Laser Treatments FAQs

Looking for smooth, hairless legs? Want to minimize the appearance of spider veins? Perhaps you’d like to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, without the use of Botox or dermal fillers. If this sounds like you and your 2019 esthetics or self-care goals, read on to get the fast facts about the variety of laser treatments we offer here at Sherlase Clinic.

1. What sorts of outcomes or benefits can I expect from laser skin treatments?
We offer several laser treatments, each using different technologies that work to achieve a variety of esthetic goals on the face and areas of the body. Each benefit/outcome is dependent on the treatment you choose and your unique characteristics, but generally speaking, laser treatments can be used to:

• Reduce/remove hair
• Minimize the appearance of spider veins
• Correct discolouration, such as sun spots
• Resurface the skin; improve texture, minimize and/or reduce fine lines and wrinkles
• Restore vitality and elasticity to the look and feel of skin
• Refresh the complexion, supporting a more youthful, luminous appearance
• Stimulate your body’s own collagen production, helping to smooth out the skin

2. Which laser treatments does Sherlase Clinic offer?
We proudly offer an array of diverse laser skin treatments. Read on to learn more about each treatment.

Laser Hair Removal
Achieve silky smooth skin. Nd:YAG and elōs™ technologies gently remove hair of many colours and types from all skin tones. Sherlase Clinic was the first to bring medical grade, FDA approved laser hair removal machines to the Greater Toronto Area in 2000. Learn more.

Laser Vein Treatment
An effective and safe way to reduce spider veins on the legs, face (around the nose and on the cheeks; including Cherry Angiomas), or anywhere on the body. Learn more.

A non-invasive procedure using intense pulsated light to target and correct discolouration, such as sun damage or Rosacea. Can be used to treat many areas, including the face, neck, and hands. Learn more.

ReFirme™ Skin Tightening
Combined energies work to comfortably achieve noticeably lifted, smoother, and more toned skin. No downtime required. Learn more.

Matrix RF™ Skin Treatment
Suitable for all skin tones, this cutting edge procedure works to resurface the skin by effectively treating wrinkles, reducing discolouration and textural irregularities, and accelerating your skin’s natural healing processes. Learn more.

Matrix IR™ Fractional Wrinkle Treatment
This procedure involves the gentle, targeted heating of connective tissue. The result? Collagen stimulation that works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and give your skin a more smooth look and elastic feel. Learn more.

Triniti Laser Skin Series
A non-surgical, three-in-one treatment to achieve a more youthful, glowing complexion. A combination of Photo-Rejuvenation, ReFirme™, and Matrix IR™. Learn more.

3. How can I prepare before my appointment?
Though there are similarities in how to prepare for most laser treatments, there will be slight differences depending on the treatment and the area being treated. Across the board, it is advisable to limit sun exposure and the use of topical skin products that darken your skin tone (e.g., spray tans and gradual bronzing lotions) in the weeks leading up to your visit. You will also want to avoid the use of blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medications in the days immediately before your appointment.

The day of your appointment, ensure the area being treated with laser is cleansed, and free of cosmetics, skincare products, deodorant, and fragrance.

Below we cover some additional preparation guidelines specific to different types of laser treatments.

Laser Hair Removal
Avoid other hair removal methods (e.g., waxing, sugaring, plucking and electrolysis) for approximately one month before your appointment. It is generally advisable to shave the area that will be treated 24-48 hours ahead of your appointment; however, this may vary and details will be provided to you during your consultation. If you are treating an area on your body, arrive to your appointment wearing loose fitting clothing so that you are comfortable post-procedure.

Laser Vein Treatment
Preparation tips are similar to those outline above under Laser Hair Removal. If you are having Laser Vein Treatment done on your face, we will provide you with specifics relating to if, and how, you should remove hair prior to your appointment.

Laser Skin Treatments
In addition to the general preparation tips above, we may advise that you cease using certain topical products (e.g., Retin-A) in the weeks leading up to your appointment.

Regardless of the laser procedure you choose, know that areas treated with laser are sensitive to the sun’s rays. After your appointment, take care to diligently use broad spectrum sunscreen and limit sun exposure.

4. Will there be any downtime, post-procedure?
Downtime is dependent on the laser treatment you choose and your unique characteristics. Some treatments are more intensive than others. For example, Photo-Rejuvenation and Matrix IR™ Laser Fractional Wrinkle Treatment are so gentle that they can be performed during your lunch hour, with no downtime, whereas the Matrix RF™ Skin Treatment is our most aggressive laser therapy, requiring approximately 2-4 days downtime.

During your consultation, we will inform you about the general downtime associated with the laser procedure you are considering so that you may take this into consideration when scheduling your appointment.

5. Does laser skin treatment hurt?
Though pain is subjective, most patients tolerate laser treatments extremely well.

6. Will I see results after one treatment?
Certain laser therapies will offer visible results with just one appointment, such as our ReFirme™ Skin Tightening treatment; however best results for laser treatments are always seen with multiple appointments, spaced weeks apart.

We will work closely with you to develop a custom treatment plan based on your unique characteristics and goals, and provide our recommendation on the total number of treatments needed.

7. How can I decide which laser skin treatment is right for me?
Each laser treatment offers its own benefits. With so many options available, it can be challenging to know where to begin. Our team of experts will work with you to find the right laser therapy solution for your unique characteristics and goals.

Have you done laser treatments here at Sherlase Clinic? We’d love to hear about your experience! Drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram, or pop over to Google Review to share a review.

If you haven’t tried laser treatments before, but are considering it, and have a question we didn’t answer here, please email us at info@sherlaseclinic.com! We’re more than happy to help.