Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal with The Icon by Cynosure
Laser hair removal can permanently reduce unwanted body hair. Especially in Santa Barbara, where a swimsuit is common summer attire, people can feel self-conscious about unsightly body hair. Shaving, waxing, and depilatories do not provide lasting results, and the stubble or ingrown hairs that they leave behind can be more distracting than the hair itself. Laser hair removal treatments can reduce most of the patient’s hair on the face, neck, arms, underarms, back, chest, bikini area, and legs – anywhere that hair is a problem.
During laser hair removal at our Santa Barbara office, our licensed physician assistant Jessica Barker or nurses Heather Grieco and Cassie Clara will use Cynosures Icon MaxR or MaxY laser handpiece to cover the area to be treated. Cynosure is a company that has revolutionized laser technology and is always in the process of striving to develop lasers that deliver safest and most effective treatments available on the market. The Icon is another one of their state-of-the-art machines that offers advanced cooling for increased patient comfort and two different laser handpieces so that your treatment can be customized to your specific needs. The MaxR is our standard laser hair removal handpiece which is effective in treating most people and types of hair. It has a larger tip so that more surface area can be covered in less time and it is also safe for all skin types! The MaxY handpiece can also be used for hair removal although due to its intensity, it is typically only used on finer or lighter hairs that have been resistant.
The way how the laser works is that it is set at a specific wavelength for darker colors, which distinguishes dark-colored hairs from lighter colored skin, and eliminates the hair. Unlike electrolysis, the laser hair removal treatment can target large areas of skin in a short time period. There is some discomfort during this treatment, but it can be completed during a lunch hour or in 30 minutes after work, depending on the area to be treated. Multiple treatment sessions will be necessary. The number of laser treatment sessions depends on many factors, including ethnicity, the amount of hair, the color of the hair versus the color of the skin, and the anatomical location. Treatments are usually purchased in packages of treatment sessions, and more than one package may be necessary to reach your desired result based on these factors. Each session is separated by a few weeks to allow new growth to be targeted.
In addition to laser hair removal, we also offer the treatment of uneven pigmentation with The Icon using a different treatment handpiece in a treatment called an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) which is also commonly referred to as a photo facial which treats uneven pigmentation or facial veins. For stubborn pigmentation issues such as melanoma or for skin that has a little more pigment, the PicoSure Focus Skin Revitalization treatment is extremely effective and safe. Cynosure has even developed an incredible advancement in tattoo removal technology which now offers better clearance of tattoos in a third of the time that it would take using previous lasers.
For more information on laser hair removal or any other laser treatments, contact our Santa Barbara plastic surgery office.