There are few things nicer than the feeling of silky soft and smooth skin—it can make you feel fantastic in your clothes and out of them. Removing unwanted hair, however, isn’t as wonderful—it can be time-consuming and uncomfortable, and it is always temporary. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to unwanted hair, call the experts at Aesthetic Medicine & Veins in Mississauga, Ontario, to discuss laser hair removal.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to removing unwanted hair from your body. A highly concentrated beam of light targets and travels down the shaft of the hair, turning to heat when it reaches the follicle. The base of the follicle is where cells divide—allowing your hair to grow. When the follicle is disrupted and destroyed by the laser’s heat, it cannot grow hair again.
The laser targets the melanin in the hair. Melanin is what gives hair its pigmentation and what absorbs the light, allowing it to travel down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle. The laser finds the hair by using its contrast against the color of the skin.
What Is Diolaze?
Diolaze is an innovative laser technology that is powerful enough to tackle the most stubborn hair. It is a diode laser, meaning it’s an injectable laser that offers the deepest penetration and maximum melanin absorption. Because the laser is selective in what it targets, the surrounding tissue is unharmed.
With the largest surface target area, this technology is the most efficient on the market, cutting down appointment time and delivering unparalleled results. When you’re looking for pain-free laser hair removal, Diolaze offers built-in cooling to ensure maximum comfort. It cools on three levels—pre-treatment, during treatment, and post-treatment—so the only thing that’s heated is the bulb of the follicle.
In the past, only the very lightest of skin colors with the darkest hair were good candidates for this hair removal, but Diolaze treats a more diverse skin tone and hair color than any other laser on the market. Your skincare expert will help you determine if this treatment is right for your skin and hair type.
Why Choose Laser Hair Removal?
Most of us spend time every day removing unwanted hair. Our efforts are time consuming and inconvenient and, at worst, harmful and dangerous. Laser hair removal offers:
- A permanent solution
- Effective and comfortable sessions
- Efficient sessions
- No downtime
This treatment is leaps and bounds above the other unwanted hair removal techniques we currently use.
This is the most popular option we reach for each day. While, on the surface, it seems quick and inexpensive, there are many downsides to shaving.
First, it’s the most temporary of all the options. If your hair grows rapidly, results may not even last the whole day, and then you’re left with the look and feel of aggravating stubble. Shaving only removes the most superficial part of the hair and does nothing to disrupt how it grows. That’s why it’s a daily chore for those who want soft skin.
While razors seem relatively inexpensive, they are far from a one-time purchase, and the cost is actually higher over time, particularly with their rising costs. To save money, many people put off replacing razors, which means they’re using a dull blade, making them even less effective and adding a safety risk.
When you shave, you are always at risk of nicks and cuts. One wrong move, particularly on hard to reach or bony surfaces like the ankles, and it ruptures your skin. Over time, those repeated cuts will turn into scars. Razor burn and ingrown hairs are a daily issue with shaving and leave unsightly and uncomfortable bumps that are at risk of becoming infected and leaving more scars.
Waxing is another popular choice for hair removal and gives the illusion of making hair thinner or sparser as it grows back. When you choose this method, hot wax is applied to your skin with a strip of cloth placed on the wax. As the wax cools, it traps your hair so that when the cloth is pulled off, your hair is ripped from your skin, root and all. What waxing doesn’t do is disrupt the follicle, it just temporarily removes its contents.
It takes some time for the follicle to work at full capacity again, so it feels like your skin is softer when it grows back. It will only take a cycle or two for it to be its original thickness, and you’re back to square one. Waxing done at the salon is pricey and, again, temporary. Doing your own waxing at home is cheaper but still expensive, and its riskier.
A quick search will bring up many waxing horror stories because putting hot wax on your delicate skin is always a risk. Your skin loses its protective barrier when it’s ripped off during waxing, leaving you more vulnerable to infection and diseases. Inherent to waxing is the risk of being burned, forming blisters, and damaging your skin.
