The average person devotes a substantial amount of time to shaving, waxing, plucking, trimming, or bleaching unwanted hair. So it probably comes as no surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed procedures: This safe and effective aesthetic treatment can get rid of unwanted facial or body hair for good. At Nouvé Med Spa in Downey, California, Robert Wielenga, MD and his expert team provide laser hair removal services to patients from Downey and the surrounding Southern California area.
As one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures in the United States, laser hair removal is a safe, noninvasive treatment that works by delivering short-pulse durations of laser energy through your skin and directly into active-growth hair follicles. When these active follicles absorb the laser energy, it causes them to become permanently disabled, so they can no longer grow hair.
Dr. Wielenga and his team use the ICON™ Aesthetic System by CynoSure®, which is widely considered among the most advanced laser technologies available.
The ICON laser can safely remove unwanted hair from virtually any part of your body, and it’s as effective on large treatment areas as it is on smaller areas. It’s commonly used to permanently remove patches of hair on the upper lip, chin, face, neck, bikini area, legs, chest, back, and shoulders.
In addition to drastically reducing the amount of time you’ll have to spend tweezing, waxing or shaving, ICON laser hair removal treatments also leave your skin looking noticeably smoother, silkier, and more uniform. Because the ICON laser has the only FDA-cleared Skintel® Melanin Reader™, the treatment is safe and effective for any skin type.
Before treatment begins, you’ll be given eye shields to protect your retinas and corneas from the laser, and your skin will be cleaned and marked with a cosmetic pencil to help guide the laser.
During the procedure, Dr. Wielenga will pass the handheld laser device spot-by-spot over the entire treatment area, allowing the laser to send quick pulses of light into each active hair follicle. Although laser hair removal is generally considered painless, you may experience a sensation that feels somewhat like having tiny rubber bands snapping against your skin.
Depending on the size of the area you’re treating, the procedure may last anywhere from a few minutes to longer than an hour.
Because hair grows in cycles and the ICON laser only targets active-growth hair follicles, you’ll need to undergo multiple treatments to get the results you’re looking for. Most patients see a 10-25% reduction in hair following the first treatment, and further reductions over the course of five to seven sessions, each spaced four to six weeks apart.
*Individual results may vary.