Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done in the U.S. The treatment involves beaming a high concentration of light into hair follicles. Pigment, known as melanin, in the follicles absorbs the light, which damages the hair. Eventually, the follicles no longer generate hair. Let us help you get rid of your unwanted hair with Laser Hair Removal, available now at Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics in Cerritos, CA!
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, and other areas.
- Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
- Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, while large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to half an hour.
How do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
Before undergoing laser hair removal, avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. Also, avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and increases the risk of complications after treatment.
What Can I Expect During Laser Hair Removal?
Just before the procedure, hair in the treatment area should be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface (this can be done at home by the patient or in office per request). The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as skin color.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Because the skin around the hair follicles is impacted during treatment (to disable the follicle), it is typical to experience some redness, swelling and itching around the target areas. Some report tingling and numbness as well, but these side effects are almost always resolved within three days. Since hair grows in different stages (phases), you will want to schedule a set of sessions to get the optimal benefit from laser hair removal. You’ll notice that once you’ve had several treatments, hair in those areas is reduced (in thickness and in amount) for a long period of time. However, maintenance treatments are still usually required to keep an area free of hair, although they can be further spaced out between appointments as time goes by.
If you’d like to learn more about laser hair removal, or schedule your consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call us directly at 562.865.0802.