WHAT IT IS
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive technique that uses highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles.* The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle to inhibit future hair growth.* Laser hair removal is effective for most parts of the body.*
The laser hair removal technique is a breakthrough for achieving long lasting relief from unwanted hair growth without damaging the skin’s delicate pores.* The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle without affecting the surrounded skin.*
The treatment will take place in our office. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Each laser pulse may be preceded by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour.* The number of treatments required will depend on skin color, hair color and coarseness of the hair. Although the hair follicle cannot be permanently removed, hair growth can be stopped or minimized for around 3-5 months.* Repeat sessions will be required to treat the follicles when they re-enter the early growth phase.*
Although there are no major side effects associated with this procedure, temporary redness and/or swelling in the treated area might occur but generally lasts for 1-2 days, or longer in some patients.* There might be pigmentary changes in skin color as well as discomfort during or after the procedure, which usually lasts a few hours to a few days.* Appropriate post-care instructions should be followed including wearing sunscreen or protective clothing on exposed laser treated areas for one month following the procedure. Makeup can be used immediately after the treatment.* After the treatment, the hairs will slough off over 2-3 weeks.* You may use a depilatory crème or electric razor to remove treated hair, but do not pluck the hairs.*
Hair removal FAQs
1) How does laser hair removal work?
Laser light damages hairs and their hair follicles, making them unable to grow new hair. Several treatments are needed to capture both active and dormant hair follicles.
2) How good are the results of laser hair removal?
After 2-3 treatments, noticeably less hair will begin to regrow. Although it is not possible to achieve 100% hair reduction, most clients achieve hair reduction after 6 or fewer treatments.* Occasionally, additional treatments are necessary. Dark, coarse hair on light skin responds best to treatment but there are also individual factors that affect one’s response to treatment.*
3) How frequently do I need treatments?
Depending on the body area, laser treatment is done every 1 – 2 months.*
4) Who performs the treatments?
Our experienced Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners perform the laser hair removal treatments.
5) Does the procedure hurt?
There is mild discomfort in areas that are dense with hair but anesthetic cream is almost never needed.
6) What happens after each treatment?
There may be mild redness of the skin immediately after treatments which resolves quickly. You can resume your normal activities right away but should avoid sun exposure and use a high SPF sunblock to protect the skin from hyperpigmentation. There may be a temporary period of relative hairlessness before your next treatment as hairs shed in the treated area.
7) Who is a candidate for hair removal by laser?
Although the ideal skin type for hair removal has light skin and dark hair, almost anyone is a potential candidate for laser hair removal. Even patients with dark or tanned skin respond well to treatment. Blonde or white hair is unreliable in its response to laser hair removal.
8) Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my treatment?
Make sure your skin is not tanned, it has been two weeks since your last self-tanner application, and that you’ve shaved the entire treatment area. The laser works best on closely shaved, pale skin.
Please contact us to schedule a consultation or call 310-312-1231.
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*Call for details, prices subject to change. Some restrictions may apply. Packages are usually 6 treatments spaced a few weeks apart, but we may recommend more depending on your hair type.
***Men’s full body package: full back, chest and abdomen, arms, shoulders, neck (front and back)
****Women’s full body package: full legs, bikini, chin and lip, arms, under arms
*Results may vary; no guarantees.