimental effect on laser hair removal. Discuss the best available methods for hair removal with your Medical Consultant and agree on a single treatment option in order to experience optimal results without conflict.

3. Avoid Causing Damage to the Skin

Once your treatment is complete it’s important to follow your post procedure instructions and avoid causing any undue damage to the skin involved with your hair removal. The application of sunscreen (especially to the area targeted by the procedure) is highly. Patients are often advised to stay well hydrated as well as proper hydration allows the skin to properly regenerate

4. Help the Body Remove Shedding Hair

Laser hair removal treatments begin to become most noticeable once hair has started to shed from the face or body. You can very gently rub the treated area while bathing to facilitate this and speed up the process.

5. Pursue Follow-Up Appointments

Optimal results are typically not reached after just one session and, for this reason, multiple appointments are almost always recommended. The number of follow-ups required for a given patient can range drastically (depending on hair and skin type) but adhering to a schedule of repeated laser hair removal procedures is essential for achieving proper results.

Why Tanning Before Laser Hair Removal Can Be Dangerous

We all want our laser hair removal treatments to be effective and free of danger and it is because of this that knowing the dangers of pre-procedural tanning is so important.

The Effects of Tanning on Hair Removal

Individuals with darker skin tones require special consideration when undergoing a laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal works by directing light energy toward follicles — meaning that if your skin is darker then it becomes much more difficult for lasers to adequately target dark hairs. If you desire hair removal therapy and have a naturally fair skin colour, then tanning is not advised for this reason. Tanning can increase the risk of potential danger. Tanning causes heat to accumulate on the skin and laser treatments involve the direction of intensely focused heat (even if patients experience treatments without feeling this heat directly). The combination of skin that has been heated by concentrated UV rays in tanning and laser application can lead to skin damage or other adverse effects.

Skin that has been tanned can absorb more light energy than the laser is meant to deliver. This often leads to burning sensations or the creation of discolouration in the skin. Not only is there a greatly increased potential for danger — very tanned patients also have to have less energy directed at the hair follicles in order to maintain safety. This drastically decreases the effectiveness of a treatment and often makes it impossible to properly remove unwanted hair.

Avoiding Tanning Before and After Laser Hair Removal

Giving your skin a chance to rest between tanning and laser hair removal Toronto is essential because of these reasons. It’s also important to note that even sun-less tanning creams can cause harmful effects because these products also affect natural skin pigmentation. They should be avoided in the time leading up to your laser hair removal procedure in the same manner as sun or bed tanning.

Even after a procedure is finished, UV rays can still cause skin damage or discolouration and making sure that the skin isn’t further aggravated is important if patients wish to avoid problems.

Woman getting laser hair removal on her armpits

Laser hair removal history

We take modern laser hair removal technology for granted and don’t often consider the long history of research that has gone into creating it. Through five iterations of laser systems, spanning almost half a century, we can see the hard work that has lead to the pain-free and highly effective systems we enjoy today.

Wave 1 Lasers: The 1960s

The first laser systems, developed in the 1960s, were known are Wave 1 Lasers. These lasers were unable to emit pulses of light and instead used continuous waves. This lack of laser control made hair removal dangerous, doctors being unable to know that skin wouldn’t be harmed by the inaccurate system. One of the most significant advances during this period of time was the Q-Switch Laser, a design by Dr. Leon Goldman that used shuttering light emissions (that functioned much like the lens of a camera) to more safely destroy hair without damaging surrounding skin tissue.

Wave 2 Lasers: The 1970s

Wave 2 Lasers were created in the 1970s and built on the research and development of the previous decade. Wave 2 technology was more accurate, able to target individual follicles through fibre-optic probes. Even though these systems represented a huge advancement in the science of laser hair removal, it still involved significant pain and wasn’t effective enough to warrant mainstream acceptance.

Wave 3 Lasers: The 1980s

The use of Wave 3 Lasers was able to solve the problem of pain and skin damage but unable to provide adequate results. Laser hair removal at this time was continuing to evolve in significant ways but was still unable to offer satisfactory results for patients.

Wave 4 Lasers: The Mid-1990s

Laser hair removal began to come into its own around the mid-1990s. Wave 4 Lasers, appearing in 1995, were the first to gain FDA approval. Patients that underwent Wave 4 Laser treatment had the target site coated in a carbon-based lotion that lasers would heat, resulting in the release of a shock wave that destroyed the follicle. Although this system was effective it still harmed nearby skin cells due to a lack of accuracy.

