September 17th, 2019
Laser hair removal can be life-changing for those dealing with troublesome stubble or unsightly facial hair.
Though if you’re considering this procedure, it pays to research first to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that minimizes the appearance of unwanted hair. It’s the best option for those who are consistently waxing, threading, shaving, or tweezing, as it offers a more permanent approach to getting rid of annoying hair.
Ensure The Right Type of Laser Is Being Used
When the correct wavelength of laser light is utilized to eliminate and reduce the growth of unwanted hair permanently, we minimize any collateral damage to the surrounding skin. The three most prominent kinds of lasers are:
The Diode: very effective for light and dark skin.
The Alexandrite: the fastest of all laser types. Works best for handling larger areas for those who have light-to-olive skin tones.
Nd:YAG: This laser can be utilized safely on all skin types, though it is less effective for light or fine hair.
It’s Not As Uncomfortable As It Sounds
While the thought of zapping the hair off of your face can sound daunting, the advancements within the technology have made it much more comfortable. The laser systems used at SpaMedica have built-in cooling systems that significantly reduce the discomfort.
We also use a type of topical anesthetic cream to minimize the pain and are equipped with a GentleMAX Pro laser. This uses a spray of cryogen to cool the skin before the laser beam is discharged. If you’re anxious about the pain, we also offer the use of Pro-Nox, a modern, inhalational nitrous oxide.
It’s clear to see that laser hair removal procedures have become very comfortable!
You May Need To Stop Using Your Medication
Like all other medical procedures, some pre-care steps need to be taken. If you are taking any photosensitive medication, it must be stopped at least one week before your appointment. It’s important to note that many antibiotics prescribed for infections can be photosensitive, so it may be necessary to push your treatment back.
You Must Arrive Shaved
Unlike waxing, patients are encouraged to arrive to their appointments with the area shaved quite short, with a bit of stubble protruding from the skin, so that the laser can penetrate the root of the hair. It’s also vital to not wax, tweeze, or bleach the area approximately one month before your session. The root of the hair needs to stay intact for the laser to destroy it effectively.
Laser Hair Removal Needs More Than One Session
Although the area on your face where troublesome hair appears may be small, treatments must be performed as soon as there is regrowth after your previous session. Generally, five treatments, spanning every four to six weeks after each session, will result in 80% of hair reduction in 50% of SpaMedica patients.
After patients have completed five-treatments, many join the SpaMedica hair removal club. This allows them to receive a low-cost, fast laser removal session, which will provide a prolonged sleeping phase within the hair follicles of months in duration.
Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto with our team of professionals today and learn more about our laser hair removal treatments that will work for you.