Articles Tagged: laser hair removal
Posted on April 2, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko
Laser hair removal is a popular choice for those who wish to avoid the inconvenience, discomfort, and expense that come with having to schedule shaving or waxing sessions regularly.
Laser hair removal is a highly effective technique for removing hair, but it generally requires several treatments to prevent hair growth from returning fully. To understand why a single treatment is seldom enough, one must first understand the cyclic nature of hair growth.
Active vs Dormant Growth Phases
At any given time, individual hair follicles are either actively growing or dormant. Each follicle follows its own schedule, cycling between these two significant states every four to six weeks. Individual follicles do not synchronize with each other, so only a subset of the hair follicles in any body area will be in their growth phase at the time your laser hair removal treatment is performed.
Laser Energy and Growth Phases
The laser is able to remove hair by focusing its light energy on individual hair follicles. If the laser frequency is correctly tuned to match the hair color, then the hair follicle will absorb the light energy, heat up, and become damaged. Eventually, the hair shaft will fall out, and the hair follicle will die. But this whole process only happens when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase.
Effective Laser Hair Removal Scheduling
To achieve effective hair removal, it’s necessary to repeat the laser hair removal procedure several times before all hair follicles in the chosen area have been effectively treated. Generally, individual treatments are repeated after a four to six-week delay and may have to be repeated at least six times before complete hair removal is achieved.
Even after six treatments, you may find that some hair will eventually re-grow. However, any hairs that do re-grow are typically much finer and lighter-colored than your original hair was. It may sometimes be necessary to perform additional treatments at much longer intervals, but the need for these maintenance treatments will also reduce over time, and eventually should stop completely.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care can advise you on the best ways to benefit from laser hair removal and answer any questions you may have. We have extensive experience providing laser hair removal on all skin types and offer a wide range of other cosmetic procedures. We can help you choose the most effective and cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on November 12, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
It’s unfortunate that the place where most people complain about unwanted hair is also one of the most sensitive parts of the body – our faces. The delicate nature of the skin on the face can easily be the source of redness and irritation after removing hair by shaving or waxing, and it’s also one of the most challenging places to hide inflamed or broken skin.
Fortunately, men and women can use laser hair removal to safely and effectively remove facial hair permanently.
In common with laser hair removal on other parts of the body, several procedures (appropriately spaced out) will be necessary to target all the hair in a particular area effectively. This is because hair follicles grow hair in phases, and individual follicles grow unsynchronized, meaning that only some follicles are actively growing hair at any given time. The laser can only target follicles when they’re in their growth phase.
Facial Hair Location
Men typically benefit from laser hair removal on the jaw, chin, cheeks, rear of the neck, and around the neckline. Women commonly use laser hair removal on their upper lip, cheeks, and chin, although some women are also prone to hair growth in areas similar to the typical male.
Laser Hair Removal Advantages
In common with laser hair removal in other areas, the procedure provides a very effective way to ensure that hair in selected areas will be removed and prevent hair from re-growing afterward. It does not involve scraping or abrading the skin’s surface and hence does not require any significant recovery time after treatment.
Laser hair removal allows men with particularly sensitive skin to avoid the continual risk of skin irritation and infection that can accompany regular shaving. It also prevents ingrown hairs following shaving, another significant cause of irritation and eventual infection. Even for men whose skin tolerates traditional shaving, the time and financial savings that result from removing the need to shave on a daily basis can result in considerable benefits.
Under some circumstances (for example, hormonal imbalances), women can grow unusually thick facial hair. Laser hair removal is incredibly useful in this case, as traditional hair removal methods risk not only allowing the hair to regrow but allowing it to become even thicker. Laser hair removal does not suffer from this drawback, as damaged hair strands simply fall out without being replaced by new growth.
Although laser hair removal is safe and effective on the face, there are still precautions that need to be taken. Most importantly, find an experienced and medically qualified practitioner to perform the procedure. It’s imperative to shield the eyes from any possibility of laser exposure, so the eyes should be covered if a laser is used anywhere close. It’s also vital to use the appropriate level of light pulse energy – too little, and the procedure will not be fully effective, too much, and you risk burning or possibly even scarring.
As our faces usually are very exposed to sunlight, you will be given instructions to avoid direct sunlight exposure for several weeks prior to each laser hair removal procedure and wear sunscreen daily. This prevents skin color changes around your hair follicles, which could adversely affect the laser’s ability to target individual hair follicles effectively.
