Best Laser Hair Removal Toronto
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal is a popular and effective method for long-term hair reduction or removal. It works by using concentrated beams of light (laser) to target and destroy the hair follicles in the treatment area.
The procedure begins by directing the laser’s energy toward the melanin pigment found in the hair follicles and hair shafts. Melanin is responsible for the colour in both hair and skin. When the laser energy is absorbed by melanin, it transforms into heat. This generated heat damages the hair follicles, impairing their ability to produce new hair. This process is known as selective photothermolysis.
Here at Facet Dermatology, we use Triton by InMode. The Triton is a groundbreaking multi-wavelength workstation, unique in its ability to offer all three of the most popular hair removal wavelengths in a single platform. It achieves this using Fusion Technology, making it a versatile solution suitable for addressing hair removal needs across various skin types and tones.
Is laser hair removal treatment safe?
Yes. Laser hair removal technology is Health Canada and FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction, and the laser treatment is extremely safe when performed by a qualified and experienced healthcare professional or licensed technician, provided you’re a good candidate for treatment.
Laser hair removal is generally well-tolerated and often considered painless by most individuals. However, for those with sensitive skin or anyone seeking extra comfort, our laser technicians can apply a topical anesthetic before the treatment upon request. This anesthetic can help further minimize any potential discomfort during the procedure.
What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal is a versatile treatment that can be used to remove or reduce unwanted hair from various parts of the body. It is most commonly chosen to target and remove unwanted body hair. This includes hair on various body areas such as the back, chest, arms, legs, underarms, and the bikini region. Additionally, facial hair removal is a popular application, particularly for areas like the upper lip, chin, and cheeks.
The number of laser hair removal treatments needed can vary considerably from one person to another and is influenced by several factors, including hair colour and thickness, skin type, hormonal influences, the specific treatment area, the hair growth cycle, and individual responses to the treatment. Nevertheless, we typically recommend booking a laser hair removal package consisting of at least five treatments spaced four to eight weeks apart.
Every treatment will result in some hair loss, but because laser hair removal can only eliminate hair that is in the active growth stage, several treatments are required to achieve permanent hair reduction.
Laser hair removal boasts an impressive success rate when it comes to reducing unwanted hair growth. After a series of treatments, around 80-90% of hair follicles can bid farewell to unwanted hair for good, leaving you with smoother, more carefree skin. Individual results may vary, but most people achieve long-lasting and satisfying outcomes with this fabulous hair removal option.
After completing a full series of laser hair removal sessions, most people experience a substantial reduction in hair growth, which is pretty awesome! However, it’s important to know that laser hair removal may not be completely permanent for everyone. Factors like hormonal changes and new hair growth cycles can influence whether hair regrows over time. But no worries, the regrowth is often finer and lighter, making it less noticeable and easier to manage than before the treatments. You may need occasional maintenance sessions to keep that smooth and carefree skin feeling.
Yes. Before your laser hair removal session, we recommend you shave the area. Shaving ensures that the laser can target the hair follicles more effectively without interference from long hair on the skin’s surface. This helps the laser energy penetrate directly into the hair follicles for better results. Remember, shaving is the only safe hair removal method before laser hair removal. Other hair removal methods that remove hair from the root. such as waxing, plucking or threading, should be avoided. So, get your razor ready and let the laser work its magic for smoother, hair-free skin!
Does laser hair removal treat ingrown hairs?
Laser hair removal is a highly effective solution for dealing with ingrown hairs, which occur when hair grows back into the skin. This issue is particularly common among individuals with curly or kinky hair types, often appearing in areas like the neck and bikini area. Ingrown hairs can occur naturally or be worsened by shaving, as shaving can create a sharp hair tip that easily penetrates the skin upon regrowth.
The painful bumps that result from ingrown hairs can be quite uncomfortable. Many patients specifically choose laser hair removal to reduce or completely eliminate ingrown hairs because this method is the most effective for getting rid of them.
