Laser Hair Removal
IT IS IN FACT, THE BIGGEST "AHA EXPERIENCE!”
At Bodywise Toronto, we achieve results in less sessions as compared to any other lasers. You won't really believe us... until you see it all for yourself!
About This Treatment
If you’re tired of shaving or waxing only to have hair grow back again and again, no need to worry, unwanted hair doesn’t have to stay with you for life! With our state-of-the-art laser systems, we offer the most effective and comfortable laser hair removal.
Bodywise Toronto is proud to offer a virtually painless approach to laser hair removal. OMNIMAX S3 Laser Hair Removal by Sharplight is one of the top technologies in the world for providing safe, comfortable, effective, comparatively painless and long lasting hair removal.
IN-Motion & ICE Cooling Technology
Our Omnimax S3 is a powerful medical device designed with non-invasive technologies – proprietary Dynamic Pulse Control™ (DPC) , Radio-Frequency and Laser equipped with a Sapphire Cooling Tip that cools the skin before, during, and after each zap to ensure a comfortable laser treatment experience.
Sharplight®’s innovative technology is effective for all ages and skin types.
Stop bleaching, plucking, waxing and threading for a minimum of 2-4 weeks prior to beginning any laser treatment. Keep in mind that laser works by targeting the root of the hair, therefore it’s vital to grow out the hair after plucking, threading or waxing and shave 24 hours before your laser appointment
Shave 24 hours prior to your laser appointment. This is an important step for any body part to ensure a safe and pain-free experience. It allows enough time for unwanted hair to not grow back before the appointment. Shaving well in advance also allows your skin to avoid experiencing any increased sensitivity from the razor such as razor bumps or razor burns.
The area being treated must be cleansed thoroughly on the day of your appointment, but refrain from using deodorant, makeup or any lotions on the areas being treated. This is to ensure the laser is being penetrated well into the skin without any barriers. If mistakenly used, make sure to inform your medical aesthetician so she can take the necessary steps to cleanse the area before beginning the treatment.
Avoid the sun and tanning in order to avoid skin discoloration and increased skin sensitivity post treatment. It is recommended to avoid prolonged, direct sun exposure, self-tanning lotions, as well as tanning beds minimum 2 weeks before any laser hair removal treatment. Sunscreen is highly recommended to use immediately after the treatment and continued use throughout the series of appointments. Your medical aesthetician at Bodywise can help determine which SPF will be best suited for your skin type.
There are certain medications that should be avoided before beginning laser hair removal treatments, especially those that cause sun sensitivity (photosensitivity). Many of these include certain acne medications. It is important and highly crucial to inform your medical aesthetician during the consultation process of any medication you are taking or have taken in the past to ensure safety of your skin.
These tips will help your treatment go a lot smoother and to work better, and safer. Do not hesitate to ask questions when making your appointment. You are welcome to consult with one of our medical aestheticians in person, or virtually to ensure all your questions are being answered, and that you are fully prepared for your treatment!
- It is imperative that you avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment. This is a must and no exceptions will be made.
- Tanning creams (self-tanner) should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
- Inform the technician if you have taken Accutane (oral acne medication) in the past year.
- Do not tweeze, wax or epilate the area being treated for approximately 6 weeks prior to treatment.
- The night before treatment thoroughly shave all areas to be treated; skin must be clean and free of all hair.
THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT
When you arrive at Bodywise Toronto, a staff member will guide you to the treatment area and your procedure will begin shortly thereafter. We will provide you with protective eyewear then ask you to bare the area where hair is to be removed (it’s a good idea to wear loose fitting or easy-to-remove clothing for this reason).
The treatment itself is quick and almost entirely painless. Some practices will choose to apply a topical anesthetic but, in the majority of cases, no painkillers are necessary. Our modern laser technology incorporates cooling systems that help to minimize discomfort while also ensuring that the skin tissue surrounding the treatment area is unharmed. Therefore you won’t feel much discomfort. At most, you’ll feel a gentle heating of the area.
- If possible, arrive without creams or make-up on the treatment area. Otherwise please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment in order to cleanse the skin. Cleansing products are available for your convenience.
- Allow 20 minutes to 1 hour for your appointment depending on the size of the treatment area.
