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Cynosure’s Elite iQ: The Life-Changing Laser Hair Treatment

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Picture a world where unwanted hair disappears effortlessly, and skin issues become a thing of the past.

The remarkable Cynosure’s Elite iQ technology, developed by leading experts at Cynosure, is here to turn that vision into reality.

From permanent hair removal to revitalizing your skin and even addressing vascular lesions, Cynosure Elite iQ is your one-stop beauty solution that’s set to transform your cosmetic routine.

In this article, we will explore all aspects of the Elite iQ laser, ranging from its features and benefits to its versatile treatment options.

We’ll also discuss who it is ideal for, our Elite iQ laser treatment price in Ottawa, and what to expect from these treatments.


What is Cynosure’s Elite iQ Laser?

The Cynosure Elite iQ laser technology combines two wavelengths – 755 nm Alexandrite and 1064 nm Nd: YAG.

The dual wavelength system makes the technology compatible with all skin tones.

The 755 nm Alexandrite wavelength is suited for lighter skin tones and can remove hair quicker than other wavelengths.

The 1064 nm Nd: YAG wavelength can be used on darker skin tones, vascular lesions, and brown spots/ pigmented lesions.

This technology provides a gentle and less painful treatment option for hair removal compared to traditional methods like sugaring and waxing, which involves pulling the hair out from the root. 

On the other hand, the light energy from the Elite iQ laser targets and damages the hair follicles. This reduces the hairs ability to grow over time.


Related: Laser Hair Removal vs. Sugaring: What’s Right for You?


Cynosure’s Elite iQ 755 nm Alexandrite and 1064 nm Nd: YAG Dual-Wavelength Laser Technology

Cynosure’s Elite iQ dual-wavelength laser technology allows it to treat a variety of conditions.

The 755 nm Alexandrite wavelength is best suited for hair removal and correcting brown spots on light to medium skin tones, while the 1064 nm Nd: YAG wavelength is best suited for hair removal on darker skin tones.

As a bonus, this wavelength can treat vascular lesions such as spider veins on light skin tones. 

The dual-wavelength technology of the Elite iQ laser allows for more precise treatment and better results for a broader range of patients. 

The ability to customize hair removal for different skin tones results in better outcomes and fewer side effects.


What Does The Elite iQ Laser Treat?

The versatile Elite iQ laser technology offers safe and effective treatments for hair removal, the management of acne, rosacea, wrinkle reduction, skin rejuvenation, and removal of vascular and benign pigmented lesions.

Hair removal

The Elite iQ laser technology offers a hair removal solution that’s safe, effective, and non-invasive.

The Skintel Melanin Reader is a unique tool designed to be used with the Elite iQ System for objective measurement of the melanin content of skin.

This along with clinical expertise helps guide test spot settings.

The light energy from two different wavelengths targets melanin in the hair follicles, which heats them up and ultimately damages the hair cells. 

Before and after laser hair removal of chin and neck

Before and after Laser hair removal treatment of chin and neck

This method is more efficient than traditional hair removal techniques and is suitable for different types of hair, whether thick or thin and various colors (except blond, gray, or red hairs)

To achieve the best results, multiple sessions might be needed.

Remember, it’s vital to choose an accredited clinic with certified staff, as the laser hair removal industry lacks regulation.

Related post: Will laser hair removal treat the issue of ingrown hairs

Acne treatment

Elite iQ helps reduce acne burden by targeting bacteria and influencing the sebaceous gland to reduce oil production.

The acne treatment option works by creating deep heat within the sebaceous glands, causing the glands to reduce in size. 

Fewer glands mean less oil production, hence reducing the occurrence of acne.

Rosacea treatment

The Elite iQ offers a safe and effective treatment for Rosacea.

The technology uses pulses of light to target the visible blood vessels under the skin, reducing inflammation, and the visible redness in the affected areas.

Psoriasis treatment

The 1064 nm Nd:YAG component of the Elite iQ laser may result in some improvement of mild to moderate psoriatic plaques associated with psoriasis. 

The long-pulsed 1064 Nd:YAG laser has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of nail psoriasis.

It encourages cell turnover and treats the inflammatory signs of psoriasis.

