Laser Hair Removal in Burbank & Los Angeles
Los Angeles loves laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular services in our Burbank office, helping clients from all over Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and nearby areas with permanent hair removal. Body hair can be a real issue for people of all genders. Stigmatized as dirty or ugly, having what you feel is ‘too much’ can severely impact your self-esteem. Common depilatory methods are fraught with issues as well. Shaving can cause cuts. Waxing is very painful, and encourages hair to grow back coarser. Both can cause irritating and infected ingrown hairs. Both must be regularly maintained. Even creams and other topical products designed to disintegrate hairs can cause skin irritation and even chemical burns. At Burbank Med Spa, we understand that to achieve your beauty goals, it can help to get rid of unwanted hair. This is a service we are able to provide to patients from all over Los Angeles looking for permanent hair removal. Thanks to laser hair removal in our Burbank office, you can say goodbye to razor burn, shaving cream, and waxing rashes.
- Chest & Back
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure which causes concentrated light energy to penetrate the skin and destroy hair follicles. Each laser pulse can target multiple hair follicles. This non-surgical procedure can be performed in an office and allows patients to significantly reduce chest, back, and abdomen hair. It can also eliminate unwanted facial hair on the upper lip, cheek, chin, or neck. Unwanted body hair on the legs, arms, pelvic area, underarms, laser hair removal works on all of these areas. The procedure is quick, with no requirement for anesthetics or a recovery period. In 2016, there were approximately 1.1 million laser hair removal procedures undergone in the United States alone! It’s effective on men and women alike, although according to the Hair Removal Journal 82% of customers are women.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Get Rid of Body Hair?
The laser’s light energy is absorbed by areas of high pigment, or color. This usually targets the hair, and is transferred to heat energy. As the hair is heated, it in turn heats the follicle, damaging and shrinking it so that it is no longer able to grow new hair. The treated hair, no longer connected to an active follicle, will eventually drop out. It will be unlikely to be replaced soon, if at all.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
When you have scheduled a laser hair removal session, there are several precautions you should take. These steps will increase the procedure’s efficacy. Firstly, stay out of the sun. In general the greater the contrast between your skin tone and your hair color, the more effective the treatment will be. Therefore, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoiding long periods of sun exposure will make your skin fairer. Similarly, skin creams that darken your skin should be avoided. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a skin bleaching cream to make it fairer for the procedure. Do not use other hair removal methods while preparing for laser treatment. Anything that disturbs the follicle will impede the treatment’s efficacy. Stick to methods like trimming and shaving, which remove the hair above skin level but keep the shaft intact below the surface. It is the shaft that the laser will need to focus on. Hair above skin level that is targeted by the laser can cause surface skin damage. It is inadvisable to take blood-thinning medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs before the procedure.
- Plan For Multiple Sessions
- Pain Level: Moderate
- Long-Lasting Results
- Safe & Effective
- No Downtime
- Sunscreen Recommended for After-Care
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?
Fine hair usually takes only a couple of sessions to be removed. Darker, coarser hair can be a little more stubborn. Dark hair also tends to grow back more quickly. While complete elimination of body hair can be difficult due to various factors, a substantial decrease can be expected. Hair can take several weeks to fall out after treatment. New and recently-formed hairs tend to be the ones most significantly affected by the procedure, as in this stage they contain the most pigment. Sessions after the first will be scheduled depending on how fast hair growth occurs in the affected area. For instance, hair on the upper lip grows quickly. The treatment will need to be followed up at around six weeks. However, back hair grows more slowly. A second session could wait until around fourteen weeks.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Effects of laser scar removal are long-lasting. Because of the nature of skin, we cannot guarantee permanent effects. As skin ages and production of collagen and elastin diminishes, old scars may become more prominent.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Laser Scar Removal?
The speed of recovery for laser scar removal depends on several factors. Age is an important consideration, as is the area being treated. Faces heal a lot faster than hands, as a rule. Three days can be all it takes for a face to be back to normal (or better than normal).
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
The procedure of laser hair removal requires no anesthetics because it causes no lasting pain. The sensation of being treated is compared, by those who have undergone it, to having an elastic band snapped mildly against their skin. Others say it is more like a warm pin prick. Far preferable to ripping waxing strips off, we’re sure you’ll agree!
Are There Side Effects to Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal treatments can infrequently cause side effects, and what side effects do occur are typically minor. Light-skinned individuals may experience a little redness or skin discoloration comparable to a sunburn. Darker-skinned individuals are likelier to experience blisters. All of these side effects will subside within a short period. The treated area might swell slightly, tingle, or feel warm to the touch immediately after the treatment. These effects are even shorter-lived, and will generally subside within hours. Be sure to report all side effects, however minor, to Burbank Med Spa so that we can track them. Your file should be kept up to date with these details for future treatments. It is generally considered to be a good idea to avoid direct sunlight for a day or so after the treatment.
Can’t I Do Laser Hair Removal at Home?
There are home laser hair removal devices available commercially. However, the FDA does not view these devices as medical but cosmetic, which means they haven’t been as extensively vetted. Therefore there is little structured data on the safety and efficacy of these devices. Some are known to offer moderate results. One known hazard of these devices is the use of powerful lasers without training or supervision. This can be a significant risk to the eyes, which are highly sensitive to light and lasers in particular. For your safety and satisfaction, we recommend laser hair removal as a treatment performed by trained healthcare professionals.
What Are The Limitations?
At Burbank Med Spa, we don’t perform laser hair removal on men’s faces, nor on anyone’s scalps or genitals. Men’s faces are too densely covered in hair for laser therapy to be desirable or effective. Scalps and genitals are far too sensitive for lasers to be a medically sensible treatment. Further, if your skin has a particular sensitivity to light, it would be unwise to pursue laser hair removal treatment. As previously mentioned, results are best when there is a large contrast between the skin tone and the hair color. People with lighter skin types and darker hair often find laser hair removal to be effective. However, if your skin and hair are of a similar shade, you may find that laser hair removal is less helpful. There are measures that can be taken to offset this, of course.
- Permanent Hair Removal
- Safe and Effective
- Minimal discomfort
- Convenient Appointments Available
- Can Be Repeated Every 4-6 Weeks
- No Downtime!
Laser Hair Removal Sessions in Burbank
We are happy to offer hair removal procedures to men and women experiencing unwanted body hair. Especially for women suffering from PCOS or other hormonal imbalances, body hair growth can be a source of significant embarrassment. Laser hair removal does represent a larger initial cost than methods such as shaving or waxing, but over a lifetime can more than pay for itself. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Burbank Med Spa on 818-631-5742.