Whether you are getting ready for a special date or traveling from West Hills for a day at the beach, getting rid of unwanted hair can be a nuisance. Either you have to schedule a special visit to the spa for a waxing appointment, or you have to shave (which you might find yourself doing at the last minute) and frequent shaving or waxing make for an uncomfortable time at the beach. Thankfully, laser hair removal can provide a solution to these painful alternatives.
Aside from just a trip to the beach, laser hair removal can provide long-lasting hairlessness and permanent hair reduction. If you are looking for a way to enjoy hairlessness for greater comfort and convenience, Dr. Michelle Reyes at The Med Spot in Woodland Hills can help. Since 1997, she has been helping patients in the Calabasas area to enjoy a better quality of life. She offers a wide range of cosmetic procedures that support patients growing old gracefully.
Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular hairs removal methods because it offers a multitude of benefits. Some of these benefits include:
With laser hair removal, you will enjoy long periods of hairlessness. Some people go as much as a year between touch-up treatments. After treatment, if the hair does grow back, it tends to be thinner, and lighter. Studies show that treated areas see hair reduction of about 85% one year later. In addition, laser hair removal can target ingrown hairs as the laser energy can penetrate the skin to grab the hair, and it doesn’t cause ingrown hairs.
A laser can be very precise in treatment. If you have particular areas that you would like to address, the laser can target these areas and leave the remaining hair where you want it. Laser treatment is also rather rapid when compared to both waxing and electrolysis. This makes laser hair removal a practical option for large areas like your legs, back, or chest.
An added bonus is the process of removal is much less uncomfortable than waxing or electrolysis, which has been compared to the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Additionally, we can use a topical cream to reduce the discomfort in some treatment areas.
The combination of these benefits means that laser hair removal offers a good treatment value for the cost. And, despite what you may have heard in the past, it works on all skin types.
Laser hair removal uses the precision of a laser to target hair follicles — the place from where hairs grow. When hairs are developing, the follicle produces specific pigments that absorb the light energy from the laser. This light energy causes the follicles to heat up, killing them. After a little while, the body pushes out the dead hair follicles and that hair won’t grow anymore.
However, not all hairs are growing at the same pace. The hairs cycle through active and dormant cycles, but the laser can only target the active hair follicles, though it can burn all the hair each time. That is why laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to achieve maximum hairlessness and future reduction. We have to keep treating until we catch all of the hairs during an active cycle. This typically takes 4-6 treatments.
There are many options for laser hair removal, but the GentleMax Pro by Candela (used by The Med Spot practitioners) is considered the benchmark for hair removal lasers. The device has two different wavelengths (or “colors” of light) it can use. Which we choose depends upon the color of your skin and your hair. Variable spot size lets us target tiny spots for precise treatment or larger spots to make treatment faster. In addition, the patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD) helps keep the skin cool which reduces discomfort, speeds treatment, and abates the risk of side effects.
With more than two decades in the industry, the Candela name is widely considered the gold standard for laser hair removal.
We know that many people believe laser hair removal is not effective for people with richer skin tones. While this used to, unfortunately, be the case, today’s advanced lasers (like the GentleMax Pro) can even target hair on darker skin hues.
Laser hair removal works because hair follicles absorb different wavelengths of light from the skin. Light wavelengths correspond to precise colors of light, but not all wavelengths are visible. One of the wavelengths the GentleMax Pro uses is in the infrared range — a color of light our eyes are unable to pick up. In other words, the light takes advantage of color differences that are not perceptible to the human eye. Hair and skin that look the same to you look different to the laser.
If you are looking for a gentle, compassionate place to get cosmetic treatments like laser hair removal, consider The Med Spot. Since 1997, Dr. Michelle Reyes has been helping people live better lives in the Calabasas area. She has expanded her practice to include minimally invasive cosmetic treatments and healthy age management. This is at the request of patients who love her caring presence and positive energy and asked her to offer more services in the same, comfortable environment.
Dr. Reyes has assembled a team of highly skilled and like-minded professionals. Together, we work hard to make The Med Spot a place where everyone is safe and welcome. This is where you come to eliminate the signs of stress, not acquire new stress, and we do everything we can to make sure your experience goes smoothly. Questions are welcome, and you are always in control of your treatment.
To learn more about laser hair removal or The Med Spot in Woodland Hills, please call 818-201-2830 today or use our contact form for a consultation with Dr. Michelle Reyes.