Laser Hair Removal - AbbotsfordLaser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in Canada. It beams Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light which destroys the hair.

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.  Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the professional performing the procedure.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

You should also avoid tanning your skin for two weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Prior to the procedure, the hair of the treatment area must be shaved off.  The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.

You will need to wear appropriate eye protection that will be provided to you. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.

When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You’ll get treatments until hair stops growing.

Recovery and Risks

For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If your face was treated, you can usually wear makeup the next day.  Our amazing staff will make sure you all your questions are answered and you leave the treatment feeling relaxed and confident with follow up care.

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