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Laser Hair Removal

Windsor, Ontario Laser Hair Removal - Medical Cosmetics - Dr. Patrick Xavier Smith

At Medical Cosmetics we utilize the most advanced hair reduction lasers available today.  Laser hair reduction has improved dramatically over the past two years and new technology allows physicians to treat all different hair-bearing skin types, from the very fair to the deeply pigmented, both safely and effectively.

About Laser Hair Removal

Just about your entire body is covered with hair. For women most of the hair is fine, and pale, not usually visible to the naked eye. For some women the hair is darker and coarser in places we don't like or expect-like on the face, neck, abdomen, breasts, or arms. These areas may prevent us from wearing the clothes we enjoy or participating in certain activities such as swimming.

For men, shaving or trimming your facial hair may be a regular grooming habit but excess hair on your back, shoulders, around the ears, or between the eyebrows seems to grow back faster than you can pluck or shave. Regular shaving of body hair becomes a tedious chore. Hair has no vital function in humans yet its psychological importance is enormous. In cases like these, it may be time to consider permanent hair reduction.

Initially the hair should be trimmed or shaved for the area to be treated. Then a thin coat of clear cold gel is then lightly smoothed over the skin and laser pulses are directed at the hair bulbs.

Because the laser affects hair follicles only when they are in the growth phase, more than one treatment is necessary to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter the growth phase. During your consultation you will be advised as to the approximate number of the treatments required.

Side effects are rare. Most individuals experience no more than a slight sting or pinch as the laser pulses are applied. Some parts of the body do tend to be more sensitive than others and sometimes redness occurs for a few hours afterwards.

How it works

IPL works best at removing hair when it’s in the active growth phase. But not all the hair in the treatment area will be in this phase at any given time. So we spread our IPL treatments out over a period of time. This is to make sure that hair which isn’t treated in one session is affected in the next. The way hair grows is slightly different for everyone, so we tailor our treatment to suit you.

Will I need more than one treatment session?

Commonly, six to eight treatment sessions are needed to provide a permanent reduction of hair growth. This is because at any given time some of the follicles in the treatment area won’t be in the growth phase. We spread our treatments out to make sure that hair that isn’t treated in one session is affected in the next. Facial hair tends to be more stubborn and may need ten to twelve treatment sessions or occasionally more in very resistant cases. The gap between sessions is usually four weeks for facial areas and six weeks for body areas. The number of hair removal sessions depends on various factors, including where the hair is, how thick it is and also your particular skin type and hair colour. For the best results we recommend that you complete the full series of treatment sessions.

After the procedure.

For the first few days after your treatment you should apply aloe vera gel to soothe the affected area. Also, a sun-cream of at least SPF30 should be applied to exposed treated areas every day for at least four weeks, regardless of the weather.


Are there any risks?

There may be some redness and swelling after the treatment but this usually only lasts one or two days. Sometimes there can be an increase or loss of pigmentation (colouring) in the skin. In a very small number of cases the skin’s texture may change slightly. IPL very rarely causes scarring.


Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Pixel and IPL Laser Treatments can be done Monday through Wednesday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday 9:00am to 7:00pm & Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm * Hours by Appointment Only

Medical Cosmetics
Patrick Xavier Smith, M.D.
7575 Riverside Dr. E
Windsor, Ontario N8S 1E1
Phone: (519) 819-1119
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