Hair Removal & Vascular Laser

Electrolysis

What is it?
Electrolysis is approved by the medical profession and has been available for over 100 years. The technique involves the insertion of a fine needle into the hair follicle to the hair root. A mild current is then passed down the needle to its tip, cauterizing the hair root and enabling the hair to be withdrawn. This takes only a few seconds per hair.

Where can it be applied?
Areas that are suitable for electrolysis treatment include: facial areas such as the upper lip, chin, neck and sides of the face, low hair lines, thick eyebrows, between the brows, eyebrow shaping, arms, between the breasts, around the nipples, legs, thighs, bikini line, abdomen, back and shoulders, fingers and toes. Very sensitive areas such as the inside of nostrils, the ears, lips, nipples, underarms and eyelids are not usually treated.

Is it painful?
Electrolysis is not generally painful, although there may be some discomfort and occasionally a feeling of heat in the area for a short time. There may also be a slight redness lasting only a few hours. If necessary, specially formulated soothing lotions are available for use after treatment.

How many sessions will I need?
The number of treatments depends on the individual, which is why it is essential to have a full consultation prior to treatment. At the initial consultation, the electrologist will be able to give you an estimation of the number of sessions necessary for you. Hairs removed during treatment will never regrow, but since hairs are actively growing at different times, there will be growth from some new hair follicles after each session. However, with each electrolysis treatment, the amount of hair growth will decrease until the desired outcome is achieved. We recommend starting with one or two sessions at weekly intervals, then gradually increasing the intervals to three, four and six weeks, until it becomes necessary to have only one or two check-up treatments a year.

Do I need to do anything before or after the treatment?
You should drink plenty of water the day before and after your treatment as dehydrated follicles are harder to treat and take longer to heal.  Some clients prefer to take their favourite pain reliever an hour prior to treatment, although this is purely optional. Soothing lotions may be applied after treatment if needed.

How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of treatments is calculated in units of time from 5 to 10 minutes to an hour. When considering electrolysis, one should take into account how much time and money would otherwise be spent on alternative, temporary hair removal treatments within one’s lifetime.

5 min    $17
10 min  $25
15 min  $30
20 min  $40
30 min  $50

Gentle Max Pro Laser

What is it?
The intense light of the laser heats the melanin in the base of the hair follicle, permanently destroying the hair bulb. The feeder blood vessels to the hair bulb are also destroyed. In other words, the hair is completely gone. A Gentle Max Pro laser treatment is completely safe and is the fastest and strongest hair reduction laser used today.  It also has the best track record of achieving permanent hair reduction in all skin colours because it actually contains two separate lasers – the Alexandrite laser for hair reduction on people with fair skin and the 1064 YAG laser for use on those with dark or tanned skin. In fact, it is one of the only lasers effective on lighter hair – particularly on those who’ve experienced unsuccessful hair reduction in the past.

Where can it be applied?
All areas of the face and body can be treated except for the eyebrows. It is difficult to sculpt the eyebrows with the Laser and even with eye protection, it’s ill-advised to treat an area so close to retina.

Is it painful?
The only source of pain would be the heat of the laser, but since highly effective cryogenic cooling is applied before after and during the process, most people feel no pain at all.

How many sessions will I need?
On average 6-8 sessions–spaced 8-10 weeks apart–will be required to achieve the best results. More than one session is required because laser hair removal works only on hair that is in its active phase of growth—that is, when it is still attached to its follicle and blood source.  Since only 20-30% of our hair is in the growth phase at any given time, subsequent treatments will target hair that was in the dormant growth stage during the initial removal session and which has now become visible as it enters the growth stage.

Do I need to do anything before or after the treatment?
Avoid tanning for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment, as darker skin is more difficult to treat.  Don’t pluck, wax or use electrolysis or a depilatory cream for at least 4-6 weeks before treatment because this interrupts the natural growth cycle of your hair follicle, as explained above. You may shave, however, because merely cutting the hair at skin level does not affect the actively growing follicle beneath, whose presence is required for effective laser hair removal. In fact, the area to be treated will be shaved before the procedure, so there is no need to grow hair above the skin surface before coming in for laser hair removal.

For the first 24 hours after the treatment do not suntan, exfoliate or wear tight clothing that could irritate the treated area.  You should not wax or tweeze any hairs that may grow in the treated area during the interim between laser hair removal treatments. But you may shave, bleach or trim the area.It is also very important to use skin moisturizers to hydrate the skin.

