Vectus Laser Hair Removal in West Vancouver
For millennia, people have been diligently plucking, waxing, and shaving unwanted face and body hair in pursuit of smoother skin – only to have it all grow back a few days later. These traditional hair removal methods are messy, time-consuming, irritate sensitive skin, and only provide short-term results. Thankfully, there’s now a better way of doing things!
If undesirable hair is standing between you and your aesthetic goals, Vectus™ laser hair removal may be the ideal solution for your needs. Read on to learn more about this innovative option, then schedule your consultation for laser hair removal in West Vancouver at the Advanced Laser Technology & Cosmetic Centre by calling us at 604-925-1301.
About Vectus Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has grown to become one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in North America. The Vectus laser – the pinnacle of laser technology – makes high-volume, long-term hair removal attainable. The laser emits gentle, uniform pulses of energy that pass through the skin and into the hair follicle, stunting the cells that stimulate hair regrowth. Unlike other laser hair removal systems, the Vectus diode laser targets the hair, not the pigment, so it is safe for use on all skin types.
With the Vectus laser, we will select one of multiple our handpiece sizes, based on your treatment area. This versatility allows us to rapidly treat large areas such as the back, thus increasing client comfort. We can also access smaller, hard-to-reach spots.
The Vectus features the revolutionary Skintel™ Melanin Reader, the only melanin reader cleared by the FDA for use with light-based treatments. By measuring the skin pigment at each treatment session, we can determine the ideal setting for each person, for improved safety and outcomes.
Proven Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has several notable benefits when compared to plucking, waxing, shaving, and other low-tech options:
- Outstanding long-term results
- Treatment sessions completed in only a few minutes – much faster than shaving or waxing
- Ideal for removing dark, coarse hairs
- Destroys the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged
- Safe, FDA-approved way to decrease hair from any area
- Painless solution with no need for recovery time
- Effective for people with all skin tones and types
- Long-lasting results
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Women and men alike are opting to get light-based, permanent hair reduction, and it’s not hard to understand why. Body hair is a perennial cosmetic concern, and smooth skin without the pain and inconvenience of waxing, plucking, and shaving is almost universally desirable.
The Vectus laser allows us to remove unwanted hair from almost any area of the body. For example, many of our patients request hair removal on their legs, underarms, upper lip, arms, back, chest, and bikini line.
Older laser hair removal methods were only effective for people with light skin and dark hair. However, with Vectus, we can successfully treat clients of all skin tones and hair colors.
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How to Get Ready for Your Hair Removal Treatments
Though laser hair removal is a straightforward cosmetic procedure, that doesn’t mean there’s no need to prepare ahead of time.
In the four to six weeks leading up to the treatment session, we ask you to avoid waxing or plucking your hair. Why? Because the Vectus laser targets the roots of the hair, and these techniques entail temporarily removing those roots. However, you are welcome to come to your appointments clean-shaven if you so choose.
Sun exposure makes the results of laser hair removal treatment less effective and can lead to risks and complications after treatment. So, you will also need to be careful to stay out of the sun as much as possible for six weeks before each appointment.
What to Expect During and After Treatment
During your appointment, our experts will guide the laser handpiece across the area that is being treated. The laser energy damages the hair follicles and prevents them from being able to grow new hairs, while the built-in Advanced Contact CoolingSM technology protects your skin and maximizes your comfort during the treatment.
The state-of-the-art Vectus laser features the largest spot size and most uniform beam profile available today. Because of this, our providers can quickly treat unwanted hair even in the largest areas, such as your back, in less than five minutes.
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel reddened, tender, and warm, as if you have a mild sunburn. If this makes you uncomfortable, you can apply cool compresses to your skin. While rare, other potential side effects of laser hair removal include temporary skin irritation or redness, blistering, swelling, and scars and hyper or hypopigmentation. We’ll make every effort to ensure your safety and avoid these issues.
You’ll notice your treated hair falling out gradually over the next few weeks. It’s essential to note that laser-treated skin is more sensitive to UV rays. You will need to be careful to always wear full-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of at least 50 to prevent temporary discoloration of the treated skin.
The Science of Hair Growth
Every hair goes through three stages of growth. At any given point, each hair in your body can be at a different stage in the growth cycle, which is why multiple Vectus treatments are necessary to target various hair follicles while they’re in the anagen phase.
Anagen phase (active growth)
Catagen phase (transitional)
Telogen phase (resting)
Say Goodbye to Your Razor Today
Are you ready to get to the root of your undesirable hair problems for good? Don’t waste any more time with messy and inefficient hair removal techniques. Reach out to Dr. Shadan Kabiri and her client-focused team at the Advanced Laser Technology & Cosmetic Centre by calling 604-925-1301, or schedule your laser hair removal consultation online today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
Overall, laser hair removal is much more comfortable than waxing. Most of our clients compare the sensation of the laser pulses to the light snap of a rubber band against their skin. It’s unlikely you’ll need a topical anesthetic or any other pain management during or after the procedure. Any discomfort only lasts a few seconds, thanks to the Advanced Contact Cooling in the Vectus laser.
Because hair growth is cyclical, you’ll likely need a series of six to eight treatments, spaced four to eight weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. The goal is to catch the hair in its active growth cycle, and not all hairs are in the same phase at the same time. Due to variations in hair texture and skin type, laser hair removal is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. We’ll determine the optimal treatment schedule for you at your one-on-one evaluation.
The cost of laser hair removal treatments can vary widely based on factors such as the number of sessions you require and the size of the area you are getting treated. We will be able to give you a more accurate cost estimate after meeting you in person. Keep in mind that laser hair removal can save you money in the long run, especially when compared to the cumulative cost of waxing and shaving over many years.