Laser Hair Removal Questions
So you’re considering laser hair removal in San Diego. Congratulations! It can provide you with results you’ll be truly excited about but, if you’re like many people, you likely still have questions.
San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic is here to answer them.
How does laser hair removal work?
A technician will press an instrument to your skin. This instrument produces a laser, which passes through your skin and targets your hair at the follicle. Together, the heat and light from the laser destroy the follicle to stop hair from growing.
How many treatments does it take?
This type of laser treatment is only successful during your hair’s growth cycle, which means it sometimes takes multiple visits for it to work. For some people, just three treatments are enough while others may require nine.
There are other reasons it can take longer, too. For example, the darker the skin, the more challenging it can be to target the melanin in the hair follicles. Great results are still possible, but it often takes more treatments. On the other hand, people with dark hair and light skin are likely to need fewer treatments as it’s much easier to see the melanin and effectively focus on it.
Can everyone get results from laser hair removal?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on gray hair – but it does work on every other kind of hair.
Does this procedure involve radiation?
This is a 100% radiation-free procedure. It’s true that laser actually stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission or radiation” but this isn’t similar to an X-ray. This procedure uses only heat and light.
What’s the best way to prepare for my treatment?
UV light can stimulate melanocytes, which in turn create an excess of melanin in the skin. This makes it more challenging for your laser technician to tell your skin and follicles apart. As a result, we recommend that you try and stay out of the sun before your procedure.
It’s also a good idea not to shave for at least three days before your laser treatment. Hair that’s slightly grown out is easier for laser technicians to see. Do not wax or use depilatories because they’ll actually pull your hair out of your follicles, which leaves us with no target for the laser.
How long do treatments take?
This all depends on where you’re being treated. Small spots like chins and underarms can be done in 20 minutes or so while legs or full backs can take upwards of an hour and a half.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
It can be slightly uncomfortable because there are nerves attached to your hair follicles. However, only about one in 60 people feel the need to use a topical pain reliever after their treatment.
Does it work on every part of the body?
Our laser clinic in San Diego can remove hair from just about anywhere on your body, including arms, backs, bikini lines, legs, eyebrows, and underarms. The only spots that won’t work are spots that aren’t easily seen like inside of your nose or inside the orbit of your eyes.
What should I expect after my treatment?
This is a treatment that’s been proven safe and effective for most people. Generally, the only issues that may occur afterward include slight swelling and /or redness and irritation around your hair follicles. This generally just lasts a day or two. Burns and blisters are extremely uncommon and skin darkening, otherwise known as hyperpigmentation, can occur but fades quickly.
Does the hair grow back?
It’s possible that you’ll need a touch-up here and there – especially if you’re a person who naturally has a lot of body hair – but, generally, the procedure is long-lasting. There are a few things that can complicate it though. Endocrine issues, or other hormonal issues, can require you to come back for touch-ups more frequently. Pregnancy and menopause can also cause hair to grow back more quickly.
San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic
If you’re looking for laser hair removal in La Mesa or the San Diego area, then the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic invites you to contact us for more information or to schedule your consultation. We are experienced in performing the procedure and are confident that we can achieve your desired results.