How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of the procedure depends on the size of the area to be treated and its hair density. Treatment starts at $55.

Nufree Hair Removal Treatment

  • Nufree is a highly effective hair removal treatment
  • It is not a wax and never sticks to the skin
  • Nufree is self-preserving antimicrobial, antibacterial so it is safe, clean and germ free
  • Nufree is completely botanical and safe for entire body
  • Nufree is so gentle you can apply makeup, swim and tan immediately after the treatment
  • Finipil, the antiseptic lotion, is applied post hair removal cools and protects the empty hair follicle between Nufree treatments. Finipil kills 99.999% of germs, reduces swelling, moisturizes and helps to prevent ingrown hairs.

Waxing

What is it?
After cleansing your skin, thin layers of wax warmed to body temperature are applied to the area under treatment.  At Ici Paris, we use only the finest quality of wax products to protect the most sensitive of skin and follow all the latest Health Canada waxing regulations. Once the wax has sufficiently dried, it is removed with a gentle pull at a special angle in a very fast motion that effectively removes your unwanted hair, revealing soft, smooth skin. This professional method eliminates the risk of hair breakage and therefore results in skin staying smooth and hairless for longer periods.  A given area cannot be re-waxed until another session to avoid excessive trauma to the skin.

Where can it be applied?
On all areas of the body, excluding the scalp. Irritated, inflamed, cut, or sunburned skin cannot be waxed.

Is it painful?
Somewhat, but only for a few seconds as the wax is pulled off.

How many sessions will I need?
After a few treatments, hair follicles will become damaged enough that they will either not grow back or grow back feebly: being sparser, lighter, finer and softer.  However, most women find recurrence of hair in the waxed area after 2-6 weeks (depending on the body area), so that waxing becomes an on-going treatment.

Do I need to do anything before or after the treatment?
For waxing to be maximally effective, hair must be an eighth to a quarter inch above the skin’s surface. This means no shaving or depilation before waxing.  Irritated or sunburned skin can also not be waxed.   You should not use any creams, lotions or moisturizers on the area to be treated on the day of the procedure.

How much does it cost?

Face                    $35
Lip or chin         $12
Eyebrow Arch   $18 – $30
Underarm          $23
Bikini                  $23
Brazilian Bikini  $60
Full Leg & Bikini  $65
Full Leg, Bikini & Underarm  $75
Lower Leg             $32
Lower Leg & Bikini  $45
Upper Leg & Bikini  $50
Full Arm              $45
Forearm               $30
Threading eyebrows $25

  • Vascular Laser

    What is it?
    A vascular laser uses a focused beam of light whose wavelength is targeted to the pigment of the blood in small veins or capillaries. The laser heats up the blood, which in turn heats the small vein or capillary and destroys it very quickly. The laser beam is intermittent and highly focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

    Where can it be applied?
    Vascular laser is the gold standard treatment for vascular lesions (such as Cherry angiomas and ‘port wine’ stains), hemangiomas (benign vein tumors), red veins in the legs and face and rosacea.

    Is it painful?
    The treatment itself is very mildly uncomfortable and has been described as a “snapping rubber band” sensation followed by a “cool wet spray” sensation.  No anesthesia is required and the procedure takes only about 15 minutes.   After the procedure, you may feel a slight bump on the skin which will disappear in the next 2-4 hours. The area may also appear slightly redder and occasionally may be bruised. The skin above the veins will have a reddish, cat-scratch appearance. This generally disappears over the next two days.

    How many sessions will I need?
    Precise predictions are difficult to give, but small red spots like cherry angiomas often disappear after one treatment. Larger veins on the face usually require two to three treatmentsspaced a month or more apart. Rosacea patients, however, usually require more visits.

    Do I need to do anything before or after the treatment?
    There are no major preparations required before vascular laser treatment. However, you should avoid sun exposure, aspirin, alcohol and smoking for at least a week prior to the procedure. On the day of the treatment you should not use any creams, lotions or moisturizers on the area that to be treated.

    After vascular laser therapy, it is strongly recommended that you keep out of the sun.  Otherwise, you can resume all of your normal activities immediately afterwards; there is no downtime. It is quite safe to apply makeup to hide bruising or scabbing, if any should occur.

    How much does it cost?
    Prices depend on the area to be treated, but prices start at $75.