At Orange County Plastic Surgery, we offer laser hair removal for people who live in the Newport Beach area. Eliminating unwanted hair with laser energy is quick, easy, and comfortable. Best of all, the results last much longer compared to waxing and shaving.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Our laser hair removal treatment is a procedure that destroys unwanted hair and disrupts the normal growth cycle. Shaving cuts the hair at the surface of your skin, and it continues to grow. This is why you have stubble within 24 hours of shaving.
Waxing pulls hair from the follicle, yet the hair still follows a normal growth cycle, and you have new hair within a few weeks. Laser hair removal is different because it damages the small sacs in your skin that produce hair. No other tissues are affected by the laser energy.
Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal
A depilation laser is an advanced technology that results in permanent hair removal. A single treatment with our innovative lasers takes less than one hour, depending on the size of the area and characteristics of the hair. Another of the many benefits of laser hair removal is that it is safe for all skin and hair types.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The quality of the results you get from this treatment is largely dependent upon the hair removal laser that is used for the procedure. At Orange County Plastic Surgery, we use the Cutera Xeo laser system. The handpiece design allows for facial and body hair removal, and we can adjust the power of the laser for optimum results.
A Cutera laser treatment is very comfortable, even for people who are having a first-time laser hair removal experience. The handpiece is placed against your skin, and the laser energy is delivered in a short burst. The sensation is similar to a small pinch on your skin, and it lasts only a second or two. Using a diode laser for hair removal ensures that your skin is not affected by the laser energy.
After the treatment, much of the hair is removed, and the remaining hair will fall out within a few days. After a week or so, you may notice some new hair growing in the treatment area. You may also notice some hair thinning where the strands are lighter and more delicate than before your laser hair treatment. This is perfectly normal and the reason why we recommend several sessions to remove all of the hair.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Plan for your first session of professional hair removal with our Cutera Xeo system to last about 30 to 60 minutes. If you need to have hair removed from a larger area, such as your chest or back, lasering of the hair is done in small sections.
Typically, several initial sessions are needed to eliminate the unwanted hair. This is because each hair is at a different stage of growth. Once this first series is completed, you will only need short maintenance treatments that take 15 to 30 minutes.
Here are some tips to ensure that you get the most out of your laser hair removal treatment at Orange County Plastic Surgery.
- Don’t wax or tweeze the area for two to three weeks before your first treatment.
- Avoid sunlight and use a high-quality sunscreen.
- Shave the area 24 hours before your first session.
- Keep your follow-up appointments.
The number of sessions that you need for laser hair removal depends on several factors that are discussed during your consultation. Generally speaking, four to six sessions are needed for the best results. You may need up to eight sessions. The time between your laser hair removal sessions is approximately six weeks.
There is no recovery required for laser hair removal. The area may have some redness, irritation, swelling, and sensitivity. If you go outdoors, use high-quality sunscreen. Other tips for post-treatment care after laser hair removal include applying ice to reduce swelling and wearing loose-fitting clothes. You can apply a light, natural moisturizer to your skin. Avoid any products that contain ingredients that may irritate your skin.
Once you complete the series of laser hair treatments, you can enjoy skin that is free of unwanted hair for several months or longer. If the hair does grow back, it will be very sparse.