Depilatory creams and lotions are packed with chemicals that are made to attack the proteins in hair, turning them into a jelly-like substance that you can then wipe off your skin. There are many issues with this hair removal method—the first being that it’s just about as temporary as shaving. It only targets hair just below the surface, never coming near the follicle. If you have dark hair and light skin, you may even see the dreaded blue layer underneath the skin because all of your hair is still there, some of it jellylike under the surface.
If you’ve ever used one of these creams or lotions, you know the smell of the harsh chemicals is more than a little offensive. Those chemicals can also be dangerous. If you don’t read the directions carefully, you can end up with:
- A chemical burn
- A rash
- Damaged skin
- Peeling, flaky skin
Even if you follow the directions to the letter, there is an inherently high risk of developing some kind of adverse reaction to the chemicals.
Bleaching attempts to hide unwanted hair as opposed to getting rid of it. Many people choose this method to avoid the pain of waxing or tweezing, but it’s not as risk-free as it seems. The most popular areas to bleach unwanted hair are on the face, hands, feet, and arms. It takes about 8-15 minutes for the bleach to remove the color from your hair. That’s a long time for a bleaching solution to sit on your skin.
With this method, some may be more prone to discomfort than others. Sensitive skin may not be suited for this method as all given the chemicals involved. Because many manufacturers try to cover the harsh smell of bleach with other fragrances, the fumes wafting from the mixture can cause eye redness and irritation.
When you remove the melanin from hair without disrupting the follicle, it may leave you with permanently white hair. People with darker skin or those who tan may discover this method makes hair even more visible against their complexion. Bleaching does nothing to address the thickness of hair, so you’ll still be left with the feel of hair—and while it may be less visible in some situations, it’s not undetectable.
Results From Laser Hair Removal
You won’t have immediate results from your first session. Although the follicle has been destroyed, it takes up to two weeks for the follicle to release its grasp from your skin and fall out. You’ll notice hair slowly shedding over the first week or two after your appointment.
You’ll see a significant improvement in the amount of hair left in the targeted area—but there will still be hair growing. Why? Because our hair is constantly in different stages of growth.
The hair that is targeted during laser hair removal is in its “active phase”—cells are dividing and the hair growing. Follicles in an inactive phase are not targeted. This can be up to 35% of your hair. The remaining follicles will be targeted in your next session. The treatment repeated until all active follicles have been destroyed.
Once the follicle is destroyed, that’s it—it’s gone for good, and there should be no more need for follow-up sessions. You can then enjoy hair-free skin with no hassle or need for any other routines. Your take-home instructions will be to apply sunscreen whenever you’re outside because the treated area will be more sensitive to the UV rays.
What to Expect
When you make your appointment for laser hair removal, you’ll be provided with instructions on how to prepare.
First, it’s important to not wax or tweeze your hair for at least four weeks before treatment, shaving is fine and encouraged 24 hours before your appointment. The lack of surface hair makes it easier for the diode laser to find the follicle. You’ll be asked to stop tanning or using self-tanners before your session, so the laser has a better contrast between your hair and your skin.
During your session, a cooling gel will be applied over the treatment area. This will allow the cooling technology of the Diolaze to provide even more comfort. Your skincare specialist will then apply the device over the treatment area and turn it on. Quickly and comfortably, the laser will target your hair follicles. Once your session is over, there is no downtime—many clients attend sessions on their lunch breaks and go right back to work.
Your skincare specialist will let you know how long to wait in between removal sessions because it varies based on the area being treated and the type of hair you have. Some areas are between 6-7 weeks between treatments, while others are up to 12 weeks. Your schedule will be maximized to ensure the most amount of your hairs are in the active growth cycle as possible.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Only your skincare specialist can determine if you’re suited for laser hair removal. If you’ve had enough of your daily routines for removing unwanted hair and want a permanent solution, you could be an ideal candidate.
Call for a Consultation
Why spend time every day fighting the losing battle of removing unwanted hair, only to have it grow back the next day? If you want to explore a permanent solution that will allow you to have perpetually soft and silky skin, call the experts at Aesthetic Medicine & Veins in Mississauga, Ontario, to discuss how laser hair removal could be the solution you’ve been looking for. You don’t have to bear the discomfort and frustration of dealing with unwanted hair anymore, just pick up the phone and schedule your consultation today.