Now that spring has finally decided to take off her jacket and stay for a while, you can bet that there’s one thing on our mind: shorts, skirts and sleeveless everything. Summer must be (literally) just around the corner.
That’s right folks, it’s time for a little spring cleaning here there and everywhere, and the hottest keyword in the Google search engine without a doubt will be hair removal.
Montrealers have more than their fair share of options in a city that is not without its abundance of spas and beauty salons and laser hair removal clinics. So how do you choose the best one that is right for you? What do you need to know? What do you need to ask?
We sat down and interviewed the team at Medispa Jouvence with 14 burning questions to get to the bottom of things. Hopefully their answers will help guide you on your quest to finding the perfect laser hair removal clinic in Montreal for your treatments.
1. What type of laser is being used? (Diode, Alexandrite, ND:YAG, IPL)
The type of laser being used is crucial in your decision. If your skin is light and hair is dark, a Diode or Alexandrite would be great choices. If you have a lot of color on your skin a Nd:YAG is an excellent choice. Please remember that IPL is not a laser.
2. How long has the laser hair removal clinic been in business?
You want to go to a laser hair removal clinic with a long-standing reputation. A place that has been in business for a long time and a staff that is both qualified and passionate to help their clients get the desired results.
3. What are the qualifications of the technician?
In Canada, there are no set standards for a laser technician. No training is required and unfortunately there are many very unqualified inexperienced technicians working in the industry. Inquire about the years of experience and credentials of the technician and if this technician will be doing all your treatments.
4. What will the cost be?
The cost of the laser hair removal treatment is important but should not be the deciding factor. If you consider the cost to be an important deciding factor before you begin your treatments, you can read more on the risks of shopping for laser hair removal based solely on price.
5. How many clients have they treated?
Is your hair and skin suitable for laser hair removal? The hair needs color, the darker the hair the better. Grey, blonde and red hairs are not treatable with laser hair removal. The lighter the skin the better. But with that said, skin with color can have laser hair removal treatments with a suitable laser and very experienced technician. Ensure the technician looks at the site you wish to treat.
6. What kind of results can you expect?
How many treatments will it take? The average number of treatments with the Light Sheer – Diode is 4 to 6 for at least an 80% reduction. That is for someone with light skin and dark hair.
7. How painful is the treatment?
The treatment feels like a rubber band snapping the skin. It’s not pleasant, but I would say it is more uncomfortable than painful. The darker and coarser the hair, the more intense the feeling.
8. What are the side effects?
The skin will have a little redness like a sunburn and there will be some swelling around the hair follicle.
9. Is the laser machine owned or leased by the clinic?
This is a key question because not all clinics own their machines. When the clinic owns the machines, it is only their staff who use the laser. The laser is on the premise 100% of the time. When the laser is leased, the laser is delivered to the clinic on certain days (e.g. Wednesday) and if you are not available on the day the laser is at the clinic you will miss a treatment. Also, that laser is being used and abused by many clinics and technicians. It is always being moved from one clinic to another. It is not what you want.
10. Is the laser serviced on a regular basis?
If they say yes, then ask to see the sticker on the back of the laser which will indicate when it was last serviced. This is a very important factor. Many clinics do not have the laser serviced on a regular basis because of the expense. But if the laser is not being checked, regularly by a qualified service technician than you have no idea how well that laser is operating. The technician could set the laser at the proper settings but the laser may be firing too high (you get a burn) or too low and you do not get good results.
11. Is there anything I must be careful with or avoid after a laser hair removal session?
Yes, avoid excessive heat, on your site for at least 24 to 48 hours. Avoid sun exposure on your treatment site for the duration of your laser treatments.
12. What can I do to remove the hair between treatments?
You can ONLY shave. No waxing, tweezing or threading. The hair in the hair follicle is the target for all laser hair removal devices. Waxing, threading and tweezing removes the hair from the follicle and thus removing the target.
13. Does the hair have to be shaved before a treatment?
Yes. Regardless of the site, visible hair needs to be shaved as short as possible. Otherwise it is on top of the skin serving as a target for the laser energy bringing heat to the surface of the skin. You run a risk of a burn if the hair is not shaved before a laser hair removal treatment.
14. Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal is “permanent hair reduction” not “permanent hair removal”. Be sure the technician is able to explain this to you. If the technician says it is “permanent hair removal” they are either not telling the truth or do not understand the difference. Permanent hair reduction is the result with laser hair removal. A permanent reduction of hair will be noticeable on the treatment site, but you should expect the occasional hair to reveal themselves where treated until sessions are complete. This is completely normal.
Investing a little time into researching the best laser hair removal clinic for you will really pay off in the end. Since there are numerous clinics offering laser hair removal services, you can afford to be choosey. Always get a consultation, and if you get a “bad feeling” during the session don’t overlook it. They say that your vibe attracts your tribe, and I don’t know about you, but body treatments involve a certain level of comfort, so you may as well choose wisely. After a couple of sessions, you’ll swear by laser hair removal treatments.
4060 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, #510
Montréal, QC, H3Z 2Z3