We offer the best Surrey laser hair removal you can get, using our top-grade lasers.
If you hate shaving, waxing, tweezing or any of that nonsense, laser hair removal can be a dream come true. Imagine throwing out all your razors and never buying sticky, burning, itching hair removal products ever again!
The best part is: laser hair removal can be done on nearly any part of the body. The back, the chest, the legs, the underarms, the lips, the nose, the ears, the toes, the hands… you name it! (See below for more info on this).
And, this ain’t just a women’s ‘thing’ either. Men love hair removal, too!
Put on the bathing suit any time of year; there’ll be no more ‘prep work’ involved when you’re free of constant hair regrowth or unsightly stubble.
Thankfully, laser hair removal can also be done on darker skin tones nowadays. It’s also fast and not as painful as years past. The future is here: you can get easy, quick, tolerable, no-ice-involved laser hair removal at our Surrey clinic.
Ready to get rid of your unwanted body hair? It all starts with a consultation at our clinic. We want the best, most effective treatments for you. So, we’ll need to learn more about you first.
What type of laser do you use for permanent hair reduction in Surrey?
At our beauty clinic, we constantly upgrade our technologies, to ensure we are using the latest, top-of-the-line solutions for any treatment we offer. Our Surrey laser hair removal service is no exception.
Currently, we use the GentleMax Pro™, by Candela™, which is now the ‘gold standard’ for fast, effective and relatively pain-free hair follicle destruction. It combines two lasers in one machine, to allow for treatments on various skin tones. These are an Alexandrite laser and Nd:Yag laser.
However, you may also be asking, what is the best type of laser for hair removal?
Most laser and skin experts will tell you that the type or brand of laser is not the only consideration here (though it is certainly important). That’s because multiple elements contribute to the effectiveness and safety of laser hair removal. These can be:
- Brands of lasers
- Types of lasers (e.g. Alexandrite, Nd:Yag, Diode, Ruby or the non-laser IPL)
- Skin tone
- Hair type
- Hair density
- Hair growth cause (e.g. hormonal, genetic, etc.)
- Depth of penetration and dispersion (width) of the laser pulses
- Temperature maintenance period and cooling devices
- Practitioner experience
In truth, while the GentleMax Pro™ is most certainly considered a top-grade solution for hair reduction, the results you get from it, or any other laser, will depend a lot on you, and the knowledge of the clinic doing treatments on you.
Some may claim that a Diode laser is a better choice for darker skin types, or Middle Eastern skin, than the Nd:Yag. However, the difference is negligible, whereas the Diode can have more side effects, and be more painful during treatment. This is why we stick to the Nd:Yag (1064 wavelength) for those cases.
Keep reading to learn more on this topic!
Can you do laser hair removal all skin tones and hair colours?
We can treat most types of hair on most skin tones. However, since the premise of even the best laser hair removal is based on light absorbing melanin (colour), it is scientifically impossible, at present, to treat all hair and skin tone combinations with this method.
Generally speaking, the lighter the skin and darker the hair, the better laser hair removal will work.
The problem with performing laser hair removal on dark skin tones, is that there can be a higher chance of burning or side effects (including pigmentation). The laser light is not just being absorbed by the melanin it ‘sees’, it is also creating energy and thus, heat, towards that melanin. Laser treatments measure the heat energy, called fluence, in joules per square centimeter (J/cm²). For laser hair removal, we want this measurement to be as high as possible, without risking safety, of course.
The well-timed, measured and directed heat application is what destroys the ability of a hair follicle to regrow new hair cells. With lasers, a pulse of heat penetrates through the melanin ‘channel’ (if you will), using a process called “selective photothermolysis.”
The intention is to ‘attract’ the light energy to the hair itself, based on the pigment found in its tissues, but nothing else. Heat then travels downward through this pigment path, to reach the base, where the hair root resides, and ‘feeds’ hair growth. Destroy that part, and you’ve disabled the follicle’s hair growth mechanism.
If the laser ‘sees’ melanin all around, and not just on the hair itself, it will penetrate the surrounding skin too, causing intense heat energy where we don’t want it.
This is also why tattooed skin is also ineligible for laser hair removal. All colour is pigment, will absorb laser energy.
We can still treat dark skin tones with laser hair removal!
With the above said, lasers these days are getting better and better. So, while in the past it was much harder to treat darker skin tones, it’s not completely out of the question today. It may take more treatments than on lighter skin, since we’ll have to use different settings to avoid burns. But it can be done, if your expectations are realistic, and if you stick to treatment schedules.
