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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Whether you remove hair from your face, body, or both, it wastes your time and money. If you would rather use those for something else, laser hair removal might be right for you. This treatment lets you forget about shaving or waxing. Unlike other methods of hair removal, using a laser stops hair growth where it begins so hair does not grow back. 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is the most effective method for stopping hair growth. Each hair on your body grows from a follicle, a structure that holds the hair root and nourishes it as it grows. Shaving cuts off the hair at the skin’s surface, which is why hair reappears so quickly. Waxing, tweezing, and similar methods pull out the hair root, but the follicle is free to start growing another one. Laser hair removal damages the follicle itself to prevent hair regrowth.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

At Skinatomy Laser Clinic, we offer three types of hair removal lasers, allowing us to choose the best one for your hair and skin type and tone:

  • Candela Gentle YAG
  • LightSheer Diode Laser
  • Sciton ClearScan YAG

This range of options means we can treat more people in comfort and safety. 

During laser hair removal, the laser travels through your skin without harming it. The laser wavelength targets melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its color. The high amount of pigment in the hair root causes it to absorb the laser energy and heat up. This heat damages the inside of the follicle, stopping it from growing hair. The existing hair will be shed, and no new one will take its place. 

Where on My Body Can I Have Laser Hair Removal?

You can have laser hair removal almost anywhere on your face and body. The differences in hair texture, color, and thickness in different areas affect how many treatments you will need and which type of laser we choose for your treatment. Popular areas for laser hair removal include:

  • Face
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area
  • Underarms

Laser hair removal is equally effective for men and women, with more and more men seeking a smooth, sculpted body. If you want to remove hair from an area not listed, ask during your consultation. Laser hair removal is safe almost anywhere you have hair. 

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

There are several steps you should take in the weeks before laser hair removal to ensure a successful session. Following your provider’s instructions will help keep you safe and let you achieve the best results. 

Shave Instead of Waxing

Hair removal methods like waxing, threading, or tweezing pull the hair out by the root, leaving nothing for the laser to treat. Stop using these methods four weeks before treatment. You can still shave since this method does not remove the hair roots. 

Keep Your Natural Hair Color

If you normally bleach the hair in the treatment area, you will need to stop four weeks before. Bleaching removes the melanin pigment from the hair roots. As a result, they become invisible to the laser and their follicles will not be treated. 

Limit Sun Exposure

Tanning, even artificial tanning, can put you at risk of side effects from treatment. You must avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen before and between treatments. A tan means that your skin has increased its melanin production, affecting how the laser works. 

Is There Any Downtime After Laser Hair Removal?

You can expect your skin to look red and feel sensitive for a few hours after treatment, which usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. There is no downtime, but your sun will be extremely sensitive to the sun. We will recommend a medical-grade sunscreen to use after treatment, but we recommend avoiding sun exposure entirely as much as you can. Since you will need a series of treatments, you will need to keep up this sun protection until you are finished. 

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Skinatomy Laser Clinic for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?

Many people wonder why laser hair removal takes several sessions to achieve results. The answer is due to the way your hair grows. You have many hair follicles, and not all of them are active at the same time. The speed of this cycle varies between people and different parts of the body. 

During your first treatment, some follicles are growing hair. They will be treated by the laser and damaged. The follicles in their resting state contain no melanin, keeping the laser from treating them. During the next session, different follicles have become active and can be treated. Most people require three to six sessions, although you may need up to ten. These sessions are spaced several weeks apart to allow more follicles to become active. 

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

Laser hair removal is the longest-lasting option available. However, most people will see occasional stray hairs begin to appear. This can happen after months or years. We recommend a yearly maintenance treatment to keep these strays from bothering you. Hairs that do reappear are usually finer, softer, and paler than the hairs that grew there before. With occasional maintenance, your hair-free look can last as long as you want. 

What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?

If you have heard from someone who found laser hair removal painful, they most likely had treatment with an older or less advanced laser. We only use the most precise, effective lasers available, and they make treatment far more comfortable than older ones. Most people report that they do not feel any pain during treatment or find it uncomfortable enough to stop coming back for future sessions. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

With three lasers to choose from, we can treat almost all skin and hair tones, unlike older lasers that could only treat strong contrasts (darker hair on lighter skin). People with very pale blond, gray, or white hair may not have enough pigmentation in their hair roots to respond well to treatment, but only a consultation can determine whether it will be successful for you. 

Candidates for this treatment should be in good health and understand that this process will take at least three sessions and often more. You should not have treatment on any area that has an active skin condition or infection. People with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates. 


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Take The Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about how laser hair removal works? If so, we would love for you to take your next step and call the professionals at Skinatomy Laser Clinic to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can help you choose the treatment that is perfect for you. Fill out the form on this page or call us at (416) 901-9392 (Toronto) or (905) 949-9198 (Mississauga). We look forward to helping you become the best you possible!

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