Yes, laser and light-based treatments have been safely used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures.
Only certified Laser Technicians perform laser treatments at KDG Laser Treatment Centre.
All our laser technicians undergo formal training at the Canadian Laser Institute to ensure competency and certification in laser treatments. In addition, advanced training is completed on all the laser systems used at KDG Laser Treatment Centre.
The consultation determines your suitability for Laser and is essential to help you understand how the lasers work in regards to your desired treatment. During the consultation, your goals and realistic expectations are clearly defined.
Studies have shown up to 80% reduction in hair after a series of treatments. Treatment times vary depending on your specific needs. Hair growth is reduced after each treatment and the number or treatments required will be based on your hair colour and type, body area, and skin tone. The laser works best on patients with dark hair and fair skin, while white, blond or light hair may not respond to treatment. A test site may be required for darker skin types to determine how your skin may react to lasers. Some areas of the body respond better to treatment than others.
For most areas 4-6 treatments are necessary to achieve desired hair reduction. One may need more or less than 6 treatments depending on the hair type, previous methods of hair removal, and skin colour.
Laser energy is delivered through a small hand piece operated by your practitioner. The laser delivers an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the skin and converted to heat. The heat is then absorbed by the cells being targeted, while the surrounding tissue remains unaffected. Your skin may be slightly red immediately following the procedure. This typically lasts from a few minutes to several hours after the procedure.
To date, the FDA has only approved the use of the term ‘permanent hair reduction’ which is defined as, “the long-term stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime.” Factors such as hair growth disorders, skin disorders, and hormonal changes may cause hair regrowth after laser treatment.
Fractional Resurfacing (Sublative) Treatment is a safe and effective solution for all skin types.
The applicator delivers bipolar radio frequency energy via a matrix of 64 electrodes in the disposable applicator tip. The RF energy generates fractional deep dermal heating in the region of the electrode matrix to induce skin injury, thus eliciting a wound healing response. Striae and acne scars as well as mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discoloration are reduced, and skin texture becomes more smooth and elastic.
Is there any downtime following fractional resurfacing treatment?
The patients may continue with their daily routine immediately after treatment; however, the area will show small red dots that will gradually fade. The patient should use a high-factor sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight during the entire course of treatment and for at least one month after.
Is this covered by medical, and do I need a referral?
Cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal is not a covered benefit, and thus no referral is required. If you have a medical condition that causes excess hair growth, your family physician may decide to refer you to a dermatologist for medical management of your condition. Our services are considered a cosmetic treatment since they are primarily aimed at changing the appearance of the skin.
Please refer to our Patient Instruction PDFs on how to prepare for your laser treatments located below. You can download or print off these PDF’s from our site for your convience.
If there is concern over pigmentary changes, a prophylactic bleaching cream can be used weeks prior to treatment. Treatment WILL NOT be performed on newly tanned or sunless tanned skin. This skin is more prone to side effects and complications.
During electrolysis, a needle is inserted into each hair follicle using heat or chemical to destroy the growth center of the hair, one at a time, which is very time-consuming. Lasers and IPL’s both use light to target larger areas, and are therefore more efficient than electrolysis. For this reason, larger areas can be treated at each session.
The key difference between true laser and IPL is that IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas true laser emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that’s optimized for maximum follicle absorption. IPL’s are not lasers. The machines produce a broad spectrum of wavelengths and cannot be focused to a concentrated beam. Because a range of different wavelengths are dispersed at a variety of depths only some of these will be effective for hair reduction. In addition, some of the light can be absorbed into the surrounding tissue as well, leading to heating of the pigment in the skin. Therefore, there is more of a risk of burns for a darker skin type. Lasers can selectively target chromophores while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Laser technology is simply more effective than IPL.
The cost of a Laser treatment in comparison to an IPL treatment is generally higher. This is due to differences such as:
- The difference in efficacy
- The different requirements to use a laser as opposed to an IPL
- The difference in cost of the machines
When searching for a laser service, always ask what technology is going to be used as well as the training and competency of the laser technician. Is it a Laser machine or an IPL machine? Is the technician formally trained? The answer will hopefully help you to make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with the treatment or not.
There is no long-term research available indicating that laser or light is harmful to a fetus, however, as it is not medically necessary, we recommend waiting until after the birth of your child and completion of nursing before undergoing laser treatment.
We kindly ask that childcare services be arranged prior to laser treatment. Children are not allowed in the laser room while the laser is on and we do not have childcare services available on the premise.
Pain is an individual experience affected by a variety of factors. During Laser Hair Removal, Photorejuvenation, Skin Texture, and Nail Fungus treatment each laser or light impact on the skin have some minimal discomfort. Most of these treatments use a patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™), which prepares the skin for treatment by spraying the upper layer with a cooling burst of cryogen in adjustable durations—milliseconds before the laser pulse. DCD helps ensure that the treatments are as comfortable as they are effective.
Fractional Resurfacing has a moderate discomfort level. Many patients feel a warm, prickly sensation as the energy enters their skin. Some people require nothing during treatment, while others choose to put on a topical anesthetic (numbing cream), which must be applied prior to treatment. If a patient wishes to use numbing cream, we ask that they come 30 – 60 minutes prior to their appointment.
Patient Instruction PDFs
Need to reschedule or cancel an appointment?
If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice, or forfeiting of one treatment may result. Late appointment arrivals of ten minutes or more, may also result in the forfeiting of your treatment. If you must cancel your appointment we require you to call the office at: 306-546-0558. If we don’t answer please leave your information on our answering service or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep in mind that “no-shows” or last minute cancellations leave our technicians with empty appointment times that could have been filled with attending clients. Because of this, clients that do not honor their appointments or arrive 10 or 10+ minutes late may incur a loss of treatment or may pay a cancellation fee of $40.00.”