- Just prior to treatment, you will be given eye shields to wear to protect your eyes.
FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE
After the treatment is finished patients can expect to notice mild swelling, redness and a sensation that resembles a sunburn affecting the area where the laser was targeted. This is normal and begins to subside almost immediately. Swelling usually vanishes within about two hours with redness and discomfort subsiding after two or three days (much like the average sunburn). Most practices will recommend that patients apply ice (every 15 to 20 minutes) or a provided post-laser lotion or ointment in the hours following treatment in order to minimize these side effects.
To ensure that your laser hair removal treatment is effective it’s important to take a few additional steps after the procedure. Sun exposure should be kept at the bare minimum until skin tone returns to normal and physical irritants (like scrubbing, scratching or performing additional hair removal) need to be avoided as well. Makeup can usually be applied right after treatment is finished although, in some cases, your practitioner may advise against using any topical products for a period of time after hair removal.
Skin should return to a normal look and feel within a few days and results will become noticeable somewhere between five to twenty days after the appointment, however this depends on how many treatments have been performed up to that date. In some instances, there may be no apparent change after the very first procedure, but this isn’t a concern – repeated Laser hair removal treatments will achieve results. Many patients may be alarmed by what appears to be new hair growth at this time but this is actually surface hair shedding and is a natural part of the removal process. Follow-up treatments are necessary in order to achieve full hair removal so be sure not to get discouraged with your initial results.
Potential Side Effects
The best way to minimize the risk of side effects is to avoid UV exposure for 7 days pre- and post-treatment.
- Avoid sunburns and tans for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid sunless tanning products for 7 days before treatment.
- Provide your technician with an accurate and up to date medical history in order to receive safe and effective treatments.
- Side effects are uncommon but may include; Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin), Hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigmentation), mild to moderate burns or blisters, permanent skin discoloration, temporary redness, follicular edema (little pink/red “puffiness and small bumps like “goose bumps”), swelling and itching in the treated area, hives, rashes, bruising, and lack of desired results.
- Clients who are pregnant cannot be treated.
- Technicians cannot treat over tattoos.
- If you have epilepsy, Bodywise Toronto will be unable to provide this treatment.
All your F.A.Qs on laser hair removal are answered here
First time getting laser hair removal? We've got you covered! We're here to answer any questions you have. Here is our list of dos and don'ts to help you make the most out of your Bodywise Laser Hair Removal service.
How does the laser work?
The laser emits powerful light energy that targets and heats hair follicles. After treatment, the follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.
What areas can laser hair removal treat?
The Bodywise Laser can remove hair from many areas including the face, back, chest, arms, underarm, genitalia, and legs.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
The laser machine at Bodywise can be safely used on all skin types from very light skin to very dark skin. It is best if the hair is black or brown, however, your provider will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.
Can the laser get rid of all of my unwanted hair?
Since your hair grows in different phases it is not possible for any laser treatment to achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments can be administered for maximum results.
Is hair removal permanent?
Hair removal is permanent. Hair follicles in the anagen phase, or growth phase, are targeted by the laser. After treatment, those follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.
Can anyone have this treatment?
Laser hair removal is effective on individuals with dark hair anywhere on their face or body. Individuals with very light or gray hair are not ideal candidates. Any skin color can be treated, as the laser is effective on light and dark skin types. Speak with one of our provider to discuss if you are a good candidate.
How many treatments will I need?
Since your hair grows in three stages, several treatments are needed to affect all of the unwanted hair. The number of treatments can vary between individuals, depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color and hair coarseness.Typically 4 to 6 treatments are needed but this will depend on a number of factors. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your consultation.
What does the treatment feel like?
Most people feel only a slight “snap” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece guides over the treatment area.
How far apart are treatment sessions?
It depends on which area is getting treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Back, chest, and legs are approximately 8-10 weeks apart.
Is hair removal with Sharplight Omnimax S3 safe on dark skin?
Yes. While the melanin in dark skin is exponentially more sensitive to the heat used in laser treatment, Sharplight's OMNIMAX S3 has been clinically proven to be the safe for dark skin types. Rather than exposing the hair follicle to a single high energy pulse which can cause trauma to skin with a high melanin count, it gradually heats the skin until the required heat energy is delivered to the hair follicle. This makes it the safest laser hair removal option, including for dark skinned patients.
