The Sciton laser uses broadband light to selectively target microstructures such as hair follicles. Unlike many other processes used for hair removal, Sciton treats many hairs at once, making treatment of large areas practical.
All skin types can be treated with this laser, with the exception of naturally blonde, strawberry blonde and white hair. The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis (SPTL), the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue.
Lasers can cause localized damage by selectively heating dark target matter, melanin, thereby heating up the basal stem cells in the follicle which causes hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin. Light is absorbed by dark objects but reflected by light objects and water, so laser energy can be absorbed by dark material in the hair or skin, with much more speed and intensity than just the skin without any dark adult hair or melanin.
Melanin occurs naturally in the skin and gives skin and hair their color. There are two types of melanin in hair. Eumelanin gives hair brown or black color, while pheomelanin gives hair blonde or red color. Because of the selective absorption of photons of laser light, only hair with color such as black, brown, or reddish-brown hair or dirty blonde can be removed. White hair, light blonde and strawberry blonde hair does not respond well. Laser works best with dark coarse hair. Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination, being most effective and producing the best results.
It is important to avoid all kinds of tanning about 4 weeks before a laser treatment, including tanning agents. The best results will be obtained with laser hair removal if you allow your skin to be in its original tone and condition prior to treatment. If your pigment is holding any colour or is irritated for any other reason ( ie. rash, open sores, infection) the laser could potentially cause burns. Our aim is to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible during your treatments.
Another very important thing to remember is to not remove any hair from the follicle prior to a laser hair removal treatment. This means no tweezing, waxing or use of depilatories such as hair removal sprays. Hair removal should stop 4 weeks prior to treatment if it is on the body, and about 2 weeks before if it’s on the face, as facial hair grows faster. If the hair is not in place, it cannot be treated. Bleaching must also not be done as the hair needs to stay dark in order for the laser to be efficient.
Good news is that shaving is allowed. We ask that you please shave the area to be treated only 24 to 48 in advance of your appointment.
Please do not use any type of creams, lotions and deodorants immediately before your laser hair removal treatment, as these can have a negative impact.
Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and bumps in the treated are that could last 2 hours or even longer. It is completely normal to feel as though you have a sunburn for a few hours. Cold compresses may be used if needed.
Makeup may be used directly following treatment as long as there is no epidermal blistering. Using new makeup always minimizes any risk of possible infection.
Avoid sun exposure for 2 months to reduce the chance of both light and dark spots appearing. Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher at all times throughout treatment and for 1 to 2 months thereafter.
Do not pick or scratch the treated skin. Refrain from using any other hair removal methods or products during the course of your laser treatments as it will prevent you from achieving your best results.
When showering after laser treatments, use mild soaps and use deodorant only after 24 hours. Skin should be patted dry and not rubbed.
Within 5 to 30 days of treatment, shedding of the hair occurs and this may appear as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, but instead dead hair is pushing its’ way out of the follicle. You can help the hair exfoliate by washing or wiping away with a soft washcloth.
Hair re-growth occurs at different rates, on different areas, and different ways for everybody. New hair growth may not occur for up to 3 weeks after treatment.
Stubble, which represents dead hair being shed from the follicle, will appear within 10 to 20 days of treatment. This is normal and will fall out quickly.
On average, five to eight treatments are required to achieve desired results.