by St. Catharines Wellness

Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are your services only for women?

A: Nope. Everyone is welcome here! My clients include many men and transgendered people. Everyone is welcome here.


Q: Is hair reduction with laser permanent?

A: Our laser is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction.


Q: How many treatments are required?

A: The number of treatments required depends on the type of hair and the region being treated. This is due to the variation of the hair growth cycle in various regions of the body. A precise cost and treatment estimate would be given at the initial consultation. Please contact us for more details.


Q: Does it hurt?

A: Although topical anaesthetic cream is available, most patients do not request its use.


Q: How long does a treatment take?

A: The length of a laser session may range from a few minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the area being treated. More than one treatment may be required to complete large areas of the body.


Q: How will my skin look after treatment?

A: The appearance or the treated area immediately after a laser session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. Most people return to normal activity right away. We will be happy to tell you more about your treatment and what you can expect during your contact us.


Q: Is treatment effective for men and women?

A: Yes.

Electrolysis Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is electrolysis?

A: Electrolysis is the science of permanent hair removal utilizing probe devices. A fine sterile probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue. When this is performed by a component, trained Electrolysis, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.


Q: How long does Electrolysis take?

A: The number of treatments required varies with each client. Those clients that adhere to the recommended treatment schedule usually accomplish their goal between 12 to 18 months.

Some improvement should be observed within several months of hair, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications and stress may influence the treatment program.
It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment program set up by your Electrologist. Those who do so will achieve permanent results in the shortest time frame.


Q: How long does Electrolysis last?

A: Hair treated properly by Electrolysis will never grow back. Hormonal issues later in life may cause new hair to grow especially for women around the lip and chin. These are new follicles that did not produce hair in the past and therefore could not have been treated. Remember that only hair that has broken through the skin can be permanently treated.


Q: Is Electrolysis painful?

A: Most of our clients comment that Electrolysis was not as bad as they had heard. The best way we can describe the sensation, is to compare it to the sensation of a hair being plucked out. This is not a comfortable sensation but most would agree that it is hardly unbearable.

Having said that, it is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation, which may be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made which may help to make the treatment more comfortable.


Q: Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?

A: Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments.

Remember also that only hair that is visible (meaning emerged through the skin) can be treated. Due to the cyclical nature of hair growth, new hairs as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase will also require additional visits to achieve true permanence.


Q: What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?

A: All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.


Q: Does electrolysis damage the skin?

A: When electrolysis is administered by competent electrologist using modern equipment and current techniques, there should be no visible skin damage.

Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process and will not cause any permanent damage if they are not picked off.


Q: Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?

A: Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. The most common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and chest.

The inside of the ears and nose should not be treated.


Q: Who receives electrolysis?

A: You are not alone if you are embarrassed by unwanted hair. As many as 90% of men and women may be affected by unsightly hair.

Currently 24% of our clients are men averaging in age between 27-45. These men tend to seek treatment for either their back or eyebrows. Many men are finding it practical to have their beard permanently shaped using Electrolysis because of its comfort and our operators ability to sculpt the shape to the clients desire.

76% of our clients are women in age between 35-55 years old. These women tend to seek Electrolysis for permanent hair removal for their upper lip, chin, eyebrow sculpting, bikini-lines and underarms. Most of our female clients have achieved permanence in the area for which they first sought treatment and have moved on to the new areas.