Laser Hair Removal is one of the top 5 most popular treatments in the nation for both men and women, and the technology behind it has also greatly improved.
As we all know, hair keeps growing back, and traditional hair removal methods such as waxing and shaving cost too much time and money. Most importantly, results with these methods simply don’t last very long, and often require another treatment after only a week or so.
Laser Hair Removal on the other hand can reduce up to 90% of unwanted body hair with long lasting, permanent results.
Today, those living in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and beyond can all benefit from the laser hair removal procedure offered by Dr. Behroozan at the Dermatology Institute of Southern California.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who has unwanted body hair in certain areas of their body is a great potential candidate for Laser Hair Removal. This treatment can reduce the presence of unwanted body hair by up to 90% in all skin types, light and dark.
Because Laser Hair Removal targets the melanin pigment that is present in both the hair follicle and the skin, those with a combination of lighter skin and darker hair are able to see a bit more efficient results due to the follicle absorbing more energy. Tanned and darker skin tones absorb some of the laser light, which results in a higher number of treatments being needed for these candidates; however, similar results can be achieved.
Laser Hair Removal is generally more efficient on delicate areas such as the bikini line, underarms, legs, and arms. This is due to the skin being a bit thinner in these areas, as well as the hair being darker. This procedure can also be used safely on sensitive areas, such as removing hair around the nipples. Sensitive areas may use a topical numbing cream that the physician applies.
Laser Hair Removal can also be used on areas with thicker skin, such as the back, abdomen, and chin. Because the skin in these areas is a bit thicker they will require a few more sessions, but the exact same results can be achieved.
Because this treatment requires the melanin pigment in the hair follicle, Laser Hair Removal is not effective on candidates with blonde, white, or grey hair, unfortunately. As of right now, NOTHING on the market is approved to reliably remove blonde, white, or grey hair outside of traditional shaving and waxing. This is due to the hair follicles of these colors not having the appropriate pigment needed to absorb the light.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Laser Hair removal is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that can reduce the appearance of unwanted body hair by up to 90%. The treatment is fast and precise, and is able to treat large and multiple body areas quickly per each session.
Areas that can be treated with Laser Hair Removal are:
The GentleMax Laser Hair Removal process is better than other methods because it can also assist with fine lines and wrinkles, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, and vascular lesions.
What to Expect During Treatment
Hair grows in various stages rather than all at once. Some hairs fall out while others stay in, and growth starts and stops at different times. The hair growth must be addressed during all the various stages in the growth cycle – thus, multiple sessions of Laser Hair Removal will always be required.
The treatment needs to work near the surface of the skin. Hair that is still growing beneath the surface will not be targeted while the treatment is taking place. After one treatment has been completed, you will notice hairs that are still present. These are simply the hairs that were previously below the skin that have finally had enough time to reach the surface. This is normal behavior.
Results can be seen after the first treatment, with a continual improvement after each new Laser Hair Removal session has taken place. The hairs get thinner, sparser, and growth is slower.
Slight redness and swelling in the treated area is normal, and this generally clears up on its own within 24-48 hours.
It is important to note that after a series of treatments has been completed, it will never be 100% hair free, no matter where you go to receive your treatment. Hair follicles assist with skin healing, and some very fine hairs are required for normal bodily function. However, the aesthetics of the area will be greatly improved upon (up to 90%), which is the intended purpose of this procedure.
Does it Hurt?
Contrary to popular belief, Laser Hair Removal does NOT simply zap the skin to make the hair fall out. The laser light instead targets the melanin pigment (aka the color) that is present in the hair follicle and skin.
The laser light does not require anesthesia or needles since the hair follicles are simply absorbing the light. Patients may feel a minor stinging that is comparable to a rubber band snapping. Some patients have even reported that the sensation feels a bit cool and tingly. The stinging commonly goes away rather quickly – much faster than the pain associated with waxing. Most people feel the stinging initially when the procedure is first started, and then report that the stinging wears off shortly thereafter as they get used to it while the session continues.
Because the light is absorbed, there is no risk of cutting or razor burn as with traditional shaving.
Additionally, hair is not ripped out, meaning that there is no bleeding or skin-level pain as with waxing. The light from the laser is targeting only the hair follicles, which means that the surrounding skin and tissue stay healthy and intact unlike shaving and waxing. Ingrown hairs – a common side effect of traditional hair removal methods – are not only prevented by Laser Hair Removal, but can be improved upon as well if any existing ones are present.
Why select Dr. Behroozan for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal is not a universal technique. The laser being used must match with the correct skin type of the patient. A Laser Hair Removal treatment being performed by someone without the adequate knowledge and experience can result in burns, hyper/hypopigmentation, and even permanent scarring. The patient may also experience intense pain during the treatment due to the procedure being performed incorrectly.
