Shaving, plucking, and waxing isn’t ideal for anyone. If you’d like to find freedom from those inconveniences, Weiping Sarah Mei, MD offers in-office laser hair reduction at her cosmetic medicine and family practice in Long Beach, California. If you’re looking for a longer lasting solution for unwanted hair, call or book an appointment online today.
Laser hair reduction uses light energy to damage individual hair follicles, so they no longer grow hair. Dr. Mei uses the Cynosure Icon™ 1540 laser system to target the hair at the root. The system consists of a portable, programmable computer console and a small handpiece that Dr. Mei glides over the treatment area.
The laser treatment is only effective on hair that is in the active growth phase. Because only about one-third of your hair is in the growth phase at a given time, Dr. Mei recommends several hair reduction treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
The Icon laser targets the melanin in your hair, the substance that makes the hair dark. Because of this, people with light skin and dark hair are the best candidates for laser hair reduction. This combination makes it easier for the laser to “see” your hair follicles.
Although technological improvements have made laser hair reduction possible for people with dark skin, it’s still not typically effective for removing blonde, red, or gray hair.
It’s important to remember that even treated dark hair can grow back. However, if it does grow back, it usually comes in lighter, thinner, and less noticeable.
Laser hair removal can be performed virtually anywhere on your body, except around your eyes. The most popular treatment areas for women include:
Men often see Dr. Mei for hair reduction on their:
Most adults who come in for laser hair reduction are seeking freedom from the hassles of razors, tweezers, and wax. Not only does the treatment provide permanent freedom from shaving, but from the red bumps, razor burn, and nicks that go along with it.
Laser hair reduction is safe, noninvasive, and carries few potential side effects. The laser targets the follicles precisely without harming the surrounding skin.
If you’d like to learn more about laser hair removal, call or book an appointment online today.