FAQ – Laser hair removal
The laser emits a beam of light that penetrates the skin; then, it is absorbed by the pigment of the pillous follicle. Upon absorption, this light is then transformed into heat and damages the follicle functions and impairs its ability to fabricate hair. The follicles are targeted with precision without any damage to the surrounding skin.
The elōs Laser from Syneron (Chérubina’s equipment of choice) is FDA and Health Canada approved. A test patch is always performed before commencing any treatment and each treatment is customized according to the individual’s skin type and hair color making the treatment absolutely safe.
Laser hair removal is a technique that makes it possible to treat rapidly and in the same session a very large area of the body for a longer period of time and gradually deteriorating the hair. It is fast, convenient and has minimal side effects.
Traditional hair removal techniques such as sharing tweezing and waxing provide only temporary relief and can cause razor burns, skin irritation, and ingrown hairs. Depilatory and bleaching creams have a strong chemical odour and can cause skin reaction. Electrolysis is time consuming and regular weekly treatments can last up to two years or more to be effective.
Results vary from one person to another. It has been proven that many clients have achieved permanent hair loss up to 85-90% and the remaining hair returned lighter and safer. Some people may need occasional maintenance or touch-up treatments if there is a new sporadic hair growth due to individual natural physiological changes.
Skin tone, hair coloring, and coarseness of hair are all contributing factors to how many treatments will be needed. Hair grows in cycle, therefore each of your hair follicles is in one of 3 stages of growth at any given time. The “active growth” (anagen) phase, “regressive” (catagen) phase, and “resting” (telogen) phase therefore, the laser is most effective at disabling “active growing” hairs during treatment because of their greatest abudance of melanin. Many hair follicles are in their resting or regressive stages at any given time. This means that consistent treatments at appropriate intervals are absolutely necessary to treat these follicles, when they re-enter the growth phase to acquire the best results. Usual intervals for the first three sessions are 4-6 weeks increasing intervals as treatment progresses. This will be determined during your consultation.
With the advancements made in laser hair removal equipment, more people are able to receive treatments. The non-candidates with blond, red, or grey hair with different skin types can now successfully undergo laser hair removal treatment. More treatments will be needed for lighter hair to achieve the best result. The RF Energy of elōs does not rely on chromophore melanin to be effective and can safely treat minimally pigmented hair.
The length of an individual laser hair removal treatment is determined by the density of the hair growth and overall the size of the area to be treated. A small area takes as little as 15 minutes, while a larger area such as the back or the legs may require up to two (2) hours or more.
The price depends on the surface to be treated and the number of sessions required. However, purchasing laser hair removal treatments as a part of a package is cheaper than paying for individual treatment.
Compared to a lifetime of waxing, shaving, and the use of depilatory and bleaching (bleach) creams laser hair removal is very affordable. For more details, please refer to our prices section.
You and the technician must wear safety eyewear to shield eyes from the laser light during the session. A gel is applied to the skin of the treatment area; then, with a slight pressure, the tip of the laser hand piece is applied onto your skin to deliver the pulses of light needed to begin disabling undesired hair. The tip touching your skin has a contact cooling mechanism which protects the epidermis (upper layer of the skin) preventing damage.
Each pulse feels like a slight sting similar to the snap of a rubber band leading to the feeling of prickling and slight sunburn. This sensation lasts a fraction of a second. In a few minutes, the skin of the treated area turns slightly pink and you might feel a little sunburned for a few hours or even for a couple of days. You can generally return to work and resume all regular activities following the treatment.
Anywhere from five (5) days to two (2) weeks after the treatment, shedding of the hair will occur and this may appear as a new growth. This is dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help exfoliation by rubbing the area treated with a wash cloth or a loofa sponge while bathing or showering.
Areas that cannot be treated include mucous membranes, the top of any moles of tattoos. Also, any areas of the face or the body that are freshly tanned should not be treated. It is imperative to stay away from the sun four (4) weeks before and after the treatment. You must use sunscreen (SPF 30-45). Facial laser hair removal should be avoided if area to be treated has been laser resurfaced or chemically peeled within the last three (3) months. (received laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last three (3) months.)
Contraindications will be discussed during the consultation.
Side effects are rare. At the treatment site, you may experience slight redness and/or follicular edema (follicle swelling), but this goes away within a few hours to a few days depending on the skin’s sensitivity. Avoiding sun exposure completely before and after treatments is crucial to minimize risk of complications.