Your Haven For Laser Hair Removal In SW Calgary
Welcome to My Haven and Laser Spa, one of our most popular services is laser hair removal. Our laser hair removal clinic is offered near downtown Calgary in the community of Parkhill, SW Calgary, between the Calgary Stampede grounds and the Chinook Mall. Laser hair removal is a very popular choice for the removal of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. The laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. This laser light energy is converted to heat, which damages the hair follicles that produce hairs. This damage from this heat will inhibit or delay your hair from future growth. Even though a complete Laser Hair Removal treatment will require a series of treatments, the results can begin to be seen after the first treatment. Over the course of one to three weeks, the treated hair falls out. With more treatments, less hairs will grow back, leaving you with your desired effect of smooth skin. Underarm laser hair removal in Calgary is one of the most popular treatments My Haven Laser & Spa gives to our clients.
Constant shaving is tedious, painful, and expensive, and life it too short to shave! At My Haven Laser & Spa in Calgary, we use state-of-the-art laser technology to provide the best laser hair removal in Calgary. This gives a lasting alternative to shaving!
Great for both Men and Women
Laser hair removal is a great way to save valuable time, money and skin for both men and women. There is no more need for wasted time to shave or buy shaving products before going to events. With laser hair removal you can have more productive or relaxing days, rather than spending time on shaving or waxing.
Are these treatments effective for all hair colours?
Only hair that has darker colors will contain enough melanin to attract the laser light energy. For this reason, laser hair removal will not be effective on white, gray or blonde hair. Red hair sometimes will work, a test spot is recommended first.
Check out our blog page Laser hair Removal: Is it for you?, or you can check out all laser treatment blogs.
Laser Hair Removal Client Testimonials
Laser Hair Removal Technology
Gentle Hair Removal™
The GentleMax Pro™ is the gold standard for effective hair removal! The GentleMax Pro™ excels in providing safe, high speed, effective laser hair removal with high patient satisfaction and comfort. Typically, permanent hair removal requires 4-6 treatments, but some patients require more. The fee for hair removal depends on the size of the area, and we are happy to provide you with more information.
Are GentleMax Pro laser procedure painful?
Only Gentle Systems feature a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™), which minimizes discomfort by releasing a quick burst of liquid cryogen before and after each laser pulse. The cryogen rapidly evaporates, cooling the outer layers of the skin and making the treatment significantly more comfortable for patients by removing the snapping and burning generally associated with laser hair removal. During the treatment, a hand piece delivers a laser pulse into the targeted areas, and a controlled amount of therapeutic heat that safely and effectively damages the hair follicles.
The DCD technology makes treatments easy and comfortable for our patients, plus GentleMax Pro has the industry’s largest handpiece spot size of 24mm, allowing our staff to drastically reduce treatment time. Patients love the quicker treatments.
How often do I have to come back for more GentleMax Pro laser hair removal treatments?
It really depends on your age, hair type, and the area to be treated. Some clients require six treatments, whereas others may need more. But on average, about 75 to 80 percent hair reduction is achieved after six visits. You should also know: there may be reduced hair growth for several weeks after a treatment, then you’ll experience new regrowth in certain areas. During this stage, another treatment is required. Finer hair or darker skin may require additional treatments.
“The GentleMax Pro laser is a true work horse in my practice. It’s widely regarded as the gold standard for laser hair removal and I use it very often for that and also for other, lesser known indications, such as pigmentary lesions and vascular lesions, like venous lakes, telangiectasia, and leg veins. One of the most important aspects of the GentleMax Pro system that makes it so attractive to me as a physician looking to deliver optimal results, while also keeping the patients free from harm, is the Dynamic Cooling DeviceTM (DCDTM). The DCD is perfectly synchronized with each laser pulse, to cool the epidermis, allowing the laser energy to reach the deeper targets within the skin that are, in fact, what we’re trying to eradicate. With use of the DCD, we can carefully protect the patient’s epidermis from harm, while also keeping the patient comfortable during treatment.”
Gentle Hair Removal
Gentle Hair Removal
There will be a Gentle Hair Removal treatment for you, no matter what your skin type. The GentleMax Pro from Candela features the patented Dynamic Cooling Device™. The GentleMax Pro is the most comfortable laser hair removal available due super-fast treatment times along with the Dynamic Cooling.
What can I expect during laser treatment?
The GentleMax Pro handpiece delivers a laser pulse into the targeted areas on your skin. The pulse produces a safe controlled amount of therapeutic heat which will effectively damage the hair follicles. The length of the time for the treatment will range from a few minutes to and hour for larger areas, so the length of time depends on the area being treated.
Is Gentle Hair Removal safe for darker skin tones?