Stretch mark treatment

Elite iQ laser technology can also be used to treat immature (red) stretch marks.

The treatment works by using the long-pulsed 1064 Nd:YAG laser to target vascular chromophores and increase dermal collagen.

The result is a clinical improvement in the appearance of immature stretch marks over time. 

Wrinkle treatment

Elite iQ offers an effective non-invasive way of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by heating the skin layer, promoting collagen production in the affected area. 

Collagen production helps to fill up the wrinkles, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Skin rejuvenation

Elite iQ offers a highly effective treatment for skin rejuvenation.

The technology uses pulsed light energy to reduce visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sun damage, pigmentation, and age spots.

Laser skin rejuvenation is a highly effective addition to the use of topical skincare products. 

Vascular lesions

Elite iQ also helps to remove vascular lesions, such as spider veins and facial broken capillaries (telangiectasias). 

1064 Nd:YAG wavelength of the laser targets vascular chromophores.

The intense pulse light energy causes blood vessels to coagulate, resulting in them shrinking and deteriorating over time.

Before and after Laser spider vein treatment

Before and after laser spider vein treatment


Common  Treatment Areas

Common treatment areas for the Elite iQ laser include the face, legs, arms, bikini line, back, chest, shoulders, arms, feet, ears, nose, abdomen, groin, and buttocks.

This versatile laser system is designed to effectively address a wide range of areas on the body, making it a popular choice for various cosmetic procedures.


The Benefits of Cynosure’s Elite iQ laser treatment

Elite iQ provides a range of benefits, including permanent hair removal and skin rejuvenation, addressing issues like wrinkles, age spots, and skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. 


What to Expect from Your Elite iQ Treatment

Before the treatment, Dr. Lian will assess your skin type and hair color to determine the appropriate settings for the procedure.

Additionally, you will be provided with protective eyewear to wear during the procedure to ensure safety.

During the Elite iQ treatment session, you may experience some discomfort as the laser beam enters your skin; however, it is generally well tolerated.

This discomfort level varies from person to person due to different degrees of skin sensitivity.

The Elite iQ also features a unique cooling system (The Zimmer Cryo Chiller) that soothes the treatment area before, during, and after each laser firing.

After the treatment, you may experience some redness or swelling, but this usually disappears within 24 hours. In rare cases, blistering may occur.

After the procedure, you will receive instructions on how to effectively care for your skin and prevent any adverse reactions.

Before and after one laser facial showing wrinkle reduction after 1 session

Before and after one laser facial

It is important to understand that Elite iQ treatment is not a one-time procedure.

To achieve optimal results, multiple treatment sessions are required. 

Depending on the treated area, the number of sessions may vary from three to six sessions.


Side Effects of Cynosure Elite IQ

The Elite iQ laser treatment is generally safe. However, there are some potential risks and complications to keep in mind. 

To start with, you might experience temporary skin irritation after the treatment, such as redness, itching, or swelling; fortunately, these effects should subside within a few hours. 

Additionally, after the procedure, it’s crucial to be cautious in the sun, as your skin is more sensitive. 

Occasionally, the treatment could cause skin damage, like blisters or burns, although this is rare.

It’s essential to know that these things could happen, but the treatment setting is intended to minimize these risks. 

Furthermore, it’s worth noting that infection is rare if you follow care instructions diligently, and scarring almost never occurs with Elite iQ laser treatment. 

Therefore, it’s advisable to remember to talk to a doctor and follow their advice to effectively manage these potential side effects


Why Choose the Cynosure Elite iQ?

Dr Lian Peter with cynosure elite iq laser

Cynosure Elite iQ, renowned for its high-quality, innovative, and effective medical laser systems, offers unparalleled safety and precision in hair removal and skin revitalization.

With its advanced dual-wavelength technology and industry-leading features, the Elite iQ becomes the ideal choice for those seeking effective solutions for hair removal or skin rejuvenation.


Ideal Candidates for Elite iQ

Elite iQ treatments cater to all skin types, from light to dark complexions, and people of all ages. 

Those who are looking for a non-invasive solution to hair removal, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, wrinkles, stretch marks, and vascular lesions are ideal candidates for Elite iQ.

