Lasers safely remove unwanted facial and body hair by selectively targeting melanin (pigment) inside the hair follicle, generating energy in the form of heat at the root of the hair, and destroying the hair without damaging the skin. For more detailed information on how Lasers work please refer to the Laser VS IPL page.
Laser hair removal treatments are extremely safe and our technicians are qualified laser therapists who also possess Laser Safety Certificates. The laser light emitted penetrates the skin and then enters the hair follicle. By doing so, the laser light succeeds in damaging the hair follicle, thus making it impossible to grow hair again. Though the laser light is transformed into heat when it reaches the follicle, it does not cause any harm to the skin.
No. In fact, the less hair there is on the surface the better. We want as much of the laser’s energy as possible to go down to the follicle where it is needed instead of just frying what hair is visible on the surface. You should arrive to your appointment with the area to be treated clean shaved. Having the area clean shaved will make the treatment less painful and more effective. It is very important that you do not tweeze, wax, use depilatory creams such as Nair or Veet, or use bleaching creams at least 4 weeks prior to your first appointment. All of these methods of hair removal destroy or remove the hair by the root. There absolutely needs to be an active hair follicle in the skin for the laser treatment to be effective. These methods are also not to be used in between your laser appointments. Instead, you can shave as often as you like. If you desire to keep some hair in the area being treated (for example: goatee on man’s face when lasering the rest of the facial hair or landing strip when treating Brazilian area), please leave this hair unshaved and visible so the technician can see where not to laser.
Most people generally need 6-8 treatments per area treated. That is why we offer packages of 6. However, 6 is not a magical number, it is just a good starting average for most people. Some people might need more than the initial 6 treatments to achieve their desired results. Some sites, especially the facial area, tend to require more due to hormonal factors, hair depth and density. It is important to be well aware that everyone’s bodies are different and may respond differently, and different sites on the same person can even respond differently.
Your body has three different hair growth cycles. Anagen (active growth phase), can last up to several years. At any given time, the majority (30-85%) of our body hair, depending on the area, is in this phase. During Anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin. Catagen (regressive phase) lasts about two weeks, during which the hair stops growing but not yet shed. About 3-4% of our body hair is in this phase at any given time. Telogen (resting phase) lasts 5-6 weeks, at the end of which the hair falls out and new hair begins to form. Approximately 15-70% of our body hair is in this phase at any one time. Laser only works on hair that is in theactive growth phase. Doing the recommended amount of treatments at the recommended time intervals assures treatment of as many active follicles as possible. In turn this assures the best results.
It depends on the area. Face and neck should be treated every 4 weeks. Underarms, bikini, abdomen, arms and buttocks should be treated every 6 weeks. Legs, chest and back should be treated every 8 to 10 weeks. Your results will be gradual and cumulative with each treatment. We all want instant results but laser hair removal is a process, one that is well worth it!
The length of an individual laser hair removal treatment is determined by the density of hair growth and overall size of the area to be treated. Small areas may take as little as 5 minutes, while larger areas, such as the back or legs, may require up to 30 minutes.
Your skin has just experienced trauma from the laser. For most people there will be some erythema (redness) and edema (small raised welt like bumps). Your skin may also be a little swollen. Areas that have very thick, dark dense hair will be more prone to this. It may feel similar to the sensation of sunburn. This usually resolves 15-45 minutes after treatment, however it can persist for a day or two in some clients. Use of a topical 1% hydrocortisone and cold packs post treatment can help ease this reaction. A soothing cooling gel will always be applied to your skin by the therapist immediately after treatment. It is recommended you continue moisturising at home after and in between treatments. Moisturisers are available for purchase for your home care routine. Mineral makeup will also be applied upon request when facial laser hair removal has been performed.
Compared to a lifetime of waxing, shaving or purchasing depilatory creams, laser hair removal is very affordable. Price is based on the size of the area to be treated.
All areas can be treated on both men and women including:
Beard with Throat
Full Legs w/Bikini Line
The FDA (Food & Drug Association) does not allow any laser company to claim permanent hair removal. Any company that does is falsely advertising. You will have a permanent hair reduction. Most people will see about 80-90% reduction or more. The majority of the hair that does grow back will be lighter, finer and slower growing. Your body is always changing, and new hair growth can be triggered by such things as hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause, age, medication, disease, obesity, etc. You have millions and millions of hair follicles, and it is unrealistic to expect all of the hair to go away forever. We recommend coming in every six months to a year for a touch-up treatment to maintain your results from your initial treatments.
Laser treatment cannot make more hair. The important thing to keep in mind is that our bodies are constantly changing and as we age, some people will lose body hair and some may grow more in new places. Laser can destroy your hair follicles but cannot prevent new ones from developing.
