Excessive or unwanted body hair is a frustration for both men and women. Both sexes struggle with hair removal methods that are painful, and not even worth the effort.
For years, shaving and waxing were the go-to (and only) choices for body hair removal. However, nobody enjoyed the pain, or the cost of buying the products over and over again. Years later, creams were introduced into the hair removal market. This cut down on the pain factor, but the effects were still short-lived.
If you're shaving, waxing or plucking your unwanted body hair, stop immediately! Laser hair removal can actually save you a considerable amount of money, as well as time and effort.
At our clinic, we offer treatments from 3 different types of machines: the Soprano laser, the CoolGlide Excel laser and the Harmony IPL.
Which type of machine is best for you will depend on a number of factors, which we will go over during your assessment.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The laser light energy targets pigment called melanin. This pigment is in hair and throughout the skin. The darker your skin, the more melanin it contains. You need more absorption of laser light energy by the melanin in the hair root than by melanin in the skin, thereby destroying the hair follicle but preserving the skin.
Different lasers use different wave lengths to accommodate different skin pigments, which obviously can be determined by your race or tan.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right For Me?
Women most commonly treat their upper lip, chin, bikini line, underarms, and lower legs. Whereas men most commonly opt for treatment on their neck, shoulders, chest, and back.
Also, the darker the hair color the better. Dark hair absorbs more light, which makes more heat to damage the follicle. Coarse hair also generates a lot of heat, which helps to target the cells of the follicle that make the hair.
Laser treatment is ineffective on blonde and white hair, because it contains little or no melanin. Red hair is also difficult to treat.
Are There Side Effects?
Laser hair removal is very safe, with absolutely no risk of skin cancer.
The wavelength of light that produces skin cancer is in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum. The CoolGlide and Soprano produce light at the opposite end of the spectrum in the infrared range. The Harmony IPL has filters that block out the light in the ultraviolet range.
Some of the slight side effects you may experience include:
- Some slight pain, which can vary from person to person
- Mild redness that lasts an hour or two
- Rare cases of burning and blistering. Blistering may lead to permanent scarring.
- Pigment changes can occur. This can be increased pigmentation or decreased pigmentation in the treated area. Increased pigmentation can be treated with creams. There is no treatment for decreased pigmentation.
- A light-induced rash (photodermatitis), which can be intensely itchy but goes away on its own in a few days. It can be treated with cortisone cream.
How to Get Started
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you with your hair removal today. You can contact us by calling 905.853.3200 or you can click here to book an appointment.