Laser Hair Removal
At Gentle Touch, we are pleased to offer the latest in leading-edge laser hair removal technology. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way of eliminating your unwanted hair. Our advanced laser technology will selectively target hair follicles that are darker in colour (light brown through black) and destroy them, leaving the skin and surrounding tissue unmarked.
Our highly trained professionals have extensive experience in treating all skin types and body areas on both men and women. If you want results, you have selected the right clinic!
To learn more, review our Frequently Asked Questions below, or call us at 902.429.6611 to book your free consultation.
What our Clients are Saying
The Gentle Touch staff were very understanding of the embarrassment of unwanted hair. In the past, I had tried waxing and electrolysis because shaving gave me severe razor rash and ingrown hairs. But it was laser removal that finally gave me the results I was looking for. So far, I have had the most problematic areas done (underarms and bikini line) but I am planning to have more areas done soon!
*Individual results may vary
Your expert technician will apply a cool gel to your skin and you will be given a pair of dark glasses to protect your eyes from the light. She will then gently apply the smooth tip of the laser handpiece to the treatment area, quickly and evenly applying pulses of light to the unwanted hair. No painful waxing is necessary beforehand, and there is no need to grow out the hair first. Anesthesia is not required, and most individuals experience no more than a slight stinging sensation as the laser pulses are applied.
Laser hair removal is non-invasive, and safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. The treatment time will depend upon the size of the area being treated. Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in fewer than 30 minutes, while legs and larger areas will require more time. Following your treatment, your technician will apply a cool compress of witch hazel to help reduce any redness or swelling. Any redness or swelling is temporary, and will diminish over the next few days.
The best candidates for laser hair removal are fair skinned with darker hair. The best results have been achieved on darker, coarse hair, but other factors may influence the treatment process and are best evaluated during your free consultation. At your consultation, the technician may also try a small “test patch” on your skin to help determine whether you will achieve the results you want.
Unfortunately, not everyone is an excellent candidate for laser hair removal. Generally speaking, the best candidates are men and women with black or brown hair. Because the laser targets the pigment in the hair shaft, white, gray and blonde hair (those with less pigment) are less likely to absorb the laser energy. Also, darker skin types pose a risk of the laser energy being absorbed by the skin and not the hair follicle. However, this does not necessarily mean that laser hair removal will not be effective in these situations. As with any treatment, a consultation will help determine the best course of action for your hair colour and skin type.
Hair grows in cycles. The laser is only effective on hair in its active growing phase. At any one time, there will only be certain hairs in that growing phase. This means that consistent treatments are absolutely necessary for the best possible results.
The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring, coarseness of the hair, and density per treatment area. Everyone requires at least six to eight treatments since the process is only effective on hair follicles during their active growing phase. Additional treatments will be necessary to treat other follicles when they re-enter the growth phase and produce new growth.
With each treatment, you will see a reduction in the amount of re-growth. Clients typically require between five and eight treatments, and most clients find that they no longer need to shave between appointments.
Clients who have had electrolysis prior to laser treatment agree that laser treatment is much less painful than electrolysis. For some areas, our clients compare the feeling to a light snap of an elastic band against the skin. For other areas, they say that it is hardly noticeable. If you are concerned about discomfort, a topical anaesthetic cream (EMLA) can be applied to the treatment area one hour before your appointment.
Clients typically experience slight redness and swelling immediately after treatment. The intensity of these symptoms varies from person to person and dissipates over a 24 to 48 hour period. At the time of treatment, some of the hairs will be removed and, within five to seven days, you may notice the appearance of stubble. This stubble is actually the treated hair being expelled by the follicle. This hair will continue to fall out gradually over the next one to three weeks.
For one month prior to your appointment, do not wax or tweeze the hairs that are to be treated. You should also avoid direct sun exposure and tanning both before and after your treatment.
Hair should be visible for your consultation, but should be shaved prior to the treatment itself (on the day of treatment). Finally, the treatment area should be clean and free of all skin care products.
Sun exposure and tanning should be avoided following any laser treatment. This can be accomplished by applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. The treated areas should also be handled gently, avoiding the use of AHA cleansers or topical acne preparations. If necessary, a topical antibiotic such as Polysporin (an over the counter topical antibiotic) can be applied. Your technician will provide you with complete aftercare instructions at the time of your treatment.
- Recently tanned skin
- White, gray or blonde hair
- Chemotherapy/radiation treatment
- Certain prescription medications
- Pregnant or considering pregnancy
- Use of Accutane within the past nine months
If any of these circumstances apply to you, laser hair removal may not be a suitable treatment option. Your technician will complete a confidential medical history chart with you on the day of your consultation to address any contra-indicators or other concerns you may have.