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April 26, 2017

Making The Right Decision When Starting Laser Hair Removal

Laser technology is not a one-colour-fits-all solution. Although there are various effective laser hair removal systems currently on the market today, it’s still important for the average consumer to find out if that particular laser technology is compatible with their skin and hair type.

So, to ensure the clinic provides an effective, safe and pain-free treatment for all ethnicities, it is best to call the clinic ahead of time and find out the following:

  1. Make sure the clinic specializes in laser hair removal. This type of clinic will most likely invest in the most current, top of the line laser technology.
  2. If you have a Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, Asian, Eurasian, Indian, Caribbean or African skin type or a Caucasian with dark hair, make sure they have the Nd: Yag laser because it has a fluency and depth of penetration that is safe for Caucasians with dark hair, Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, Asian, Eurasian, Indian, Caribbean and African skin types with a high efficacy.
  3. If you are of Celtic or Northern European decent, with light skin and light hair, (such as strawberry blond and red hair), which are not the easiest to target with just any type of laser. An Alexandrite laser is recommended because its depth of penetration and fluence can effectively eradicate even the lightest and thinnest of shallowly embedded hair bulbs. An IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is not as effective as an Alexandrite laser for light skin types with light hair because this light-based technology does not have the depth of penetration to reach the bottom of the hair follicle. It can end up thinning the hair and temporarily stunting its growth or worst case scenario stimulate more hair growth.
  4. Find out if there the laser machine that is right for you has a pain free option like Cryogenic freezing. Because lasers have evolved so much in the last couple of years there is now the kind of technology that goes beyond a cool tip or a Zimmer machine (which blows out cold air), to make for a more comfortable experience.
  5. If you are Caucasian with a combination of dark and light hairs, make sure you can be treated with a combination of the Nd: Yag and Alexandrite laser for better efficacy. Why? This skin type has a combination of light, thin, shallowly embedded hair bulbs and deeply embedded, thick, course dark hairs as well. The fluence and shallow depth of penetration of the Alexandrite laser will eradicate the light, thin, shallowly embedded hair bulbs, while the deep-rooted, dark, thick course ones, are targeted by the long depth of penetration of the Nd: Yag laser. 

If you are a person of colour or someone with a very pale complexion and light hair, the Nd: Yag (for darker skin types) and Alexandrite (for lighter skin and hair) are your best options when it comes to safety, comfort, and efficacy.  

Unwanted facial & body hair

It is possible for every skin color to have a painless, safe, laser hair removal treatment in half the time if you know which laser technologies to employ.

Our hair begins growing from a root in the bottom of the follicle. The root is made up of cells of protein. Blood from the blood vessels in the papillary at the mid-dermal layer of the skin feeds the root, which creates more cells and makes the hair grow. The hair gets pushed up through the skin as it grows. And when the hair grows in unsightly places, the most effective, low maintenance approach to getting rid of it, is laser hair removal.

The objective of this treatment is to sever the papillary connection from the hair bulb by killing the bulb. In the past, this kind of treatment was only available to light-skinned and dark-haired people and was extremely painful, expensive, slow and had a high risk of burning. But now this industry has dramatically changed.


If you think laser hair removal is supposed to be painful, scarring, a lengthy process. unaffordable, ineffective or your skin and hair colour is too light or dark for the treatment to work successfully, you’re 100% wrong!

Advancements in science and technology have changed the way Dermedica Laser & Spa does laser hair removal.

We are the only medical aesthetic facility in the Greater Toronto Area that uses top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art, speedy, completely effective, affordable, pain-free, pulse-by-pulse, laser technologies that include: the Cutera Coolglide ND: Yag Laser, the Sciton Broadband System and dual wavelength platform long pulsed 755 and 1064 nanometer Lutronic Clarity ND: Yag and Alexandrite.

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Painlessly target and destroy hair follicles, Dermedica Laser & Spa uses state-of-the-art laser technology which includes the Cutera Coolglide Nd: Yag Laser, the Sciton Broadband System, and the Lutronic Clarity Nd: Yag and Alexandrite.

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