Laser Hair Removal in San Diego
Love Your Smooth, Hair-Free Skin
Dr. Dennis Bucko and the Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center team have a solution for anyone that is tired of shaving, waxing or tweezing unwanted hair. Laser hair removal permanently damages hair follicles to inhibit future hair growth on the body or face. It is safe, non-invasive and leaves skin looking smooth and silky.
Areas Treated with Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is great for people who are self-conscious of unwanted facial or body hair and find traditional hair removal methods time-consuming, tedious and/or painful. It can be performed on most parts of the body and face, including the following:
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
More about Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser hair removal uses intense light to permanently disable hair follicles and prevent future hair growth. The laser destroys hair follicles in the active growth phase; follicles in the dormant phase are not affected. Therefore, a series of multiple treatments is usually needed to disable all hair follicles in a particular area (depending on the amount of hair and size of the treatment area).
Prior to a treatment session, cold gel or a special cooling device is used to protect the outer layers of the skin. The hair to be treated should be trimmed or shaved close to the skin.
During treatment, the laser device handpiece is placed above the area of unwanted hair, and emits a fine beam of intense light. The laser is specifically calibrated to the skin color and hair color/thickness/location. The light passes through the skin and is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicles. It heats up and destroys the hair follicles. The handpiece is slowly moved across the treatment area until it has treated all of the follicles in the active growth phase.
Treatment is not painful, and lasts about an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. Patients may receive an ice pack or soothing lotion to reduce any post-treatment irritation or discomfort. Side effects and complications are very rare.
Individuals with dark, coarse hair and light skin will see the best results, because of the discrepancy between hair and skin colors. With lighter skin, the laser light is able to find the hair follicle, and darker hairs absorb more of the laser light.
Hilary Black, R.N., Dr. Bucko’s registered nurse for over 20 years, usually recommends multiple treatment sessions (average of five treatments) for the best results. Treatments are spaced eight weeks apart. Once all of the hair follicles have been treated, the results are generally permanent. If the hair does grow back, it looks finer, lighter and sparser. Occasionally, a touch-up treatment may be recommended.
Learn More about Laser Hair Removal
If you are tired of tweezing, waxing or shaving, and want smooth, hairless skin, talk to Hilary about your laser hair removal options. Modern laser hair removal systems are effective on nearly all skin and hair types. Contact us today to make an appointment.