Does the thought of shaving, waxing, or using hair removal products exhaust you? Laser hair removal can permanently reduce or eliminate unwanted body hair, through a comfortable in-office treatment called LightSheer®. For women, hair on the legs, bikini line, and underarms can be time consuming and expensive to control. And men often desire less hair, or no hair, on their chest, back, arms, legs, or underarms. Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck offers laser hair removal in his Ottawa, Ontario, practice so that you can enjoy smooth, hairless skin without endless upkeep. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
Laser Hair Removal Candidates
If you have unwanted body hair, you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal with the innovative LightSheer® system. LightSheer® destroys hair follicles, preventing future hair growth. The treatment can be used on most types of skin and hair.
Many patients who have tried other lengthy, uncomfortable treatments for hair removal find that this particular laser procedure is convenient, comfortable, and effective. This treatment takes significantly less time than other, similar in-office hair removal procedures.
The Procedure: What to Expect
Each treatment session typically takes 15 to 20 minutes per area, and will be completed in one of our comfortable, treatment rooms. To remove the hair, we use the LightSheer® device, which features a vacuum-assisted, diode laser that emits rapid light pulses.
The number of treatments you require will depend on the area treated, how much hair you have in the area, and how your follicles respond to treatment.
As the hair is treated, the follicles absorb the light and the follicles heat up. Both the follicle and the root are then permanently damaged. For larger treatment areas, many follicles can receive treatment all at once, therefore reducing total treatment time significantly. Numbing lotions or anesthesia are not required for this non-invasive procedure.
You should plan to schedule multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Since your hair follicles are in various stages of hair growth at any given time, some will continue to produce hair, unless they are re-treated. Best results occur when follicles are in their early growth phase.
The number of treatments you require will depend on the area treated, how much hair you have in the area, and how your follicles respond to treatment. During your initial consultation, Dr. Van Wyck will provide you with an estimate as to the number of treatments needed to achieve your desired results.
Results and Recovery
Treatment results can vary, but you should notice results after multiple treatments. Most patients experience no side effects, though some have reported minor irritation, redness, or swelling after treatment. However, since your hair follicles have been permanently damaged, this reaction is quite normal.
There is no recovery period when you undergo laser hair removal. Immediately after your treatment, you can resume normal activities, such as driving, working, or exercising, without any required downtime.
Schedule a Consultation
With laser hair removal, you will be able to throw away your razor and tweezers, and cancel your waxing appointments. Call our Ottawa cosmetic surgery practice today to learn more about laser hair removal and how it can benefit you.