With spring right around the corner, now is the time to get ready for sleeveless shirts and shorts by eliminating unwanted facial and body hair that can interfere with your fresh, seasonal look. At Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics, we offer laser hair removal treatments that provide permanent hair reduction benefits. Check out why this is the perfect time to indulge in laser hair removal treatments that will get you hair-free and silky-soft before the temperatures start to rise.
The Lowdown on Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has grown in popularity to become one of the most popular methods of hair reduction today. The procedure uses laser energy to zap hair follicles, causing hair in the follicle to fall out over time. In addition, damage to the follicle can make it difficult for future hair to grow in its place, resulting in permanent hair reduction.
Laser hair removal is a safe, effective procedure that can be performed right in our office. Topical numbing can be provided for sensitive areas and patients concerned about comfort level during the procedure. Treatment time will vary considerably depending on the size of the treatment area. Smaller areas of the face might take just a few minutes to complete, while larger areas like the back could take up to two hours.
Benefits of the Cutera Laser
At Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics, we use the Cutera laser for our hair removal treatments. This device offers a number of benefits over other laser treatments:
- Longer wavelength makes Cutera an appropriate treatment for all skin tones, including darker skin
- The procedure may be performed safely and effectively on sun-tanned skin
- Innovative cooling ensures patient comfort and safety during and after the procedure
- Can be used on nearly any area of the face or body
- Minimal risk of adverse reaction to the laser
Growth Phases of Hair
To understand exactly how laser hair removal works and why more than one treatment session is needed, it is important to know the various growth cycles of hair:
Anagen Phase – also known as the growth phase, this stage of hair growth typically takes 3-5 years and determines hair length
Catagen Phase – during this transitional phase, which lasts approximately 10 days, the hair follicle begins to shrink and hair prepares to shed
Telogen Phase – the resting phase is the final stage of hair growth, lasting 2-4 months and characterized by gradual hair shedding
Laser hair removal only works on hair during the growth phase, which will account for around one-third of all the hair follicles on your head. This means patients usually need to undergo multiple hair removal treatment sessions, spaced 6-8 weeks apart, to achieve full results.
Because laser hair removal is a process, the sooner you begin your treatment, the sooner you will achieve your full results. Each treatment session should result in more hair loss, until the treatment area is relatively smooth and hair-free. Treatments can be continued throughout the year until your desired results are achieved.
Laser hair removal is an excellent way to get ready to face the warm weather months in style. To learn more about how this treatment works, contact Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics today at 760-472-5088 in Carlsbad or 858-943-2443 in Rancho Bernardo.