Laser Hair Removal

The Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre, opened in 1996, is the first laser hair removal clinic established in Canada. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, also called a photofacial, help patients at the Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre reduce fine lines, blemishes, and broken blood vessels; diminish freckles and age spots; and improve skin tone and elasticity.

Women and men who want to enjoy smooth skin without plucking and waxing travel to our Vancouver practice for laser hair removal from Surrey and throughout southwest British Columbia. Request a consultation using the online form to have your questions about laser hair removal treatments answered. You can also call (604) 708-9891 to schedule your treatment appointments.

Laser Hair Removal Benefits

This treatment offers a number of advantages for women and men who want an effective alternative to electrolysis in Vancouver and a lasting solution for unwanted hair.

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • No downtime
  • No need to shave, wax or pluck

How Laser Hair Removal Works

We use the Fotona, which is a high-performance Nd:YAG laser system with FRAC3®* technology. This innovative system introduces a new standard of efficiency in providing 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 the pigment located in the hair follicles while leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected.

*FRAC3® is a three-dimensional treatment effect that seeks out minuscule, age-related imperfections in skin tissue. With FRAC3® more surrounding tissue remains unaffected, ensuring faster healing and less patient downtime compared to conventional fractional treatments.

Laser Hair Removal Candidates

Laser hair removal treatments performed at our practice have a very high success rate for both men and women. The advanced FRAC3® technology pinpoints hair follicles with extraordinary precision.

Patients with certain skin types are better suited for laser hair removal than others. The best candidate is someone with very light skin and dark hair. The laser targets the hair follicle, which absorbs the light energy. The contrast between light skin and dark hair enables the laser to focus more precisely on the follicle — and not the surrounding skin.

That said, skin types fall into 1 of 6 categories, and the Nd:YAG laser can be safely used on all types. It’s simply a matter of adjusting the laser based on your specific skin type. Laser hair removal is not as effective for patients with blonde, red, or lighter hair.

What to Expect

Most patients can expect a significant reduction of 50% to 80% or better. The success of hair reduction treatments depends largely on a patient’s skin and hair type, as well as the skills and treatment insight of the practitioner. Hair is natural to your body and grows in stages so in practice, no laser destroys all of the follicles. Some are destroyed while others are reduced to finer, lighter regrowth and/or prolonged dormancy.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Multiple treatments at consistent intervals provide the best results. Treatment intervals can vary depending on the hair cycle growth patterns in that area of the body. It is possible that with a sufficient number of treatments, true “permanent hair removal” can ultimately be achieved, but not for every single hair present in a given area. Be advised that the FDA cleared these lasers for “permanent hair reduction,” and not “permanent hair removal,” which is advertised by many clinics. 
These clinics that have advertised “guaranteed permanent hair removal” have gone out of business, or change their corporate names when they become unable to honour their guarantees of “permanent hair removal.” Many of these “guarantees” are simply assurances that your hair will be finer for a short period of time. Age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, medication, and hormones all play a role in the location, resilience, and thickness of hair. 
It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict how many treatments each individual will require to achieve the best long term benefits. Experience to date with laser hair reduction suggests that the hair reduction achieved may be permanent, but an honest, reputable physician cannot guarantee this fact.

Common Questions

How is hair removal using IPL different?
Both laser and intense pulsed light can be effective hair removal treatments. The primary difference is that IPL is a different technology that works by using light energy to generate heat that destroys hair follicles. Our laser skin care specialists can explain the benefits of each type of treatment during your consultation and help determine what’s right for you.

How many treatments are needed?
The treatment plan depends on several factors. Skin type, hair color, and the size of the hair follicles will all influence the number of treatments required to get the desired results. Someone with less hair density, lighter skin, and darker hair may see the results they want after only a couple of treatments. On average, most people undergo at least 3 treatments. This is because hair grows in cycles, and it’s impossible to target every hair follicle in a single session because some follicles are not actively growing at any given moment.

Does laser hair removal hurt?
The discomfort experienced during laser hair removal is often compared to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped on your skin. The Fotona system for hair removal blows a gentle stream of cold air on the skin during the treatment making the procedure exceptionally comfortable.

There is no downtime, per se, after the procedure, and patients can return to their normal daily activities. However, patients should avoid direct sunlight for a few days after treatment.

How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal at our Vancouver practice varies by the size of the treatment area (or areas) and the number of treatments required. Because we customize each treatment plan to meet a patient’s specific needs, we quote a specific price after the consultation.