Given the increased sensitivity of some parts of our face, pain resulting from the laser light pulses could be a factor for some. An experienced practitioner using modern equipment will have several ways to minimize any pain or discomfort caused by the laser light pulses. These include anesthetic sprays and creams and cooling sprays or pads. Your practitioner should be able to manage your exposure to pain during the procedure.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions regarding your personal situation and can recommend the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.
Posted on October 12, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
While pregnant, women typically have a lot more on their minds than excess body hair. The extensive hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy often bring unwanted hair growth, sometimes in quantities and places that you might not normally expect.
Although this is not always the case, many women experience increases in hair growth on the face, neck, stomach, breasts, lower and upper back, and several other areas. The growth may not just be confined to new areas of your body, but may also include thicker hairs than you typically have.
While it’s a cosmetic annoyance and likely to go away on its own after giving birth, many women look for ways to remove this excess hair growth safely. Given your baby’s sensitivity to the chemicals and procedures that you’re exposed to during pregnancy, it’s well worth asking whether traditional hair removal practices are safe during your pregnancy. It should also be noted that extreme hair growth can be a sign of other medical problems.
Safe Hair Removal Methods
Shaving, plucking, threading, and waxing are regarded as the safest hair removal methods. However, there are several precautions that you should follow before undergoing a wax treatment, primarily to minimize the chance of infecting any open cuts or other skin blemishes.
Questionable Hair Removal Methods
There are significant questions about whether bleaching, electrolysis, hair removal creams, or laser hair removal are safe for use while pregnant. Although these methods haven’t been studied in enough depth to give a definitive answer, we think it would be prudent to avoid using any of these methods if you’re pregnant, or if you feel that you might be.
You should avoid any unnecessary risks to your baby; the chemicals, electrical pulses, or light pulses that these techniques use all fall under the category of things that can, and should be avoided. You should not only be concerned about any procedure’s adverse effects on your baby but also on your body — and even more so if you also plan to breastfeed your child.
Note that our warning against the use of laser hair removal while pregnant does not imply that the procedure is typically dangerous in any way, but simply that no research has been undertaken to determines its safety one way or the other. In the absence of this research, we have to recommend that the most prudent decision is to avoid the procedure until after giving birth.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions you might have regarding these procedures and provide advice on the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.
Posted on September 18, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Laser hair removal uses finely-tuned laser light pulses to damage (and eventually destroy) the hair “root” or follicle.
Professional practitioners’ actual apparatus varies but typically uses a YAG laser to create and focus laser light pulses – a similar technique, known as IPL (intense Pulsed Light), is also available. However, it is somewhat less effective on thick, coarse hair.
One characteristic shared by laser and IPL hair removal is that each treatment can only affect a percentage of your hair follicles – this is because all hair follicles go through a life cycle, with periods of growth interspersed with periods of rest. The laser or IPL pulses can only effectively target individual hair follicles that are actively growing, typically around 20% to 25% of the total at any given moment.
Professional Hair Removal Process
Professional laser hair removal equipment allows the practitioner to adjust the size of each light pulse, as well as the depth to which each is directed. This allows the procedure to be tailored to each patient’s individual requirements. In some cases, the light pulses can also be adjusted to maximize effectiveness according to each patient’s hair and skin color.
But aside from the technical details, an experienced practitioner will be able to draw from their training and personal experience to achieve the best results in the least time, while also ensuring that patient discomfort is reduced to a minimum, and while ensuring that the procedure is conducted in a safe and effective manner. This last point is far from the least important – a hair removal laser in untrained or inexperienced hands can not only be ineffective but is also capable of possibly causing burns and scars.
A professional will be able to determine the most effective schedule for repeated sessions — remember that each session can only target around 25% of hair follicles, so multiple sessions will always be required.
Home “DIY” Hair Removal Process
Several “do it yourself” devices are now available, marketed as a way to achieve similar results from the convenience of your own home. Although this might seem like an attractive way to remove unwanted hair without having to leave your home, there are several factors that you need to be aware of.
What Exactly Are You Buying?
Firstly, most (if not all) at-home devices are not actually lasers — they instead use less effective pulsed light. Unsurprisingly they are also significantly less powerful than professional devices used by hair removal practitioners. This is good because it reduces the chance of causing injury, but it also means that these devices are way less effective at actually removing hair. The larger the area you want to treat, the more the drawbacks of at-home under-powered devices will become apparent.
