Unwanted hair can be more than a nuisance; it can seriously inconvenience your everyday life. Between buying hair removal supplies or paying for monthly spa treatments, dealing with razor burn, or having to turn down an invitation to the beach because you aren’t up to date with your hair routine, unwanted hair can put quite the damper on your life. As residents of a beach city, feeling ready to step outdoors at any time in any outfit is a must – and that just can’t happen if unwanted body hair is causing problems.
Now imagine a world where you never had to wear pants instead of shorts, banished razor burn forever, and you could go out to the beach in a bikini at a moment’s notice. That is the world that laser hair treatment can create.
Laser hair treatments have been used on both male and females, and can diminish unwanted hair in a variety of areas. Chest, back, legs, underarms, and bikini lines can all be hair free after several laser sessions by our professionals.
Laser hair treatments remove hair after repeated sessions by killing the follicle that the hair grows from. Yes, laser hair removal is safe. And it’s less painful than your typical wax. Different types of skin and hair will cause the patient to have more or less pain – but no matter your skin tone and hair coarseness, the treatments will work safely.
If you want to reduce your unwanted body hair, laser hair removal is the answer. While there are at-home laser treatment options, the best way to successfully remove unwanted hair is with professional dermatological help.
At our Long Beach office, we use the latest technology to ensure our patients have successful results. The LightSheer™ diode laser is a state-of-the-art system specially designed to remove unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort and more reliability than other methods. A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted by the LightSheer™ diode laser is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. Therefore, laser hair removal does not work on non-pigmented hair, like blond or gray hair.
During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, long enough to heat up the hair and significantly impede the follicle’s ability to re-grow. This process also treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously. Therefore, LightSheer™ is appropriate for treating even the largest areas of the body both quickly and effectively.
The length of a laser treatment may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. The hairs in an active growth phase (referred to as anagen) are most affected by the laser. As all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, more than one treatment will be necessary to achieve the best result. Over time, you’ll notice fewer and fewer hairs growing. And after your final treatment your skin will have fewer hairs, permanently.
The laser treatment itself may cause some minor discomfort which can be minimized with topical anesthetics. Costs for this procedure vary, depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of sessions needed to produce the desired results.
The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient. Side effects may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle, which are, in fact, desired clinical results and indicate that the follicle has responded to the treatment. Think of every red bump that appears as another place where a hair will not grow back, leaving your skin more hair-free with every treatment.
Typically, patients must wait a matter of weeks before their next laser hair removal treatment. Each patient and treated area is different, and may require a different amount of waiting time until the next laser treatment. Between treatments, patients cannot wax. Shaving will be the only method of hair removal during that time period – this will give you a chance to notice the way your hair is changing.