Excess Unwanted Hair

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As humans, hair is a natural part of our bodies. It plays a number of functions depending on which area of the body it covers, including warmth, touch sensitivity, and appearance. However, even though hair is a basic and necessary part of our anatomy, unwanted excess hair can be embarrassing and problematic in many situations.

Hair comes in a variety of textures and colors depending on each individual and the area it covers. Vancouver patients are often looking for removal of darker, thicker hairs, since these are the most prominent. Unwanted hair is often on various areas of their bodies, including the face, chest, back, underarms, arms, legs, and bikini area.

There two types of ways to get rid of excess hair. The technical terms for this are depilation and epilation.

Depilation is where you only get rid of part of the hair, the visible part of the shaft on the surface. This is done through methods like shaving. Epilation is where the entire strand of hair is removed down to the root level, through methods like waxing.

Shaving, waxing, and plucking are common and traditional methods for getting rid of excess hair. Unfortunately, these techniques provide relatively short-term results. Methods such as waxing and plucking can be painful and especially tedious if there is hair in sensitive areas.

The most modern technique for controlling or removing unwanted hair is laser hair removal. This technique is a long-term solution for getting rid of excess hair. It is effective for a variety of hair textures and colors. If you’re suffering from excessive hair growth, laser hair removal may be the solution. We can provide a full evaluation and determine whether or not it is right for you.

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Hairs grow from hair follicles, which are tiny regions in the dermis (the skin layer beneath the outer skin). Each hair has a root, which is found beneath the skin, at the base of the follicle. Each hair also has a hair shaft, a thinner part that includes what we see protruding out from the skin. There are multiple hair growth phases, where each hair is either not growing (telogen phase), growing (anagen phase), or renewing itself (catagen phase). Different hairs are in different phases at any given time, and the state each hair is in affects its ability to be removed.

Laser hair removal only targets the hair that is in the anagen phase. The hair in a single area can be in different phases of growth, which is why multiple treatments are needed to clear away all unwanted hair.

When it comes to treatment time, you can come in during your lunch break for a session and be back to work in no time. You can expect your sessions to last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the area in which you are having laser hair removal performed.

We use only the best and most advanced equipment available, the Lumenis LightSheer. The Lumenis LightSheer diode is specifically designed for laser hair removal and is approved by Health Canada and the FDA. A laser beam is used to heat the hair follicles in the anagen phase without harming surrounding skin tissue. The heat is absorbed by the hair follicles, which causes the hair to fall out. Hair growth is disabled in the targeted follicles that are actively growing. To get rid of all the hair in a single area, a series of treatments is recommended.

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

We put the comfort and safety of our patients first. While laser hair removal should not be considered painful, it can cause mild to moderate discomfort. However, we will apply a topical numbing cream or pre-cool the treatment areas before we begin. This cream will desensitize the areas to be treated and minimize any discomfort.

In addition to the measures taken to make patients comfortable during their laser hair removal treatments, we also recommends the use of pure Aloe Vera gel and ice packs for up to 48 hours after your treatment session.

When you choose us for laser hair removal, you will benefit from the experienced, certified medical aestheticians on our team. Some of our most senior staff members have been providing quality care to patients in Vancouver for more than 20 years.

Laser Hair Removal Testimonials

  • This place is a dream come true! The ladies here are not only professional but also extremely knowledgeable. I feel like I am in great hands every time I come here and am loving my results so far! Great job girls! 5/5
  • Overall, I'm happy with the center. Anna, wonderful person, friendly, nice. Make me relax. I really like to continue until I get what I want ? Thanks! 5/5
  • I've been coming here for two years and have had a great experience since I started my treatment here. The staff is polite and friendly. The work which is done here is awesome and Anna in particular is one of the best. I sure will keep coming here even though I have moved downtown. It's worth the travel :) 5/5
  • Anna is amazing! This was my second experience doing laser hair removal. I wish I had known to come to the heights the first time. Anna is fast, thorough and so personable. I would highly recommend the heights for laser hair treatment. 5/5
  • Love it! Amazing results already on my legs and underarms. Anna is so nice and friendly. Great talks :) 5/5

