It’s not surprising that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States — after all, the average person spends a substantial amount of time shaving, waxing, plucking, trimming, or bleaching unwanted hair. Dr. Frederick L. Stafford and the expert team at Contours in Laguna Hills and Long Beach, California, offer a full scope of advanced laser treatments, including permanent laser hair removal, to patients in the greater Los Angeles area. If you’re ready to get rid of undesirable facial or body hair for good, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Laser hair removal uses advanced laser technology to disrupt active-growth hair follicles. It works by delivering short pulses of targeted energy directly into each follicle, where it’s absorbed by the pigments. Once there, the energy fragments the follicle so it can no longer produce hair.
Gentle, noninvasive, and virtually painless, laser hair removal qualifies as a preferential cosmetic treatment, meaning it effectively targets hair follicles without impacting skin cells or other tissues.
At Contours, Dr. Stafford and his team use the GentleMax Pro® by Syneron Candela with revolutionary elōs™ technology. Because the GMax Pro is fully customizable, it's safe and effective for all skin types.
The GMax Pro laser uses Active Dermal Monitoring (ADM) to provide online skin feedback, which helps assure the device has made physical contact with your skin before it releases laser energy. The device is equally effective for both large and small treatment areas, and can be used on virtually any part of your body, including:
While the average laser hair removal patient is most excited about no longer having to deal with unwanted hair, the procedure has other benefits, too: After a full treatment cycle, many people notice that their skin is noticeably smoother, softer, and more uniform in the treated area.
Laser hair removal is a prompt and relatively painless procedure that feels somewhat like a tiny rubber band snapping against your skin.
Before you begin, a registered nurse cleanses the treatment area and applies a topical numbing cream to ensure optimal comfort throughout the procedure. You’ll also be given eye shields to protect your corneas and retinas from the laser.
During the procedure, your skin is held gently taut as the laser is systematically passed over the entire treatment area, spot-by-spot, delivering quick pulses of light into active hair follicles.
A single laser hair removal session can last anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
While you may experience a 10-25% reduction in hair after your first laser treatment, you’ll need to undergo multiple treatments to see complete results. That’s because the laser only targets active-growth hair follicles.
Hair grows in three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Of these, the anagen phase is the only active-growth phase. Most patients require 10-20 laser hair removal treatments to remove facial hair permanently, and 6-10 sessions to remove body hair. Each session is spaced 4-10 weeks apart, depending on where you are in the treatment cycle.
To find out more about laser hair removal or to schedule a consultation, call your nearest Contours office or book an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary