Laser Hair Removal FAQ

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal removes unwanted hair by destroying follicles with laser light pulses. We use the Soprano®Lite with the Soprano®Ice headpiece and its patented IN-Motion™ technology. Unlike single pulse lasers that can damage the skin, the Soprano® is constantly in motion and sends multiple short low energy pulses to gradually heat the dermis to damage hair follicles. This prevents regrowth and protects surrounding skin.

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®Lite is 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. The Soprano® delivers pain free hair removal for all skin types which is why we wouldn’t consider using any other.

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?

Aside from the obvious benefit of near permanent hair removal, you’ll notice your skin will appear smoother and regrowth will be lighter and finer. The laser can virtually eliminate ingrown hairs, razor bumps and help with keratosis pilaris, non-affectionately known as “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 red or white bumps on areas like the legs, arms, and buttocks. 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 increased pain and unpredictable results. For these areas, we advise you to search for the Nd:YAG laser.
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 and is less effective on those who frequently use tanning beds. 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®Lite has been proven to be effective on darker and tanned skin though usually a few more sessions are needed. Treatments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart to allow time for a a new 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 45 mins. Our Soprano®Ice applicator’s larger size provides more coverage than other lasers 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®Lite lasers and being a home-based business also keeps costs down while still affording you a private entrance and setting where treatments can be discreetly done.