Laser Hair Removal
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Before & After Gallery
Just like skin, results may vary. These pictures (of our awesome, real-life clients!) help you see what is possible and set a realistic expectation.
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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.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Our clinic has two 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.
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.
Who is a good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
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 hair 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 adjusting the laser.
Laser Hair Removal Treatments in Kelowna, BC
Laser hair removal is a treatment that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair.
PROCEDURE TIME: 10-60 minutes depending on area(s) treated
RECOVERY TIME: None
LASTS: Permanent hair reduction
RESULTS: 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
ANESTHESIA: None required. Cold spray is used before laser pulses to improve comfort.
Services & Treatments Offered
"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." – Harold Elliot
"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
"I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for a while 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. The staff is also excellent!!! Thank you." – LK
Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
Meet Dr. Craig Crippen
MD CCFP FCFP
Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, Dr. Crippen has attended three Canadian universities and obtained four educational titles including his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Crippen has continued to expand his knowledge, focusing his practice in the fields of Medical Dermatology, Vein, Laser & Cosmetic Medicine.
After receiving his M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, Dr. Crippen then completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba over the next two years. He has worked extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, but in response to rising demand, Dr. Crippen has devoted his practice exclusively to both medical & cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments at his clinic.