At BC Laser and Skin Care, we have also used our medical knowledge to be able to treat the darkest of skin tones possible, with laser hair removal, even up to Type V or VI (see below for definitions). So, while many clinics may need to turn away patients with these skin tones, for safety concerns, we may still be able to help. If you feel you fall into this category, we encourage you to book a consultation to allow us to assess your skin, and to determine if you are eligible for laser hair removal.
We can not treat tattooed skin, unfortunately. But we can remove tattoos first, if you want! See this page for more info.
We can’t treat all hair colours with laser hair epilation
The setback that still stands true today, as it did in the past, for laser hair removal efficacy, is that light-coloured hairs can’t be treated – at least not with lasers or light-based treatments. Other types of safe heating are needed to target the follicles of these hairs, without burning the skin.
In short, we are unable to treat the following types of hair with laser hair removal:
- White or gray hair
- White or strawberry blonde hair
- Red hair
- ‘Peach fuzz’ (vellus hair)
Note: for ‘peach fuzz’ (vellus hair), we can still use a Soft Light option, or alternative, which can keep those hairs at bay for up to 12 weeks at a time.
Can you remove hair on any body part? What types of hair can you remove?
Our Surrey laser hair removal can be done on many parts of the body, so long as your hair is the type that will respond to treatment (see above and below for more on this). We generally avoid the eyebrows for your safety, however. Tattooed skin can not be treated for hair removal.
Hair growth areas we commonly treat at our clinic include:
- Face (including upper lip ‘moustaches’ and sideburns)
- Intimate, private areas (we do bikini lines and Brazillians)
We can drastically reduce dark, coarse hair, or any hair that has colour to it (except red, white, gray or blonde), on most skin tones.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal? How can I tell for sure?
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal is to come in to our clinic for a consultation. We will be able to assess your skin and hair, and also get to know more about you. This is important, since not all hair grows for the same reasons. Each person’s case can be unique.
Also, not everyone is great at determining their skin tone or how much melanin there can be in the skin (it’s not always visible), nor the depth of hair follicles. Our beauticians and our doctor do this all the time. They are adept at recognizing when a treatment path will work well on a patient or not.
For general information on the things we look for when assessing patients for laser hair removal, we can tell you the following:
Laser hair removal requires the analysis of body hair itself
Scientifically, there are two types of hair we grow on our bodies. These include:
- Vellus hair (this is sometimes called ‘peach fuzz’ and forms on us as babies)
- Terminal hair (this is the dark hair we get on our bodies starting in puberty)
Terminal hair is what we target when performing permanent hair epilation. Men generally get more terminal hair, as a response to androgen hormones, than women do. Though, women still get terminal hair, no doubt, including pubic hair, and in almost all the same places as men.
Terminal hair differs in the following ways on different people, and on different parts of our bodies:
The above factors can determine how well you’ll respond to hair removal treatments.
The activity of individual hair follicles determines how many hair removal sessions you’ll need
When considering laser hair removal, know that individual hair growth also cycles through the following stages:
- Anagen phase – this is when hair is actively growing and attached to the root, which ‘feeds’ hair. This can last up to 7 years on the scalp, but it is not known why this phase stops and starts again. On areas where you have short hairs, like the eyebrows, this phase is much quicker, lasting only a few months. Though, all of this is decided on by genetics.
- Catagen phase – this is when the follicle shrinks, and the hair itself begins to detach from the root, forming what’s known as a loosened, “club hair.” Club hairs fall out more easily (though they don’t always). This phase can last 2 to 3 weeks.
- Telogen phase – this is when the hair follicle ‘rests,’ before beginning a new anagen phase, by forming new hair cells from the root. If any club hair hair is left in the follicle form the catagen phase, it is ‘pushed out’ by the newer cells. This stage can last for a few months. Technically the falling out period of the club hair makes for a fourth phase, called exogen.
Now, here’s the important take away: not all hair follicles on our bodies are in the same phase, at the same time. In other words, hair growth on our bodies is not simultaneous.
The best time to target hair follicles for any kind of permanent hair removal, is during the anagen phase. This is because your hair is still attached at the root, which is what we want to destroy. This attachment is what allows the light energy to reach the root, kind of like a plugged in ‘cable.’
Further, this is why multiple hair removal treatments are needed, and why some hair grows back after treatments, while others grow a little, then fall out. We have to wait in between hair cycles before doing a new treatment, long enough for new follicles to enter the anagen phase. This can take 4 to 8 weeks, which is why appointments are scheduled that far apart.
