Frequently Asked Questions 

What causes excess hair?

Hair grows in a cycle (Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen) many factors influence its growth, like age, ethnicity, medications, hormone levels, and even body site. All factors influence the length, coarseness, and the color of the body hair. What we see depend on how many hairs are in their active growth cycle (anagenic phase) and how long that cycle lasts.


How does the laser work?

Richmond Skin and Laser Centre uses the most sophisticated system to perform quick and long lasting hair removal. The system emits light that is absorbed by the pigment located in that hair follicle (melanin). The laser is "turned on," for only a fraction of a second. The duration of the pulses has been carefully determined so that the energy will be absorbed by the hair follicle and disables it. The result is safe and effective hair removal. The dead hair then falls our within 10 to 21 days after the treatment.


Does the treatment hurt?

There is some discomfort with the laser treatment, but not painful. The laser has a chill top that numbs the skin and protects it from any thermal damage. For sensitive facial and body areas, we can prescribe a topical anesthetic for you.


Is if safe? 

Laser hair removal was pioneered after more than 30 years of laser research by physicians. To provide safe and effective hair removal, the laser parameters were carefully defined to safely and effectively remove the hair.

What is the advantage of using a laser?

Lasers are precise instruments that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will specifically disable the hair follicle. The laser uses a wide beam, which treats many hairs at once. Because of this, large areas like a man's full back, full legs, or arms can be completely hair free within a few hours. You will see the immediate results that will last far longer than shaving, tweezing, waxing, chemical depilation, or other temporary methods.

What happens to the skin after the treatment? 

Within several minutes of the treatment, the treated area will become slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides, and within a few hours the area returns to normal.


Is the hair removal permanent?

Theoretically, damage to the hair follicle can remove unwanted hair permanently. Due to the nature of that hair and the many factors that influence the growth of hair, the results are variable. The effect of repeated treatments is accumulative. Most people experience a marked reduction in hair, or the hair becomes finer and lighter in color.


Will I need more than 1 treatment?

Yes, nearly always. The laser works on an anagenic phase (actively growing hair) whereas, telegenic phase (resting hair) is not affected by the laser. Depending on the body site, various percentages of hair are in the growing phase at one time. Some sites require 3 or 4 treatments and some require more depending on the degree of hair thinning or reductions you desire.