Articles Tagged: Laser Hair Removal Los Angeles

 

Why One Laser Hair Removal May Not Be Enough

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.

 

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal on Your Face?

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.

Special Precautions

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.

 

Do Tattoos Affect Laser Hair Removal?

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

The laser hair removal process is based on a laser’s ability to focus destructive light energy onto individual hair follicles while avoiding over-heating surrounding skin cells. This is made possible by using laser light energy tuned to match a patient’s hair color – this works exceptionally well when the patient’s hair color contrasts strongly with their natural skin color. As you might imagine, the presence of tattoos (whether monochrome or colored) in the area that’s being treated presents a serious complication.

Location of Tattoos and Hair Follicles

Permanent tattoos are created by injecting pigment into the skin at a depth of between 1.5 and 2 millimeters. This allows the ink to penetrate beneath the skin’s outer layer and avoid being affected as the outer skin cells die off and are naturally replaced. Hair follicles are also located in the dermis but significantly deeper than where the tattoo ink is deposited. This allows tattoos to be placed in areas containing hair growth, without one affecting the other.

Problems with Use of Hair Removal Laser over Tattoos

Laser hair removal works by heating individual hair follicles until they’re damaged and stop growing. However, the laser light energy first needs to pass through all skin layers on top of the hair follicles, including the layer that contains the pigments that form tattooed areas. 

Using a hair removal laser over tattooed skin would result in laser light energy being absorbed by the pigment injected into the skin to form the tattoo design. This absorption of energy would result in rapid heating of the tattooed area. There’s a possibility that the laser would fade or alter the color of your tattoo, but there’s a far bigger chance that the energy absorbed by the skin cells containing the tattoo would lead to skin damage, blisters, and burning.

Laser Hair Removal Adjacent to a Tattoo

For this reason, a competent laser hair removal practitioner would decline to perform laser hair removal on top of a tattooed area. This doesn’t mean there would be any problem in using the laser hair removal laser in non-tattooed parts of the body, even those adjacent to tattooed areas. If there’s any risk of laser light spilling over onto tattooed regions, a simple template can be used to shield the tattooed area from any risk of laser light exposure.

Laser Hair Removal Prior to Getting Tattooed

If you’re considering getting a tattoo applied to an area that also contains unwanted hair, you should consider first using laser hair removal to target all unwanted hair in the area, and only after this process is complete should you continue and get the tattoo applied.  Conversely, if you’ve already got a tattoo that you’d like to get removed, then take care of this first, and proceed with hair removal afterward.

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.

 

Can I Get Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant?

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.

 

Reasons to Avoid DIY Laser Hair Removal

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.

 

Men’s Guide to Laser Hair Removal

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.

Body Hygiene

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.

 

Top Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Of all the cosmetic problems that you might want to address, hair removal has the widest range of available treatment options. They range from traditional shaving, plucking, and waxing techniques, through depilatory creams, threading, electrolysis, IPL, and on to our favorite – laser hair removal. Read on for a summary of the various advantages offered by this treatment method.

Highly Effective Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has been extensively tested and is regarded as providing the most reliable, safe, and long-term solution for hair removal. Depending on the laser equipment being used, it can now be used by people with light or dark complexions, and with any hair color. Laser light pulses are focused and applied very precisely, allowing very fine control over which hair follicles are targeted by each treatment. A consequence of this is that individual treatments provide more “bang for your buck,” and allow desired results to be more quickly achieved.

No Annoying Side Effects

Lasers can be used to target hair anywhere on the body, with the sole exception of areas immediately surrounding the eyes. Laser hair removal provides long-term results – hair typically doesn’t re-grow for years, and if it does reappear it is typically finer and lighter in color. Laser hair removal does not cause razor burn, skin irritation, or ingrown hairs following treatment, avoiding major causes of discomfort and irritation caused by more traditional techniques. As laser light pulses are used to target hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface, they’re also effective at removing any existing ingrown hairs.

Due to the way that individual hair follicles exhibit cyclic behavior, and because laser pulses can only kill hair follicles when they’re actively growing, you will need to repeat laser hair removal more than once before all hair in a given area will be removed. Permanent (or long-term) hair removal will be achieved after several sessions – sometimes as few as five or six, sometimes more.

Quick and Easy Treatment Sessions

Convenient individual treatment sessions are typically short in duration, normally between 10 and 20 minutes. Results are normally apparent within a week or two. Unlike other techniques, laser hair removal is effective without needing to first wait for individual hairs to grow out to the skin’s surface. This means that you can continue shaving in the midst of a course of laser hair removal sessions – unlike waxing, for example, when you have to show up for treatment with visible surface hair in place. As individual treatments are relatively short, you should be able to schedule laser hair treatment at a time that’s convenient for you.

Cost-Savings Over Time

Cost-effective laser hair removal is not only an effective and rapid way to eliminate unwanted body hair, but its results are also long-lasting. Consequently, it will allow you to avoid having to regularly schedule hair removal sessions and/or purchase hair removal supplies. Once the cost and time savings that come with being able to eliminate regular hair removal treatments are factored in, laser hair removal is the most cost-effective long-term solution. Electrolysis is sometimes regarded as a less expensive alternative to laser hair removal, however, it requires a far larger number of treatments to be equally effective, making its overall cost higher.

Plus, laser hair removal offers a very low chance of side effects; any that do occur are overwhelmingly minimal and of short duration. When administered by an experienced practitioner it is regarded as a very safe technique.

Los Angeles Laser Hair Removal

Your Laser Skin Care specializes in a number of safe and minimally-invasive aesthetic procedures. To learn more about eliminating unwanted hair for good, contact us at 323-525-1516 for more information.