Laser Hair Removal FAQs

February 13, 2017

Laser hair removal is gaining major popularity across the globe. This is not surprising, as it is an effective, affordable, and permanent solution to body hair removal. The days of waxing, tweezing, and harsh chemical creams are over! Let’s explore some frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.


Q: How do I prep for a laser hair removal session?

An important note before each laser treatment is to arrive without any lotions, deodorant, makeup, or cosmetics of any kid to allow the lasers to penetrate directly to the root and follicle of your hair. Following the treatment, skin is typically more sensitive than usual for about 24 hours, particularly to scented cosmetic products and warm temperatures. Try to avoid using extremely hot water in showers or baths, and try staying out of the sun to avoid any irritation following your treatment.


Q: Does the treatment cause pain?

Most people describe laser hair removal as feeling like an elastic band lightly hitting your skin. We often hear that laser hair removal is less painful than waxing. But, yes, you may feel small amounts of pain during a treatment. 


Q: How long will the treatment’s results last?

Results depend on the frequency of your visits, and the number of your visits. If you stick to the schedule provided by your laser technician, your results will likely be more effective. Results can also depend on hormone levels and thickness of the hair. Expert technicians will be able to provide you with information about if you need a touch-up session.


Q: Is there anything I can do to ease the process?

Don’t wear any makeup or cosmetic products, and take a low-dose painkiller before hand.


Q: Do the treatments cause any side effects?

Following your technician’s advice is the best way to avoid any negative side effects following the treatment. For example, it’s important to wear sunscreen after your treatments and avoid time in the sun, as your skin may be sensitive immediately after your treatment.


Q: How much time does the treatment take?

This depends on what part of the body is being treated. Some areas can take up to 20 minutes, while others can take around an hour.


Q: Do the treatments work on very dark skin?

Yes, the treatments provide optimal results on all types and shades of skin.


Q: How much does an average treatment cost?

This depends on the body part and type of laser being used for your session. Your IG Beauty expert will be able to provide you with a quote for your treatment in advance. 


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Q: Is There Laser Hair Removal for Men?

Yes, yes, and yes! More and more men are choosing laser hair removal for its safety, effectiveness, and long-lasting results. Laser hair removal offers a number of benefits to men, such as improved hygiene and aesthetics, and presents a long-lasting solution to excessive body hair.  At IGBeauty, we offer laser hair removal treatments for any part of man’s body, such as underarms, back, chest, arms, or legs. We also offer the popular Manzilian procedure for hair removal around the pubic region.


Q: How Many Sessions Will I Need?

The laser targets hair follicles only when the hair is in active growth phase. At any given time, however, some of your hairs remain in the rest phase, meaning that the laser will not be effective on them. Therefore, more than one treatment is needed to achieve the best results.

One of many advantages of Laser Hair Removal is the short duration of each treatment. While 3 to 7 sessions may be required for long-lasting results (depending on the skin tone, hair colour, or the body part being treated), the individual sessions will require less than an hour to complete.

Most patients will also need touch-up sessions 1-4 times a year to maintain the permanent result.


Q: Can I Have Laser Hair Removal for Facial Hair?

With modern technologies, laser hair removal has been proven to be completely safe for the face. With professional facial laser hair removal treatment, there will be virtually no downtime and absolutely no harmful side effects. Even though certain after treatment care is required, you will be able to return to your daily activities immediately. Many patients actually report that the facial skin feels rejuvenated and revitalized after the laser treatment.

The areas commonly treated for women include sideburns, the upper lip, and chin. For men, it is most often the back of the neck and the neckline.


Q: What is the Aftercare for Laser Hair Removal Sessions?

Right after the treatment, you may experience redness or swelling in the area treated – the feeling could be compared to mild sunburn. Within several hours or days after the treatment, these side effects will vanish. After each session:

  • Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks following the treatment;
  • Every day, apply sunscreen with SPF30 to the treated area;
  • Clean the area gently twice a day;
  • For 7 days following the session, avoid irritants, such as retinoids, glycolics, etc.;
  • Avoid sauna use, hot baths, or active exercise until the redness is gone;
  • Do not scratch, tweeze, or pick the area.


Q: Is Laser Hair Removal Actually Permanent?

Yes, indeed, laser hair removal is able to produce long-lasting or permanent results. If the laser is able to target each hair follicle several times over the course of the laser treatments, it will forever prevent the hair follicle from producing hair. However, since not all hairs are in active growth phase at the same time, on average of 5 treatments are required to achieve the desired results. Many patients will also find that they need 1 to 4 touch-up sessions per year to maintain permanent result.


Laser hair removal is a wonderful tool to manage and eliminate hair on areas of your body and face. It’s an affordable solution that really lasts! For more information or if you have any additional questions, contact IG Beauty at 416-484-4884. You can also e-mail us at Our clinic is located at 605 Eglinton Avenue East, in Toronto Ontario. 

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