Is there anything more tedious than constantly shaving body hair? It seems no matter how much or how often we shave, the hair just keeps coming back. In certain seasons, such as summer, keeping up with body hair growth can become like a full-time job. Is there a solution? At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Center in Guelph, ON, we offer a few laser hair removal options. Laser hair removal in Toronto can save you a lot of time and frustration.
Before you call to schedule your initial consultation, learn everything you need to know about laser hair removal in Toronto with our list of 9 frequently asked questions. If you still have questions about this treatment, please call and ask our expert staff.
9 FAQ About Laser Hair Removal in Toronto
1. What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal in Toronto is a fast and easy way to end constant shaving, waxing, and plucking. At Guelph Medical Laser, we offer two popular laser hair removal treatments. Any kind of laser hair removal uses high-tech lasers to remove visible hair and stop the growth of new hair. The lasers are designed to be gentle on the skin but aggressive on hair follicles to remove hair and reduce hair growth.
Lumenis LightSheer Diode
This is a method of laser hair removal that uses both heated high-performance lasers and contact cooling technology. Lumenis is a wildly popular option for laser hair removal treatment that is quickly becoming the gold standard for this type of technology. This treatment is particularly popular for how quick the treatment sessions are.
This is an innovative solution for laser hair removal on patients with medium to dark skin pigment. Because of the longer wavelengths of the laser and the unique design of the Cutera device, this method is generally viewed as a safer option for patients with darker complexions. This is also a method that can be used for patients with more sensitive skin types.
At your initial consultation, we will help you determine which of these laser hair removal methods is best for you.
2. How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Waxing, tweezing, and shaving are all tried-and-true methods of hair removal, but they come with plenty of downsides. Any traditional method of hair removal comes with skin irritation and the disappointing reality that the hair is going to grow back within the next week or so. The dream for any busy person is to have silky smooth skin without constant maintenance or razor burn.
It’s a dream that seems impossible until you consider alternative methods, such as laser hair removal. The main principle behind laser hair removal is to target the follicle where hair grows, not just the shaft of hair that we can see with the naked eye. Regardless of which method of laser hair removal you use, the heat of the laser is absorbed by the hair follicle, which essentially shocks the follicle into stopping hair growth.
3. Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Most people want to know if laser hair removal is a permanent solution to hair growth. You can think of laser hair removal as a temporary stun on the hair follicles in the area that is treated. While laser hair removal treatments will immediately remove the visible hair from your body, the real magic takes place beneath your skin. When the hair follicle is heated enough, it temporarily damages the follicle enough that future hair growth is halted for a time.
Laser hair removal is not necessarily a permanent solution to hair growth. However, repeated laser hair removal treatments over time can greatly reduce the amount and the thickness of the hair that grows back. If done correctly and done frequently enough, you can essentially stop hair growth on the majority of your body.
4. How Often Should I Have Laser Hair Removal in Toronto?
Many people wonder how often they should have laser hair removal. The frequency of your laser hair removal treatment sessions depends on a few factors, such as how well you respond to the treatment and the frequency of your hair growth. For most patients, 2 to 4 treatment sessions a year is enough to maintain the desired appearance. Other patients may schedule treatment sessions more or less frequently.
Frequency of Growth
A basic fact of hair removal is that hair grows back at different speeds on different places of the body. Your underarm and leg hair might grow much quicker than the tiny hairs on your arms or the hair at your bikini line. Additionally, hair grows back at different speeds for everyone.
The frequency of hair growth after laser hair removal depends on a few factors. Age can greatly affect how quickly hair grows on the body. Hormones are also a factor at play which can not only determine how quickly hair grows but also how thick the hair growth is. Genetics are also a determining factor for the frequency of your hair growth.
5. Where Can I Have
Laser Hair Removal?
Part of your initial consultation at our office will include discussing where you can have the treatment. Your initial appointment will go over a lot of information, such as your general medical history and your current medical status. We will examine both your skin and the hair on your body to make sure that laser hair removal is the best treatment option for you.