6 Common Causes of Excessive Hair Growth

There are circumstances in which some women have body hair that is more noticeable than other women. This condition is medically referred to as hirsutism and is defined as excessive hair growth in women.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Also known as PCOS, this syndrome is the most common cause of excessive hair growth in women. It is caused when an imbalance of sex hormones occurs. Other symptoms Vancouver women could encounter are irregular periods, obesity, infertility, and ovarian cysts. By performing laser hair removal, Dr. Jaffer can relieve you of this unwanted hair.

Cushing’s Syndrome
This syndrome occurs when a woman’s body is exposed to high levels of cortisol hormone. It can occur when the adrenal glands produce too much cortisol, or after taking certain medications for a long period of time. If you’re suffering from excessive hair growth because of Cushing’s Syndrome, call Dr. Jaffer to learn more about how laser hair removal can help control your symptoms.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Sometimes, excessive hair growth occurs as a result of genetics. One condition that women can inherit is called congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This condition occurs when the adrenal glands produce an abnormal amount of the steroid hormones cortisol and androgen. Laser hair removal can help women suffering from this condition and help restore their confidence.

Some Medications
Some women in Vancouver can benefit from laser hair removal at Heights Laser Centre if they suffer from excessive hair growth caused by medications. Unfortunately, medications you need to stay well and healthy have side effects and can cause this extra hair to grow in places you just don’t want it. But that hair doesn’t have to stay. Dr. Jaffer can help, so give him a call today!

When women struggle with obesity, insulin resistance usually occurs as well. With these two things often comes an increase in the levels of male hormones, which leads to excessive hair growth. Laser hair removal works wonders for women in Vancouver who struggle with obesity.

Organ Hypersensitivity
Sometimes excessive hair growth occurs without any detectable hormonal changes. When this occurs, it is referred to as organ hypersensitivity, meaning the hair follicles are very sensitive to normal levels of male hormones. Some medications can help this sensitivity, but laser hair removal with Dr. Jaffer can also solve this problem for women who don’t want to take medication.

Laser-based services are a cornerstone of our physician-led and patient-centered medical spa, so you can expect to be treated like family and get amazing results every time. Laser hair removal is the perfect solution for men and women who are looking for a better and faster alternative to tweezing, waxing, and threading. Treatment at our practice is comfortable, efficient, and effective.

By combining expertise and technology,  you’ll receive a better experience and excellent, reliable results. As part of our process of care, one of our experienced technicians will determine the exact wavelength and settings for your unique needs based on your skin and hair type. By customizing every session for each individual patient, results will be exceptional and long-term.

Experience The Heights Laser Centre Difference

  • Visit Us Instead

    Heights Laser Centre is a physician-led and patient-centered medical spa, and laser-based services are a cornerstone of our practice. With laser hair removal, we offer Vancouver women and men a solution that is faster than tweezing, waxing, and threading. Patients who have been dissatisfied with their results from laser hair removal at other facilities come to us for treatment that is more comfortable, efficient, and effective.

  • Extensive Experience

    You will benefit from the experience of our dedicated team of certified medical aestheticians. In fact, our most senior medical aesthetician and laser technician has been supporting patients for over two decades! She is frequently praised for her skill and gentle manner. That means you can have confidence knowing that you’re in experienced hands.

  • Expertise and Technology

    We have invested in the best equipment available on the market and can treat a range of features, including the face, chest, back, underarms, arms, legs, and bikini area. Our Lumenis LightSheer diode is a medical-grade laser approved by Health Canada and the FDA and specifically designed for laser hair removal. Our combination of expertise and technology provides patients with a better experience and excellent outcomes.

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