Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular technique for people with unwanted hair. Because of this popularity, finding a laser hair removal Newport Beach clinic is now easier than ever. If you are considering booking in for treatment, the following FAQs may be of benefit to you.
What is laser hair removal?
Very simply put, it is a gentle light beam that enters the hair follicle through the skin. The heat disables the follicle, stopping hair from growing.
Is it the same as electrolysis?
Not really, because electrolysis works on a single follicle each time, which means it is a very long process. With laser, you can target hundreds of follicles in one go.
Can anyone use this to remove hair?
There are different laser devices and, more and more frequently, they are designed for all skin types. Generally, however, those with the fairest skin have the best results. It is usually also required for the hair to be removed to be of a tone darker than the skin. This means light colored hair is the most difficult to treat.
Another consideration is diet. If you consume foods high in beta carotene, then you may have to change your diet. This will have to be done several months before the treatment. This is because beta carotene changes the tone of the skin, making it more difficult for the laser to reach the follicle.
How long does it take?
The length of time you need to be treated depends on the skin, the thickness and darkness of the hair, and the area of the body. However, guidelines indicate:
- The back takes between one and a half and three hours.
- The shoulders take around 10 to 20 minutes.
- The underarms take around one to two minutes.
- The bikini line takes around eight to 10 minutes.
- The upper lip takes less than a minute.
- The chin takes two to three minutes.
- The legs take one and a half to three hours.
Why do you need multiple treatment?
Because hair grows cyclically. Any hair that was not in the anagen stage of growth will need more treatment.
Is it safe?
Absolutely, although it is important that it is done by a professional, as a laser beam that is too intense can lead to burns.
Does it hurt?
This depends on your personal sensitivity. Wearing a cool pack after treatment can help to lower feelings of discomfort.
When will I see results?
It will take about two months for the hair that has been treated to fall out.
Is it expensive?
This varies per clinic, although average prices are around $500, with a total of four sessions needed. Small areas naturally cost more than larger areas.
Are results guaranteed?
Unfortunately not, as there are too many variables that can determine how someone responds to the treatment. However, it is very rare that a professional will agree to perform the treatment if they do not think it will work on you.