Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Hair removal patients in Edmonton usually visit CosMedics after years of trying to manage their unwanted hair at home. When shaving, waxing, plucking, and other methods become too time-consuming, costly, or painful, laser hair removal can be an excellent option to permanently reduce unwanted hair nearly anywhere on the body. Freedom from ineffective and temporary home hair removal is within your reach with the medical aesthetics team at CosMedics. Here, find answers to the questions we hear most from our laser hair removal patients.
To visit our practice for permanent laser hair removal, request a complimentary consultation at 780.428.9333 to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Ashwani K. Singh, a specialist in dermatology in Edmonton.
Is laser hair removal right for me?
Previous methods of laser hair removal weren’t effective for many people. Those with darker complexions, for instance, often didn’t see the same results as those with fair skin or light hair. Today’s lasers, including the systems we use at CosMedics, are effective on a variety of skin tones and types. When you visit us for a consultation, Dr. Singh discusses your goals with you and develops a hair removal timeline that suits your needs.
Laser hair removal is versatile and is a great choice for lots of different people. If you’re an adult who is frustrated by unwanted hair anywhere on your body, this technique can put an end to shaving, waxing, and other time-consuming methods for at-home hair removal.
How can I prepare for laser hair removal?
Many people mistakenly believe that they must let their unwanted hair grow in prior to a laser hair removal treatment. Because laser hair removal damages the follicle, shaving (which does not affect the follicle) is encouraged before your laser hair removal appointment in Edmonton. However, waxing, plucking, and other techniques that remove the hair from the follicle are discouraged, because these methods can lessen the effectiveness of laser hair removal.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Although laser hair removal is not a completely painless treatment, the overwhelming majority of patients find the discomfort to be manageable. Many people liken the treatment to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against the skin. The level of discomfort you feel depends on the part of your body being treated, the texture of the targeted hair, and your own sensitivity. Some patients also report that their discomfort lessens with each session.
Why does laser hair removal require multiple treatments?
Each human hair goes through its own cycle of growth and dormancy. Although it may sometimes seem otherwise, our hair is not constantly growing. Because of these cycles, a single laser hair removal treatment will not affect every hair. Multiple treatments are required to target as many hairs as possible during their growth phases for maximum reduction.
How long do I need to wait between treatments?
Hair shafts must be present beneath the skin to absorb the laser energy. Without these shafts, laser hair removal is ineffective. A wait time between treatments is necessary to allow the hair follicles to produce more hair. Your own wait time can fall anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on the area of your body being treated. During this time, you may shave as needed, but you should refrain from waxing or plucking.
Will laser hair removal completely remove my unwanted hair?
Laser hair removal significantly and permanently reduces your unwanted hair, but it does not completely eliminate all hair at a treatment site. With good preparation and follow-up care, the aesthetic professionals at CosMedics can create beautiful, smooth results that are truly life-changing *.
What are the potential side effects of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal at our medical spa in Edmonton is a minor, safe, non-invasive cosmetic treatment. Side effects are typically mild and temporary and include redness, swelling, or tenderness around the treated area *. These effects resolve within a day or 2 following treatment. Laser hair removal does not require recovery time or any significant lifestyle adjustments.
Other side effects, such as darkening or blistering of the skin, are unlikely when laser hair removal is performed by an experienced medical professional, such as Dr. Singh.