As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, laser hair removal offers quick and highly effective results. Developed in the early 1960s and approved by the FDA in 1997, this simple laser treatment is the best hair removal solution to date. It can significantly reduce or even eliminate that unwanted, embarrassing hair for both men and women. In addition, it is a great alternative to traditional hair removal methods, such as shaving, waxing and/or tweezing, which never seem to suffice.
Laser hair removal is available at Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic for the safe reduction of unwanted hair from any part of the face or body. As one of Ottawa’s premier laser clinics for hair removal, our team is headed by trained and experienced specialist, Dr. Demetra Vassiliou.
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Hair Removal
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Does Laser Hair Removal permanently get rid of hair?
Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
Can I still remove hair between treatments?
Is laser hair removal safe?
Are there any side effects?
How can I prevent laser hair removal side effects?
Am I a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
What areas can Laser Hair Removal Treat?
How Many Laser Treatments will I Need?
How far apart are my treatments scheduled?
What is the cost of Laser Hair Removal?
What is the wave length output of the laser?
In-Office Laser Treatments vs. Laser Hair Removal Products
A specialized laser emits a light, which absorbs into the pigment of each hair follicle. Then, it converts into heat energy and disables the hair follicle’s ability from producing a new strand of hair.
No – that is a common misconception. The majority of clients will see permanent reduction in hair when a series of treatments is completed. Unfortunately not all will so we cannot guarantee permanent hair removal as of yet.
Yes and no. While you may experience minor discomfort, you will likely be able to tolerate the treatment very well. Depending on the site being treated, your health care provider may apply topical anesthetics for optimal comfort.
Yes, you can shave or trim your hair. However, you should not pluck, wax or use depilatory creams, as these remove hair from within the follicle and thus interfere with the laser treatment.
Generally speaking, yes. The laser treatment does not damage the surrounding skin as it absorbs into the hair follicles. However, some parts of your body are more sensitive than others, and thus the skin may become red and tender. This will go down within a few hours. In some cases, the skin can temporarily darken or lighten. In extremely rare cases, blistering may occur.
Some parts of your body are more sensitive than others and after laser treatments your skin may appear red. This will go down within a few hours. In some cases, the skin can either become darker or lighter. You can help minimize these effects by avoiding sun exposure for at least 4 weeks prior to and during treatment while also using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher throughout the course. In extremely rare cases blistering may occur.
Proper laser hair removal aftercare includes avoiding any excessive heat, such as steam rooms, showers and exercise, for 24-48 hours. You can also minimize side effects by avoiding sun exposure for at least 4 weeks prior to and during treatment, as well as using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Dr. Vassiliou will advise you of any additional aftercare requirements based on your distinct case.
Laser technology works by targeting dark pigments: Therefore, it works best on pale skin with dark, coarse hair. The lighter the skin and the darker and more coarse the hair, the better are the results.
5 Main Treatment Areas
Facial hair removal – Face hair removal includes your lower and upper lip, chin, and sides of the face.
Bikini laser hair removal – Also known as Brazilian laser hair removal, this is done on and around the pubic area.
Back hair removal – This includes both your upper and lower back.
Underarm hair removal – The primary focus is your underarms.
Leg hair removal – This includes both your upper legs (bikini area to knee) and lower legs (knee to foot).
Note: Laser hair removal for men involves essentially the same main treatment areas.
The entire laser hair removal process spans at least 6-8 treatments and sometimes up to 10-12 treatments. Hair grows in 8-12 week cycles, which means that several sessions are needed in order to affect all hair in a given area.
Due to length of hair growth cycles, treatments are usually needed once every 8-12 weeks. Hair cycle length varies depending on the body part. The face usually requires more frequent treatments (about 8 weeks apart) whereas legs and back need less frequent treatments (closer to 12 weeks apart).
Laser hair removal costs vary depending on the size, complexity, and other factors unique to the area being treated. When you come in for your free initial consultation, Dr. Vassiliou will be able to offer a more accurate quote based on your individual needs.
To learn more about the best permanent hair removal in Ottawa, please call us at 613-667-9455 or email us today.
The wavelength output is 800 to 950 nm. It has pulse widths up to 400 ms, and a fiber bundle delivery for the most comfortable and effective treatment available from a high-power hair removal laser.
Today’s hair removal products can be successful at removing hair from various parts of your body for long-lasting results. However, these products cannot fully disable the hair follicles, which is why permanent hair removal can only be achieved through an in-office treatment.