At-home devices also often have limited lifetimes. Their light-producing elements may lose effectiveness and need replacing more often than the manufacturer claims.
How Can I Tailor Treatment to my Needs?
One of the most significant problems is how best to tailor treatment to your particular combination of skin and hair color, particularly if you don’t have the “optimum” combination of pale skin and dark hair. Basically you don’t get the ability to tune the treatment when using cheap at-home devices, which means that there’s a significant chance that you won’t be able to achieve acceptable results safely. Some complexions (particularly dark-skinned) are more at risk for burning or scaring when exposed to excess light energy.
Other Safety Considerations
If you decide to proceed with the DIY approach, some more critical advice – read all instructions carefully. You MUST avoid using a laser or IPL light pulses near the eyes, near the genitals, and around any unusual pigmentation areas, including tattoos and moles.
You also won’t have access to the full range of pain-control techniques that are available to professional practitioners. Don’t underestimate how painful an unprofessional hair removal session can be!
Finally, keep in mind that you generally get what you pay for as in so many areas. Don’t fall into the trap of focusing on short-term savings while neglecting to factor in the time and cost savings from using a professional to control unwanted hair most safely and cost-effectively.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified and experienced. We can advise on the best way to achieve permanent or long-term hair removal, tailored to your specific requirements. We have extensive experience with laser and IPL hair removal and a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.
Posted on July 3, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Not all men are comfortable with their body and facial hair, and many are tired of regular shaving as a way to control it. Although it’s often assumed that women are the main clients for hair removal, a sizable percentage of our hair removal customers are men.
Where on the Body?
The primary areas of interest for men are the chest, back, face, and neck. Laser hair removal allows not only the permanent removal of unwanted hair from anywhere on the body but also allows men, with an absolute minimum of daily upkeep, to combine well-defined facial hair with stubble – an increasingly fashionable look today.
Reasons for Hair Removal
Some niche markets, such as bodybuilders, swimmers, or cyclists are well acquainted with the advantages of hair removal on the body and limbs, but this technique is accessible to anyone who is uncomfortable with excess body hair.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but for some, especially those living in hot climates, hair removal can help to lessen the discomfort (and odors) that can come with excess sweating. Hairy chests, backs, legs, and even buttocks are perfectly acceptable to many, but are associated with less desirable connotations by others. Heavy body hair will trap moisture, and can increase skin irritation and general itchiness in the heat.
Laser hair removal can also offer a solution for those that suffer the irritation and even infections that can accompany the ingrown hairs that are often the result of shaving. Those with especially sensitive skin will also benefit from laser hair removal. Laser hair removal effectively prevents hair follicles from growing new hairs, and completely eliminates the need to shave, wax, or apply caustic chemicals to remove hair growth.
Why Laser Hair Removal?
First and foremost Laser hair removal is an effective way to achieve long-term hair reduction or removal; it offers a very low-maintenance way to achieve a well-groomed look for the face and neck, as well as allowing long-term hair removal from other parts of the body or limbs. It’s also a very convenient way to remove hair from parts of the body that might be quite difficult to effectively shave with a razor.
For those who shave their heads, but who suffer from cuts and irritation, laser hair removal offers a very attractive alternative to shaving.
Your Laser Skin Care
We are highly experienced with laser hair removal, along with a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We can give advice on the most effective way to remove hair, and answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.
Posted on January 10, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Laser hair removal offers an effective and simple way to remove unwanted hair but historically has been most effective on people with fair skin and dark hair.
For the treatment to work, laser light pulses must target individual hair follicles located beneath the skin’s surface, without damaging the surrounding skin.
Melanin and Your Skin
The color of our skin, as well as hair and eye color, is primarily a result of melanin. Melanin is naturally occurring dark brown or black pigment located beneath the surface of the skin.
Melanin production is stimulated by UV radiation from the sun. Melanin also absorbs light and serves to partially protect skin cells from damage by sunlight.
The darker your skin color, the more melanin your skin contains.
The Challenge of Laser Hair Removal on Darker Skin Tones
Lasers produce beams of light-energy at very precise frequencies, which are designed to be absorbed by hair follicles, damage them, and thereby prevent new hair growth.
