Laser hair removal is FDA approved for permanent hair REDUCTION.
The Lightsheer™ Laser’s cold handpiece greatly reduces any discomfort during treatment. You will experience a sting or pinch similar to the snap of a rubber band or tingling sensation when the pulsed light is delivered. No local anesthesia or pain medication is usually needed as most patients tolerate the treatment well.
Arm - before treatment
Arm after treatment
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Discontinue waxing, threading, plucking, tweezing, sugaring, and electrolysis at least four weeks prior to laser treatment. The area must be shaved to be treated on the day of, or day before, treatments. Also, limit sun exposure and discontinue glycolic, Retin-A®, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids three days prior to laser hair removal treatment.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
The number of laser hair removal treatments needed for good long-term benefits depends on the area treated, the hair density, and your hair's growth cycle. Your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence its growth. A session may be a few minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the size of the area being treated. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication, and metabolism all play a role in your hair's location, thickness, and strength. Taking off the hair does not make it grow back thicker, darker, or quicker. In fact, the opposite is usually the case. The laser may cause the hair to come back slower and thinner following removal. Our patients have been pleased with the results of laser hair removal.
After treatment, the area is cleansed and you can return to your normal activities immediately. The area treated may be slightly red, swollen, and tender, and can usually last 12 to 24 hours. We also recommend our patients wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on a daily basis on any treated areas exposed to the sun. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for one week and, as always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure. Post-treatment residual, burned hair will remain in the follicle and it can take seven to 21 days for this to reach the surface of the skin. These hairs can be removed with a washcloth and warm water. In between laser treatments, hair can be clipped or shaved, but NO OTHER REMOVAL METHODS should be used. At each treatment approximately 20 to 25 percent of hairs are in the correct growth stage needed for treatment, and with a series of five to eight treatments almost all hairs should be treated.
Short term side effects may include slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which typically lasts less than an hour, although rarely may last a few days. In rare instances there may be some blistering and/or scabbing following treatment.
Dermal Skin and Laser Centre will help you eliminate the need for shaving, waxing, or plucking unwanted hair.
ABOUT THE LIGHTSHEER LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Now there is a better solution for unwanted hair...
You may be surprised to learn that just about your entire body is covered with hair. Because most of this hair is fine and pale, it usually is not visible to the naked eye. In fact, you may be surprised to know that the largest number of hair follicles is actually on your forehead.
But when darker, coarser hair appears in places we do not like or expect like on the face, neck, abdomen, breasts, or arms or prevents us from wearing a high-cut bathing suit, shorts, or even a short skirt, it may be time to consider hair removal with the LightSheer™ Diode Laser.
Understanding hair removal
In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair were plucking, shaving, waxing, or chemical depilatories. Some are painful, some are messy and all are only temporary.
For long-term hair removal, electrolysis is popular and effective but can be painful and slow. Hair by hair, an electric current passes through a needle to destroy the hair root's ability to grow. It typically takes months or even years of regular visits even for small areas, like the upper lip. Risks include electrical shock, infection, and pitting or scarring.
Now there's a more effective solution, the new LightSheer™ Diode Laser, a state-of-the-art system specially designed to remove unwanted hair faster, less painfully, and more reliably than electrolysis.
Understanding laser treatment
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers produce different colors of Iight.The color of light produced by a particular laser is the key to its effect on hair follicles.
The light emitted by the LightSheer Diode Laser is absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles.The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling several follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair's regrowth.
Importantly, LightSheer's special contact-cooling hand-piece is perfect for a woman's and man's sensitive skin. It directs the laser energy to the hair root while protecting and cooling the surrounding skin.
What you can expect
The length of a laser session may be a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. Because the laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, more than one treatment is required to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter this growth phase.
Laser treatment itself may cause a slight tingling sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. But because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia is always available.
The appearance of the treated area immediately after a laser session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment and skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. Most people return to normal activity right away. We will be happy to tell you more about your treatment and what you can expect during your consultation.