Safe & Painless
Laser hair removal has become very effective in the past ten years. Often the preferred method of hair removal now, it’s safe, effective, and more permanent than any other method such as waxing, plucking, shaving, and electrolysis. Also, prices are pretty reasonable at Natural Health and Beauty Clinic. The easiest person to treat for laser hair removal has darker hair on lighter skin. But there are now lasers that do a good job with dark hair on dark skin. It still does not work well for grey hair, fine blond hair, or red hair. Women with hormonal problems such as polycystic ovaries disease might need more than 5-7 treatments to have a significant hair reduction.
The laser emits a very specific beam of light at a wavelength that is targeted at melanin in the hair and/or at the follicle growth center (called the hair bulb). Melanin is the material that gives color to our hair and skin. The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. Therefore, the ideal candidate for this procedure has hair that is darker than her skin color. If the skin and hair color are too similar, it confuses some lasers
Hair growth has three stages: Anagen (active stage), Catagen (regression) and Telogen (resting). In order to achieve permanent laser hair removal reduction, ideally the hair follicle should be treated by the laser during the anagen or active stage of hair growth. At any given time, a certain percentage of hairs are in the “resting” phase, rather than a growth phase. The laser will not be effective on those resting hairs, which is why, on average, five treatments are necessary in each area to achieve maximum results. More treatments can be done as soon as further hair growth appears. Due to the variation in the number of hairs in the resting phase, certain parts of the body will respond more rapidly whereas others might take much longer to show effects. For example, the face usually responds more slowly than the bikini line
There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate laser hair removal very easily. We operate an Alma Soprano laser which is the only Pain FREE laser in the industry. In our laser clinic we use a cooling machine (Zimmer cooler) during the treatment to make the experience even more comfortable. Treatments can take from minutes to hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.
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Would you like to know the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL Hair removal?
It is often mistaken that IPL and lasers are the same. IPL is an Intense Pulse Light that treats using a full spectrum of light with different scattered wave lengths, while a laser uses one specific wavelength of light.
IPL can release light over a wide wavelength range, unlike lasers, which can only deliver one specific, yet very powerful, wavelength. The importance of wave lengths is that different wave lengths are absorbed by different colors (chromophores). The color of the hair follicle is the target. IPL and lasers both work by sending intense light energy into the hair follicles. Once the light is absorbed in the hair follicle (chromophore), the light converts to heat and destroys the hair follicle. Lasers were developed to provide permanent hair removal solutions, where IPL was originally developed to treat a variety of skin conditions and hair loss came as a side effect.
IPL targets brown pigment so its hair removal properties are limited to light skin (minimal pigment target) and dark hair (more pigment target). Patients with darker skin are much more prone to side effects when using IPL, such as burns, hyperpigmentation and other skin damage. As well, it does not effectively treat light hair, due to the lack of pigment (target/chromophore).
Laser hair removal has proven to be much more effective and less painful than IPL hair removal. Laser targets strictly the hair follicle as opposed to the pigment surrounding the hair follicle resulting in less collateral skin damage and happier patients.
To conclude, laser hair removal is a safer and more effective alternative when seeking hair removal solutions. Here at Natural Health and Beauty Clinic we have both technologies: we are using an Alma Sprano laser for hair removal services and an IPL platform with various heads (wavelengths) used for redness, broken capillaries, pigmentation, collagen stimulation, skin tightening and antiaging.
Hair removal is commonly performed with IPL devices in most specialized clinics in Edmonton. However, there have been few clinical studies directly comparing the efficiency of lasers and IPL devices in the same individual until recently. You might ask why some clinics are using only IPL for hair removal and not a “real” laser? The main reason would be the technology cost, an IPL being less expensive than a real laser. The equipment cost combined with lack of practical experience and sometimes technical knowledge is the reason behind the “amazing “Grupon “deals, almost too good to be true.
If you want the best value for your investment, if you want the best treatment performed on a real laser, with a certified laser technician, under the supervision of a laser instructor member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, please call Natural Health and Beauty Clinic at 780-665-1375 and we will be more than happy to help you.