Laser hair removal procedures focus on specific target areas, where they target and disable the hair follicles responsible for new hair growth. By preventing hair follicles from producing new hair, the occurrence of ingrown hairs is effectively minimized. After laser treatment, areas that were previously prone to bumps and irritation become smooth and free of hair. If you constantly struggle with recurring ingrown hairs after each shave, laser hair removal could be the perfect solution for your needs.
You may be wondering if laser hair removal can cause ingrown hairs. The truth is, after your laser hair removal treatment, there is a slight chance you might experience some ingrown hairs, but it’s not likely. To keep them in check, regular exfoliation can help clear away dead skin cells and provide a smoother path for hair to grow out properly. Nevertheless, if you are prone to getting ingrown hairs, receiving laser hair removal can be hugely beneficial. It is the best option for swiftly eliminating ingrown hairs because it directly targets the hair follicle or root.
Are there any negative effects of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is generally safe and effective, but like any medical procedure, it can have some potential negative effects. These side effects are usually temporary and mild, but they can vary depending on individual factors such as skin type, hair colour, and the skill of the technician performing the procedure. Some common negative effects may include:
After laser hair removal, you may experience some redness, swelling, or temporary discomfort in the treated area. This typically subsides within a few hours to a couple of days.
In some cases, laser hair removal can cause temporary changes in skin pigmentation, manifesting as darkening (hyperpigmentation) or lightening (hypopigmentation) of the treated area. Luckily, Facet Dermatology specializes in darker skin types, and we have lasers for all skin types to help minimize the risk of temporary pigmentation.
Your skin may become more sensitive after the procedure, making it more susceptible to sunburn or other skin reactions. Avoiding direct sun exposure and using sunscreen after the treatment is essential.
Is laser hair removal right for you?
Laser hair removal sessions are an effective, long-lasting solution for both men and women seeking to get rid of unwanted hair. These treatments can be adjusted based on your skin tone, hair colour, hair texture, and the area you want to treat. However, it’s important to understand that the effectiveness of the treatment is influenced by your skin and hair type, especially the colour of your hair.
We do not recommend laser hair removal for individuals who have tanned the treatment area, including the use of self-tanning products, as tanning increases the risk of complications such as blistering or skin discoloration. Likewise, individuals with darker skin tones may not be the best candidates for laser hair removal, depending on the specific tone of their skin. Those with medium to olive-toned skin may be more suitable candidates compared to those with very dark skin.
Furthermore, the success of laser hair removal can be impacted by hair colour. Light-colored hair, such as white or blonde hair, has minimal to no pigment. Since laser hair removal devices target and disable hair pigment, they may not effectively detect and treat light-coloured hair. Typically, individuals with dark hair are the most ideal candidates. However, during your consultation, our experienced laser technician will carefully evaluate your unique characteristics and create a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs and circumstances.
What should I do before my treatment?
Preparation for laser hair removal is essential to ensure effective and safe treatment. Here are some important steps to take before your laser hair removal session:
- Avoid UV ray exposure for at least one month prior to your laser hair removal session. Tanning can increase skin pigmentation, making it harder for the laser to work effectively.
- Cease any plucking, waxing, or use of chemical depilatories in the treatment area at least a month before your laser hair removal session.
- Stay away from professional skincare procedures involving exfoliation, laser technology, or micro-injury to the skin before your laser hair removal appointment, especially in the treatment area. These procedures include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, collagen induction therapy, scar or tattoo removal, skin tightening, laser acne treatment, vaginal rejuvenation, and body contouring.
- On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, make sure to thoroughly shave the treatment area and ensure it is free from skincare products like creams and lotions. This helps the laser’s energy directly target the hair follicles. Shaving the hair shaft allows the laser device to concentrate its energy on each follicle, effectively damaging it so that it can no longer produce hair.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your laser technician. They will work with you to design a personalized treatment plan and provide specific instructions to ensure a safe, comfortable, and successful laser hair removal experience.