Skin type and hair color considerations

Elite iQ laser treatment is most effective on people with light to medium skin and dark hair.

People with very dark skin may experience more side effects, and people with very light hair, blonde, gray, and red hair may not achieve satisfying hair reduction results. 


Cost of Cynosure Elite iQ Laser Treatments

The cost of Elite iQ depends on several factors such as the area treated, the number of sessions required, and the geographical location of the clinic.

Elite iq laser hair removal & laser facial treatment price in Ottawa 

Elite iQ laser hair removal price at our Ottawa clinic ranges between $60 – $550 CAD, and Laser facial price ranges between $175 – $850 CAD.



Elite iQ by Cynosure is an innovative and versatile technology for non-invasive cosmetic treatments, providing high-quality solutions for hair removal, skin revitalization, and treatment of various skin conditions. 

With multiple treatment options providing a range of benefits, Elite iQ offers a safe, efficient, and affordable alternative to traditional treatments.


Initial Consultation

If you have any more questions about our Elite iQ laser treatments in Ottawa, feel free to call us or  book a consultation with a certified medical professional. 

During this process, the practitioner will assess your skin type and hair color, analyze the area you want to be treated, and recommend a treatment plan that caters to your concerns and provides optimal results.


Elite iQ Treatment FAQ

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Elite iQ laser treatments.

Does Elite iQ Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Elite iQ laser hair removal is considered non-invasive and provides minimal discomfort. However, some people may experience mild discomfort, such as a warm sensation or a slight sting.

How Does Elite iQ Work for Hair Removal?

Elite iQ laser technology works by targeting the hair follicle with laser light. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, which damages the follicle and prevents future hair growth.

How Long Does Elite iQ Treatment Take?

The length of time for an Elite iQ treatment depends on the area being treated. However, most treatments take about 15-60 minutes.

How Many Elite iQ Laser Treatments are Needed?

The number of Elite iQ laser treatments needed varies depending on the individual’s hair color, hair type, skin type, hormones, and individual response.

In general, you can expect to undergo anywhere from 4 to 8 sessions, with intervals of 4 to 8 weeks between treatments.

After the initial series, some individuals may need occasional maintenance treatments to address any regrowth that occurs over time. However, most people need 4-6 treatments to achieve optimal results.

Is Elite iQ Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?

Elite iQ laser hair removal is a safe and effective hair removal treatment for most people with dark hair and light skin.

It is not recommended for people with light hair – blonde, gray, and red hair, or for people with certain medical conditions. 

The treatment requires multiple sessions, and some people may experience mild side effects.

It is important to talk to a qualified medical professional before getting laser hair removal to discuss whether it is the right option for you.

What Areas Does Elite iQ Treat?

Elite iQ laser hair removal can be used to treat hair on most parts of the body, including the face, legs, arms, bikini line, and back.

What Type of Results Can I Expect After Elite iQ Treatment?

The results of Elite iQ laser hair removal vary from person to person. However, most people experience a significant reduction in hair growth after the treatment.

When Will I See the Results From Elite iQ?

The time it takes to see results from Elite iQ laser hair removal varies from person to person. However, most people start to see results after 2-4 treatments.

Are there any side effects?

Some people may experience mild side effects after an Elite iQ laser hair removal treatment, such as redness, swelling, or itching.

These side effects usually go away within a few days.

If you have had recent sun exposure, use of tanning lotions then you are at an increased risk of burning and or scaring.

Can laser hair removal be permanent ?

It’s important to note that “permanent” hair removal is a term that should be used cautiously.

While laser hair removal can offer long-lasting results, it may not be truly permanent for everyone.

The effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary from person to person and depends on several factors, including the type of laser used, the color and thickness of the hair being treated, and the individual’s skin type and hair growth patterns.

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles.

The laser emits concentrated light energy, which is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicles, leading to their destruction.

This process can significantly reduce hair growth in the treated area, and many people experience a substantial reduction in hair after a series of laser hair removal sessions.

However, because hair growth is influenced by hormonal changes and genetic factors, some individuals may experience regrowth of fine or lighter-colored hairs over time.

This is the case in individuals with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Maintenance sessions may be necessary to keep the hair in check.


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