This is also why you should not pull out your hair when it grows back after laser hair removal – you can affect the destruction of hair follicles by doing that. You should simply let them fall out naturally.
For the record, no one really knows what stage each of your hair follicles is at. We simply know that hair grows in cycles. And, we can approximate the length of time those cycles take. So, by logic and experience, we know that repeat treatments eventually target the majority of hairs, in due time.
Skin tone can affect the wavelength of pulses to be used during laser hair removal
Lastly, when analyzing patients for our Surrey laser hair removal, we look at skin tone and learn about genetics. As explained above, skin tone with more melanin (i.e. colour, known as pigment), is more prone to absorbing the light-based heat from lasers. This makes it harder to target hairs only, while leaving the skin unharmed.
But – get this – sometimes someone can look like they have light-toned skin, when in fact, due to their genetics, they can have more melanin ‘hiding’ in there than they know of. We have to be careful to use special settings in these cases, for safety reasons, of course. This is why we have to ask about your heritage and ethnicity before doing any treatments on you.
Many skincare treatment providers categorize skin tones to measure melanin levels. This is usually done with something called the Fitzpatrick scale.
According to this scale, skin tones usually fall within the following shades:
- Type I – this palest skin type is common among Europeans who always burn in the sun and never seem to tan (they often have freckles, too).
- Type II – this pale skin type is also common among those of European descent, who burn easily and don’t tan very dark, even if they can get some colour from sun exposure.
- Type III – this light skin type is common in Asian and South Asian people, who can get burns, but can also get a tan in the sun.
- Type IV – this skin type is found among South Asians, who don’t often burn, even if they can, and who tan nicely.
- Type V – this noticeably dark skin tone can be common with those of mixed, partially African heritage, who rarely burn and get dark tans.
- Type VI – this is darkest skin tone found in African skin that does not burn.
However, you’ll notice that with some people, deciding if they are a Type 1 or 2, or a Type 5 or 6, and so on, can present a ‘gray area.’ So, still, it’s best to see a treatment provider to know where you likely fall into this categorization.
How many treatments does laser hair removal take at your Surrey clinic?
There is no one set number of treatments that will be sufficient for every type of person, nor for every body part on a person. However, generally speaking, we can say that some people achieve their best laser hair removal possible (up to 90% reduction), in as little as 4 to 6 treatments. Others can take longer. And, this depends on showing up for scheduled treatment cycles.
Every person who undergoes any type of hair reduction will respond differently to their hair removal sessions. This is because of a few factors:
- The density of hair follicles on the skin (more hair can mean more sessions are needed).
- The thickness of hair you have on the body part you want treated (thicker hair naturally has more melanin, which absorbs more heat, and thus is destroyed more easily).
- The depth at which your hair follicles are located in your skin (the further the light energy needs to travel can affect its temperature hold, which needs to stay high long enough to be effective).
- Your hair growth cycle timeline (hair follicles can only be affected if they are in the anagen growth phase, explained above).
Please note that while we can reduce hair up to 20% per session, we can only achieve permanent hair reduction with our Surrey laser hair removal. This is the case with any laser or light-based hair epilation solution on the market today. The best-case scenario is that, in total, you’ll be able to achieve up to 90% fewer hairs on your body. For most people, this is more than sufficient, and still makes for easier maintenance when shaving or waxing.
And remember, your hair grows in cycles. So it’s not that the whole 10-20% of remaining hair will appear on your body all at once.
The only way to get true, permanent hair removal at 100% is through electrology (electrolysis). This is an extremely tedious and long-term process, however.
Anyone attempting to sell you ‘permanent hair removal’ with lasers or light energy is simply not being factual. After treatment, the hair follicles still exist in your skin, and other factors can cause re-growth in the future. This includes being treated too much with lasers, which can cause the reactivation of hair follicles.
Why am I hairy when others are not?
This may be a question we’ll never know the answer to. It all comes down to genetics, for the most part.
Some people respond to androgen hormones more than others. This is what stirs up your follicles to start growing hair.
But the length of your hair, its colour, the time period of its cycle phases and its density are all determined by your pre-coded traits at birth.
Some people get hormone-related hair growth as adults (such as women growing beards, or women developing man-like body hair, called hirsutism). Aside from genetics, these hormones can also enter the body through medicinal or external sources. If you think this is your case, we encourage you to see a family doctor before seeking laser hair removal.
