Laser Hair Removal: Frequently Asked Questions
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is an effective, long-term hair removal solution. During the treatments, laser beams pass through the skin and into your hair follicles. This penetrating energy heats the hair root which prevents future hair growth. Each treatment reduces new hair growth.
Our new state of the art Triton by InMode gets to the root of the problem. The Triton is an ultra-fast, gentler and more effective solution that reduces future hair growth in fewer treatments. The Triton is the world’s first multi-wavelength unit, combining the three most popular wavelengths in one device so we can treat a broader range of hair and skin types with a high level of power, safely and efficiently.
How many laser hair removal sessions do I need to get great results?
Every client is different, and results vary due to personal physiology including hair colour, coarseness and density, and skin tone. We typically recommend three to five sessions for optimal results and to achieve permanent hair reduction. Clinic studies show that women and men who received three treatments—six weeks apart—had an average hair reduction of 81% at a six-month follow-up.
There are three phases in the hair growth cycle—this cycle varies from hair to hair—and laser treatment is effective during the anagen (growth) phase only. That’s why it’s essential to complete your recommended sessions, four to six weeks apart.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal is sometimes overpromised as a permanent solution, but this isn’t exactly accurate. When hair follicles are destroyed by the laser treatment, hairs won’t regrow. But over time, your body generates new hair follicles—this is how new hair growth occurs. However, you should expect a permanent hair reduction of approximately 81%. After your four to six treatments, new hairs will grow slowly, grow in thinner and have a finer texture than before. To target those new hairs and stay silky smooth, we recommend maintenance treatments once or twice a year.
Will laser hair removal work on my skin type and hair colour?
In the earlier days of laser hair removal, the treatment only worked for fair-skinned people with dark hair. Fortunately, technology has advanced, and lasers can remove hair from just about everyone. However, darker hair still responds best to laser treatment because it’s the melanin in the hair follicles that absorb the laser energy. If you have extremely light-coloured hair, the hair follicles absorb less energy, and it may take more sessions to get the best results. Laser hair removal is not effective on grey hair.
We customize your treatment to match your hair type and skin colour, so your treatment is as effective and comfortable as possible.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Laser hair removal is typically a painless experience. Most clients don’t feel anything at all while others report a tingling or pinching sensation, like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Our laser has a patented cooling device built in, which helps keep you comfortable during treatment.
Is laser hair removal dangerous?
No, laser hair removal is not dangerous but there are safety protocols to follow. We only use lasers approved by Health Canada and our estheticians are trained to keep you safe. For eye safety, you and your esthetician wear protective glasses during the treatment. We’ll walk you through the laser hair removal process from start to finish to make sure you’re completely comfortable.
Who should not have laser hair removal?
Some people aren’t good candidates for laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is not recommended for people who:
- Have serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
- Are pregnant.
- Have a pacemaker.
- Take medications that increase skin sensitivity to light, such as medications used to treat acne.
Does laser hair removal work with tattoos and piercings?
Adjustments are required for tattoos and piercings. If you have tattoos in the treatment area, we’ll cover them to prevent damage, including fading. As piercings can affect the laser beam, you’ll need to remove any in the treatment area before the session starts.
Can I shave between my laser hair removal treatments?
Yes, shaving is perfectly fine; there’s no need to let your hair grow between appointments. However, do not tweeze or wax while you’re undergoing laser hair removal sessions.
What is the minimum age for laser hair removal?
In most cases, you must be 18-years-old to get laser hair removal treatment at Hand & Stone. But if you’re 16- or 17-years-old, you can receive treatment after you get parental consent.
How long until I see results?
One common misunderstanding is about how long it takes to see results; people think that after one or two sessions, all your unwanted hair disappears for good. This is not the case. Most people require three to five treatments, and the first treatment rarely produces a visible result.