Permanent Hair Removal

 

Hair reduction

Fotona’s high-performance Nd:YAG laser systems have introduced new standards of efficiency in providing safe and effective hair reduction.

Safe for All Skin Types

Fotona’s Nd:YAG lasers incorporate revolutionary pulse-control technology and a proprietary three-dimensional treatment pattern (FRAC3®) to provide safe and effective hair reduction. Unlike other wavelengths, only Nd:YAG is safe to use on all skin types. Fotona’s innovative system effectively targets surface treatment areas while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected.

The success of permanent hair reduction treatments depends largely on a patient’s skin and hair type, as well as the skills and treatment insight of the practitioner. Most patients can expect a significant reduction in unwanted hair, and any future hair growth will usually be thinner and lighter, and thus much less pronounced than before.


 

FAQ’s

Why is laser the treatment of choice for hair removal?

Lasers remove hair for good, giving you a long-lasting, even permanent result.  In only a few treatments.

Traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, plucking/tweezing, sugaring, and stringing provide only temporary results — some for fewer than 24 hours.  Within hours or possibly days, you are back at it again, hunched over a magnifying mirror to tweeze out facial hair, running a razor over tender skin, or enduring painful waxing.  To make it worse, these methods can often stimulate hair growth!

Laser has another advantage, in that you NEVER AGAIN have to let the hair grow out a few days before your treatments in order to get it to work, as you do with the other methods.

How does laser remove hair?

Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment (colour) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turns disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

What makes a FOTONA laser hair removal treatment safe and comfortable?

Fotona’s high-performance Nd:YAG laser systems with FRAC3® technology have introduced new standards of efficiency in providing safe and effective hair reduction – using an innovative system that effectively targets hair follicles with a combination of selective and homogenous photothermolysis.

What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?

Most areas of the body and face can be safely treated.

Are some people better candidates for laser hair removal than others?

Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin and coarse, dark hair (brown and black) hair.  We have had superb results with individuals with all ranges of skin colour and hair colour.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment.  At SDS Rejuvenate, we plan for adequate time to go as slowly or as fast as is comfortable and appropriate for each client.

Why does it take a number of laser hair removal treatments to clear an area of excess , unwanted hair?

Hair grows in repeating cycles, and only in the actively growing phase does the hair contain enough pigment to absorb sufficient energy to disable the hair follicle.  When hair is in the dormant phase, it has little or no pigment, and it cannot absorb the laser light.  When you come to us for your treatment, we disable all of the hair follicles with actively growing hair in the treatment area.  A few weeks later, some of your dormant hairs will have moved into the actively growing stage, and you will come in for a treatment to disable those.  As this cycle gets repeated, you experience increasing reduction of hair.

How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?

Most laser companies tell us to tell you that it will take six to eight treatments to achieve clearance of an area.  We have some clients who are happy after four treatments, and a tiny minority who have needed more than eight.

What is the cost of laser hair removal?

The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size, complexity and other factors of the area treated.

What causes hair growth?

Heredity and ethnic background constitute the primary causes of hair growth.  Superfluous or excessive hair growth in women often results from normal biological changes that they undergo throughout life, such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause and old age.  Any one of these changes may cause an increase in hair growth in areas that never had hair before, or cause a small to moderate problem area to worsen.  Other causes of hair growth can be associated with certain medications, stress and obesity.

More serious causes can be an abnormality in the endocrine system, such as irregular menstrual cycles;  ovarian disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS); and thyroid abnormalities.

Why do temporary hair removal methods such as waxing and tweezing stimulate hair growth?

Waxing, tweezing and depilatory creams are among the top offenders for stimulating hair growth.  When a hair root is pulled at or tugged on to remove it, a blood supply rushes to the area nourishing the hair follicle.  When this process is done regularly the result is growth of very coarse, deep rooted hairs.  Most clients are surprised to learn that years of waxing and/or tweezing have played a role in making the hair growth worse.

Is laser hair removal uncomfortable, or even painful?

You may experience a very small but manageable sensation that we describe as a “pinch” or a “zap” when we pulse the laser.  Most of our former waxing, stringing and electrolysis clients report that the discomfort is far less than those methods of hair removal.  Stress, fatigue, caffeine, your menstrual cycle and pain tolerance may also influence the level of comfort —  or discomfort —  that you feel.