Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal in Manhattan Beach, California is a safe and an effective way to eliminate unwanted hair anywhere on your body, including your:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Pubic area

Unlike traditional hair removal techniques such as plucking, waxing, and shaving, laser hair removal is long lasting and often permanent. During a laser hair removal procedure our laser specialist carefully targets each hair follicle without damaging your delicate pore and surrounding skin.

Who can have laser hair removal?

If you are an adolescent or adult without a tan or sunburn who would like to eliminate hair on any part of your body, you are a good candidate for laser hair treatment.

Most lasers do not work on blond, red, white, or grey hair.  We can discuss this with you at your consultation.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

When you arrive for your laser hair removal consultation, our laser specialist will:

  • Review your medical history
  • Carefully examine your skin
  • Discuss your expectations
  • Answer your questions

To remove your unwanted hair, we use a high-energy light (laser) to target melanin in your  hair shafts. The laser transfers heat to the hair follicle, causes it to become inflamed, and then causes it stop generating hair.

Follicles and hair differ depending on where they are on the body. For this reason, it can take many treatments to achieve results on certain areas, whereas other areas might require fewer treatments. In many cases, a single treatment can reduce the thickness and density of your hair.

Is Laser Hair Removal Better Than Other Hair Removal Techniques?

Yes! Laser hair removal is safer than other hair removal techniques. Plucking and waxing, for example,can cause ingrown hairs that can create pimples and leave scars.

Laser hair removal does not cause ingrown hairs, allergic reactions, or scarring. In addition, removing hair with laser treatment usually works faster compared with electrolysis.

Preparing for Laser Hair Treatment

Before your laser hair treatment:

  • Do not get a suntan or sunburn
  • Do not bleach the hair you would like removed
  • Do not pluck the hairs you would like removed for at least 1 week before treatment
  • Do not shave at least 3 days before your hair removal treatment

If you have cold sores or genital herpes, you should either wait until your breakout is over or take medication to control the spread of the viruses.

After Laser Hair Removal

After your laser hair removal treatment, you should:

  • Gently ice the treated area as needed for comfort, to reduce swelling, and to lessen redness
  • Avoid astringents and other irritating products, including makeup
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more
  • Use a gentle moisturizer your dermatologist recommends (some combination moisturizer / sunscreens work well)
  • Avoid all other hair removal techniques except shaving to manage unwanted hair
  • Gently exfoliate your skin with a washcloth (do not scrub)

Although most people have no hair growth on the treated areas after as few as 4 to 8 laser treatments, you might need to have maintenance hair removal treatments once or twice a year to ensure that no hair returns.

For more information or to schedule an appointment
to eliminate unwanted hair,
call Lawrence Moy, MD, today
at (310) 546-7780.

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