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Get quality laser hair removal in Surrey (near Vancouver)

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We offer efficient, Surrey laser hair removal, using the latest technology on the market. We also offer competitive ‘everyday’ pricing. Our system, and years of experience, draws clients from Langley, Delta (Tsawwassen and Ladner), Burnaby, New Westminster, White Rock, Cloverdale, South Surrey, and all around Vancouver.

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. You can also stop buying sticky, burning, itching hair removal products too!

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 isn’t just a women’s ‘thing’ either. Men love hair removal, too! 

Wear your bathing suit any time of year; there’ll be no more ‘prep work’ when you’re free of constant hair regrowth, or unsightly stubble.

Thankfully, these days, laser hair removal can also be done on darker skin tones. 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.

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For over 10 years we’ve been performing laser hair removal in Vancouver.

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. This is to ensure we are using the latest, top-of-the-line solutions for all treatments we offer. Our Surrey laser hair removal 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. This allows for treatments on various skin tones. These wavelengths are called the Alexandrite laser and Nd:Yag laser.

However, you may be asking: “what is the best type of laser for hair removal?”

We explain that in detail, here.

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Can you do laser hair removal on all skin tones and hair colours?

Fitzpatrick scale example of dark to light skin on women legs

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 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 only 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. The root is what ‘feeds’ hair growth. Destroy that part, and you’ve disabled the follicle’s hair growth mechanism.

Laser hair removal diagram to show hair targeted through light pigments using our Surrey laser hair removal techniques

Now, 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 you don’t want it.

This is also why tattooed skin is ineligible for laser hair removal. All colour is pigment, and will absorb laser energy.

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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 our clinic, we have used our medical knowledge to treat the darkest of skin tones possible, with laser hair removal. Many other clinics may need to turn away patients with these skin tones, for safety concerns. However, we may still be able to help. If you feel you fall into this category, we encourage you to book a consultation with us. This will allow us to assess your skin, and determine if you are eligible for laser hair removal.

Please note: we can not remove hair on tattooed skin, unfortunately. But we can remove tattoos first, if you want! See this page for more info.

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We can’t treat all hair colours with laser hair epilation

The setback that still stands true today, as it did in the past, is that light-coloured hairs can’t be destroyed – at least not with lasers or light-based treatments. Other types of safe heating can be used to target the follicles of these hairs, without burning the skin (such as electrolysis).

Therefore, 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’ (i.e. vellus hair), we can still use a Soft Light option, or an alternative, which can stall regrowth for up to 12 weeks at a time.

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Can you remove hair on any body part? What types of hair can you remove?

Underarm hair removal before and after example

Our Surrey laser hair removal can be done on many parts of the body, as 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)
  • Nostrils
  • Ears
  • Neck
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Toes
  • Hands
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Intimate, private areas (we do bikini lines and Brazillians)

To be general: we can drastically reduce dark, coarse hair, or any hair that has colour to it (except red, white, gray or blonde). We can do this on most skin tones.

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How many treatments does laser hair removal take at your clinic?

close up of laser hair removal in surrey on patient arm

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 results in as little as 4 to 6 treatments. Others can take longer. And, this all 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, which are:

  • 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 is thus destroyed more easily).
  • The depth at which your hair follicles are located in your skin (the further the light needs to travel can affect its temperature hold, which needs to stay high long enough to be effective).
  • Your hair growth cycle’s 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 laser hair removal. This is the case with any laser or light-based hair epilation on the market. 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 hair follicles to reactivate.

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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 cycles 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 hair removal.

You may also experience undesired hair loss as a result of age, genetics or 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.

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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)
  • Electrolysis

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, 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.

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What are the risks 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.

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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 laser hair removal at our clinic. You’ll notice these rates 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 offer a so-called discount, just to get you in the door. We are straightforward with our rates.

Package rates may be available. Please ask when booking your first consultation with us.

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Important notes:
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.

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