What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a time saving, noninvasive procedure to permanently reduce or eliminate unwanted facial or body hair. The hair is removed by use of collimated light beams. The light beam is aimed at the hair follicle and absorbed by the pigment, which in turn damages the hair follicle, eliminating further hair growth. It leaves the skin feeling smoother and silkier than waxing or shaving and is a gentle yet effective technique that can treat larger areas with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
For years Dr. Marcus and his staff have been administering some of the best laser hair removal Redondo Beach has available. In fact, laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures received by men and women alike at Marcus Facial Plastic Surgery in Redondo Beach, California.
When to Consider Laser Hair Removal
- If you have unwanted facial or body hair
- If you are looking for an alternative to:
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
For residents in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, Marcus Facial Plastics serves a number of patients with laser hair removal. Here are some top benefits of laser hair removal:
- The exact area you want to remove hair from can be targeted precisely, leaving the surrounding skin untouched.
- The laser can treat an area of the skin roughly equal to the size of a quarter in just a single second. Therefore, it is highly time-saving.
- After approximately three to four laser hair removal sessions, you may even lose unwanted hair permanently.
Lightsheer Laser Technology - The "Gold Standard" of Laser Hair Removal
Up until now, laser hair removal has been most effective on patients with light skin and dark hair. This is because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. However, advances in technology have made our Manhattan Beach laser hair removal an option for patients with darker or tanned skin and lighter hair color as well. At Marcus Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Marcus and his staff administer laser hair removal using the "Palomar Vectus Diode Laser System," widely recognized as the industry's "Gold Standard" system of hair removal. The Palomar Vectus laser also offers a more intense beam and variable length pulses, to safely and effectively treat all skin types. This laser is considered the safest laser for hair removal laser on the market since it offers Skintel, a technology that reads the exact amount of melanin in skin. This, in turn, allows Dr. Marcus to determine the most appropriate and safest treatment parameters to give you the best possible results. This laser can treat a full back in 15 minutes as compared to its predecessors which would take 45 minutes to an hour. It is highly effective on fair, medium or dark-skinned patients as well as a wide range of hair colors.
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What to expect during Laser Hair Removal
Our Redondo Beach Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure; therefore it is performed on an outpatient basis. A topical numbing cream may be applied before treatment, and skin cooling using a Zimmer Cooler during the procedure will help keep you comfortable. Most patients should experience minimal pain and may feel a slight stinging sensation during the procedure. Most laser hair removal procedures take about fifteen to thirty minutes; however, a longer time period may be required, depending on the size of the area being treated.
What is the procedure/treatment like and how should I prepare?
Firstly, hair in the concerned area is trimmed first, and your doctor may apply a cold gel to it for effective penetration of light energy. Both you and your doctor will wear goggles to protect your eyes. Then, the doctor presses the equipment on the surface of the skin area to be treated, enabling penetration of light energy into the hair follicles.
As a result of the intense heat from the laser, the hair follicles get damaged, thereby preventing future growth of unwanted body hair. The duration of the session depends on the size of the area of your skin you wish to treat with laser hair removal technique.
It is suggested that you limit waxing, plucking and electrolysis for around six weeks before the date of your treatment. This is because such activities remove the hair roots, which the laser is supposed to target. In addition, for the same period, avoid exposure to sunlight before as well as after your laser hair removal session.
How Safe is Laser Hair Removal?
At Marcus Facial Plastics, our laser hair removal technique is one of the safest Manhattan Beach and have to offer. We consider it our sacred duty and responsibility to ensure your safety and comfort during any of your sessions.
Although laser hair removal does not have major side effects and risks, some individuals may experience small risks. For example, skin irritation and slight discomfort like redness and swelling which will disappear within a few hours. You can apply ice on the area in such cases. Some patients also experience small pigment changes, where the color of the skin temporarily lightens or darkens.
Risks and Results
There are virtually no risks involved in laser hair removal, minus some slight discomfort or redness during and after the procedure, which begins to subside almost immediately. Very rarely, a person could have a small burn at the site of hair removal which is be treated with topical creams. It is important to note that as many experts all over the globe, we do not recommend that you opt for laser hair removal for areas surrounding your eyes, as there is a risk of serious injuries.
Because hair grows in cycles, laser hair removal patients generally require a series of four to six sessions spaced approximately 4- 6 weeks apart for maximum results. After your series of laser hair removal sessions, you should have the wonderful results of greatly reduced or permanently eliminated hair growth, with a smoother, silkier skin texture. IF this procedure is for you, contact our office and schedule and consultation for one of the best procedures of laser hair removal Manhattan Beach has to offer.
Laser Vs. IPL
IPL, which is an acronym for Intense Pulse Light is another common option available to you if you want to remove unwanted hair. The IPL device gives out a broad light spectrum, which cannot penetrate your skin as deep as laser can. In other words, IPL has a shallow reach and is not as targeted as a laser.
In IPL, only a small amount of the wavelength can penetrate the skin shallowly, making makes it less effective and efficient compared to laser hair removal.
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