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What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

There are several hair removal options: shaving, plucking, waxing, threading, or more recently, laser hair removal. To help you decipher which is the best option for you, utilize the expertise of Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery to help you decide if laser hair removal in San Diego/Chula Vista is right for you.

Shaving is the best option for leg, arm and facial hair. It can, however, cause ingrown hairs and is a constant nuisance to keep up with.

Plucking, also known as tweezing, is more painful but it’s ideal for precision, such as reshaping your eyebrows or pulling out a few stray hairs that appear on your face. You should not, however, use this method for large areas because it can cause ingrown hairs or scarring.

Waxing can be done at home or by a professional in a salon. It can be messy and sometimes painful, especially if the wax is too hot. This method is recommended for the bikini area and removal for unwanted hairs in the facial area such as eyebrows and upper lip. You should not use this method if you use certain types of prescription acne creams to minimize scarring and skin damage.

Threading is a new method that some salons offer. The professionals use strings they twist in a pattern to pull unwanted hair out. This method is most commonly used with eyebrows.

Laser Hair Removal is one of the longest-lasting methods, but it requires four or more treatments 4-6 weeks apart. This method uses a laser beam or light pulse to destroy the hair bulb. If you’re considering laser hair removal in San Diego/Chula Vista, contact Eastlake Cosmetic today.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

• Precision. The laser beam or light pulse technique directly targets dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
• Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes only a fraction of a second and it can treat many hairs at the same time. Small areas such as the lip area can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas such as the back or legs, can take up to an hour.
• Predictability. Most patients can expect permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.

How Does Laser Skin Removal Work?

Before the procedure, the hair in the treatment area will be trimmed. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair, skin and treatment area. Then you and your technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection.

To prep the treatment area, a cold gel or special cooling device will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin.

During the procedure, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and observe for adverse reactions. When the procedure is completed, you may be given anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, ice packs or cold water to ease any discomfort and inflammation. This process is repeated for four to six weeks to yield long-term results.

Laser Hair Removal in San Diego/Chula Vista

If you are unsatisfied with shaving, waxing or threading to remove unwanted hairs, our experts at Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery are ready to help. Our team at Eastlake is experienced in helping patients achieve the cosmetic goals they desire with laser hair removal in San Diego/Chula Vista. You can reach us at (619) 216-8000 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.

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