When you add up all the time you spend shaving, waxing, or plucking unwanted hair, it makes sense that laser hair removal is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic treatments. The noninvasive procedure is an easy way to safely eliminate undesirable hair. At Luminance Aesthetics located in San Jose, California, Dr. Anjali Dhar offers laser hair-removal services to patients looking for a permanent solution for unwanted facial or body hair. Call the office or book online to learn how the procedure can work for you.
Laser hair removal is a nonsurgical way to target unwanted hair through the use of state-of-the-art laser technology. The laser delivers precision-targeted heat over short-pulse durations through your skin and directly into hair follicles.
There, it’s absorbed by the pigment of active-growth follicles, damaging their integrity and disabling them. Dr. Dhar uses the Icon™ Aesthetic System with laser technology, which is gentler and more effective than traditional laser technology when it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal technology can be used to treat virtually any area of your body and is appropriate for any skin type. It’s commonly used to treat the following areas:
In addition to being the easiest, most powerful method for permanent hair removal, laser treatments can leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and sleeker than shaving, waxing, bleaching, or plucking. Besides permanently reducing or completely eliminating unwanted hair, the treatment can also help even out your skin tone.
Before beginning a laser hair-removal procedure, Dr. Dhar disinfects and dries the area that’s going to be treated. Next, she marks your skin with a light-colored pencil to guide the laser as she works. This helps her ensure proper coverage.
After everyone in the room puts on eye shields to protect their retinas and corneas from the laser, Dr. Dhar systematically passes the laser tool over the entire treatment area, spot-by-spot. She gently pulls your skin taut to help the laser reach each active hair follicle.
As the laser works, it emits quick pulses of light that may feel similar to a tiny rubber band snapping against your skin. The entire procedure can last for a few minutes or longer than an hour, depending on the area you’re treating.
After your first laser hair-removal treatment, you can expect to see an instant reduction in hair of up to 25%. Although these immediate results are promising, most patients need to undergo 2-6 laser treatments before they’ll see permanent hair removal. That’s because your hair grows in cycles, and laser technology only targets active-growth follicles. Hair follicles that are in their dormant phase during a laser treatment remain unaffected.
Patients who undergo a full laser hair-removal treatment usually remain hair ree for months or years. If hair eventually returns, it tends to be sparser and lighter. Darker hairs are typically easier to remove permanently than blonde, gray, or white hairs.
To learn more about laser hair removal, call Luminance Aesthetics or book an appointment using the online tool.