But for those with dark or tanned skin, melanin pigmentation can absorb some of the laser’s light energy, risking damage to the skin itself.
The challenge is to minimize damage to skin cells, while at the same time maximizing damage to the targeted hair follicles.
Effective Laser Treatment for Dark Skin
As dark skin is harder to treat effectively, it requires more skill and experience from the practitioner performing the procedure.
Recently, several techniques were developed to allow practitioners to better distinguish between dark hair follicles and similarly pigmented dark skin cells.
These new techniques are finally allowing those with darker complexions to safely benefit from laser hair removal, without risking skin burns or discoloration.
Improved Laser Technology
Lasers use various ways to generate light energy. However, the lasers typically used for hair removal make use of crystals containing mixtures of chemical elements – the precise chemical composition determines the frequency of light energy produced by the laser.
The Nd:YAG laser outputs light at a frequency that can largely bypass melanin in darker skin, while still being absorbed by the hair follicles.
Careful Choice of Laser Energy Level
To prevent heat damage to darker skin, laser energy pulses are applied more slowly, and cooling devices are used to allow skin cells to cool off between laser pulses, and thus avoid damage. External cooling also reduces any pain or discomfort.
Other Laser Hair Removal Precautions
To ensure that correct settings have been set up for your particular situation, practitioners will often perform a test on a less visible area. This allows them to tune all settings to reduce any chance of creating lighter or darker spots during the procedure, a remote possibility when performed on dark complexions.
Another precaution is to avoid the use of any medications or cosmetic products that might increase your skin’s sensitivity to light. In particular, avoid laser treatments for several months after using Accutane.
Minimize direct sun exposure for several weeks before and after each treatment, and follow any other directions you’ve been given on how best to treat any redness or swelling following treatment.
Laser Hair Removal in Los Angeles
Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with advice on the best ways to benefit from laser hair removal and answer any questions you may have.
We have extensive experience providing laser hair removal on all skin types, and also offer a wide range of other cosmetic procedures.
Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on December 5, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Unwanted hair is a source of worry and frustration for many of us. Of course, there are many different ways to remove unwanted hair, each of which presents some trade-offs between cost, discomfort, effectiveness, and duration. Depilatory creams and shaving are commonly used but carry the risk of skin irritation or cuts, may even stimulate further hair growth and are, at best, only a relatively short-term solution.
Using laser hair removal procedures have proven a highly effective way to achieve long-term or permanent freedom from hair regrowth. Laser hair treatment is most typically used to remove unwanted hair found on the face, bikini line, arms, underarms and legs.
Below are several other less commonly treated areas where laser hair removal can be equally effective.
Chest & Nipples
Although primarily a male characteristic, many women have light hair between their breasts and on their nipples. For those with dark or coarse hair, this can be especially troublesome. Whether hair in this area is dense or sparse, it’s a prime location for laser treatment.
Jawline and Chin
Hormonal changes as women age can result in highly visible coarser hair growth along the jawline, including the chin. Lasers can be used to effectively target this area. Men can also benefit from laser treatments, especially if they have sensitive skin that’s irritated by shaving, or if they’re prone to developing ingrown hairs.
More so than on the face and jawline, men who need to regularly shave their necks often find it difficult due to especially sensitive skin and the increased chance of ingrown hairs. Laser treatment can effectively treat this area, as well as remove the need to shave regularly.
Back and Lower Back
Although also very much a male trait, menopausal women can also develop back hair. The difficulty in reaching and treating this area oneself is another reason to consider laser treatment in this area.
Hair is common on the front of the abdomen, but hair on the sides of the abdomen may be less agreeable. Women of all ages can also develop hair around the navel.
Knuckles and Toes
Light hair in these areas is generally tolerated, but these hairs can darken and become coarser over time as hormonal levels change.
Nose and Ears
Primarily a problem for men as they age, increased hair growth in the nose and ears can be annoying and tedious to trim on a regular basis. Laser hair treatment can be used to remove hair in these often neglected areas.
Laser Hair Treatment in Los Angeles
Those who suffer side-effects from alternate methods, as well as those with light complexions and darker hair, are prime candidates for laser hair removal, but it can also be effective on other skin types.
If you have unwanted hair and are interested in seeing how laser hair removal could help you, call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation. At Your Laser Skin Care, we have extensive experience with laser hair treatment and many other cosmetic procedures.