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Laser Hair Removal 101

People spend hundreds to thousands of dollars annually on hair removal. While there are a ton of options to remove unwanted hair from your body, most of them are ineffective and pricey. Shaving is quick and easy, but the hair often grows back quickly. The price of shavers and shaving cream are high, and the results are lackluster at best. Creams that wipe away hair are a little more effective, but often smell horrible and burn. Waxing or sugaring is a little more long-lasting, but it can be painful. And it’s super itchy once the hair returns. The most cost-effective option that provides great results is laser hair removal. There are several benefits to laser hair removal that can save you time, money, and you’ll feel much less pain than you would getting a wax every three to four weeks. Below you will find out what you need to know to prepare for your first laser hair removal appointment!

Who is a Good Candidate?

When it comes to laser hair removal, the color of your hair matters. For those who have dark hair to remove, you are the perfect candidate. This is because pigment attracts the laser. It’s important to remember that this is not referencing your skin tone. It’s the color of your actual hair that matters most. 

Steps to Prepare

While there are some simple steps to prepare, be sure to contact the office where you are getting the laser hair removal done. They will be able to provide you with their specific preparation steps, so you’re ready to go on the day of your appointment. Below you will find some of the common steps to prepare for your first visit. 

  • Avoid skin irritation and stay out of the sun for a few days before the procedure.
  • No waxing or plucking before your visit.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin.

Laser Removal Appointment

Laser hair removal is performed using concentrated light to affect your actual hair follicles. The follicles are small cavities in your skin where the hair grows out of. The follicle absorbs the laser and vaporizes immediately. The laser is attracted to the hair’s melanin, so the darker the hair, the more effective the treatment is. The procedure itself is relatively fast and should not take more than one hour (depending on how large the area treated is). You will experience minimal to no pain as it is often described as somewhere between the pain you feel shaving and getting a wax. One of the most significant benefits of laser hair removal is that you can get it pretty much anywhere on your body where you have unwanted hair. 

Recovery Time

Recovering from laser hair removal is easy. Most patients return to their regular daily activities the moment they leave the appointment. Be sure to wear sunscreen before and after the procedure, as skin exposure can irritate your skin.

You will see a reduction in the amount of hair in the treated area immediately. Within three to eight sessions, you may see full hair loss in the treated area. You may notice some regrowth during that time as each hair follicle responds differently to the laser. 

Laser Hair Removal in Southern California

Dr. Brent Moelleken is a well-known cosmetic surgeon with years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, laser hair removal, and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. He is one of the most highly trained surgeons in the country and received his training at Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. He has also been selected as one of Vogue Magazine’s “Top 10 Plastic Surgeons in America.” Contact Dr. Brent’s office today for a consultation!

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