Laser Hair Removal

How does laser hair removal work?

If anyone has ever told you that laser hair removal is permanent and can be done in one treatment...they were lying to you! It takes an average of 6 treatments. Also, due to hormones and aging, not every hair can be destroyed.

Your hair grows in three different phases:

The laser has to catch the hair in the active growth phase (anagen phase) to destroy it permanently. Depending on the area being treated, it can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks for the hair to return to the active stage. Treatments should be booked at these time intervals for best results. After each treatment, 20 to 25 percent of the hair will be permanently gone, although it may take up to one month to notice a difference.

The laser's light is attracted to colour (melanin) in the hair and uses heat to destroy the hair follicle and it's blood supply while at the same time it is protecting the surrounding tissue. For this reason, the more contrast between the colour of the skin and the colour of the hair (i.e. dark hair and light skin), the more effective the treatment. The laser is also more attracted to active colour, which is why getting laser removal with freshly-tanned skin can lead to a risk of burning. Naturally-coloured skin may still be treated because the melanocytes in dark skin are not active like they are in freshly-tanned skin. Due to the low contrast between the hair colour and skin colour, caution still needs to be taken with dark skin. This is why treatments for those with dark skin are programmed with less heat. Unfortunately, this setting will require more treatments.

After the desired level of hair reduction is achieved, maintenance treatments are often needed once or twice per year, depending on the area.

The Vikini Laser

The Vikini uses state of the art technology which can effectively work on every skin type and thick or thin hair. The procedures involve less pain than other lasers and are very fast. This laser works on Continuous Wave technology which makes sure the average Peak Power is the same in every pulse (keeping it very accurate) which might not be the case in other lasers which work on qasi-static waves. Every pulse that is emitted by the Vikini system is divided into two parts: a long pulse and a short pulse. FDP (Fast Delivery Pulse) Mode delivers 10Hz maximum speed for fast treatment for large treatment areas without compromising safety.


Diode Laser vs. Intense Pulsed Light

An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machine is not a laser. It has filtered light at a certain wavelength which imitates a laser. The IPL may effectively irritate the hair but will not destroy the hair follicle like a laser can. You will see more permanent hair reduction with a diode laser because it not only targets the hair follicle, but the blood supply to the hair follicle as well.

Who should refrain from laser hair removal?

People who:
– Have had unprotected sun exposure or used tanning beds within the last 4 to 6 weeks
– Have blonde, grey, or white hair in the area they want removed
– Have used self-tanners within the last 2 weeks
– Have recently used other hair removal methods such as waxing, plucking, electrolysis, or creams on the area being treated
– Have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator
– Have used Accutane within the last 6 months
– Have a history of keloid scarring
– Have any abnormal or undiagnosed pigmentation or autoimmune skin disorders such as vitiligo
– Have non-intact skin (infection, psoriasis, eczema, rash of any kind) in the area being treated
– Have had laser resurfacing in the area being treated within the last 3 months
– Have poorly-controlled diabetes
–  Are pregnant or nursing
– Taking medication that may cause photosensitivity
– Have had a chemical peel on the area being treated within the last 2 weeks
– Have tattoos on the area being treated

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

– The area being treated is to be shaved closely the day before treatment. Continue to use shaving as your only method of hair removal in the area being treated during your series of laser hair removal treatments.

– Avoid the sun! Lasers target freshly-tanned skin.

– Ladies, please do not book your appointment when you are on your period, as this will make everything feel more painful.

– On the day of the appointment, avoid perfumes, colognes, lotions, deodorants, and any other body products on the area being treated.

– You may choose to take Tylenol or Advil 30 minutes before your appointment.

*Note: You may use a local anesthetic topical cream 30 to 60 minutes before the treatment, but most clients find it unnecessary with the Vikini laser. The brazilian treatment area is where numbing cream is most commonly used. Dr. Numb topical cream may be purchased from LA Laser & Spa ahead of time to make your treatment more comfortable.

Post-Treatment Care

– Treat the skin like you would a mild sunburn.

– Avoid any kind of heat to the area being treated over the next few days after treatment, including hot showers.

– Avoid the sun! Use a sunscreen of SPF30 or higher.

– Do not scrub, scratch, pick at, or use strong topical creams or harsh soaps.

– Do not shave until the skin has completely gone back to normal. The treated hairs will fall out in about a month.

– If wearing makeup in the area, use mineral-based makeup. LA Laser & Spa offers several products from the ColoreScience line.

– If any discomfort is present you may use Benadryl creams, cortisone creams, cooling masks, or creams with aloe vera. If necessary, Tylenol may be used as well.

*Note: Please call LA Laser & Spa at 780-232-0965 immediately if you have any complications!

Women's Price List

Treatment AreaSingle Treatment Price
Lip and Chin$110
Side Burns$70
Full Face$150
Feet and Toes$50
Stomach Line$50
Half Legs (Upper)$250
Half Legs (Lower)$200
Full Legs$350
Half Arms$80
Full Arms$100
Full Bikini$120
Lower Back$100

*There is a 10% discount for the purchase of a series of 3 treatments in one area

Men's Price List

Treatment AreaSingle Treatment Price
Beard Line$150
Beard Line and Neck$230
Chest and Abdomen$300
Full Back$275
Half Back$200

*There is a 10% discount for the purchase of a series of 3 treatments in one area

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