Laser Hair Removal FAQ

What is laser hair removal?

Our lasers remove unwanted hair by destroying follicles with light pulses. The Soprano®Titanium and the Soprano®Ice lasers gradually heat the dermis to damage hair follicles while applying a cooling system. Different skin levels can be penetrated which delays regrowth and protects surrounding skin. The Titanium’s wider applicator saves time on larger areas and its Yag wavelength is more effective on tanned or darker skin tones.

Does laser hair removal work?
Yes! You’ll see 15% to 25% less hair after each session and regrowth will be lighter and finer in texture. You can expect 75% to 95% less hair overall.
Does laser hair removal hurt?

No! Most clients feel little or no discomfort because the Soprano® lasers are virtually painless. You may feel a split second heat pulse from an overlooked hair from shaving and on more sensitive areas like your fingers and toes. There’s no ouch because of the DualChill® mechanism that ensures the skin surface stays cool which protects the skin and eliminates the need for pre or post treatment pain relief. 

Why is laser better than waxing?

Waxing and sugaring are uncomfortable, painful, ineffective, and endless so they’ll cost you more eventually. We suspect these treatments will become obsolete in the near future. Also, you’ll continue to shave between and prior to laser treatments so no visible regrowth needed unlike those torture treatments.

What are the benefits?

Your skin will appear smoother and the laser can virtually eliminate ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and help with keratosis pilaris (chicken legs). This condition is the result of a buildup of keratin, a hard protein that actually protects your skin, which plugs the opening of the hair follicle causing rough patches and bumps. While there is no cure, laser may help decrease those bumps caused by ingrown hairs because it destroys the entire follicle leaving no chance for a hair to curl and grow back into the skin.

How much does laser hair removal cost?
LA Laser Niagara strives for affordable laser hair removal. We charge by the session rather than offer packages. No two body types are the same and some may find 4-6 treatments are enough while others may need 8 or more. Touch-ups may be required once or twice a year.
Can men get laser hair removal?

Our male clients feel little or no discomfort on the neck, chest, legs and back areas. Men generally require more treatments especially those under 30 (high hormonal phase) so you can expect 10-15 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart. While we can’t remove all the hair, our clients have seen significant reductions. Laser can be done on the face but please note the heating sensation is magnified. We don’t do the scalp or genitals due to unpredictable results. 

Can teens get laser hair removal?

Teens are welcome but only with parental presence and consent for all sessions. While a teen will experience significant hair reduction and/or softer regrowth (owing to puberty and hormones) more maintenance/follow up sessions may be needed through to the late teens about twice per year. To prepare, please shave area(s) to be treated once weekly for 4 weeks prior to first booking.

Who can’t have laser done?

Laser can’t target white/grey hairs. Please note: clients using Accutane (isotretinoin) can not have laser treatments done on the facial area.

When will I see results?

There are three phases of hair growth. Anagen is the active growth phase when the hair contains a lot of melanin and is most responsive to the laser. Catagen, the intermediate phase of the growth cycle when hairs stop growing, preps the hair follicles for telogen, the resting phase when old hairs fall out to prepare for new hairs. Only hair in the active phase can be treated and because we have millions of hair follicles that go through these cycles, you can expect more than a few treatments.

Most clients require 6-8 sessions but we’ve found that facial areas (due to hormones) and thicker skinned areas like the upper legs may require extra treatments while the bikini and underarms may require less. Everyone is different and results will also vary with factors like skin and hair colour. The Soprano®Titanium is quite effective on darker and tanned skin. Treatments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart to allow time for a a full growth cycle.

How long is a session?

Duration depends on the area being treated; underarms only take a few minutes while full legs are about 30 to 40 mins. or less. The Soprano®Titanium provides more coverage which shortens treatment times.

How do I prepare for a laser treatment?
The area to be treated must be shaved before your session. Six weeks prior to treatment, use sunscreen, avoid tanning, sunless tan products and absolutely no plucking, waxing, sugaring and depilatories like Nair. These treatments temporarily remove the hair root which is exactly what lasers target.
What happens during a treatment?
You’ll lie on a comfortable table and you and your technician will put on protective eye wear. A cooling gel will be applied to the area to be treated to allow for smoother gliding of the laser and help the laser light penetrate the skin.
What is post-care?
Over the next four weeks, treated hairs will fall out and you’ll see a significant reduction of ingrown hairs. Only shaving is permitted for regrowth so throw out everything but your razor – no plucking, waxing or depilatories! We recommend SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and limited sun exposure to decrease the chance of temporary skin lightening or darkening especially if you’re prone to hyper-pigmentation. Avoid exercise or any activity that increases body heat (inc. hot showers) for at least 12 hours post treatment. These activities may cause skin breakouts and/or rashes.
Are there side-effects or risks?
There may be painless temporary redness and a minority of our clients experience swelling. More uncommon side-effects are blisters (on darker complexions) and herpes simplex outbreaks (mouth area cold sores if you are prone). Far more rare are scarring and permanent skin discoloration.
How long have you been doing laser?
We’ve been certified since 2012 and have performed thousands of laser treatments on men and women. We allow sufficient time for bookings to be thorough because if we rush and miss hairs, we don’t believe you should have to pay for it with another session.
How do you make it so affordable?

We’re women who have personally struggled with painful and ineffective hair removal and now that we’ve found a solution, we don’t think it should cost you a fortune. We own our Soprano® lasers and being a home-based salon also keeps costs down while still affording you a private entrance and professional setting where treatments can be discreetly done.