You may also experience undesired hair loss as a result of age, genetics through other bodily changes (again, like hormones, or even stress). If you are looking to regrow your hair, we may be able to help! Do contact us for more info.
What other options are there for permanent hair removal?
Permanent hair reduction of terminal hair at around 80-90% can only be achieved with the following methods:
- Laser hair removal
- IPL hair removal (also a light-based treatment, but not a laser)
How can I get 100% permanent hair removal?
True, “permanent” hair removal at 100% can only be achieved with electrolysis. However, this involves inserting a probe (i.e. a needle), into each individual hair follicle, then igniting an electrical current to kill them off, one-by-one.
As you can imagine, electrolysis is a very time-consuming and tedious process. It would be far more efficient to use a laser to destroy most hairs, and then, if you are really bothered by the remaining 10-20% of hair that is still active on your skin, you could try electrolysis for those ones only.
Electrolysis can also be useful for cases that are tricky for lasers, like eyebrow shaping or tattooed skin.
What about SoftLight hair reduction?
For vellus hair removal (the soft, fuzzy hair on your body), lasers can remove these for about 12 weeks at a time. This treatment is often advertised as being performed with the SoftLight branded laser. However, the same effects can be achieved with other tools. At our clinic, we use the enlighten® (1064 wavelength) for this.
After laser hair removal on terminus hair, the remaining hair that grows back will be soft and thin. The SoftLight type of treatment for these hairs is a good option for long-term maintenance, but not total removal.
Why not use IPL?
In our experience, we have found that IPL hair removal can be more painful than the Alexandrite or Nd:Yag laser options. Since they disperse several wavelengths of light, instead of using targeted wavelengths, they can also result in more pigmentation side effects. In our opinion, they are simply not worth the trouble, when there are very effective options out there, that don’t create these risks as much.
What about at-home laser hair removal machines and epilators?
If at-home laser hair removal systems were truly as effective as what we can do in a medically-run clinic, people would probably be burning themselves or causing other serious damage to their bodies, or to others’.
While we can’t testify to how effective these gadgets are, we can tell you that, for anyone to operate our professional laser equipment, several hours of safety training must be had first. Our type of equipment is also not sold on the consumer market, and costs several thousands of dollars.
In short, there is no comparison.
What are the risks or side effects of laser hair removal?
Long-term side effects of laser hair removal are very rare. In the short term, the most common risks include burns and pigmentation.
The heat generated by the laser light energy, on the skin, can cause unintentional burns. Burns can be greatly reduced and controlled by comprehensive consultation sessions, knowledgeable skin analysis, and appropriate practitioner settings.
Plus, being a known issue, we have systemic cooling devices in place, which most modern, hair removal lasers have built-in nowadays. Icing the skin is also sometimes done before and after pulsing. However, this can be uncomfortable for patients, which is another reason the GentleMax Pro™ is a popular option – it cools well enough, using cryogen spray, without these extra ice packs.
Sometimes, a laser burn can cause scarring or leave a pigmented mark on the skin. High heat can also cause tiny pimples to form on your treatment area. These are typically temporary, treatable side-effects, which we can help you through. Our on-staff doctor is also able to prescribe any necessary medications, if these side effects do happen.
But again – we can’t emphasize enough that prevention is the best medicine here. A well-run clinic with high-quality safety practices in place should be able to avoid these issues for most patients.
You will also need to avoid sun exposure after treatments – this is critical to prevent side effects. We will advise you on suncare and post-care products after your session with us.
When you come in for a consultation, we’ll ask you for your entire health history, and get to know more about you. This is important because it can affect how susceptible you may be to side effects. It can also determine whether or not we think treatments will work on you.
What is the price of laser hair removal in Surrey, at your clinic?
There is no way to pre-determine how many sessions you’ll need for your skin and hair type. So, while we can’t tell you the final cost of your hair removal treatments, we can say that individual sessions can range from roughly $65 to $500 (give or take). This, of course, depends on how large of an area is treated in each session, and the time it takes to do so.
Below are sample prices of common treatment areas for Surrey laser hair removal at our clinic, which you’ll notice are average – if not low – for this service compared to most clinics of our calibre:
- Upper lip hair removal: $60 per treatment
- Under arms hair removal: $90 per treatment
- Bikini line hair removal: $99 per treatment
- Brazilian hair removal: $190 per treatment
Please also note that while our pricing can change at any time, we are not the type of clinic to inflate our pricing, and then get you in the door on the premise of a large discount. We are straightforward with our rates.
Package rates may be available. Please ask when booking your first consultation with us.
Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.
Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.