Laser Hair Removal for
Unwanted Facial and Body hair
Our cultural and social norms continue to exhibit a preference for the removal of face and body hair, especially among women, and in some cultures this is considered proper hygiene. Over and above this social preference, however, there are substantial reasons for the removal of unwanted hair such as painful ingrown hairs, hair that grows in unusual patches and unusually excessive hair all of which can sometimes make us self-conscious and be the source of loss of self-esteem. Also, we can all likely agree that it is rather time consuming, and sometimes painful, removing and grooming body hair.
Laser Hair Removal Before and After Treatment Pictures
(Results may vary with each individual and are not guaranteed)
For people who are tired of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal has become the preferred option for permanent body hair reduction. Hair removal continues to be the #1 laser aesthetic treatment among women, and men too.
Hair Removal FAQ
How does laser hair removal work?
During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth while keeping the surrounding skin safe from harm. Based on your skin type, an appropriate laser and treatment setting will be selected that is both safe and suitable for you. Since this treatment only targets hair in the active phase of growth, multiple treatments are often needed for complete hair removal.
What is the best laser hair removal machine?
Laser hair removal, while classified as an aesthetic procedure, can have the potential for skin damage if an inappropriate wavelength is used, the equipment cooling system is subpar or the clinician does not have the experience in treating your particular skin type. There are many equipment manufacturers that are FDA approved and Health Canada approved but there are only two manufacturers of laser hair removal equipment that met our clinic's criteria of extensive North American based clinical research, substantial business presence in Canada, proven laser hair removal technology with over 10 year of clinical use and at least 95% equipment uptime.
At Essential Life Laser Skin Care Clinic™ in North York, Toronto we chose Cynosure, Inc.
as our laser equipment supplier as they met and surpassed our selection criteria. We use the Vectus Laser system provided by Cynosure,Inc. The Vectus Laser is considered the best laser hair removal equipment in its class known for its safety, high volume laser capabilities and its permanent hair removal effectiveness. Fewer treatments are required when using the Vectus Laser and as such it has one of the lowest overall laser hair removal treatment cost per hour. The Vectus Laser is safe for both face and body hair removal, for lighter and darker skin types and suitable for both women and men too. The Vectus Laser features the integrated Skintel™ Melanin Reader™, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, helping clinicians to more safely assess the skin type before treatment commences.
The following links provide more technical information on the Cynosure Vectus Laser:
Vectus Laser technical features, specifications and clinical research data
Optimization of a Laser Diode for Permanent Hair Reduction
Comparative Study between the Vectus™ Diode Laser System and LightSheer™ Duet for Long-Term Hair Reduction in the Axilla
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
The Vectus laser hair removal works on all skin types, including very light skin and very dark skin, and most hair colors too. The Vectus Laser works particularly well on dark skin too and works equally well for both women and men.
What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal can remove hair from the face, shoulders, back, chest, abs, arms, hands, fingers, underarms, bikini line, and legs, feet and toes.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Yes. The Vectus laser hair removal technology is FDA cleared and is supported by numerous independent third party clinical studies that clearly demonstrate its efficacy at permanently destroying hair follicles in the anagen (growth) phase with no harm to the surrounding skin.
Is laser hair removal safe?
The Vectus Laser hair removal system has proven clinical results going back to 1997 with no history of negative side effects to long term medical health. It is for this reason that laser hair removal has been able to be classified as a cosmetic treatment. However, ensure your laser equipment is from a reputable laser manufacturer with experience in the manufacture of medical devices and subject to strict regulatory controls and compliance reporting.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Most people feel only a slight, momentary sting or pinch at the treatment site during the procedure. Topical anesthetics are available, but most patients do not require them and find the discomfort quite tolerable.
Why are multiple treatments required?
Every hair follicle goes through three different stages during its lifecycle. As hair is most effectively treated during the Anagen stage several treatments are required to completely destroy each follicle. You do not need to let hair grow out between treatment sessions. The treatment interval for face is every 4 weeks; underarms, arms, hands and bikini area every 4 to 6 weeks; and all other areas every 8 to 10 weeks. It is important to maintain your treatment interval to ensure your treatments are occurring during the Anagen growth stage or your results will not be as successful. You will need a minimum of three treatments per face or body area for best results.
How quickly will I recover from laser hair removal?
There is no treatment downtime and you can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are there any side effects of laser hair removal?
A mild sunburn-like is expected and is quite normal. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and redness may accompany this, and usually resolves in 2-3 days. Full post treatment care instruction will be provided by Essential Life Laser Skin Care Clinic™
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The Vectus Laser, with its high volume laser treatment capabilities will complete your treatments safely, faster and you will require fewer treatments. On an overall basis, it's the best value when you consider the time to treat is lower compared to other laser machines. Our prices are very competitive for comparable types of laser technology. Our goal is to ensure you get the best possible treatment care and results during your laser procedures and we will work with you to make your treatment cost as affordable for you as we can. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at Essential Life Laser Skin Care Clinic™ in North York, Toronto.