Dermatologists located in Santa Barbara, CA & Santa Maria, CA
Over the course of a lifetime, women spend an average of 72 days shaving their legs and men spend 45 days shaving their face. That doesn’t even consider all the plucking and waxing of other areas of unwanted hair, like underarms and back. When you’re ready for more permanent results, the medical and cosmetic dermatologists at Luminous Dermatology offer state-of-the-art laser hair removal treatments at their Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California offices. Call or schedule a laser hair removal consultation online so you can be hair-free and reclaim precious time in your day.
Laser Hair Removal Q & A
What Areas Can I Treat with Laser Hair Removal?
As one of the most common cosmetic treatments in America, laser hair removal works in nearly any area of your body where you want to get rid of unwanted hair, including:
- Bikini area
- Arms and underarms
- Back and neck
Both men and women can benefit from this low-pain, long-lasting hair removal method, and it works extremely well for those with dark hair and lighter skin. Depending on your skin and hair color, the experienced team creates customized treatment plans for your particular needs, so you get maximum benefits.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The medical providers at Luminous Dermatology use an advanced laser technology that emits targeted pulses of light that go below your skin to the hair follicles. The hair follicles absorb the light energy, so it destroys each hair and disables the follicle from actively regrowing hair.
The skin surrounding the hair follicle is left undamaged since the pigment absorbs the laser energy in the hair follicles.
Because hair grows in different stages, men and women typically need to repeat the laser hair removal treatment over the course of several sessions, to target as many hair follicles as possible. The outcome is often significantly less hair growth or even permanent results.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment Session?
Your provider gently presses a handheld device against your skin over each treatment area. They may also apply a cooling gel to your skin to keep you comfortable. Additionally, the laser itself may emit a cooling sensation, so you don’t feel any pain.
Most men and women report that the laser energy feels similar to the snapping of a rubber band, but it’s over quickly and easily tolerated. Depending on the area you’re having treated, the entire procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so.
What Can I Expect After a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
At first, your skin may appear slightly red and tender, but that typically subsides in a day or two. You’ll also want to stay out of the sun to avoid irritating your skin any further.
The doctors or physician assistants discuss any other precautions you should take immediately following a treatment, but most patients go back to their regular daily routine without issue.
If you’re tired of all that time you spend shaving every day, laser hair removal might be the solution. Call the office closest to you today or schedule a consultation using the online system.
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