With so many establishments offering Permanent Hair Removal, why should I choose The Summit-Skin Care & Hair Removal?

The two methods that we use are Electrolysis and Laser. Electrolysis, proven for decades, is the tried and true method of permanent hair removal. With electrolysis, we can treat any area of the body, no matter what colour the skin or hair is. It is ideal for small areas such as eyebrows, upper lip, chin and those with hair colour too light for laser (with laser, the skin cannot be too dark, yet the hair must be dark enough for the laser to “see” it).  This fact makes it the gold standard for permanent hair removal. We are proud to also offer the Light Sheer Diode Laser for our Laser Hair Removal which in the category of lasers is considered the gold standard of devices!

While the equipment used for permanent hair removal is very important, equally important is the skill of the technician. Our Permanent Hair Removal specialists must be Electrologists AND Laser Technicians ensuring the maximum and most thorough amount of training for client safety and superior results!

If you are tired of repeating your approach to hair removal whether it be daily, weekly or monthly - set yourself free - Book a Permanent Hair Removal Consultation today! You'll never look back at your hairy old self again!

Susan Alward, an electrologist and laser technician with more than 30 years experience, is the founder and owner of The Summit-Skin Care & Hair Removal. She has included here a few of the questions they are most commonly asked.

Q: A lot of treatments seem to offer permanent hair removal — which ones really work?

A: Electrolysis and laser hair removal are the only two methods recognized and approved for permanency.

Q: What is the difference between electrolysis and laser?

A: They are similar in many ways — they both use heat to destroy hair-growing cells and the papilla, which acts as a food supply to the hair. Electrolysis uses electrical energy to heat up a fine wire filament inserted into the hair follicle to target the cells. Laser uses laser energy, which is like a beam of light that attaches to the pigment in the hair bulb, which then becomes hot and destroys surrounding hair growing cells and papilla. With electrolysis, we can treat any area of the body, no matter what colour the skin or hair is. This fact makes it the gold standard for permanent hair removal. With laser, the skin cannot be too dark, yet the hair must be dark enough for the laser to “see” it.

With electrolysis, we target each hair individually. With laser, we shoot a beam of laser energy at an area that captures many hairs at one time. For this reason, the individual laser treatment is faster than electrolysis, making it ideal for larger body areas if the hair and skin colour are right.

They both take the same length of time to achieve permanency in an area — approximately six months to a year and a half.

Q: Which is better? 

A: One method is not better than the other, but certain situations will make one method a more desired choice. Laser is great if the area is larger; this makes appointment times shorter. This only applies if the hair and skin is the right colour. Often for facial hair, such as upper lip and chin, electrolysis is more convenient. For areas with few hairs, electrolysis is more cost effective and efficient.

Q: Can you do any area? 

A: Between the two methods we can effectively remove hair from any area.

Q: Does one hurt more than the other?

A: No, the sensation is similar.

Q: Which is more popular — laser or electrolysis? 

A: Although laser has gained popularity because of the larger number of places offering laser hair removal (due to training requirements), electrolysis still takes the lead because it can be done on any skin colour, hair colour and area (such as eyebrows).  

Q: What should I look for when deciding on treatments?

A: Go to a professional that is both an electrologist and laser technician and have a thorough consultation. This allows you to make an informed choice with a professional that will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you – not simply sell the machine that they use.

Be wary of "deals of the day" type offers that seem too good to be true - the experience and training of the technician is very important both for safety and results.

We recommend visiting a professional that is both an electrologist and laser technician for two reasons. The first is that electrolysis in Canada is regulated and has several excellent training facilities that take approx 4-6 months to complete. This gives the Electrologist a very extensive background in permanent hair removal, skin and hair anatomy, safety and healing. The training in Canada to operate a laser hair removal device is currently unregulated and requires often only a day of training from the manufacturer! At The Summit only our experienced Electrologists can further their training in laser hair removal. This takes an additional 6 months training.

The second reason is that by offering both methods the technician will be able to successfully complete your permanent hair removal needs using the quickest and cost effective method for your hair colour, hair location etc.

Be wary also if the laser technician is using an IPL device but referring to it as laser hair removal. Although the devices have similarities IPL (Intense Pulse Light or Broad Band Light) is known to not be as effective as laser hair removal devices.

For more answers to your hair removal questions, book a 45-minute permanent hair removal consultation with one of the professionals at The Summit - Skin Care & Hair Removal.