Laser Hair Removal

We will eliminate your unwanted hair permanently so you can get rid of your razor and feel more confident.

Rediscover your true look at DermMedica…

with Laser Hair Removal…

How does laser hair removal work?

Our laser hair removal treatments in Kelowna and Okanagan work much differently than traditional hair removal practices such as shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal targets the hair follicles on a specific area of the body and the procedure damages these follicles. Over a number of treatments, the root will become permanently damaged and will prevent the hair from growing back.

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We have been performing laser hair removal since 1994.
Staff are trained by Dr. Crippen MD CCFP FCFP who has laser training and certifications from the ABLS and ASLMS


Procedure Time
10-60 minutes depending on area(s) treated
Recovery Time
Permanent hair reduction
Seen in a few weeks. Normally we recommend treatments 6 weeks apart for optimal results. Most patients require at least 6 treatments for 80% hair reduction.
Pain Level
Minimal – moderate depending on area
None required. Cold spray is used before laser pulses to improve comfort.


Any body part with black or brown hair
  • I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you.

    LK Jan 15, 2013
  • Dr. Crippen is an absolute maser with Botox. I’ve had little filler implants done around my face, my ears and lips so far, and each operation came out looking exactly the way I had hoped. Not too puffy, not too thin.

    John Savill Sep 4, 2014
  • This place does the best work of all the skincare clinics I’ve tried in the Vancouver area. I go back periodically for new botox and juvederm injections, and they always make it look brand new and just right every single time. This place has earned my business.

    Greg Monte Aug 26, 2014
  • I was deeply impressed with the work of this clinic. We visited for my teenage daughter after over-the-counter medications had failed her. The acne removal treatment recommended and performed by Doctor Crippen was incredibly effective. We’ve been back for a couple more treatments over the years, and they are all as effective. I wanted to note in particular that he and the staff had a wonderful manner while administering treatment. My daughter typically hates clinical environments but she always felt very comfortable here.

    Phoebe Provenzano Jun 29, 2014
  • This is the only place that I’ve gone for age spots since it opened. I loved how easily I could schedule at short notice, and the commitment the staff showed to making sure that I understood everything I wanted to know. I was treated very well here.

    Yolanda Tighman Sep. 05, 2014
  • I loved how little time it took to set up the chemical peel treatment and to get it. Your clinic made the day very convenient for me, especially since two other clinics had already told me that they couldn’t fit me in that. Your chemical peel was also one of the most effective that I’ve ever had. I’m extremely satisfied.

    SeasonDucharme Sep. 5, 2014
  • I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight.

    Ami Hamann Aug 26, 2014
  • My coolsculpting treatment was first performed at this clinic, at the Kelowna location, which might be their only one. I’ve never had coolsculpting performed anywhere else, so I can’t judge the quality compared to other clinics, but it was really effective. The procedure was completely painless and didn’t even feel uncomfortable. The easiest weight I have ever lost.

    Ron Woodhouse Jul 06, 2014
  • Dr Crippen performed the Juvederm treatment in a highly professional, caring and pleasant manner. I found the entire experience to be a comfortable one and despite having some initial reservations/nervousness, both he and his extremely competent staff, made me feel totally at ease and reassured. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire experience of being treated by Dr Crippen and his staff.

    DC Feb 9, 2012
  • I chose DermMedica hoping they would be able to help me with my lips. Dr. Crippen recommended a Juvederm filler, and I’m thrilled with both how easy it was and how great it looks. I was particularly pleased with the end result of the lip filler because I’ve had friends with that swollen look, and I did not want any part of that.

    Harold Elliott Sep. 2, 2014

Kelowna Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is a treatment that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Our laser hair removal treatments in Kelowna and Okanagan work much differently than traditional hair removal practices such as shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal targets the hair follicles on a specific area of the body and the procedure damages these follicles. Over a number of treatments, the root will become permanently damaged and will prevent the hair from growing back.

