Laser hair removal is one of the most common esthetic procedures performed. It can be used for removal of unwanted hair on any part of your body, male or female.
This popular treatment removes the need for repeated waxing and shaving. However, it must be done properly and with the proper types of lasers. Not all lasers work on all skin colours. In fact, some lasers are dangerous, especially for darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick IV, V and VI). This is important to know because only a trained operator can tell you what is safe for you and what types of results you can expect.
In most cases, significant improvement will be seen after 2-3 treatments but most people will require 6-8 treatments to get the best results. After treatment it can take up to three weeks for the hair follicle to die and for the hair to fall out.
HOW DO LASERS WORK?
Lasers emit light of a particular wavelength which is absorbed by pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. This heats up the follicle which dies (in actively growing hair) and drops out after 1-3 weeks. Treatments are repeated every 3-4 weeks until a satisfactory result is obtained.
WHAT LASERS DO WE USE?
At NU Med, we use the Candela GentleYAG and GentleLase lasers. These two lasers allow us to treat all skin colours from Type 1 (very light skin) to Type VI (very dark skin). Your initial appointment will include an assessment of your skin type, the quality of the hair you want removed and the areas involved.
HOW MUCH DOES TREATMENT COST?
This depends on the area involved. Our Price List shows the cost per treatment. In addition, we do offer packages of 3 or 6 treatments to make this treatment more affordable for you.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
When this is carefully done by experienced laser hair removal physicians, nurses or technicians, the risks are very uncommon. The risks can be reduced by avoiding sun tanning (tanning beds or in the sun) for 4 weeks before and after treatment.
- Hyperpigmentation (excess darkening) or hypopigmentation (loss of colour) in the treated area
- In rare cases, there can be burns to the skin which can cause scarring
- Redness in the treatment area can occur and last from an hour to two days.
WHO CAN HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Anyone can be a candidate for laser hair removal if the hair contains pigment. Unfortunately it does not work with grey, white, red and some blonde hair. For clients under the age of 18, we do require a signed consent by a parent or guardian.
WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
- During pregnancy
- Active herpes infection in the area of concern
- History of keloid scar formation
- Active skin infections such as eczema, active herpes
- Recent use of Accutane
- Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus or vitiligo