Laser hair removal is a safe, effective method used by thousands of people for long-term hair reduction. With repeated sessions, your hair will grow back in more slowly, and over time the results can even become permanent.
At MiKO Medspa in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Michael Obeng has personally designed a laser hair removal protocol for maximum effectiveness and comfort. By the time spring rolls around, you could be delightfully hair free and ready for shorts and tank top weather.
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated light beam to target the melanin (pigment) in the hair. The light energy is changed to heat and travels down into the hair follicle, damaging the tube-shaped sacs that produce your hair. It takes time for the follicle to recover, and during that time no new hair will grow. Over time, with repeated treatments, the follicle will lose the ability to grow hair completely.
Skin type and hair color can profoundly influence the success of hair removal using a laser. It’s the hair pigment and not the skin pigment that needs to absorb the light. People with darker skin colors or very fair hair color may not have the best success with laser hair removal and should talk to Dr. Obeng about other hair removal options.
Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for people who have tanned their skin in the past six weeks, and you can’t tan for six weeks after laser hair removal, either. The process can also take several treatments spaced six weeks apart to yield complete results. Utilizing hair removal in the winter can allow you to start tanning your hairless skin as soon as summer begins. Best of all, your underarms, legs, and other body areas can remain hair free all summer.
Shave the area(s) to be treated 12 to 14 hours before your appointment. A clean shave ensures the laser doesn't target longer hairs causing excess heat and discomfort.
The laser hair removal process takes anywhere from five minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area(s) being treated. You should only feel a slight warmth or perhaps a minor sting like a rubber band snapping your skin as the laser targets your hair follicles.
Laser hair removal is typically used to treat the upper lip, chin, bikini line, armpits, and legs, but can also be used on the chest, arms, back, and other body areas. It can’t be used on or around the eyelids or genitals.
If you are ready to start your laser hair removal process, contact our office at 818-230-4015 or request your consultation online today.