laser hair removal FAQ
1. What are the most popular areas for laser hair removal?
The most popular areas are female facial hair, underarms, and bikini line hair and back hair for men.

2. How long has Dermis been in existence?
The very first Ottawa location opened in October 2006. Dermis now has laser hair removal centers in Downtown and Orleans with more coming. We've performed over 30000 laser hair removal treatments.

3. How long has laser technology been in use?
The laser was first used in medicine in 1961, nearly 50 years ago! Laser hair removal began about 15 years ago, but has advanced significantly in the past 8 - 10 years.

4. What is the difference between an IPL and a laser?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is not a laser. While IPLs can be effective for some cosmetic procedures, our experience supports the more powerful, yet safer use of the laser for hair removal.

5. What type of results can you expect when using a laser hair removal home device?
A recent study of an FDA approved Silk'n laser hair removal home device was published by Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, a leading scientific laser journal. The 10 people in the study had 4 to 6 treatments. The results, 4 weeks after the last treatment, demonstrated an average of 36% hair reduction. However, 12 weeks later the hair had mostly returned, and the amount lost was not considered statistically significant. In fact, 4 of the 10 had a higher hair count after 12 weeks than when they started!

6. How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis hair removal?
Laser hair removal is much faster. Electrolysis hair removal requires more time because it's a process that treats only one hair at a time, whereas laser hair removal treats many hairs per every laser pulse. Laser hair removal for an area like the underarms for example can be treated in only 20 minutes.

7. Is the ND:YAG laser the best choice for my skin and hair?
The ND:YAG laser is considered by many in the field of laser hair removal to be the gold standard laser. The ND:YAG laser uses a longer wavelength for penetration to the hair follicle and energy that is particularly attracted to melanin - the target for hair removal - deeper in the hair follicle. If your skin is darkly pigmented you will get the best results with this laser as it is also safer than other wavelengths.

8. What are the risks of hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a lunch time procedure. There is no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. These lasers do not remove skin, so the risks are very low. As with any procedure, we have an informed consent that explains all the possible risks.

9. How old do you have to be for laser hair removal?
There really is no age limit, but we never treat toddlers. Young people that are not finished growing will develop new hair as they grow, and will require touch ups to maintain the results. We currently do not treat children under the age of 13. Older people usually have gray hair that will not respond to laser.

12. Is it painful?
People have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Compared to waxing the treatment has very little discomfort. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. If you do find it uncomfortable, we can prescribe a numbing cream for the skin.

13. I have dark skin but I am tired of shaving and dealing with shave bumps and ingrown hairs. Would laser hair removal work for me? Is it safe for me skin?
Yes. Every Dermis center has lasers for all skin tones. No matter how dark (or light) the skin, our Cutera ND:YAG laser is considered the gold standard for treating unwanted hair on your skin type. Its longer wavelength safely bypasses the skin and targets the melanin in the hair shaft, destroying the unwanted hair follicle. You will love your results!

14. LASER stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Should I be worried about "radiation" to my skin?
No. There are two basic types of radiation, (1) Non-ionizing radiation, and (2) Ionizing radiation. Hair removal lasers produce "non-ionizing" radiation which is simply the radiation of light, and is FDA approved for your skin. Ionizing radiation which represents x-rays, ultra-violet and nuclear radiation is a completely different type of radiation, and is not produced by hair removal lasers.