Laser Hair removal: Am I a good candidate? Is there any pre and post care?
Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular treatments not only in our office here in Cerritos but also nation wide! Once you read all about it, waxing and shaving will be a thing of the past! Laser hair removal is the most painless alternative to waxing, shaving, or threading. In just 2011 alone, more than 1 million laser hair removal treatments have been performed. You may be asking, “what are the benefits of laser hair removal and why it is such a popular treatment?!”
Benefits of laser hair removal:
The obvious benefit is not having to shave everyday! Another huge benefit is the fact that you will have smoother skin because the hair will start to grow thinner during the process! Although it may not seem like it, laser hair removal is the most cost effective! On average in the US a person will spend in their lifetime $10,207 on razors and shaving cream, $23,000 on waxing and just $3,000 on laser hair removal. It not only saves you money, it saves you time! The average US woman spends 7,716 hours shaving in their lifetime.
As far of preparation, we ask that you stay out of the sun for at least 4 weeks because the laser picks up on pigment, if you’re tan there is a higher risk of the laser picking up on the tan and not the hair follicle. No waxing, threading, plucking, or use of any depilatory (like Nair) for 4-6 weeks because we need the hair follicle present for the treatment to be effective. You also need to make sure you have shaven any areas that you are looking to be treated and if you are doing the underarms, make sure that you do not have on any deodorant.
To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended by your technician. Exfoliate treated areas to minimize risk of ingrown hairs, use hydrocortisone post treatment to relieve any inching, make sure to apply SPF 30 or higher after treatment, no tanning and avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.
Which areas can be treated?
The most common areas are the underarms, Brazilian bikini, and face. You can get full body laser and full face laser. The only areas that we do not treat are eyebrows or any area too close to the eye. Areas include; upper lip, chin, legs, arms, buttocks, feet, etc.
Is laser okay for all skin types and hair types? What laser is used?
At Belle Vie, we use the Syneron Candela, Gentle Max Pro laser. It is the Gold Standard for Laser Hair Removal in all Fitzpatrick skin types. It is a dual wavelength laser platform that combines the fastest and most powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with an equally powerful 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser for high performance treatment capabilities in terms of speed, efficacy, ease-of-use, performance, safety and patient satisfaction. With all laser hair removal machines, it cannot detect hair that is not pigmented so those with red, grey, white or blonde hair in desired treatment areas, would not be a good candidate.
To schedule your complimentary consultation with same day treatment give us a call or text (562)-865-0802.