Laser Hair Removal
Soprano Ice Platinum
Laser Hair Removal
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent but long lasting way to remove unwanted hair on the body using light with different wavelengths. This method can be very effective in reducing the overall growth of hairs in the targeted area by receiving multiple sessions every 4-6 weeks for up to 8-12 sessions in total.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal targets the follicle of the hair underneath the skin by using selective photothermolysis. This means that the laser focuses on a specific target (in this case it is melanin, the pigment in our skin and hair) in order to heat up the hair follicle and stop the growth of the hair.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, Soprano ICE Platinum may not be a good option for you. Contact us today for a free consultation at our Burnaby location.
Cancer; in particular, skin cancer
Pregnancy (including IVF)
Use of photosensitive medication and herbs for which 810nm light exposure is contraindicated
Diseases which may be stimulated by light at 810nm
Prolonged exposure to sun or artificial tanning during the 3 to 4 weeks prior the treatment and post treatment
Tattoos or permanent makeup in the treatment area
Active infection of herpes simplex in the treatment area
History of keloid scarring
Diabetes (insulin dependent)
Fragile and dry skin
Hormonal disorders (that are stimulated under intense light)
Use of anticoagulants or history of coagulopathies
Recent surgery in the treatment area - wait 6 months
Use of gold salts
Please read the information below to see if Soprano ICE Platinum is a suitable treatment for you.
Before Your Treatment
Below are precautions that need to be followed before your laser hair removal treatment.
Please shave the treatment area(s) within the 24 hours before your appointment. When shaving, avoid nicks and irritation to the skin by using caution when shaving.
Avoid sun tanning. Sun exposure may cause highly sensitive skin which is more prone to burning.
Avoid any other forms of hair removal besides shaving.
This includes tweezing, waxing, sugaring, threading, and electrolysis.
If you do perform any of these on the treatment area, please wait another 4 weeks minimum before receiving laser hair removal treatments.
Avoid applying any products to the treatment site that exfoliate the skin.
This includes any products that contain retinol or high concentrations of AHA or BHA.
Discontinue the use of antibiotics for 3-5 days prior to your treatment.
Avoid any other aesthetic treatments in the treatment area that may irritate the skin.
Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion
Aggressive microdermabrasion and medium to deep peels- wait 2-3 months or more
Gentle microdermabrasion and superficial peels - wait at least 1-2 weeks
Laser or Light Photo-Rejuvenation (IPL)
Aggressive treatments - wait 2-3 months
Gentle treatments - wait at least 1 week
Laser Spider Vein Removal in the treatment area
Wait at least 4 weeks after treatment
Laser hair removal can be done 1-2 weeks before vascular treatment
After Your Treatment
Please observe the following instructions after receiving your laser hair removal treatment to avoid any negative side effects post-treatment.
Avoid direct sun exposure after treatment.
Avoid any other forms of hair removal besides shaving in between treatments
Including tweezing, waxing, sugaring, threading, and electrolysis.
No hot showers, sauna, swimming pools or exercise for 24 hours.
There may be a presence of red bumps on the skin in the treated areas. This is normal and should go away within 24-48 hours post treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Laser Hair Removal painful?
With the Soprano ICE Platinum, most people feel little to no pain due to the very cold ice handpiece and the cooling gel applied to the skin during the treatment. In the areas that have more coarse, dark hair and more pigmented skin you may feel a slight heat sensation (bikini, underarms).
How many treatments will I need?
We suggest treating each area with at least 8-12 sessions in total for long-term results. Each session should be done every 4-6 weeks to ensure best results according to the hair's natural growth cycle.
How long will it take to see results?
Results can vary for each person. Assuming sessions are received on time and regularly, most people notice results within 5 treatments or less. For some people it may take longer depending on the condition of the hair in the treatment area. For long-term results it is best to complete at least 8-12 sessions per treatment area.
Can you do laser hair removal over a tattoo?
No, we cannot perform laser hair removal over any tattoos because of the pigments in tattoos will risk a burn to the skin. We can only treat the area around the tattoo.
Can you treat white, grey, red or blonde hairs?
We cannot treat white, grey, red or blonde hairs because they do not have a specific pigment. We can treat the black or brown hairs surrounding the area but white, grey, red, or blonde hairs will not be reduced if laser hair removal is performed over them and they will continue to grow.
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