Can I shave in between laser hair removal sessions?
Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. However, you should not wax or tweeze the hair between treatment sessions.
How quickly will I recover?
You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary post- treatment care with you during the consultation.
Can you do laser hair removal during pregnancy?
Sorry future mamas! Unfortunately, you can’t have laser done during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Can you laser over tattoos?
No! We need to cover your tattoos to prevent damage / fading of your ink! Piercings will need to be removed.
Is there an age limit for laser hair removal?
18 and older? just sign on the dotted line! 16-18? We will require parental consent. Under 16? We will not be able to provide any treatment.
What are the risks?
The biggest risk with lasers is eye damage. Both you and your provider will be wearing goggles specific to the type of laser that’s being used. Other risks include blistering, scarring, and burns that can discolor your skin. It’s normal for there to be some redness and swelling.
Can laser hair removal remove ingrown hair?
Yes! A common use of laser hair removal systems is the treatment and prevention of ingrown hairs anywhere on a patient’s face or body.
Laser technology uses a specialized method for breaking down the growth of all hair and the effects of this work to effectively combat ingrown hair as well. Common hair removal methods (like shaving, waxing and plucking) are carried out by breaking the hair shaft on a superficial level (at the surface of the skin or just below it) and this can actually lead to more ingrown hair. Laser hair removal stops hair growth by halting it at the follicle root itself, permanently damaging the follicles ability to produce new hairs.
Lasers are able to stop the development of ingrown hair by addressing the problem at its source, stopping hair from growing before it has a chance to become trapped in the skin or follicle. It also works to address existing ingrown hairs in a similar way, offering patients a comprehensive solution to the problem. After only a few sessions of laser treatment, patients are able to put a stop to ingrown hairs forever and are free to live their lives without worrying about having to suffer through any further pain or embarrassment.
What type of hair & skin can this system treat?
This Laser Hair Removal System can treat both fine and coarse hair, as well as lighter hair on all skin types.
How long does the laser hair removal procedure take?
5 minutes to 1 hour per session; as per the size of the targeted area. Thanks to its advanced, new technology, Sharplight's Laser Hair Removal system works several times faster than others. We can treat smaller areas such as the upper lip, underarms, or bikini line in about 5 minutes; as well as legs or back in only 20 minutes!
At Bodywise Toronto, we strive to provide exceptional care and personalized services to all our valued clients. To ensure the smooth operation of our appointments and to accommodate the needs of all our clients, we have implemented a 24-hour cancellation policy. Please carefully read and understand the following policy:
1. Cancellation Notice: If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we kindly request a minimum of 24 hours' notice prior to your scheduled appointment time. This allows us to offer the vacant appointment slot to another client who may be in need of our services.
2. Late Cancellations and No-Shows: In the event of a late cancellation (less than 24 hours' notice) or a no-show (failure to attend the appointment without any notice), the following consequences will apply:
a. Late Cancellation: If you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled time, the full service fee for the missed appointment will be charged to your account. This fee helps compensate for the time, resources, and lost opportunities that result from the late cancellation.
b. No-Show: If you fail to show up for your appointment without any prior notice, the full service fee for the missed appointment will be charged to your account. This fee reflects the lost opportunity to provide the scheduled service to another client.
3. Communication and Exceptions: We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise, such as sudden illness or emergencies. In such cases, please contact us as soon as possible to explain the situation. We will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis and may waive the cancellation fee if the circumstances warrant it. Timely communication allows us to better assist you and potentially reschedule your appointment.
4. Appointment Changes: If you wish to reschedule your appointment, we encourage you to provide us with at least 24 hours' notice. We will make every effort to accommodate your request and find a suitable alternative appointment time for you.
5. Confirmation and Reminders: We send appointment reminders via [preferred communication method, such as email or text message] to help you keep track of your scheduled appointments. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have your updated contact information and that you receive and acknowledge these reminders.
We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our cancellation policy. By adhering to this policy, you allow us to maintain the highest standard of service for all our clients and utilize our resources effectively. If you have any questions or require further clarification regarding our policy, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff. Thank you for choosing Bodywise Toronto, and we look forward to serving you.