How Laser Hair Removal Works
Hair grows from hair follicles, which are located within the skin and produce cells which eventually become strands of hair.
Typically, hair grows in cycles; going through a growth phase for 1-3 years, and then entering a resting stage of several months, where the hair strand falls out and the follicle has time to recover before growing more hair.
Laser hair removal is a process wherein a beam of energy is delivered to the hair follicle to render it inactive. Once this occurs, the effect is permanent, and the follicle will not enter the growth phase again.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
To achieve permanent results with laser hair removal, it’s important to recognize that hair follicle don’t all operate on the same schedule. If they did, all humans would experience several months of complete baldness every few years.
Instead, while some follicles are growing hair, others are in the resting stage. This understanding of hair growth cycles is essential, because laser hair removal is only effective on hair that is actively growing.
This makes it vital to have multiple laser hair removal treatments approximately one month apart, to capture all follicles during their growth phase and destroy them. If this is not done correctly, then the hair will eventually return.
Patients who visit our Sherman Oaks or Westlake Village locations for laser hair removal typically undergo 3-5 treatments, about one month apart. This helps ensure that the vast majority of follicles have been destroyed.
What Areas can be Treated?
American Skin Institute providers can administer laser hair removal throughout the body, including;
- Around the lips
- Chest and back
- Groin area
Can all Types of Hair be Treated?
American Skin Institute providers can treat all types of hair with laser hair removal in our offices in Westlake Village and Sherman Oaks. However, darker, thicker hair responds better to this treatment, because it has more pigment, and the laser can target it more effectively.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
Because laser hair removal involves delivering energy waves into the skin, some redness and slight inflammation are common occurrences after treatment. In many ways, these effects are similar to a sunburn and can be easily addressed with anti inflammatory medication and ice packs on the treated area.
However, because the skin’s natural defenses against UV radiation are temporarily weakened, it’s important to stay out of the sun for several days after treatment and to use strong sunblock if you need to go out. Please keep this in mind and try to avoid scheduling your appointment right before a vacation.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Our providers are experts at administering laser hair removal in a way that minimizes any discomfort. When you visit our Westlake Village or Sherman Oaks location for laser hair removal, we will carefully analyze your skin to ensure that this procedure is right for you. Further, we will calibrate the laser technology to make sure that it treats the hair effectively while providing maximum comfort
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