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The Science of Smooth: How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Vanity Compound | Huntington Beach, California

Removing unwanted hair from your face and body can get frustrating because it never seems to end. If you are tired of dealing with waxing, plucking, and shaving, laser hair removal services can be the solution. At Vanity Compound, we provide laser hair removal to help you achieve the smooth texture and look you want.

Professional Laser Hair Removal: Using Heat on Hair Follicles

Professional laser hair removal sends heat from the laser to your hair follicles, destroying them without causing harm to your skin or other tissues. The heat targets the pigment in the hair, so in the past, the best results could only occur on people with light skin and dark hair. 

That is no longer the case. Now, the technological advances available allow people with light, medium, and dark hair to receive excellent results. For the procedure to be effective, hair must be in its anagen stage (growth stage), and not all hair grows on the same schedule. That is why you have to get a few sessions of laser hair removal treatment to get rid of all of the hair in a particular area. 

We rely on the GentleMax Pro Plus system by Candela. It is the latest version and provides incomparable results because it can target larger areas than other similar laser hair removal options. 

The GentleMax Pro Plus utilizes two wavelengths to remove hair. Those with lighter skin need a shorter wavelength than those who have dark hair, so the treatment includes the use of an alexandrite laser. For those with darker skin, we use the infrared and invisible wavelength. Because the GentleMax Pro Plus delivers more energy faster while covering larger areas, treatment length can be shorter, and sessions can be fewer. 

The best candidates for permanent hair removal done with a laser include people who don’t want to fuss with shaving, waxing, plucking, or any other type of hair removal technique. People who should not receive this kind of treatment are those who:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are taking acne medications
  • Have or had skin cancer
  • Are prone to cold sores
  • Have genital herpes
  • Have keloid scars

If you are not sure if you are eligible for permanent hair removal, we can help. 

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal: Choosing Permanent Results

Perhaps the most obvious laser hair removal treatment benefit is not having to constantly shave, wax, or pluck unwanted hair. It can take time out of your life and can be frustrating. Other types of hair removal options require that you buy products and equipment. Over time, these purchases can add up. When you choose laser hair removal services, you can save yourself money. 

If you need to remove hair from your swimsuit area, bikini laser hair removal can save you pain. Waxing or shaving in the bikini area can be an uncomfortable hassle you don’t want. 

Beginning Your Laser Hair Removal Journey

To know if you can benefit from laser hair removal services, schedule a consultation with us. It will give us a chance to examine your skin and hair and make a recommendation on the best treatment option. 

Let us know if you take any medications since some of them can be problematic when dealing with lasers. To prepare for your permanent hair removal appointment, we recommend that you stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds. Having tanned skin can make the procedure less effective. 

Two or three days before your appointment, shave the treatment area. Keep in mind that laser hair removal won’t work on hair that is longer than a grain of rice. In between sessions, avoid tweezing or plucking in the treatment areas. 

To prepare for the procedure, we will clean the treatment site and give you protective goggles to wear. We will then apply the laser. The length of the sessions will depend on the size of the treatment area and can range from a few minutes to an hour. 

Laser Hair Removal Results: What to Expect

Whether you get leg, arm, or bikini laser hair removal treatments, you will need to have more than one session to catch all the hair in that area during the anagen stage. There is no real recovery time you have to worry about, but you should stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds for a while. If you need to, you can use cold compresses on the treatment site and take over-the-counter painkillers. 

At first, it may appear as if your hair has continued growing, but that’s not the case. The hair is getting ready to fall off, so it appears longer. Once you have completed the treatment sessions, the laser hair removal results can last for months and even years. Although it is not a permanent procedure, the hair that does grow back tends to be lighter and thinner. 

Get Rid of Unwanted Hair Faster

You don’t have to waste time and money buying products for waxing, shaving, and plucking when there are laser hair removal services available. You can get dependable results by turning to technology like the GentleMax Pro Plus. 

When you choose us at Vanity Compound in Huntington Beach, CA, you can get professionals ready to guide you as you decide on the best treatment options. With years of experience and by relying on the most advanced technologies, we can help you achieve smooth and silky results. Contact us today to learn more about our laser hair removal options and to make an appointment. 

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