Laser Hair Removal
Information on Laser Hair Removal in Canada
$200 – $2,000
Plastic Surgeons in Canada
(The following is general information: Consult with your plastic surgeon for more detailed complication risks – specific to your body, current health and exact chosen procedure)
Rare risk of: burns, infection, scarring, numbness, pigmentation changes
Laser Hair Removal in Canada
Laser hair removal is considered a permanent way to reduce unwanted hair. Although called laser hair removal the procedure does not remove all hair, but permanently reduces the total number of hairs in the area treated.
The process to remove the hair follicle is called selective photo-thermolysis. During the treatment a laser is scanned over the skin, and ‘zaps’ of light enter through the top layer of the skin then travel down the hair to the hair follicle. By absorbing this laser energy, the hair follicles are damaged, impairing their ability to grow.
The hair follicle must be in an active growth stage for the laser to disable the growth. Hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, therefore multiple treatments are required to deliver optimal results. Treatments are usually given at intervals of 4-6 weeks, or when there is new hair growth in the area. On average, it takes from 6 to 10 treatments to reduce the hair – most clinics will not guarantee removal, but will guarantee a percentage of reduction.
Any area with hair growth can be treated, but the most commonly treated areas are the upper lip, chin, neck, back, chest, underarms, bikini line and legs. The treatment is described as feeling like an elastic band snapping against your skin, but can feel painful in sensitive areas (underarms, bikini line) so it is possible to have a anesthetic applied to the skin before the treatment.
An ideal candidate for hair removal is someone with a pale complexion and dark hair, but darker skins can also get good results. It has been reported that blond hair does not react to the laser, but new technologies it may be possible to reduce lighter hair.
Laser hair removal, like many non-surgical procedures, does not have to be performed by a plastic surgeon, but care should be taken when choosing a clinic. Some clinics have estheticians with no medical training at all performing laser hair removal so it is important you carefully choose who to perform your treatment as a laser is a powerful tool that can cause damage in unexperienced hands. Many Canadian plastic surgeons have medical aesthetic staff performing laser hair removal treatments at their clinics.