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What is Laser Hair Removal? 

Imagine the freedom of never having to shave or wax again. Advanced laser technology now means that hair removal is safer, faster and more effective than ever before. In fact, most of our clients experience between 80% – 95% reduction of unwanted hair within 5 laser hair removal treatments.

At Ottawa Laser Clinic, we use the LightSheer Diode, the widely-considered “gold standard” of lasers for hair removal in the industry. This Health Canada-approved, state of the art technology provides jaw-dropping results in a remarkably short period of time.

Benefits

In addition to silky smooth skin, laser hair removal means no more razor burn or in-growns. And of course, time savings – permanent hair removal means you no longer have to shave or wax!

Ideal Candidate

All skin tones can be treated with our laser technology but for best results, the hair being removed should be darker than the skin tone. Hair that is blonde, red, white or grey isn’t treatable because there is not enough pigment for the laser to target.

 What to Expect

During treatment, most people experience a slight discomfort that is typically well-tolerated. If necessary, we can use cooling methods to soothe discomfort. Most treatments can be done in 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Immediately after treatment, it is not uncommon to have redness or sensitivity that tends to disappear within 24 hours. If needed, we will apply a soothing post-laser treatment and sun protection. Treated hair should shed approximately 2 weeks after your last laser session.

Pre-/Post-Treatment

Before your laser hair removal treatment, you should:

  • avoid prolonged sun exposure for 4 weeks prior to your first laser session. Skin cannot be suntanned at time of treatment.
  • avoid self-tanning products for 2 weeks prior. In between sessions is fine but skin needs to be free of self-tanners at the time of treatment.
  • shave area to be treated on the day of treatment prior to coming in unless instructed otherwise. A close shave is required.
  • advise your technician of any changes to your health and medications
  • refrain from waxing/plucking/tweezing/threading/electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment (and no more after starting laser!) Shaving before and in between treatments is fine.
  • avoid retinol and very active skin care products for 5-7 days pre-treatment (only on areas being treated)
  • do not apply any lotions or oils on the skin prior to treatment on the day of.

After treatment, you should:

  • apply SPF 30+ to areas exposed to sun every 2 hours
  • avoid prolonged sun exposure for 4 weeks post-treatment
  • apply Zensa healing cream as necessary to soothe skin in treated areas
  • avoid excessive exercise for 2-3 days post-treatment
  • avoid swimming, hot tubs, saunas for 2-3 days post-treatment
  • avoid retinol and very active skin care products for 5-7 days post-treatment (only on areas being treated)
  • exfoliate starting 1 week post-treatment to encourage hair to shed faster and help to lessen and prevent ingrown hairs

 

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How does the laser work?

The LightSheer Diode targets the melanin in the hair follicle of a growing hair, and the heat destroys the follicle, preventing further growth. As hair grows in cycles this usually takes 4–7 treatments, with most people losing approximately 90% of the hair within 5 treatments.

Does it hurt?

Most clients compare the sensation to an elastic band snap. Topical numbing creams are available for the more delicate areas if necessary. The LightSheer has a built-in cooling mechanism which cools the skin prior, parallel and post-treatment. The Ottawa Laser Clinic also offers an additional cooling device to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure.

How long do I have to wait between appointments?

This depends on the area being treated and your personal hair growth cycle. Generally, the wait is between 5–8 weeks.

Is the treatment safe?

The technician invites you to do a patch test first before any actual treatment is performed. This ensures the correct parameters are chosen depending on your skin and hair type. The penetration of the laser is only 3–5 mm into the surface of the skin, so it is actually very superficial. The skin will be initially pink and a little bumpy but that usually fades away quite rapidly within a day or two. The LightSheer Diode is Health Canada-approved and our professionals are certified laser technicians.

Which skin types can be treated?

All skin types can be treated safely by the LightSheer.

How long are the treatment sessions?

This depends on both the density of the hair as well as the area of the body being treated. Typically, an upper lip may only take a few minutes whereas other areas like legs have a larger surface area and will take longer. This is all discussed in detail at the free consultation.

Pricing

$80 / Per Treatment, $240 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Face 1 area (ie. Upper Lip)
$150 / Per Treatment, $450 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Face 2 areas (ie. Upper Lip & Chin)
$220 / Per Treatment, $660 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Face 3 areas (ie. Upper Lip, Chin & Cheeks)
$266 / Per Treatment, $798 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Face 4 areas (ie. Upper Lip, Chin, Cheeks & Neck)
$120 / Per Treatment, $360 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Underarms
$166 / Per Treatment, $498 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Bikini regular
$250 / Per Treatment, $750 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Bikini Brazilian
$400 / Per Treatment, $1,200 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Half leg lower
$550 / Per Treatment, $1,650 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Half leg thigh
$700 / Per Treatment, $2,100 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Full leg
$200 / Per Treatment, $600 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Tummy
$80 / Per Treatment, $240 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Linea (Between Belly Button and Bikini Area)
$350 / Per Treatment, $1,050 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Full arms
$200 / Per Treatment, $600 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Half arms (forearms)
$60 / Per Treatment, $180 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Areola
$200 / Per Treatment, $600 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Buttocks
$600 / Per Treatment, $1,800 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Back
$250 / Per Treatment, $750 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Shoulders
$550 / Per Treatment, $1,650 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Chest
$100 / Per Treatment, $300 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Neck (front to back)
$60 / Per Treatment, $180 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Ears
$50 / Per Treatment, $150 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Nostrils
$100 / Per Treatment, $300 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Hands
$100 / Per Treatment, $300 - Cost of 5 Treatments
Feet
• If 2 areas are treated in one session, you will receive a 5% package discount
• If 3 or more areas are treated in one session, you will receive a 10% package discount
• All new areas are pay-for-3, get-2-free, and clients can pay as they go for the first 3 sessions
• Reduced maintenance rates for any additional treatments (more than 5 on one area) are available and can be discussed in consultation
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