Laser Hair Removal

laserhair1Sanders Medical was the first clinic in the North Okanagan to offer laser hair removal in 2004. We have successfully treated thousands of patients in our clinic since. Our staff is medically trained and supervised and highly experienced ensuring you get expert and professional treatment with safety being our number one priority. Laser hair removal is not innocuous and complications such as laser burns can occur if the treatments are performed by unqualified individuals. For this reason it is very important to make sure you are getting your treatments in a medical (i.e. not spa) setting where the treatment experience is medically supervised and evaluated.

Why Laser hair removal?

hair-removeIt is very liberating to not have to shave your underarms, legs, or bikini area again, or if you are a man, not having to deal with excessive back, chest or even ear hair. With the advent of lasers, hair removal has never been easier nor more effective. Traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, plucking or waxing, provide only temporary relief and may actually stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis often requires years of ongoing treatments and is slow and painful. At Sanders Medical we offer three different state of the art hair removal systems to provide you with the optimum treatment:

  • LightSheer Laser Duet

    The LightSheer is one of the worlds leading hair removal lasers and is FDA approved for this purpose. It allows for hair removal in slightly darker skinned patients than the Alexandrite laser and is about equal in efficacy in lighter skinned patients. It is ideal for smaller areas and treats patients quickly with minimal discomfort. It also has a chill tip to increase patient comfort.

Before your treatment

  • No Tanninglaserhair3

    Tanning of the treatment area should be avoided for at least 2 weeks prior to laser therapy.

  • Stop Accutane

    Accutane should be stopped one month before treatments and topical retinoid products one week before treatments.

  • No wax

    The hair should not be waxed or plucked as this removes the hair follicle and pigment that the laser targets.

  • Stubble showing

    It is best to shave 1-2 days before treatment so there is a small 1 mm stubble showing.

  • Nothing on the Area

    No creams, lotions or makeup should be on the area to be treated.

Side Effects

Mild redness and swelling can occur and usually only last a few hours. Occasionally blistering and scabs can form at the treatment site but this is rare and passes quickly. Changes in skin pigment can occur which also is usually transient. The risk of scarring or infection is extremely low. There is minimal discomfort with our treatments.

What areas can be treated?

Virtually any area of the body can be treated. Common areas include facial areas, underarms, legs, bikini area, back, chest and arms. We also treat unwanted ear, toe and finger hairs.

Can I expect permanent results?

laserhair2Hair removal requires a series of treatments with all laser devices to achieve lasting results. No reputable practitioner can promise permanent hair removal in all cases since the response of hairs to treatment is highly variable. Hairs in the “resting” phase of their growth cycle will not respond to the laser energy so it is necessary to wait for these hairs to enter their own “growth” phase before they can become viable targets. Some hairs will return as much finer, softer hair. Some will be permanently destroyed and still others will be rendered dormant. After a series of treatments it is possible to achieve true permanent hair removal in some cases. Although some practitioners will advertise “permanent hair removal” the term “permanent hair reduction” is more honest and accurate.

About Your Visit

Prior to treatment we ask that you arrive a few minutes early to fill in a brief medical questionnaire. We will perform a skin and hair type assessment to allow us to tailor your treatments according to the amount of pigment in your skin and the thickness and color of the hair to be treated.

Our knowledgeable and highly trained staff are extremely sensitive and discrete in responding to all your hair removal needs.