At Laser Health Works we are constantly upgrading our services and adding additional services to meet your needs. We want to stay current and provide our clients with the most up to date technology and treatments.
We therefore provide laser hair removal with LightSheer™ Diode Lasers – the world’s most advanced treatment for effective removal of unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth.
Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair. Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes several laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed as well.
Why have Laser Hair removal
Laser hair removal is used to remove unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area.
Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. For example, laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. People who have darker skin can also attempt laser hair removal, but the laser beam may also affect the melanin in the skin. Laser hair removal isn’t generally effective for white, blond or gray hair — although treatment options for lighter hair continue to be investigated.
Laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. Some hair may be resistant to the laser treatment or may grow again after treatment — although the new hair growth may be finer and lighter in color.
What Areas Can be Treated?
Laser hair removal can be done on every body part except the eyebrows. This area is too close to the optic nerve and we do not like to treat this region. It is also impossible to treat this region because the laser cannot give the precise treatment line required for shaping eyebrows.
What to Expect
Before laser hair removal, you’ll be fitted with special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. The doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment. Don’t apply topical anesthetic on your own, unless your doctor provides specific instructions for safe application.
During treatment, a laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers produce different colours (wavelengths) of light. The colour of light produced by a particular laser is the key to its effect on the desired tissue.
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. The heat generated by the pigmented portion is transferred to the hair follicle. Here the heat damages the stem cells that are responsible for growth of a new hair.
A series of treatments are needed as only the hairs in the anagen phase of growth are affected. There are three phases of hair growth, anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen is the active phase of growth , so when hairs are in this phase of growth the laser is most effective. 20 -30 % of your hair is in this phase of growth at anytime on your body.
Therefore, after one treatment there will be a reduction of about 20-30 % of your. An average of four treatments are needed for the body and 6 treatments for the face. There is also a waiting period between treatments to allow the next group of anagen hairs to be ready to be treated. 8 weeks between treatments for the body and 6 weeks between treatments for the face is recommended.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
The laser needs a stub of hair in the follicle in order to transfer the heat to the stem cells. Therefore we recommend that you wait 4 weeks from your last waxing, plucking or electrolysis session before your first laser treatment. You can shave the area right up to two days prior to treatment. Trim longer hairs on face with scissors if these aggravate you during this waiting period. If you bleach your hair, wait 1 week from last bleaching before treatment.
It is essential that hair is present on the skin so you must not wax, tweeze,thread or have electrolysis for 3-4 weeks before your first session
You can manage your hair by shaving, trimming, bleaching or using products like “Nair” or “Neet”
Tanning and Laser Hair Removal do not go well together. If you have a dark tan on the day of treatment, we will delay the treatment. After treatment, we ask you to avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks. This means no tanning beds and application of at least a 30 SPF to the lasered areas.
We may elect not to treat for the following reasons:
- Cold Sores or genital herpes
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Accutane for acne
- History of keloid scarring
- Photosensitive medications
- Permanent makeup or tattoos
During the Procedure
The preparation time and consultation often takes far longer than the treatment. Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, may take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back, may take several hours.
During treatment, the doctor will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument or a cool gel may be used to protect your skin.
When the doctor activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the tiny sacs (follicles) where hair growth originates. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. You may feel a stinging sensation.
Importantly, LightSheer’s special contact-cooling hand-piece is perfect for sensitive skin. It directs the laser energy to the hair root while protecting and cooling the surrounding area.
After the Procedure
You may notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after laser hair removal. A stinging sensation may linger for a day or two. The affected skin may also become slightly crusty.
While you’re healing from laser hair removal, wash your skin gently with soap and water. Avoid picking at or vigorously scrubbing the affected skin. It’s also important to avoid sun exposure — both natural sunlight and tanning beds — for at least one week after treatment. After this period, use sunscreen whenever you’re in the sun
The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:
- Skin irritation – Temporary irritation, crusting or scabbing is possible after laser hair removal.
- Pigment changes – Laser hair removal may darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if an incorrect laser is used at an incorrect setting.
Rarely, laser hair removal may cause blistering, scarring or other changes in skin texture.
Here are some helpful tips following treatment:
- You can use sunburn products, a cool cloth or even ice as often as desired
- It is imperative to apply a sunblock with a minimum of SPF 30 on the treated area for 4 weeks following treatments
- The redness usually fades within 24 hrs
- The hairs can take up to 3 weeks to be expelled from the follicle
- You can assist the hairs to expel by shaving or using a loofah or dry face cloth on the area
- After treatment cool cloths or cool packs may be applied to the treated area. If the skin feels warm after treatment, more cooling should be done at home. The amount of ‘heat’ you may feel depends on how dark and course your hair is. Thick, course, dark hair usually results in more ‘heat’.
Results of laser hair removal vary greatly from person to person. Multiple treatments can prolong the duration of hair loss, but hair regrowth is still possible. For best results, you may need four to six treatments spaced a number of weeks apart. Additional periodic maintenance treatments — perhaps once every six to 12 months — may be needed as well.
More men and women are discovering how easy it is to get rid of unwanted body or facial hair. Our treatments are safe, effective, and now even faster and more comfortable. Laser treatment is effective for all body areas, on both men and women, on light brown to black hair. On average, 4-6 treatments are required. Prices are quoted per treatment.
Will it Work?
Our results are amazing! No more ingrown hairs, itchy-grow in period, shaving, time-consuming electrolysis, or painful waxing; just smooth, hair- free skin! Just think, a bikini treatment takes about 15 minutes. Four appointments, 15 minutes long and 8 weeks apart and ………no more shaving! You are always ready for the beach, pool or hot tub! Our studies are now up to 10 years. We have shown permanent reduction of hair for this period of time. We cannot say permanent as in ‘gone forever’, because this procedure has not been around ‘forever’. No laser will work on white, grey or really blond hair. The hair must have some pigment or colour in it to attract the laser energy. Therefore the laser will work on light brown to black hair. The LightSheer lasers that we use are the most current and up to date!