If you’re ready for an excellent solution for getting rid of body hair, laser hair removal might be your answer. The skilled team at Marina OB/GYN in Marina Del Rey, Hawthorne, South Gate, Long Beach, Torrance/ Gardena, Carson & East Los Angeles, CA, has the expertise and experience to help you eliminate unwanted hair with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Book a consultation by phone or use the online option today.

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What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an in-office procedure that sends intense pulsed light (IPL) through your skin to your individual hair follicles to damage them and inhibit their growth. Laser hair removal works on almost any part of the body that has hair, including:

  • Legs
  • Bikini area
  • Belly
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Back
  • Upper lip
  • Eyebrows

The Marina OB/GYN team recommends six or more sessions per area to experience the most successful outcome. Your hair density and thickness can affect how many treatments you need.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

Because laser hair removal attacks your hair roots, you want to leave them intact, so the laser therapy can do its job.

To keep your follicles undisturbed, avoid things such as:

  • Chemical peels
  • Perfumes or deodorants
  • Collagen injections
  • Tanning beds
  • Sunbathing

Weakening the root of your hair growth can affect the success of your laser session.

What can I expect during a laser hair removal session?

The procedure is entirely tolerable, so you shouldn’t have pain or discomfort. It mimics the sensation of a rubber band lightly snapping against your skin.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes to treat each area, and you don’t have any downtime after. You might experience some mild redness and swelling in the area, but you can still get back to your normal daily routine. Your provider may provide you with an antiseptic cream to apply to the area to soothe and heal the skin.

Be sure to avoid direct sun exposure for at least seven days after treatment.

With continued treatments, your hair becomes finer and more sparse, resulting in full hair reduction over time.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

The majority of patients experience permanent hair removal — especially if you have darker-colored hair. Though IPL slows down your hair regrowth, your follicles can heal and start to produce hair again. Keep in mind that you can schedule maintenance treatments to continue your soft, smooth skin results.

If you’re ready to know more about laser hair removal and to find out if it’s right for you, book an appointment using the online scheduling or call the office nearest you today.