The results of shaving may last a day, waxing a couple of weeks, but these methods do not keep hair away forever. Laser hair removal at Long Beach-area's Patient Preferred Dermatology can remove unwanted hair faster and more effectively than traditional methods, keeping skin bare for significantly longer. Even though there are a variety of factors that can impact the result, when done correctly, the effects of laser hair treatment are significant.
Unwanted hair can appear virtually anywhere on the body. Laser hair removal is commonly performed on numerous areas, such as the head, neck, and face—above the lip, on the chin, and on the ears—and also the shoulders, back, chest, underarm, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini line, arms, legs, hands, and toes.
The laser used in a hair removal treatment emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin surface to the layers below. Because of the way energy is absorbed by hair follicles, the light energy is transformed into heat energy, which damages the follicles. Once injured, the existing hairs fall out and the follicle cannot properly grow hairs again. Replacement hairs are slow to grow. If they grow at all, new hair will appear finer and lighter in color.
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Since hair grows in cycles, this treatment works only on follicles that are actively growing hairs at the time of the session, which is 80 to 85 percent of the follicles in a given area. To impact all of the follicles, the laser hair removal treatment will need to be repeated.
The number of treatments needed depends upon skin tone, hair color, and several other factors. Thus patients will typically see optimal results in three to five sessions.
The laser treatment is FDA approved. Your dermatologist will move the laser over the area to be treated, being careful to direct the correct amount of energy to exactly where it needs to go.
Laser treatment causes only minimal discomfort. Patients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Slight redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within the first 24 hours after treatment.
Laser hair removal can be applied to all areas of the body. It works best with dark coarse hair and light skin. Fortunately, our GentleLase® and GentleYag® lasers are able to safely target dark hair even in patients with dark skin. Any questions about whether laser hair removal is the best strategy for you to achieve your cosmetic goals can be addressed at your consultation.
* individual results may vary