Laser Hair Removal Overview
It’s no secret that unwanted hair affects both men and women. Common solutions have typically included shaving, tweezing, or waxing, but these options aren’t always effective or long-lasting and can cause irritating skin burns, bumps, or nicks.
If you suffer from unwanted hair, you should consider laser hair removal, one of the most frequently performed procedures at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego! A simple, safe, and effective way to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal can be used almost anywhere on the body.
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
The benefits of laser hair removal are numerous. These include silky smooth skin, long-lasting results, and fast treatment, but the biggest benefits of laser hair removal include the following:
- The ability to treat multiple areas of the body
- Precisely clears large areas of unwanted hair
- Selectively targets dark hair (while leaving surrounding skin untouched and undamaged)
During laser hair removal, a laser targets the pigment found at the base and the stem cell rich bulge of the follicles during cycles of hair growth. These pigments absorb the laser’s energy, inhibiting follicle growth and resulting in the removal of unwanted hair.
Laser Hair Removal for All Skin Types
In the past, it was difficult to remove hair from individuals with darker skin types, since the laser devices struggled with the additional skin pigmentation. However, at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology we have over 50 different laser devices, which means that we can treat ANY skin type and also reduce the risk of hypopigmentation. Regardless of your skin type – from lighter skins like those of Caucasian or Asian descent to the darker tones like those of Indian or African heritage – CLDerm in San Diego, CA will help you achieve the great results you’re looking for. Since the laser targets pigment, darker skin types are harder to treat because it has more pigment. Therefore, you should trust your laser hair removal only to the experts in order to avoid hypopigmentation.
Among our 50+ lasers, we have the latest devices with state-of-the-art technology that makes them the best of the best, including:
- Cynosure Apogee Elite
- Gentlemax Pro
- Lumenis M22 IPL
- Lumenis One IPL
- Lightsheer Duet
If you’re suffering from an excess of unwanted hair, look no further than Cosmetic Laser Dermatology! Not only do our laser hair removal specialists have over 100 years of combined dermatological experience, but our San Diego center offers more than 50 lasers, which makes us your go-to experts in cosmetic dermatology and research.
We’ve treated more than 100,000 satisfied patients for a wide range of skin and hair conditions, so we have the knowledge, experience, and solutions you deserve. To find out more, schedule a consultation today at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.
What to Expect
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we offer laser hair removal for permanent hair reduction. Leysin is our Physician Assistant and she does the majority of our laser hair removal procedures to help give you the smooth, hairless skin you want.
The laser hair removal procedure targets hair follicles with an intense pulsating beam of light, selectively zeroing in on melanin, a dark pigment found in the hair. In doing so, the laser finds its way into the follicle, heating it up until it is destroyed. The concentrated laser energy is effective yet leaves surrounding skin undamaged.
Are you worried about potential discomfort? You shouldn’t be. Laser hair removal is minimally painful. You can expect a sensation like the snapping of a rubber band against your skin, but overall, this procedure is well-tolerated. We also use cooling techniques (cool air and ice) as well as numbing cream to keep you comfortable!
In most cases, you can return to your daily routine immediately after the procedure. You may experience side effects like inflammation, swelling, stinging or tingling (like with a sunburn), some redness around the hair follicles and tenderness, but these side effects are generally mild and should subside within a week. We recommend that you avoid the sun for the first 3-4 days after treatment and apply ice bags, compresses, topical antibiotics, or anti-inflammatory lotions to reduce the risks of blistering and to relieve discomfort.
In 2-4 weeks, you should have skin that’s hair-free and silky-smooth. Visit science.gov to learn more about laser hair removal.
Before your treatment:
- Avoid waxing, plucking, tweezing, and threading for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- No sun tanning, self-tanner or spray tanning 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- The treatment area must be clean-shaven.
- Remove all makeup and/or lotions.
During your procedure:
- Topical numbing cream is optional. If you wish to utilize topical numbing please inform us when you schedule your appointment and we will apply it for 30 minutes prior to treatment.
- Cold air or cryogen spray will be utilized during treatment for your comfort.
After your procedure:
- It is normal to feel a sensation of heat for a few minutes after treatment.
- It is normal to have mild to moderate redness for 4-6 hours after treatment. You can use over the counter hydrocortisone cream twice daily to the treated area to alleviate these symptoms.
- You may develop darkening/superficial crusting of brown spots for a few days after treatment.
- Do not rub, pick, or wipe the treatment area.
- You can wear deodorant immediately after treatment.
- You can wear makeup immediately after treatment.
- Apply sunscreen daily.
- Follow up with your physician in ______ days/weeks, or as needed.
Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at (858)657-1002.
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For patients at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California who want to know about other options for hair removal, shaving, waxing, plucking, or electrolysis are available. However laser hair removal really is the goal standard and best option! Contact our hair removal experts today to find out which treatment is right for you.
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“I had such an awesome experience for my first visit and I am referring everyone I know to this office. From the super friendly staff to the state of the art procedures, they are the cream of the crop.”- Dinah M.
“If I could give this office 10 stars I would! I’ve never been to such an incredible office where everyone was so sweet, helpful, and professional!”- Jessica V.
“I love and appreciate the professionalism, knowledge, warmth, and extraordinary care from the team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.”- Alejandro S.