Laser hair removal will definitely help to reduce hair in any area of the face or body, because the heat from the laser device is so strong that it severely and permanently damages the hair follicles. However, there is something called vellus hair, or peach fuzz hair, which is very fine hair that can appear anywhere on the skin, and this hair can be difficult to treat. For reasons that the experts are still not completely sure of, the laser can have a hard time in treating and eliminating these hairs. In addition to the vellus hairs, single sparse hairs can also react similarly.
One theory is that the beam from the laser hair removal machine is easily absorbed by normal, dark, long hairs, also called terminal hair, but that vellus hair has a harder time absorbing this light due to their finer texture. This can result in the vellus hairs not being completely destroyed, but only minimally damaged. The smaller damage that wasn’t really “enough” can make the vellus hairs try to repair themselves by supplying more blood to the hair follicles and thereby be able to grow longer and stronger. After all, hair protects our skin and our bodies are programmed to produce it. It appears that the fine hair can be especially hard to get rid of because it provides warmth and shields the skin.
So how can one make sure that laser hair removal does not stimulate hair growth? One way would be to avoid treating the fine hairs. While it may be very tempting to treat them, they are rarely visible to anyone and it is best to leave them alone. In fact, there are laser hair removal clinics that refuse to treat vellus hairs because they have received reports of more hair growth in areas where the vellus hair was treated.
The normal hairs, the ones that are long, dark and highly visible, also called terminal hairs, are the only type of hair that should be treated.
It should also be noted hormonal, possible medications, and underlining conditions can also promote hair growth.
The LightSheer Duet is designed to treat tanned and darker skin types safely as well as light skin. However, it is best to be as pale as you can possibly be while having laser treatments. The laser is attracted to pigment (colour) and cannot tell the difference between the pigment in the hair follicle and the pigment in the skin. The laser will just heat everything that is dark. The darker the colour of the skin, the more competition the hair has. This lessens the effectiveness of the treatment. It is also important that spray tanning, self tanning creams and lotions, tanning beds and direct unprotected sun exposure on the areas to be treated be discontinued two weeks prior to laser treatments. The risk of burns and blisters is higher with recently tanned skin and darker skin types. When you are filling out paper work, we will ask you a series of questions to help determine if you are a good candidate.
Unfortunately no. Simply put, laser hair removal works when the light energy emitted by the laser is reflected by the pale skin around the hair, but absorbed by the darker pigment in the hair. Light/red hair does not absorb the energy (while dark skin absorbs too much of it, resulting in burns). But when a dark hair surrounded by pale skin absorbs the light energy, it is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair and the root, damaging the follicle and preventing regrowth. Therefore the darker and thicker the hair is, the better the results. Hair that is lighter and finer in nature may be treated but may need more treatments.
The hormones of pregnancy can often accelerate the hair growth cycles and reduce the effectiveness of laser hair removal. You may resume treatments 30 days after giving birth. This time allows your hormones to return to their normal levels.
There is not a minimum age requirement. It is common for teenage girls to receive laser hair removal treatments on areas such as the upper lip and underarms. Due to hormonal changes during puberty, we prefer clients to be past the prime of puberty prior to treatment. Generally we do not recommend laser hair removal for young teens or children since there are many hormonal changes yet to come in these younger clients and their results will likely not be long lasting. If a client is under 18, we require a parent to sign parental consent forms.
Absolutely! That is one of the best and most common reasons people get laser hair removal. Laser hair removal will greatly reduce if not eliminate ingrown hairs and irritation from shaving and waxing.
Yes. This does not create a problem for the laser or the technicians. Some women do find that they are more sensitive to pain just prior to or during their period and schedule their appointments accordingly. This applies to areas besides bikini as well.
Yes, we provide Brazilian laser treatments for both female and male clients. Our technicians are experienced and professional. Receiving a Brazilian laser treatment is really not as awkward or painful as people picture in their minds.
We can laser the area in-between the eyebrows, (sometimes referred to as the uni-brow or mono-brow). We cannot precisely shape the eyebrows with laser like you can with tweezers, wax or electrolysis due to the spot size. Treating below the eyebrow also poses a hazard to the eye.
No. The laser would pull some of the pigment out of the tattoo and the intense heat from going over the pigment would burn and blister the skin. We will carefully work around any tattoos in the area to be treated. This is good to keep in mind BEFORE getting a tattoo if an area has unwanted hair and requires laser hair removal.
Some people have heard stories of pain, injury and poor outcomes or perhaps experienced these things first hand. Laser hair removal doesn’t have to be that way.
After talking to many clients who have experienced such things in other clinics, we have gained a greater knowledge as to why these things were happening. Some of these include:
Clients not being educated on laser hair removal by the clinic (“No one ever told me that”)
Clients not being given pre and post-care instructions
Undertrained/inexperienced staff performing treatments
Lasers being used on clients who were not suitable candidates
Providers overpromised or set unrealistic expectations
We strive to make sure every client’s experience is a positive one. We want to educate and inform clients with honest answers.