Part of the discussion at your consultation appointment is to get a general idea of how quickly and how thickly the hair on your body grows. Different areas of your body have different thinness or coarseness, which must be taken into account when you are considering this treatment. Areas of the body that are ideal for laser hair removal in Toronto include:
- Mid-face and neck
- Bikini area
Areas to Avoid
We advise against having laser hair removal done on certain areas of the face, particularly around the eyes and the brow line. The skin in these areas is particularly sensitive to the heat of lasers, and it is generally more risky to use laser treatments on these areas. For facial hair, including peach fuzz on the forehead and eyebrow hair, it is best to use other methods for hair removal, such as dermaplaning, threading, or tweezing.
6. How Long Does It Take?
Laser hair removal is not a time consuming treatment. Most patients find that treatment sessions can be squeezed into a lunch hour. Depending on how much hair is being treated at a time, treatment sessions range from about 15 to 30 minutes.
There are a few reasons why the length of treatment sessions varies from patient to patient. Regardless of the laser hair removal method being used, the length of time for treatment sessions will always depend on a couple of factors. We do our best to determine how long each treatment session will take when we schedule your appointment so that your day is as little interrupted as possible.
Size of Treatment Area
If you are treating smaller areas, such as the underarms or the bikini line, you will likely have a shorter treatment session. But the larger the area you treat, the longer the session will take. This is because the laser devices have to target each hair follicle individual to produce the desired results, so the more hair there is, the longer it is going to take.
Thickness of Hair
The thickness of the targeted hair can sometimes mean that sessions take more or less time. Thickness of the hair refers to both how close active hair follicles are to each other and to how thick the hair shaft itself is. Most hair is zapped by the laser for only a millisecond at a time. However, thicker hair or hair that grows more closely together may mean that the laser has to spend a bit more time in one area.
Combining Treatment Areas
Some patients prefer treating multiple areas at one time, such as treating both the underarms and the legs at one session. When you combine the treatment of multiple areas into one session, you lengthen the time of the session. If you are interested in combining treatment areas into one session, please speak with our staff. It may be the case that we advise you to break up sessions for the sake of your comfort.
7. What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?
Some patients worry that laser hair removal is a painful process, and we can assure you that it is not. Laser hair removal is no more uncomfortable than tweezing or waxing.
While the laser device is being used, you may feel the sensation of heat or a slight sting. Some patients compare the feeling to getting a tattoo or being scratched by a cat. The sensation itself lasts only for as long as the area is being treated and generally fades by the time your session is over.
Depending on the sensitivity of the area being treated, we may advise you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. We may also offer a cooling gel or a topical anesthetic for your comfort. If you are interested in these additional measures, please speak with our staff at your appointment.
8. What Is Recovery Like?
Recovery from laser hair removal is fast. In fact, there is virtually no downtime at all. Laser hair removal is one of the easiest and most comfortable cosmetic treatments available. At most, patients report some redness and skin sensitivity at the site of treatment, but these are temporary side effects that fade within the hours following your treatment. Patients can usually return to normal daily activities immediately following the treatment.
For patients with sensitive skin, we may advise you to use a cold compress to soothe any soreness. We will also provide you with post-treatment guidelines so that you can get the most out of your treatment.
9. Who Are Ideal Candidates?
Who are ideal candidates for laser hair removal in Toronto? By a broad stroke, anyone who wants to better manage their hair growth is a candidate for laser hair removal. This treatment is a good option for both women and men who want to maintain a certain appearance for their body hair. You may be a candidate for laser hair removal if you:
- Want to remove body hair
- Want to reduce body hair growth
- Want to save time
If laser hair removal sounds like a treatment that will benefit you, contact Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Center in Guelph, ON to schedule your initial consultation today. Our expert staff will happily help you achieve your ideal appearance goals. We look forward to having you as a patient at our clinic.