Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Laser Hair Removal Services Los Angeles: Humans are covered in around five million hair follicles. Overgrowth of hair can happen on the body and face for so many Americans. Laser hair removal is an easy way to get rid of that issue. Hair will grow on the entire body in order to protect it. Nevertheless, having too much hair growth can be an unsightly problem for both women and men. Hirsutism is when there is immoderate growing of hair on the body like on the chest and face. Even though this condition happens to women a majority of the time, men are not immune to it.
Due to this condition many will consider laser hair treatments to fix their excessive hair rowing. Shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair can be a hassle. Dr. U will remove unwanted hair effectively and safely using lasers. Thanks to advancement of technology, most people can experience safe laser hair removal.
How Does Hair Grow?
Hair follicles lie approximately 1 – 5 millimeters under the skin surface, depending on the location of the hair on the body. Found at the bottom of the hair follicle is a bulge. Just above the bulge is the bulb. These are the areas of the follicle that control hair growth and are the areas that need to be selectively damaged to stop future hair growth.
Type of Hair
Vellus Hair – Known as peach fuzz, this light colored and fine hair is seen on both sexes and grows in most places on the body.
Terminal Hair – This refers to fully developed hair, which is generally longer, coarser, thicker and darker than vellus hair. Terminal hair can be a variety of colors, such as black, brown, blond, red, gray or white.
Color of Hair
Hair color is determined by its melanin content. Darker colors, such as brown and black hairs, contain a type of melanin called eumelanin. The darker a hair is, the more eumelanin it has. Blonde and red hair contains pheomelanin. Since pheomelanin isn’t able to absorb laser energy as well as eumelanin, blonde and red hairs are harder to treat than brown or black hairs.
What Are The Methods of Hair Removal?
While we all have hair on our bodies, those who are considered “hairy” have more terminal hairs and/or large, dark hairs. Most of the hair on the body does not serve a purpose and when its removal is desired, it is usually for cosmetic reasons. This has created a large demand for both permanent and non-permanent hair removal treatments.
Non-Permanent Hair Removal
- Depilatory Creams
Non-permanent hair removal either cuts the hair off as it leaves the skin (shaving), pulls the hair out by the follicle (tweezing, waxing, sugaring and threading), or chemically dissolves the hair (depilatories). While these methods are cheap, they are not permanent and require regular upkeep. They can also be uncomfortable.
Permanent Hair Removal/Reduction
- Laser Hair Removal
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal
During this process, a small metal probe is inserted into the hair shaft and down to the follicle. The follicle is zapped with an electrical current and is very effective. The downsides of electrolysis is the time requirement, pain and cost. Also, due to the growth cycle of hair, you will still need multiple treatments in each desired area for permanent removal. Laser and IPL hair removal are the most popular methods of permanent hair reduction due to their speed, ease, efficacy and relative cost effectiveness
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal assist ladies and men who have overgrowth of hair removed from the body. There are those who may have thicker, darker hair in certain “normal” places. The common areas for excessive hair can be:
People tend to have peach fuzz also known as vellus hair, all over their bodies, but excessive hair growth is caused by terminal, axillary, or androgenic hair. The hair that covers the entire body and acts as a mechanism for protection is vellus. Hair that is thicker and darker in areas that are normal is called as axillary hair or terminal hair considering where it is on the body.
Androgenic hair grows as body hair thicker in people commonly during puberty. Depending on someone’s sex it can also appear in certain areas. Androgenic hair is affected by androgen levels. Androgen is a hormone that is found in both males and females. Women have less androgenic hair than men, also in less places. This is because men have higher levels of androgenic levels, like testosterone in their bodies. Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras syndrome) means that hair will grow excessively all over the body.
Hirsutism most often affects women who tend to have large levels of androgens or those that have hypersensitivity to androgens. Warning factors include:
- Cushing’s disease
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Tumors in the ovaries
- Congenial adrenal hyperplasia
- Excessive growth hormone
- Insulin resistance
- Specific medications
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Benefits of Laser Hair Removal with Dr. U
Laser hair removal are can help remove unwanted hair from the leg, underarm, bikini, face, arm, and other areas. Precision is just one of the many benefits of getting laser hair removal from Dr. U. The lasers will easily target coarse, dark hairs without harming any skin around it.
Dr. U also offers a speedy laser hair reduction process. Each laser pulse will only take a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser will target an area that is the size of a quarter every second. Treatment for small areas like the upper lip will be less than a minute, while large areas, like the back or legs, can be up to an hour.