Our clinic has 2 wavelengths to choose from for laser hair removal so we can treat all skin types from light to darker skin. Settings are dependent on the area being treated so they vary per person and by the area being treated.

The goal of laser hair removal is to prevent the regrowth of dark, coarse hair that causes aesthetic displeasure and/or discomfort. The laser is more effective than a Brazilian wax because it can target numerous hairs at the same time so while some discomfort is felt, the treatment process is relatively easy. Depending on the area treatments can take between a few minutes for small areas such as the eyebrows or upper lip, and up to an hour for large areas such as the leg.

Who is a good Candidate for Treatment?

Laser hair removal works best on dark coarse hairs, such as those in the leg, bikini, and underarm areas. It can also effectively target male back hair and facial hair including hair on the chin and brow bone.

While many people are good candidates for the removal process, the procedure works best on those who are light-skinned with dark hair. Those who have darker skin or blonde may find that treatments are less successful; however, a person may still be a candidate for laser hair removal procedures. Contrary to advertisements you may see – at this point in time there is no effective procedure to remove red, white or gray hairs.

The difference in effectiveness in laser hair removal between patients in the case of hair colour is the result of how specific hair colours influence the absorption of the laser heat energy. Darker hairs are more likely to absorb the laser treatments as it also absorbs more heat energy than blonde hair. This high level of heat absorption allows for a more successful treatment to damage the hair follicle.

Skin colour can affect the success of laser hair removal for a similar reason. Because darker pigment is more likely to absorb heat, the laser has a more challenging time targeting the hair follicle in darker skin, which can affect the long-term success of the treatment. In addition, those with darker skin may experience more side effects from laser hair removal such as skin damage. However, this can often be decreased by the skin & laser treatment professional performing the laser hair removal treatment adjusting the laser.

Effects of Laser Hair Removal

It is important to note that laser hair removal takes more than one treatment, and one might find that their hair growth appears worse after a treatment or two. This is because the laser has damaged the hair follicle at the same rate. Typically hair grows at different intervals due to resting follicles, and natural shedding. These intervals are not disrupted with shaving or waxing. However, when you have a laser hair removal treatment, all of the follicles will be at the same growth cycle stage. This is an expected side effect and not meant to cause alarm. This is also a benefit to your further hair removal procedures, as hair follicles growing at the same rate are easier to target. Overall, laser hair removal is associated with a very low incidence of side effects.

If you are interested in receiving Laser Hair Removal in Kelowna, contact us today for a consultation.

Info Sources:

Lanigan, Sean W. “Incidence of side effects after laser hair removal.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 49.5 (2003): 882-886.

Liew, Se Hwang. “Laser hair removal.” American journal of clinical dermatology 3.2 (2002): 107-115.

Quick Answers About Laser Hair Removal

Is There a Reason That My Laser Hair Removal May Be Wearing off Quickly? I Had the Procedure at a Different Clinic, and It Was Supposed to Last for Many Years, but Only 7 Months Later, I Am Already Feeling a Lot of Growth. Did I Do Something Wrong?

There is nothing you can do to reverse the results of laser hair removal. Most patients will find that laser hair removal permanently removes hair, but not all the hair is removed forever. This is why multiple treatments are required and you can never guarantee 100% of the hair will be removed. It is unusual to see a lot of growth after laser hair removal however.

What Treatments Do You Have for Unwanted Facial Hair? Do the Lasers You Use for Laser Hair Removal Work on the Face at All? I’ve Only Heard of Them Being Used on the Legs.

Laser hair removal can most certainly be performed on the face and is in fact one of our most popular procedures. Many of our male patients choose this treatment to target their facial hair and even back hair.

What Is the Best Time to Get Laser Hair Removal? I Want to Make Sure That I Only Need One Treatment to Take Advantage of the Summer Months. How Far in Advance Can I Get Laser Hair Removal and Still Be Hair Free for All/Most of the Summer?

