Dr. Lisa Pacheco, Director of the Medical Day Spa at the Surgical Arts Centre, uses a state-of-the-art Palomar Icon Intermittent Pulse Light (IPL) machine that is considered the most effective hair removal device on the market today.

    How does laser hair removal work?

    Laser hair removal uses light to switch off dark hair follicles. The wavelength of the light targets any hair that is darker than the skin, destroying it in less than a second without harming the body. Since hair grows in cycles, it is necessary to perform a number of sessions at four to twelve week intervals in order to target each cycle of hair growth.

    How long does laser hair removal take?

    The length of a hair removal session depends on the size of the area that is being treated. A small area may take just a few minutes, while a large area, such as the legs or back, could take up to an hour. The number of hair removal sessions you require also varies. The average number is eight sessions. Some patients are happy with their results after only a session or two, but that is rare. Others take 10-12 sessions in order to achieve their ideal results.

    Am I a good candidate?

    The best candidates for laser hair removal are those with lighter skin and darker hair – although our machine produces good results in most patients with some contrast between their hair color and skin color. The best candidates for this treatment are those who understand the procedure, understand the likely results, and can afford the upfront cost. Poor candidates for laser hair removal treatments do not fully understand the procedure is a series of treatments, have tattoos in the area they would like treated, or do not want longer-lasting hair removal. Additionally, true red hair and true white hair do not respond to any laser hair removal devices currently on the market. The best way to ascertain if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal is to speak with our physician during a private consultation.

    Does laser hair removal hurt?

    Most patients describe the laser pulses as uncomfortable but not painful, not unlike the sensation of a rubber band snapped against the skin. Many say that the feeling is different but comparable to the discomfort of waxing, though individuals experience pain differently. If you are especially sensitive, there are a few options for managing this pain that you may discuss with your doctor.

    Cost of Laser Hair Removal

    The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on a number of factors, including the size of the area being treated, the location of the area, the number of sessions, and the provider of the treatment. At the Surgical Arts Centre, our treatments range from $50 per treatment (for the middle brow) to $750 per treatment (for the full back). If you purchase a laser hair removal package, your fifth treatment is free. View Laser Hair Removal Pricing List

    Schedule a Consultation Today

    If you still have questions about laser hair removal, or if you would like to speak to a doctor about what the process would be like for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lisa Pacheco, Director of the Medical Day Spa at the Surgical Arts Centre. To get started, please fill out the contact form or call us at (406) 549-6600.
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Our Goals for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses light to switch off dark hair follicles without harming the surrounding skin. The process takes an average of eight sessions to achieve desired results and each session takes place in four to twelve week intervals. Each laser hair removal session can just take a few minutes when targeting smaller areas, like the lip, or around an hour when targeting larger areas, like the legs or back. Hair that does continue to grow back will be thinner and lighter than before.

Our goals for this procedure are to:

  • Offer our patients comprehensive treatment plans that match their goals.
  • Remove or minimize hair in specific areas.
  • Provide the highest level of service and skill possible.
  • Keep our patients as comfortable and informed as possible.

What Our Patients Are Saying

I wish I had done this a long time ago!J.L. , 35 year old kindergarten teacher

It saves me so much time! I used to have to shave every morning.A.B., 28 year old police officer

Finally! No more ingrown hairs.J.W., 30 year old personal trainer

Learn more about laser hair removal

While many people like the idea of laser hair removal, fewer take the first step to learn about whether IPL hair removal might be a smart choice for their needs and goals. Be ready for the summer sunshine and schedule a consultation today!