LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Laser Hair Removal Santa Barbara – Best Laser Hair Removal in Santa Barbara

Laser hair removal is non-invasive technique utilizes light that is highly concentrated in order to penetrate the skin down to the hair follicles and prevent the growth of future hair. Treatments are typically effective for the majority of the body.

Which laser do we use?

Cynosure LaserPalomar Icon™ Aesthetic System (Multi-Purpose Platform)

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Who is the procedure best suited for?

Dark haired and light-skinned individuals are the best possible candidates for the laser hair removal treatment. Our best advice is to take the time to properly research any facility you may decide to use, as well as their equipment and the amount of experience that the technician has when it comes to these types of treatments. Lasers are most effective in removing unwanted hair and hair follicles from the face, under the arm, bikini line and legs. One of the primary benefits of using the laser hair removal is that lasers can be specifically directed to target skin with darker coarse hairs while leaving all of the skin around the area undamaged.

What contraindications do I have to worry about?

If the candidate for laser hair removal is experiencing the following contraindications, they should not be receiving the procedure:

  • Any usage of photosensitizing medications (in conjunction with a medical history evaluation);
  • Unshaven body hair on the skin;
  • Usage of fake tanning product on the skin;
  • Permanent makeup or tattoos in the area;
  • Waxing/plucking for at least two weeks or fewer before the procedure;
  • Intentional sun exposure two weeks or fewer before the procedure;
  • Usage of hydroquinone or Retin-A on the skin within 72 hours or less of the scheduled procedure time;
  • Usage of intramuscular gold therapy.

What is the level of pain on a scale of 1 to 10?

3; patients compare the sensation to the feeling of a rubber band snapped against their skin. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, such as the bikini, facial hair, upper lip, and underarms. Each patient‘s pain tolerance will vary. Anesthetic creams and cold compresses will reduce the discomfort. Some of our hair removal lasers come with cooling devices, such as a chilled tip. This also helps with making treatments more comfortable.

How long will the Santa Barbara laser hair removal treatment take?

Because of the cycles of hair growth, it will typically take 3 to 4 laser hair removal treatments in order for the patient to achieve their objectives.

How long will results last?

Permanent hair removal is not guaranteed. There is some dark hair that could resist laser treatment or grow back post-treatment. In most cases, new hair growth is lighter and finer in hair color. Our laser hair removal service is designed towards permanent hair reduction.

Who is able to safely administer these treatments?

A great deal of confusion exists on the topic, due to the wide variance in state laws. Some states have already developed specific laser hair removal laws, as it pertains to who is allowed to conduct them. Each consumer must research the laws in their state prior to treatment. Other states have yet to address the issue and these locations typically consider as a form of medical treatment.

SB Aesthetics remains aware of the fact that estheticians commonly perform laser hair removal; however, the majority of state boards do not offer approval for this practice. Because it is considered to be a form of medical treatment, the medical spa must conduct an in-person exam prior to your first treatment. A doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner is responsible for the exam. Once this exam has been completed, most states allow those who possess the proper experience and training to perform the teatment, as long as a medical professional is able to supervise. Check with your nursing board, local medical board or health care attorney to find out more about the treatment.

Are there any additional concerns?

Possible side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Light swelling around the hair follicles; and/or
  • Changes in pigment, especially for patients with darker skin.
  • These changes are typically not permanent:
  • Slight skin redness; and/or
  • Temporary irritation that results in scarring, blistering, crusting, and skin texture changes.

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Most people report that feeling almost no pain during the procedure. However, this is all dependent on your overall pain threshold. The pain may be no more than the feeling of a simple rubber band being snapped against your skin in most cases. However, people with a higher pain sensitivity may experience minor physical discomfort after the procedure. Fortunately, following a personalized aftercare program can minimize the pain and help you achieve the desired results faster.
Laser hair removal was approved by the FDA back in 1997, making it a completely safe procedure as long as it’s done by a qualified technician. Ensure that your technician possesses the right certifications mandated by the state you’re residing in before going ahead with the procedure.
Laser pulses are used to remove hair by destroying hair follicles and their roots completely, thus preventing hair from growing in that location in the future. The hair needs to be targeted effectively when it’s in an active hair growth phase for best results. However, growth rates are different for individual hairs, which is why multiple treatment sessions are required to cover the entire area effectively.
While some patients may have permanent effects, most people will require touch-up treatments every 6 – 12 months. The exact results may vary, based on the patient’s skin and hair type. The right aftercare and preparation regimen can play an important role in maintaining the results as well.
The exact cost will depend on the areas to be treated and the sessions you require. A larger area will require more time, which will set the price of the treatment higher.
While there’s no age limit as such, it’s better to wait at least until puberty before commencing treatments. Women are advised not to get the treatment until they’ve begun their menstrual cycles. Most laser hair removal centers wait until the age of 14 to begin the procedure.
You will have to avoid tanning, waxing, and plucking for 6 weeks before the date of the first treatment. You will also have to avoid medications like pain relievers, NSAIDs, and blood thinners. While showering and shaving before the treatment are fine, do not apply any sunscreens, moisturizers, or lotions.
Pregnant women are advised to avoid undergoing laser hair removal until they’ve delivered their child. While there’s no evidence that it’s unsafe for the child, there aren’t any concrete studies showing that it’s 100% safe for the unborn baby as well. When in doubt, it’s best to proceed with caution. Wait until the end of the pregnancy to undergo this procedure.
You can undergo laser hair removal on every body part, except for the eyelids. Most people choose to get the procedure done on their bikini area, underarms, upper lip, chest, arms, back, and legs. This procedure can also be done on the ears, eyebrows, forehead, scalp, nose, and other facial areas if needed.
No matter your hair type or skin color, everybody can get a laser hair removal procedure without an issue. Note that people with dark hair and light skin experience better and faster results compared to those with darker skin tones or light hair. While both men and women can undergo this procedure, pregnant women are advised to wait until the baby is born before starting their sessions for laser hair removal.
Most people will need to go through 6 – 12 sessions, spaced out over a period of 4 – 8 weeks. This long waiting period helps target every single hair follicle in the targeted area during an active growth cycle stage.
This procedure has minimal side effects, which is a reason behind its widespread popularity. Some patients do report swelling, itching, and temporary redness on their skin after the treatment, which subsides within a day. Most symptoms can be relieved by applying some aloe vera on the affected area. Some patients experience blisters, burns, or scars in a few rare cases. However, this is mostly due to patients not following the right aftercare regimen laid out by the doctor.

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Whether you are thinking about laser hair removal Santa Barbara, having an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.

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