Getting laser hair removal is also more predictable than other methods. Most patients will experience permanent hair loss after having three to seven laser hair reduction sessions.
Laser Hair Removal Services Los Angeles:
Laser hair removal is performed through the process of selective photothermolysis (SPTL). In this process a extremely particular structure or area gets targeted but doesn’t harm the tissue surrounding that area. For this process to work, certain things need to be applied:
- Right colored hair
- Use of an appropriate wavelength
The selected substance (manmade or natural) chromophore must be take in the laser energy so that it can precisely get to where it needs to go. In order to get the laser photon absorbed the hair on the shaft, which is dark is necessary in order for the laser hair removal. The energy will enter the follicle this way. The hair follicle becomes permanently damaged due to a inflammatory reaction. The small growth structures can not create new strands of hair.
Two types of melanin exists:
Pheomelanin – responsible for creating blond or reddish hair colors shades
Eumelanin – responsible for producing brown or black hair
Because laser wavelengths gets taken in by darker colors, it is recommended that people with Black or dark brown body hair get hair removal procedures.
Laser hair removal is defined by the FDA as the permanent reduction in the number of hairs on the skin. It’s vital to know that hair follicles that are independent tend to have independent cycles of their own. It’s important to remember hair follicles that are independent have cycles of their own different from the others. As a result of this, some will be experiencing anagen. while others in a more transitional phase like catagen, and others in the rating phase telogen.
Every session with Dr. U will address visible and growing hairs. Thus laser hair removal treatments will not be able to stop growth of new hair. Several hair reduction sessions are necessary so that all the desired hair is removed.
What Is the Gentle YAG laser?
The Gentle YAG laser uses the 1064nm wavelength to affect hair follicles. This energy is safe to use on all ethnicities:
- African American
- Middle Eastern
The laser energy is easily absorbed by the skin’s melanin. People who have more melanin or are darker can be at risk for scarring and overheating. The safest choice to use would be the 1064 wavelength, as it doesn’t affect the skin in the surrounding regions and will only treat the hair follicles. The areas where the laser hair removal may safely removed the excess hair are areas like:
- bikini areas
There is a cooling hand piece that comes included with the Gentle YAG laser system. The cooling hand piece is there to assist with decreasing the sensation of intense heat to allow patients to feel more comfortable. Skin reactions are avoided with this cooling effect.
Before and After Laser Hair Removal Services with Dr. U Los Angeles
As you can see, this patient received great results after her laser hair removal treatment.
This patient was able to greatly reduce the amount of hairs on his upper arm.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment FAQ
What is the cost of laser hair removal treatment?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for laser hair removal is $235 per session. The cost varies, depending on size of the area being treated and time required for treatment.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal over other methods of hair removal?
Laser hair removal is quick and effective. Unlike shaving, waxing, depilatories and tweezing, laser hair removal provides a both long-term growth delay and permanent hair reduction. Where electrolysis treats a single hair, one by one, laser hair removal can cover large areas.
What does laser hair removal feel like?
Laser hair removal is usually a bearable experience. The procedure is often likened to a rubber band snap and patients rate it lower end of a 1-10 pain scale. If you tend to have sensitive skin, a numbing gel can always be applied prior to treatment.
How long does treatment usually take?
Depending on the are, laser hair removal can take only a few minutes or over an hour. Areas such as the bikini line, upper lip, chin, underarms usually require less than 20 minutes for treatment.
Can I return to work and normal activities immediately?
Yes, you can return to your normal activities immediately. After laser hair removal, the treated area may feel like mild sunburn for 24 hours or more. Slight redness and swelling is normal and is actually an indicator of a good clinical response. Make-up can be applied to the treated area shortly after treatment.
Why is laser hair removal better than electrolysis?
Electrolysis can result in removing body hair permanently, but it can take up a lot of time and cause a lot of pain. Laser hair removal is a much faster and comfortable hair reduction option.
How many treatments are required?
This varies from patient to patient. In general, lighter skin patients will require 3 to 6 treatments and darker skin patients will require 4 to 8 treatments, with 4 to 8 weeks between each session. On average most patients can expect to achieve a 50-90% permanent removal rate.
Laser hair removal is a great option for many types of patients. If you have any questions that were not answered in the section above, click the button below to ask Dr. U himself.