laser hair removalThe temperature is rising, and you’re starting to make all of your summer plans; between barbecues, beach dates, and picking out bathing suits, it’s easy to get distracted. Sometimes, you might even forget the essentials – but one thing that shouldn’t be forgotten is your hair removal treatments! Making many frequent appointments for waxing and shaving so often can be a pain, and let’s face it, we don’t all have time for that. This is where San Diego laser hair removal comes in! It lasts longer than conventional hair removal techniques, and is a safe, 100% non-invasive treatment.

1. How does it work?

Hair removal lasers emit light at a specific wavelength that is absorbed by the pigment (color) in the hair follicle, without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turns kills and disables the hair follicle so that it doesn’t continue to produce hair. Each session lasts just a few minutes. Our clinic generally likes to do the first 3-4 treatments within specific intervals (4-6 weeks depending on what area it is) because we like to catch the majority of your hair in its growth cycle and kill it. After you lose most of the hair, it’s wiser to go by observation of new hair growth – when you start to see new stubble (new hair growth), you can make your next appointment within the week. 

2. How many sessions will I need?

Most people will need 4 to 6 treatments. In some areas, such as the legs, faster results will be achieved. Within three treatments, at least 50 percent of your hair will be gone (forever!). Within six treatments 90 percent, or higher, results will be achieved. You can expect similar results for the bikini area, under the arms, on the arms, and the facial and chest areas. The back area of men is usually more challenging and may take a few extra treatments. The results will of course vary from person to person based on age, gender, treatment plan and timetable, hair color etc.

3. Are there any side effects?

With our high quality Prowave machines and experienced staff, you will not experience any damage to your skin. Most cases of side effects are short term reactions, such as redness and follicular edema (which is a temporary swelling of the hair root sac with a similar overall appearance as goosebumps). These may take a few minutes to several hours to fade away. Most people can get treated during their lunch time and there will be no visible indications of it when they return to their office.

4. Is it painful?

If you have tried any hair removal solution before – waxing, tweezing or electrolysis, along with any type of other laser and flash-lamp equipment – you know that hair removal can get quite painful! Luckily, laser hair removal is almost totally painless; all of our lasers are new and up-to-date with the most current technology, so you’re getting the best of the best.  Waxing and threading are much more aggressive, damaging, and painful than laser hair removal sessions. People with more sensitive skin may experience a bit of discomfort, which is why we recommend getting a free “patch” test to try it out first and see if it’s the right treatment for you. 

5. Is it permanent?

Yes! The hair that is killed during a laser hair removal session is dead and will never grow back. New technology is capable of giving over 80-90% or better permanent reduction for ALL skin types, male and female, for all parts of the body (except around the eyes). Hair grows in cycles, so you actually never get to see all your hair at any given time; this means that it almost always takes multiple sessions to kill 80-90% of the total hair. Another thing to keep in mind is that your body, as long as you are well and alive, will produce new hair. Our bodies grew and shed hair throughout our lifetimes, and that process will continue despite laser hair removal. That growth of new hair is why you need cleanup sessions once or twice a year – but it’s still more cost effective (and convenient) than waxing every month.

Our advanced laser safely and effectively treats a wide range of skin types. Prowave laser hair removal offers permanent hair removal for lasting results after just a few treatments. Schedule a laser hair removal treatment at our La Jolla office today.