Issues such as these are common in medical spas, as the staff may not have the training and expertise of a licensed physician. A board certified dermatologist by the American Board of Dermatology, such as Dr. Behroozan, will always prioritize patient safety first.
In addition to ensuring correct technique, Dr. Behroozan is also able to spot any additional skin conditions in the treated area, such as warts, skin cancer, or sun damage. Aestheticians and non-trained technicians do not have the experience and training to recognize and treat these other conditions, whereas a licensed physician such as Dr. Behroozan has years of experience with these matters. Again, this is all a matter of patient safety, which is of utmost importance.
For patients with darker skin – Dr. Behroozan has specific lasers to address the presence of increased melanin pigments in the skin as well. Different skin types do require different lasers for patient safety, and more treatments may be required. The results are exactly as effective once the treatment plan has been completed in its entirety.
When it comes to choosing where to go for your laser hair removal, there is no better choice in the Los Angeles area than Dr. Daniel Behroozan. Raised in the area, he has been serving L.A., Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood for years.
Dr. Behroozan is a board-certified doctor, and is the founder and director of the Dermatology Institute of Southern California. He is a specialist in his field, and is highly trained in all areas of dermatology, including laser hair removal. He has a vast knowledge and understanding of skin and of the technology used in the field. His mission is to help you reach your goals using the best technology and options available. Through his education and experience, he can successfully meet your laser hair removal needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
How long does Laser Hair Removal take?
This treatment is usually very fast, and smaller areas can be completed within only a few minutes. Larger areas may take longer depending on the amount of hair, location, and how many areas at a time are being treated.
How do I prepare for LHR?
Because the light targets the melanin pigments in the hair, patients are to have no tanning or spray on tans for at least two weeks. No tanning is advised between LHR sessions as well, as this can increase the risk of burning. For this reason, it is common for patients to begin their treatments in the fall/winter due to the lower prevalence of tanning during these seasons. Patients also avoid waxing or tweezing hairs in the area being treated for at least 2 weeks prior to treatments as well. Shaving is not an issue.
How do I take care of the area after a LHR session?
For the first 48 hours after a session, the skin will still be sensitive to heat. Soaking should be avoided during this time. Slight redness and swelling in the treated area is normal, and will clear up on its own usually within 24 hours.
For moisturizing, sunscreen or an unscented moisturizer for sensitive skin is recommended. This helps soothe the skin rather than irritate it more. Avoid scented products for the first 48 hours as well.
In between sessions, you will see new hair growing that was under the surface during the previous session. Do not wax or pluck these hairs in between sessions. Any new hairs that appear during this time will be addressed during the next treatment.
Exposure to the sun should be avoided in the treated area for at least 2 weeks after treatments. Use of sunscreen with SPF30 or above is also recommended.
Patients are always free to reach out directly to Dr. Behroozan with any additional questions or concerns as well.
Is LHR approved to use in the genital areas?
Yes, the lasers are approved to safely reduce hair in genital regions, as well as other delicate areas such as around the nipples and bikini lines.
If I receive LHR on my underarms, can I still wear deodorant?
For the first 48 hours, the skin may still have a bit of irritation left, and it is fine for some patients to not wear deodorant during this time.
For moisturizing, sunscreen or an unscented moisturizer for sensitive skin is recommended. This helps soothe the skin rather than irritate it more. Avoid scented products for the first 48 hours, as the skin will still be sensitive to heat.
How long does it take between each LHR session?
Each session will require 4-6 weeks in between before the next treatment session. This is to allow enough time for hairs below the surface to grow and be within reach of the laser light.
Does the hair ever come back?
Patients can expect prolonged improvement after a Laser Hair removal process has been completed, but after many years, hair can begin to grow back again which would require a new treatment process.
Is numbing cream used?
Because Laser Hair Removal targets the hair follicles and leaves the surrounding skin intact, no anesthesia is needed. Patients do have the option of receiving numbing cream for sensitive areas, however.
Do ingrown hairs happen with this procedure?
While ingrown hairs are a common side effect with shaving and waxing, this side effect is avoided with Laser Hair Removal. In fact, any existing ingrown hairs can be improved upon with this procedure.
Can I get LHR on an area that has a tattoo?
Because the laser light targets the pigments responsible for darker colors, the treatment is not advised for patients who wish to reduce hair in areas that presently contain tattoos, unfortunately. Doing so will distort the appearance of the tattoo, and may also have safety concerns.
Your Next Step for
Laser Hair Removal
Call Dr. Behroozan’s office today for pricing and additional information on laser hair removal in the Los Angeles area. His office is ready and waiting for your questions and for you to take the next step.
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