You need to take into consideration that multiple treatments are required to have a dramatic reduction in hair with laser hair removal. We normally recommend about 6 treatments to see a 60-80% reduction in hair growth for the area in question. Treatments are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart depending on the part of the body so you should really plan about 6-9 months ahead of time if you want to be less hairy for any particular occasion. Having said that, right now is always the best time to get anything started so you don’t forget and just keep putting it off.

What Advantages Does Laser Hair Removal Have over a Wax? I’ve Been Waxing for Years, but I’m Considering Trying Laser Hair Removal for the Upcoming Summer. in What Ways Is Laser Hair Removal Better?

There are many reasons to choose laser hair removal over Brazilian waxing. Here are a few of them:

1. permanent hair reduction compared to waxing which has no effect on the amount of hair in the long term.
2. less painful in the long term. imagine all those hours of painful waxing procedures when you could have just a few laser hair removal sessions and you’re done with it.
3. less money spent over the long run. if you don’t have to buy waxing supplies for the next 30+ years, that will save you a lot more money that it costs to have laser hair removal performed.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Laser hair removal pricing varies depending on the area being treated. The most commonly treated areas for women are underarms, bikini line, legs, and face and for men it is the back area.

How Much Hair Should Fall Out After Session of Laser Hair Removal?

It is normal for the hair to fall out after the laser treatment session as the laser permanently damages that hair. The goal of treatment is to not have the hair grow back afterwards!

What Are The Side Effects and Risks Of Laser Hair Removal?

As with any laser for medical uses there are potential side effects, some are common, some are much less so. Common side effects include redness and/or sensitivity of the skin after treatment. Less common side effects can occur from excessive energy use which can cause darkening or blistering of the skin which usually heals nicely without incident. Very rarely (if too much energy is used) more severe burns of the skin can occur.

When to Stop Shaving Before Laser Hair Removal?

It is ideal to shave immediately before your treatment to maximize your results. Shaving will NOT cause your hair to grow in thicker afterwards.

How Many Sessions in Average Are Needed to Stop Body Hair Growth?

We usually recommend a series of 4-6 treatments to start and then see where you are at. You will never usually eliminate all hair, rather you will have a permanent reduction in the amount of hair.

How Long Should I Stay out of the Sun After Laser Hair Removal?

We recommend avoiding excessive sun exposure for at least a few days after laser hair removal and then you should be back to normal activity. If your skin is still red after a few days, stay out of the sun until it appears normal once again.


Kelowna Hair Removal for Unwanted Hair

Hair on the body that appears in excessive amounts, that grows abnormally coarse and dark in unconventional areas, or that is aesthetically or functionally undesirable

What Are the Reasons for Kelowna Hair Removal?

Unwanted hair growth is caused by a variety of factors. Excessive hair growth is often due to family genetics, although there are other factors that do contribute to unwanted hair growth such as:

  • Increased levels of male hormones
  • Tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland
  • Tumor or cancer of the ovary
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Increased levels of cortisol
  • The use of steroids of other hormone based medications

Excess hair can also be normal for most individuals but undesirable for cosmetic reasons.  The most common areas for hair removal are the axillae (armpits), the groin (brazilian treatments), full legs, back, chest, chin and other parts of the face.

The best candidate or patient for kelowna hair removal are those who have fair or light coloured skin and dark hair.  The reason for this is that the laser is photo-selective.  This means that the laser energy is only absorbed by hairs that have a dark brown or black colour.  This is why laser hair removal cannot and does not work for light hair, red hair, blonde hair or white hair.  Contrary to many ads out there, laser just doesn’t work for those types of hair, one would then have to resort to the old tool of electrolysis which is painstakingly slow and more expensive in the end.

In order for you to know if you are good candidate for laser hair removal, a consultation with trained technician or specialist is necessary.  This is normally free and there is no pressure for you to have a treatment should you decide not to proceed.  Just email us or give us a call for more information.

What Are the Kelowna Hair Removal Treatments?

Office Hair Removal Treatments:

Kelowna Hair Removal – Laser


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