Hair removal can feel like a constant uphill battle. No matter what you do, hair will continuously regrow, meaning a lot of time and money must be spent tending to it. There are various conventional methods, such as waxing, tweezing and shaving. Still, these methods are becoming archaic, especially since laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly more popular means for hair removal. 

Laser hair removal is a viable hair removal method that provides permanent results, making your skin smooth and free of unwanted hairs. Say goodbye to hair with the Elite iQ laser carried at Peninsula Glow Medical Spa of Monterey, CA. If you are a resident of the Monterey region and are interested in permanently removing your hair, please contact us at 831-233-3143 or visit our contact page to schedule a laser hair removal consultation. 

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What Is Laser Hair Removal at Peninsula Glow Medical Spa?

Laser hair removal is an exceptional solution for hair for men and women tired of shaving, wax or tweezing unwanted hairs continuously. These conventional methods for hair removal require a lot of time and money, and, not to mention, they can potentially lead to unwanted side effects such as ingrown hairs, razor bumps and irritated skin. Peninsula Glow Medical Spa offers the best in laser hair removal with the Elite iQ laser. 

The Elite iQ laser hair removal system can permanently reduce hair on all areas of the body. It is a modern, intelligent dual-wavelength aesthetic platform offering advanced laser hair removal treatments. The system features the Skintel Melanin Reader for a safer and more effective treatment for all skin types. This is the only FDA-cleared melanin reader that can be customized to a patient’s skin color, lifestyle, and ethnicity. The Elite iQ hair removal setting damages the bulb of the hair so that eventually, the bulb no longer produces hair, permanently reducing it.

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that works by targeting the hair-producing follicles. During a laser hair removal treatment, the Elite iQ introduces concentrated energy to the follicle to inhibit the hair growth process. The pigment safely absorbs the energy within the hair follicle and, once absorbed, it effectively destroys the targeted hair follicle. Hair grows in different stages all across the body, so multiple laser hair removal sessions are needed to attain optimal results. Most patients will need four to six treatment sessions.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate?

Laser hair removal with the Elite iQ laser is an ideal hair removal treatment for men and women of any skin tone ready to rid their bodies of unwanted hairs permanently. Candidates for laser hair removal possess the following qualities:

  • Desire permanent hair removal
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Tired of conventional forms of hair removal
  • Will follow proper before and aftercare instructions

The treatment can be performed on virtually anywhere on the body but is commonly performed on the following areas:

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bikini Lines
  • Upper Lip
  • Chin
  • Armpits

As mentioned, several treatment sessions will be needed to attain complete hair removal. This is because hair goes through three different stages of growth. These stages include the anagen, telogen and catagen. During the anagen phase, a phase where significant hair growth occurs, laser hair removal is the most successful. During an initial consultation with Dr. Stacy Rohrbough, she will review these hair growth stages and help you understand why multiple treatment sessions are necessary. She will also review your concerns and medical history to ensure candidacy for the laser hair removal treatment. 

The Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Before your laser hair removal treatment, you should shave the treatment area a few days prior. However, as the date of your treatment gets closer, you should refrain from using these conventional forms of hair removal and also avoid creams and lotions. 

On the day of your laser hair removal treatment, the treatment sites will be cleansed, and a local anesthetic may be applied to help mitigate any discomfort. The Skintel Melanin Reader will then be applied to your skin to measure your melanin levels. The Elite iQ device’s settings will be adjusted to accommodate your unique skin type. Once adjusted, the laser device will be guided across your desired treatment sites. The device emits laser energy, which is absorbed by the melanin in your hair follicles in the anagen phase. The energy converts to heat and effectively destroys the targeted hair follicle, disabling it from future hair growth. 

Laser hair removal is a generally tolerable treatment. The sensations experienced when the laser energy is emitted are akin to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. But this sensation causes only mild discomfort at most. How long your laser hair removal treatment session lasts depends on the size of the area being treated and how many areas require treatment. However, a laser hair removal session typically takes approximately 30 minutes.

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Recovery and Results

Immediately after your laser hair removal treatment with the Elite iQ device, you will be able to return to daily activities. The treatment site may be a little red, but this should go away several hours after your treatment session. However, you should avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for several days following your treatment. Direct sunlight can potentially be harmful to your skin as it will be sensitive after treatment. Hyperpigmentation and irritation are a possibility if direct sunlight is not avoided. 

You should be able to notice a significant reduction in hair after your first or second session of laser hair removal. However, because of the varying stages of hair growth, multiple sessions will be needed. Four to six laser hair removal sessions will need to be scheduled four to six weeks apart to attain the best results. 

Remove Unwanted Hairs at Peninsula Glow Medical Spa

Hair growth is frustrating. Regardless of how often you shave, tweeze or wax, hair will always regrow, meaning these conventional methods will need to be performed again and again. Thankfully, aesthetic technology has come a long way and has allowed permanent hair removal to be an option. With laser hair removal with the Elite iQ, you can rid your body of unwanted hairs and no longer have to worry about them. 

If you are a resident of Monterey, CA, or surrounding communities and are interested in learning more about laser hair removal at Peninsula Glow Medical Spa, please contact us at 831-233-3143 or visit our contact page.

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