There’s a safe, effective and comfortable Gentle treatment option for every skin tone. Consult with your therapist about the best treatment for your individual needs.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
You’ll need a few treatments to get optimal results. That’s because hair grows in three stages:
The hairs on your body are not always at the same stage, so you’ll need to undergo a few treatments, an average of six weeks apart, to catch all of them in the growth stage.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
Yes, the GentleMax Pro is safe for darker skin tones. The GentleMax Pro offers treatments to all skin types, whereas other laser hair removal treatments don’t.
It combines two fast and powerful lasers: the Alexandrite for light skin tones and the nd-YAG for darker skin tones. The lasers work by destroying hair follicles, brown spots and blood vessels through a series of treatments without harming the surrounding skin. This laser also uses a Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™), where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin a fraction of a second before each laser pulse, which provides increased comfort during treatment.
- Powerful, yet gentle for all skin types
- Ultra-fast with excellent results
- Used by over 10,000 doctors and skin professionals
- Safe and comfortable
It’s time to get excited about laser hair removal, regardless of your skin type. It is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the world for a reason. People like you love the look, feel of a hassle-free lifestyle without unwanted hair.
The state-of-the-art Candela GentleMax is a patented hair removal system. A small hand piece is used to direct a beam of powerful light onto the area being treated. The targeted skin cells absorb this light. They convert it to heat.
This destroys the hair follicle so that it can no longer produce a hair there and the GentleMax does this without damaging the surrounding skin.
Only hair that has colour will contain enough melanin (chromophore) to attract the laser light energy. Therefore, laser hair removal will not be effective on blonde, white and gray hair. Red hair is variable and may not work, a test spot is recommended first.
Your practitioner will use a small hand piece to deliver each laser pulse. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the treatment area and the condition being treated.
Pain is always a concern with hair removal. Waxing, tweezing, or threading hurt. Ouch! Who knows what the long-term effects of using depilatory creams are? You’re applying harsh chemicals to your skin.
The Candela GentleMax system is different. It comes complete with a Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™). This solution instantly freezes the very top layer of skin. Within a couple milliseconds, the laser hits the same spot. This one-two punch of cold and heat that takes less than a second means most people will remain perfectly comfortable throughout the procedure.
It’s been compared to the feeling of snapping yourself with a rubber band. Yes, you feel it for an instant. Then it’s gone. Test spots are always performed first to let the client feel comfortable before starting the treatment.
You have many hair follicles even in a small area. Targeting all of them in one session isn’t possible, but each session leaves you with fewer active hair follicles.
Multiple treatments are required to achieve the full hair removal effect. That’s because hair grows in three stages:
- Anagen (the growth stage). Hair is thickest and darkest, so laser treatments are most effective.
- Catagen (the transitional stage). The hair begins to loosen from its follicle.
- Telogen (the shedding stage). The hair falls out to make room for new growth.
The hairs on your body are not always at the same stage, so you’ll need to undergo a few treatments, an average of six weeks apart, to catch them all in the growth stage.
If you have darker hair on lighter skin, you will get the fastest results. The laser uses the contrast between hair color and skin color to guide it. A single area will typically take two to six sessions but there are times when more sessions might be required.
Note: The number of treatments will depend on the growth stage of your hair, as permanent hair removal can only occur in the Anagen growth stage. This is the reason several treatments are required. Each treatment will treat approximately 10% to 15% of the area being treated. After about 6 treatments you should have about 75% or more permanent hair reduction when the treatments have been performed at the proper schedule. Finer hair or darker skin types may require more treatments.
The hair roots need to be in place for treatment, so for about six weeks prior to treatment, you should avoid waxing, electrolysis or plucking out any hairs in the planned treatment area. Before you arrive on the day of your treatment for the entire area where the treatment is to be performed your skin needs to be clean-shaven and thoroughly cleansed to removal all makeup, creams, oils, or any topical products you may have applied to your skin.
Do not expose the treatment area to sunlight or tanning booth for 4 to 6 weeks prior to or immediately after treatment. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus, a prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed by your doctor.
After your laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.
Because of your natural hair growth cycle, you need multiple laser treatments to get optimal results. My Haven Laser & Spa therapists are likely to recommend two to six treatments, depending on your skin tone, hair coarseness, and thickness.
Once you complete the treatment course, most people experience near-permanent hair removal. If hair remains, it’s significantly finer and lighter than before. Periodic maintenance schedules can also keep your skin smooth and hair-free.
A treatment can take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the treatment area and the condition being treated. Both legs can often be treated in as few as 15 minutes, as can an average-sized man’s back.
Permanent side effects are rare. Some potential side effects may include the following:
- blistering and purpura (laser bruise) in the treated area
These usually do not last more than a few days.
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Some carriers will, however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.
Where do you have unwanted hair? The GentleMax Pro can help. Remove hair on the:
- Bikini area
- Face or upper lip, chin and sideburns
Almost anywhere you have unwanted hair, the GentleMax can remove it.