Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S.
At Topanga Beauty, we utilize the latest model of the Candela laser machine, which is one of the most popular machines for laser hair removal on the world’s market.
Unlike older models, it is suitable for any skin type; it’s safe and effective in most body areas for both males and females. It works by emitting a highly intense beam of light, which safely passes through the skin and gets absorbed by the hair follicle, permanently destroying the hair root and destroying visible hair. Laser hair removal is effective for permanently removing unwanted hair from the face, chest, back, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, and other areas. Some discomfort is expected in areas with sensitive skin and a local anesthetic will be applied prior to the procedure. While laser hair removal is the most effective treatment that can result in hair-free skin, one treatment is not enough to accomplish this goal. The exact number of treatments needed is unique to each individual. The average number of consecutive treatments recommended is 3 to 6 depending on the area being treated, the hair density and hair thickness. Occasionally additional maintenance treatments are needed later in life.
Why are multiple treatments needed?
To answer this question we need to understand the stages of hair growth and how the laser light works. All visible hair located in the deeper layers of the skin is going to absorb the intense light, heat up and destroy the follicle; all damaged hair will then shed within several days after the procedure. However, some follicles will remain in the dormant phase when the new hair was not formed yet and the laser light couldn’t be absorbed. Amount of hair follicles remaining in a dormant phase and the rate at which new hair is produced depends on the individual. Eventually, new hair will grow from those follicles, but it is expected to be much thinner and lighter. Several consecutive treatments are required to take care of the remaining hair follicles. it is impossible to predict how much new hair will grow in the treated areas in the future, even after treatment by the latest hair removal device and very experienced medical professional.