Can you imagine a life free of shaving, tweezing or waxing? You could just shower and go, ingrown hairs and razor burn wouldn’t exist, you could feel confident when rubbing up against…anyone. Not to mention the time, money and aggravation you’d save.
Well, retire your razors and cancel your waxing appointments because those very temporary solutions can be replaced with something way more effective: laser hair removal.
Whether you’re suffering from excessive hair growth, you don’t want to waste hours on other hair removal methods, or ingrowns and irritation are making you feel self-conscious, your laser technician will work with you to treat you as efficiently and comfortably as possible. We deliver pulses of laser energy to the area being treated to disable the follicle and prevent it from producing hair again. Over the course of several sessions, we can target hairs as they’re in their active growth phase ensuring they don’t come back.
In addition to zapping hair at the root, the dermal heating from the laser tightens skin (hello, bonus anti-aging powers!), shrinks pores, boosts cell turnover to heal scars from nicks and ingrown hairs, eliminates bacteria and blemishes and leaves you glowing.
The best part? At our Vancouver laser hair removal clinic we use the CUTERA laser hair removal machine, so laser hair removal is available to everyone, regardless of skin or hair type, and the process is faster, safer and more effective than ever before. Whether your skin is fair or dark, we’ve got you covered.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Benefits of the CUTERA Laser Hair Removal Machine:
- A non-invasive, gentle (we promise!) technique that banishes undesirable hair from most parts of the body
- The only medical grade system with all four devices (IPL, Diode, Alexandrite and Nd:YAG) required for hair removal on every type of hair and skin color
- Our expert laser technicians can customize treatment specifically to you and your skin’s needs
- Energy levels are consistent throughout the treatment, which ensures it’s safe and will not burn skin or damage the surrounding cells
- Provides varying levels of penetration for hard to treat areas, meaning greater efficiency and treatment times that are up to 10x faster than traditional systems
- Minimal discomfort
- May treat thicker, thinner and even lighter-colored hair
- Can remedy ingrown hairs and shaving bumps
- Replaces waxing, shaving, electrolysis, bleaching and depilatory creams
- Less painful than waxing or threading
- No downtime
- No need to grow the hair out between treatments (goodbye awkward stubbly period)
- Cost-effective in the long term
- May make skin and complexion more uniform
- Dark skin pigmentation due to hair follicles will disappear
What does laser hair removal treatment feel like?
A: We use a combination of cooling gel and a CoolGlide handheld device, which cools and soothes the skin as it glides along. When a pulse is delivered, it feels like you are getting your skin blow dried. If you’ve ever waxed, then this will be a walk in the park for you. Laser hair removal is much less painful and much less aggressive. We adjust our settings based on your threshold because your body tells us what your skin really needs to respond in a safe and effective way. No local anesthesia or pain medication is necessary; it should never throw you off the bed like waxing. However, sometimes patients prefer to “feel nothing at all.” If this sounds like you, then we recommend a topical anesthetic to numb sensitive areas when they are being treated. If you are at all at nervous we encourage you to talk to one of our specialists because we can make treatments quite comfortable.
What happens after laser hair removal treatment?
A: The area might be slightly red and swollen immediately after hopping off the table. Three to seven days after treatment, you may experience what seems to be a regrowth of hair. Don’t panic! Most of these hairs are being shed as a result of the laser and aren’t actually sprouting up again. Between treatments, don’t wax or tweeze your hair as this can irritate the follicle. It’s totally fine to shave though.
What are the possible side effects of laser hair removal?
A: The most common side effects are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, very similar to sunburn. However, these effects usually only last for a few hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur, although this isn’t likely. Very few patients experience side effects, but it could depend on your hair thickness and the area being treated. Consult with your NuAGE laser clinician for complete information on the benefits and risks of laser hair removal that correspond with your skin type.
How does laser hair removal work?
A: Laser hair removal involves delivering pulses of intense light down the hair shaft to the follicle through a handheld device. The heat destroys the follicle and it can no longer produce hair.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
A: Most areas require four to eight treatments. However, the number of treatments needed for optimal, long-term results depends on a few things including hair thickness, the area of the body being treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Here’s a fun fact for you: Not all hairs are actively growing at the same time and they actually go through three distinct phases: growth, regression and resting. Laser hair removal treatments work by disabling the hair in its active growth phase (only 20% of body hairs are in active growth cycle at once). Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
How does laser hair removal compare with electrolysis?
A: Electrolysis is not pleasant. It’s a tedious, invasive and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and administering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. Laser hair removal delivers light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, allowing it to effectively treat an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolysis.