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Hair Reduction

Hair Reduction in Vancouver With Dr. Jeannie MacDonald

Unwanted hair can be bothersome or even embarrassing, depending on its location. Frustratingly, typical hair removal processes like shaving, tweezing, and waxing can be cumbersome and inefficient. Laser hair reduction treatments may provide the answer to remove your unwanted hair, enhancing your appearance and boosting your confidence.

You deserve a skilled provider who takes the time to understand your needs aesthetic goals. Dr. Jeannie MacDonald and her expert team develop individualized treatment plans to help you look and feel like your most radiant self, making them one of the most sought-after laser hair reduction providers in Vancouver.

Remove that stubborn, unwanted hair with a hair reduction treatment in Vancouver! Contact MacDonald Plastic Surgery at (604) 288-8517 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today! At our New Westminster office, we serve plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery patients in the Lower Mainland and Greater Vancouver area.

What Is Hair Reduction in Vancouver?

Hair reduction treatment is a medical procedure that uses highly specialized lasers to aim beams of light into the hair follicles. Pigment in these follicles then absorbs the light, destroying the hair at the root.

For at least six weeks before treatment, limit other methods of hair removal other than shaving, including tweezing, waxing, or electrolysis. These methods temporarily remove the hair root, which is necessary for laser hair reduction. Patients should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks, as it affects skin color and can make the laser less effective.

Typically, laser hair reduction works best for patients with light-colored skin and coarse, dark-colored hair and is effective for many places on the body, including:

  • Face and chin
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line

For at least six weeks following laser hair reduction, patients must protect their skin from the sun, including direct sunlight and all tanning equipment, to avoid side effects such as temporary skin color changes.

Your hair cycles through different phases, but laser hair reduction can only target hair in the active growth stage. That’s why it will take multiple treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. While most patients experience permanent hair reduction, fluctuating hormones may affect hair growth, requiring follow-up treatments.

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What Are the Benefits of Hair Reduction in Vancouver?

For patients looking to reduce unwanted hair without the hassle of shaving, waxing, and tweezing, laser hair reduction is an efficient treatment. Each pulse of the laser can precisely target multiple hairs in seconds without damaging the surrounding skin. It takes minutes to treat small areas, like the upper lip, and larger areas, like the legs or back, take about an hour.

Following laser hair reduction treatments, patients notice:

  • Clearer, smoother skin
  • Reduced ingrown hairs
  • Less skin irritation
  • Permanent hair loss

Typically, patients will notice a difference two to three weeks following the first treatment, and hair may appear finer and less noticeable.

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Reduction in Vancouver?

Typically, healthy patients who want to get rid of unwanted hair in Vancouver are good candidates for laser hair reduction treatments. Laser hair reduction works better on coarse, dark hair, so patients with fine, light hair may not be good candidates.

Typically, candidates for hair reduction should:

  • Be non-smokers
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Understand the risks of the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations and a positive outlook
  • Be willing to follow all pre- and post-procedure instructions

Choosing Dr. MacDonald as Your Hair Reduction Provider in Vancouver

As a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon, and the only female fellowship trained craniofacial surgeon in the Fraser Valley, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald truly understands beauty from the inside out. With specialized experience in facial implant remodeling and reconstruction, Dr. MacDonald’s extensive medical expertise and artistic touch help her formulate individualized surgical and non-surgical treatment plans for each patient, no matter their aesthetic goals.

Due to their unique education, Dr. MacDonald and her expert team recognize how aesthetic and cosmetic procedures help improve and enrich their patients’ lives. Above all, Dr. MacDonald and her team strive to embody the values of honesty, thoughtfulness, and openness with each person who walks through MacDonald Plastic Surgery’s doors.

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Your Hair Reduction Treatment Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. MacDonald and her expert team will listen to your goals and concerns and consider all treatment options. During your consultation, we will:

  • Evaluate the treatment area
  • Review current medications, vitamins, and supplements you take
  • Provide detailed information about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss your concerns and questions
  • Ensure you understand all potential risks or complications

Dr. MacDonald and her expert team will make sure you feel comfortable making informed decisions about your laser hair reduction treatment. Compassion, honesty, and passion for their craft make MacDonald Plastic Surgery your top choice for hair reduction providers in Vancouver.

What Can I Expect During a Hair Reduction Procedure?

While Dr. MacDonald and her expert team carefully customize all hair reduction treatments for the most favorable results for each patient, here are some general steps you can expect.

Before Your Procedure

Avoid sun exposure for at least six weeks before your laser hair reduction treatment. We ask that you steer clear of artificial tanning products for three to four weeks before treatment, and exfoliate to remove any product residue.

Please shave the treatment area 24 hours before your procedure, and make sure it’s free from all makeups, deodorants, and lotions, including sunscreen.

Check In

Our team will greet you at the front reception desk. Our laser technician will ensure you are comfortable, answer any last questions, and evaluate the treatment areas.

Laser Hair Reduction Treatment

To prepare the area for your hair reduction treatment, your provider will trim the hair. You may request topical anesthetics applied 20 to 30 minutes before your procedure to reduce discomfort. We will also provide appropriate eye protection.

Our technician will adjust the laser for skin and hair color, thickness, and treatment location.

Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Aftercare

For one to three days following treatment, your skin will look red and swollen like a sunburn. In rare cases, blisters and prolonged redness and swelling are possible in patients with darker complexions. You can use ice packs and anti-inflammatory creams to ease your discomfort.

Throughout the next month, hair will fall out of the treated areas. Be sure to wear sunscreen during this period to prevent temporary skin color changes.

As laser hair reduction typically has no downtime, most hair reduction patients can quickly return to typical activities. However, you should refrain from strenuous physical activity, including exercise, for at least a week, as overheating and sweating may irritate your skin. If the treated area includes your face, you may resume wearing makeup after 24 hours.

As with any non-surgical procedure, following instructions regarding limiting physical activity, cleansing, and avoiding sun exposure is fundamental to ensuring optimal results from hair reduction treatments in Vancouver.

How Soon Will I See My Vancouver Hair Reduction Results?

Following your hair reduction treatment, you will likely see immediate results. However, results vary for each patient depending on the color and thickness of hair, skin color, and areas treated. Most patients experience a 10 to 25% reduction in hair following their first treatment.

As hair growth cycles vary, most patients see some hair regrowth and require multiple treatments spaced four to six weeks apart for optimal results. However, following treatments, most people do not experience hair growth for several months or years.

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Schedule Your Hair Reduction Treatment in Vancouver!

Get the smooth results you have been looking for with the most sought-after hair reduction treatment provider in Vancouver. You will love the confidence boost that comes from getting rid of unwanted hair with help from MacDonald Plastic Surgery!

Partner with one of Vancouver’s most sought-after hair reduction providers! Contact MacDonald Plastic Surgery at (604) 288-8517 or complete our online form to schedule your Vancouver hair reduction consultation today.

Vancouver Hair Reduction Treatment FAQs

Hair reduction treatment costs in Vancouver depend on your individual need, the size of the treatment area, and the number of sessions you need to achieve your desired results. Following your consultation, Dr. MacDonald’s assistant will provide a detailed breakdown of your hair reduction cost in Vancouver.        

Avoid any strenuous activities that elevate your heart rate and blood pressure, including exercise, for at least 24 to 48 hours. We ask that you don’t do any high-impact workouts, such as running, weight training, or cardio exercises, for approximately seven days following your Vancouver hair reduction treatment, as overheating and sweating can irritate skin.