Laser Hair Removal
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Laser Hair Removal in Newport Beach
The need to shave, wax, and pluck unwanted hair is as frustrating as it is time-consuming. Instead of fighting with the unwanted hair on your body, consider achieving lasting smoothness with laser hair removal. Laser hair removal permanently reduces hair follicle growth for results that are similar to freshly shaved or waxed skin. If this is the right procedure for you, please contact Dr. Grazer in Newport Beach to learn more about our special offers.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal eliminates the need for repeated waxing appointments or shaving by precisely removing hair from the:
- Bikini line
- Upper lip
Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Anyone who is annoyed by the constant need to pluck, shave, or wax can benefit from laser hair removal, and it is ideal for patients with sensitive skin who may experience irritation from shaving. Patients should have realistic expectations of their results and understand that while laser hair removal permanently reduces hair growth, some hair follicles may remain. Patients planning to undergo this procedure should cease all plucking and waxing for six weeks, as these actions affect the roots of the hair. Shaving is acceptable as long as it is not done the day before or the day of treatment.
How Is Laser Hair Removal Performed?
Laser hair removal uses pulsed light energy to destroy hair follicles at the root while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Before your procedure with Dr. Grazer in Newport Beach, a cooling gel may be applied to the treatment area to soothe and help the laser penetrate the skin. During your laser treatment, repeated pulses of highly concentrated light are introduced to the areas of unwanted hair through a handheld device. As the follicles absorb the light, they are simultaneously destroyed, resulting in the growth of fewer and thinner hairs. Many patients experience warmth and a mild tingling during the treatment that dissipates shortly afterward. Most patients require an average of three to six treatment sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. The number of sessions will depend on the size of the treatment area and thickness of the hair growth.
How Long Is My Laser Hair Removal Recovery?
Following treatment, your skin will appear pink or red and feel as though it is sunburned. This discoloration and discomfort can last from a few minutes to a few hours afterward. Discomfort can be remedied with cold compresses, anti-inflammatory creams, and ice packs. Patients who undergo laser hair removal on their face (such as the upper lip) can wear makeup the following day to hide any lingering redness. There is no downtime associated with this treatment; however, be sure to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen for at least six weeks after your laser hair removal session as the sun can increase pigment and healing complications.
What Results Can I Expect With Laser Hair Removal?
Following your treatment, you can put your razor to the side and cancel your waxing appointments. Patients who undergo laser hair removal experience long-lasting smooth skin and the significant reduction of hair. Any remaining hair will be slower-growing, thinner, and less visible.
Are There Potential Side Effects With Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment with minimal risks. Although they are rare, possible side effects can include:
- Temporary pigment changes
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
Why do patients opt for laser hair removal?
Many people are tired of constantly removing unwanted hair through tedious and painful methods like waxing, shaving, and tweezing. With laser hair removal, you get a long-lasting, even permanent removal of unwanted hair. Additionally, the procedure has little to no downtime, so you can immediately resume your normal daily routine following your session.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
For most people, the procedure does not hurt. However, it all depends on an individual’s pain tolerance. Many patients experience a mild tingling that feels like snapping a rubber band against the skin.
For those with overly sensitive skin, minor discomfort may be expected, but it is nothing compared to the pain of waxing.
Is laser hair removal safe for my skin?
Thanks to advancements in laser technology, virtually every patient, regardless of skin or hair type, can safely achieve long-lasting hair removal. In the past, only fair-skinned people with dark hair could safely have laser removal, but this is no longer the case.
However, patients must ensure the procedure is performed by a certified, experienced laser professional who understands what precautions to take to ensure a safe, effective and seamless experience.
How many laser hair removal sessions are needed?
It takes a series of treatment sessions (three to six), spaced four to six weeks apart depending on the area to be treated. This is necessary to ensure that all the hair follicles in the target area are treated as they grow in different stages.
For laser treatments to be effective, hair must be in the active growth stage. Multiple laser treatments are therefore required as not all follicles will be actively growing at any given moment.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal treatment varies depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of sessions needed to capture every hair in the growth phase. The place you choose to have the procedure done may also influence the cost.
How long does laser hair removal last?
Most patients remain hair-free for a long time, some even going for years. Hair regrowth will be minimal, and if any, it will be lighter, finer, and fewer in number. However, this will depend on your hair and skin type as some people may need to have some touch-up treatment sessions every six to twelve months.
Ultimately, there is a significant reduction in hair growth. Many patients notice that they no longer have to rely on traditional hair removal methods to keep their skin looking smooth.
Should I combine other cosmetic treatments with my laser hair removal?
Some patients undergoing laser hair removal choose to combine their treatment with other non-surgical treatments.