Wave 5 Lasers: 1997 to Today

The Wave 5 Laser, released in 1997, was also cleared by the FDA. It used technology that still forms the basis of modern systems, targeting melanin in a patient’s hair. The problem of pain was solved with cooling technology that also worked to reduce side effects. The refinement of Wave 5 Lasers continues today and has given patients the ability to enjoy fantastic results without fear of any significant side effects.

Top 10 ways laser hair removal can help you

Laser hair removal can improve your life in 10 ways. Here’s how:

Woman enjoying a drink on the beach with smooth hair free skin.

1. Improvement, At The Beach

Going to the beach can be a nightmare when swimsuits and bathing trunks leave unwanted hair exposed. After laser hair removal you can enjoy summer and vacations fully, taking confidence in smooth skin that is free of irritating or unsightly hair.

2. More Money Saved in the Long Term

After laser hair removal there’s no more need to purchases expensive razors, refill blades or waxing products. While many of us don’t consider exactly how much we actually spend on these products, taking them off of our budget can lead to enormous savings.

3. More Convenience

A lessened or removed need for shaving saves not only money but time as well. Laser hair removal leaves you free of the need to take time out of your busy schedule for shaving, waxing appointments and other routine chores.

4. Generally, Less Pain Than Waxing

Waxing is the most effective, non-procedural solution for hair removal but, unfortunately, it’s also extremely painful. Laser hair removal allows you to avoid having to ever again undergo a waxing session by permanently removing hair through a gentle treatment.

5. Bid Farewell To Ingrowns

Ingrown hairs can be painful and even dangerous, causing irritation and redness. Laser hair treatment can cure ingrown hairs or stop them from ever having the chance to develop.

6. Better Results

Shaving and waxing are, as we all know, only temporary measures for hair removal. Modern laser treatments provide long-lasting and more noticeable results than any of the alternatives.

7. Cleaner Appearance

Laser hair treatment can reduce the appearance of stubble or unruly hairs surrounding eyebrows or sideburns. Clean up your brows or other facial features without having to worry about continued maintenance.

8. Short Treatment Time

Unlike shaving, waxing or even electrolysis, laser hair removal takes only a small amount of time to have performed. Sessions are quick and require almost no recovery time.

9. A Better Love Life

Unsightly hair can be embarrassing in intimate situations but, with laser hair removal, you can enjoy smooth skin and never have to worry about stray hairs or stubble again.

10. Overall Confidence

Last — but definitely not least — of the reasons why laser hair removal is such a great idea is because it can build your confidence. There’s no reason to live life suffering the embarrassment that comes with unwanted body or facial hair.

The Growth Cycle of Hair

Laser hair removal offers patients the ability to have permanent hair reduction, but the technology is only effective on certain growth phases of a hair.

What is the Growth Cycle of Hair?

Our hair grows in repeated stages that serve to refresh our follicles through continuous shedding and re-growth. Understanding the stages of this cycle is important toward seeing how laser hair removal functions and what it does to ensure that your results are reliable and long-lasting.

Anagen is the first stage of hair growth (and is the stage in which laser removal is most effective). During anagen, the hair has surfaced above the skin, is visible and can be treated most easily. This stage typically lasts for two to three weeks.

Catagen is the second stage and immediately follows anagen. During this stage the hair prepares to shed, with moisture levels decreasing. The length of this stage varies greatly (depending on the individual) and may be as short as two days in many cases.

The telogen stage is the final step of the cycle and is characterized by simply remaining as is, neither growing or developing.  Treatment during this stage is almost impossible and it can range in length from days to years.

Why Can Laser Hair Removal Only Target Actively Growing Hair?

Laser hair removal intends to reduce the growth of hair by interfering with stages of the hair growth cycle, stopping new development.The anagen stage, when hair is actively growing, provides enough water and salt throughout the root area to allow for electrolysis and easier laser treatments. The hair shaft, during anagen, is attached to the papilla and lasers can thus target the skin’s melanin, disabling the papilla and halting further regrowth. It is more difficult to treat hair that is within the catagen stage but it is still possible because hair remains visible above the surface. Salt, water and moisture has begun to dry up, however, making electrolysis impossible and also making laser hair removal treatment less ideal than in anagen.

Hair cannot be treated when it’s in the telogen stage. Lasers, during telogen, cannot target the melanin in the hair shaft (which is necessary for disabling the papilla) because, by this point, the shaft has become fully detached from the papilla.

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