When you consider the amount of time spent shaving, waxing, and plucking, it’s easy to understand why laser hair removal is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Healthcare offers safe and effective laser hair removal using the Icon™ Aesthetic System. Contact her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, to learn more about laser hair removal. Or schedule an appointment online when you’re ready for a permanent solution to unwanted hair.
When the Icon laser is set to a specific wavelength, the laser beam is selectively absorbed by colored pigments in the hair follicle. Since the laser only affects pigmented tissue, it can be used to treat the hair follicle without harming your skin.
As laser energy is absorbed, the hair follicle is destroyed, which makes the existing hair fall out and stops future hair from growing. Using the Icon system, Dr. C. can remove hair on any type of skin and from any area of the body, including your face, arms, underarms, chest, legs, back, and bikini area.
Every hair on your body goes through growth cycles. Hair grows at the rate of about half an inch per month for about three to five years. Then the hair follicle, which anchors and nurtures each strand of hair, goes through a transitional stage before entering the third phase: the resting phase.
When a hair follicle reaches the resting phase, the strand of hair falls out and the follicle goes dormant. After about three months, the follicle begins another growth phase and a new hair appears.
Lasers can only destroy the follicle when it’s in a growth phase. Since each follicle on your body follows its own timing -- hairs don’t all grow or go dormant at the same time -- one laser treatment can’t eliminate all of the hair. It takes about three sessions to permanently eliminate 79% of the hair in the treated area.*
The amount of time needed for the procedure depends on the area being treated. Many people tolerate laser hair removal without sensitivity, but you don’t need to worry about comfort because a numbing cream can be applied. Following treatment, your skin may look sunburned, and you may have slight swelling, but these resolve within a few days.
Yes, you can get multiple cosmetic treatments at the same time as laser hair removal. The Icon system is uniquely designed to accommodate different types of lasers. When hair removal is finished, Dr. C. can switch the laser hand piece to one that can:
*Individual results may vary.
For your safety and protection, this office has been trained in Laser Science and Laser Safety in accordance with the American National Standards Institute Regulations ( Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers and Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities).