Laser Hair Removal in Grande Prairie
Laser hair removal is a finely tuned sophisticated procedure that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair. This particular laser removes the growth centre at the base of the hair follicle. The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat when it is absorbed, which can disable the hair follicle.
Laser hair removal can be used on the majority of the body. This is essentially a painless procedure. It can be performed in the office and does not require anesthesia. You can return to your normal activities immediately. Laser hair removal will help you eliminate the need for shaving, waxing, or plucking unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal is a procedure that removes hair from the body by using a long pulse laser. Lasers are developed and designed from years of research. The laser parameters are carefully defined by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the laser light and pulse duration to the follicle size, depth, and location to inhibit the re-growth of the hair.
The laser works by disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Because other hairs enter their growth cycle at different times, several treatments are necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area.
Both men and women use the laser hair removal technique to have unwanted hair removed. Common areas to have hair removed include the top of the nose, lip, chin, ear lobe, shoulders, back, underarm, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini lines, thighs, face, neck, breast, arms, legs, hands, and toes.
The general opinion is that laser hair removal is permanent, but it doesn’t work for everyone. What this means is that you should not expect a laser to remove every single hair from an area. Many people need to follow up this procedure with electrolysis treatments for any remaining hairs for complete clearance because hair becomes too fine for the laser to target and you reach diminishing returns. Most will also need touch-up treatments 1-2 times a year after the initial set of treatments to remove any new growth your body develops with age.
In General, a set of at least 6-8 treatments at specified intervals are necessary to achieve substantial hair removal. Factors that determine the length of treatment include the particular area to be treated, the texture of hair, frequency of treatments, history of temporary measures to remove hair (waxing, tweezing, shaving, and depilatories, etc.), etc.
Lasers that are designed for permanent hair reduction emit wavelengths of light designed to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair (melanin). If the surrounding skin is relatively light compared to the color of the hair, then the entire energy of the laser will be concentrated in the hair shaft, effectively destroying it without affecting the skin or follicle. Hair removal lasers target the dark pigment in the hair. That’s why laser hair removal works best on light skin (so laser passes right through) and dark coarse hair (has most pigment).
While the laser emits a beam that only heats the hair shaft, heat is transmitted from the hair shaft to the surrounding tissue for several milliseconds after the laser pulse. Several lasers possess cooling attachments that cool the surrounding skin to fully absorb any heat transmitted from the destroyed hair shafts.
You should shave the area to be treated 1-3 days before No waxing or removing hair with the root with any other way is allowed 4-6 weeks before and throughout the course of treatment because hair needs to be in place to be targeted by the laser. The area should be shaved as closely as possible so that the laser can target the most energy towards the hair follicle and not waste energy on the part of the hair above the skin’s surface
After treatment is completed apply aloe vera to soothe the skin for a few days. Within 2-3.5 weeks, you should experience shedding of all treated hair. At first, the hair will look like it’s growing back in, but it is just coming through the skin to shed. Shedding starts at about 1.5 weeks and can last until 3.5 weeks post-treatment or so. Exfoliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a loofa can help speed up the process.
After shedding occurs, you should experience a hair-free period for a few weeks, until the next set of hair that was dormant before starts to come in. Once enough hair has grown, go in for another treatment. This cycle usually happens within 6-10 weeks post-treatment. This process is repeated until you have reached diminishing returns and the remaining hairs are too fine for the laser to target, or until you have reached your desired reduction.
Usually, at least 6-8 initial treatments spaced 6-10 weeks apart are required. This is because hair grows in 3 phases and is killed in the first “anagen” active growing phase. Several treatments are needed to target ALL hair in the active growth phase. Approximately 6-10 weeks after every treatment, additional treatment is required to eliminate the hairs that came out of the dormant phase and are now active. After 6-8 treatments or so, you should experience a considerable percentage of hair reduction. (Depending upon hair type and genetic factors, some clients may require additional treatments beyond these initial treatments).
Treatments are usually spaced 6-8 weeks apart to start and gradually move to 8-10 weeks apart after the initial 2-3 treatments. Basically, wait until you have experienced shedding of the treated hairs (should complete within 2-3.5 weeks) and you see enough hair come in after the hair-free period to justify the next treatment.
Generally, laser hair removal is not much more painful than waxing, but the sensation is different. It feels similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second with each pulse. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream (like EMLA), but one may be used for very sensitive patients/areas (can be provided or prescribed at the clinic). Be aware that using anesthetic creams is only safe on small areas (like upper lip, bikini, or underarms) and in small quantities.
The possibility exists that some side effects or complications can occur given various variables, including:
- Itching, during treatment
- Redness for up to 2 days
- Swelling (around the mouth of the follicle) for up to 2 days
- Pain, tingling, or feeling of numbness (cold spray)
- Crusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)
- Purpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areas
- Temporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)
Side effects occur infrequently and, generally are only temporary. If any of the above lasts for more than 3 days, make sure to contact your technician and/or doctor.
|Service||Single Price||Package of 3|
|Chest and Abdomen||$500.00||$1350.00|
|Neck (front or back)||$130.00||$340.00|
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