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Myths About Hair Removal

9 Laser Hair Removal Myths

If you’ve never had laser hair removal treatments, but are considering them, you may be hesitant because a few “facts” about the process have scared you off. These “facts” may include things like tales of radiation destroying your organs, or new hairs sprouting uncontrollably. But it’s important to know the truth about laser hair removal, and which “facts” are actually myths.

The Myth #1: Laser Hair Removal is Permanent

The laser’s heat will zap hair follicles, which causes the hair to fall out in the following weeks. Hair will not grow back from these “zapped” follicles, however, new follicles can develop—and hair can grow from these. So, laser hair removal is permanent in that it causes hair to stop growing from follicles, but a touch up treatment may be required every few years. Despite this, laser hair removal is still considered the most long-lasting hair removal treatment available.

The Myth #2: Laser Hair Removal Causes Ingrown Hairs

This is so false that actually the opposite is true. Laser hair removal can be quite helpful in reducing ingrown hairs. It is an excellent treatment for ingrown hairs.

The Myth #3: Laser Hair Removal is Very Painful

This is one of the more common myths, as it seems to be the one that keeps the most people from trying laser hair removal. The truth is, this myth most likely originated from the days when laser hair removal was brand-new and more unpredictable. The lasers and technology have come a long way over the years. Most patients these days find laser hair removal to be very tolerable, or painless altogether. However, the amount of discomfort will depend on what area is being treated and your unique pain threshold. The “pain” is usually described as a continuous snap of a rubber hand on the skin, with some heat added. Keep in mind that these days, lasers have attached cooling devices, and numbing cream is also available if needed.

The Myth #4: Laser Hair Removal Can Be Completed in One Session

You may have heard that laser hair removal can be done completely in one session using “a really powerful laser.” False! This simply can’t be done—sorry. The hair removal laser is most effective at destroying hairs that are actively growing, which makes up about 25% of the total. It does not work as well on hairs that are currently not growing. Hair grows on a cycle of every five weeks. Therefore the laser hair treatments are scheduled about every 5 five weeks and about 25% of the hair follicles are destroyed at each treatment. This is why patients will need multiple treatments scheduled about five weeks apart.

The Myth #5: Laser Hair Removal Will Damage Your Skin

As long as you choose a licensed nurse or physician, like those at Monterey Laser & Skin Care for your laser hair removal treatments, this myth is false. Laser hair removal affects the hair follicles only—not the skin. Some patients may experience a little swelling or redness, but no true damage such as scarring will happen if done by a professional.

The Myth #6: Laser Hair Removal Can Damage Internal Organs

False. The laser used in laser hair removal treatments can only penetrate a few millimeters into the skin, and cannot cause any damage to the internal organs.

The Myth #7: Laser Hair Removal Exposes You to Radiation

Similar to concerns about the treatments damaging organs, the radiation myth has probably come from people simply hearing the word “laser.” Hair removal lasers aren’t in a dangerous radiation range—they operate on a safe (and approved) wavelength of light.

The Myth #8: Laser Hair Removal Causes More Hair to Grow

It may seem like this is happening, but it’s temporary. Once your laser hair removal session is over, new hair follicles may form, but the amount of hair will be significantly less compared to the time before the hair removal session. With the correct amount of treatments, all hairs in the treated area will be removed.

The Myth #9: Laser Hair Removal is Too Expensive

We won’t lie to you—laser hair removal treatments aren’t cheap. However, they aren’t “too” expensive, either. Most people react strongly because they look at the bulk cost for several treatments and see a pretty high number, but what’s important to understand is that laser hair removal treatments save you both money and time in the long run over waxing and such. Savings on shaving products, plus the buildup of time spent on getting rid of body hair, is well worth the cost to many.

Don’t let false myths stand in your way of laser hair removal, which is the perfect way to save yourself from the time-consuming and often-frustrating process of getting rid of your own body hair. To learn more or book an appointment with our certified laser hair removal professionals, please contact us today!

CO2 Skin Resurfacing

Is CO2 Skin Resurfacing Worth It?

CO2 laser resurfacing is a revolutionary treatment that more and more individuals are taking advantage of with outstanding results. With this technique, columns of skin are removed, which results in the surrounding skin acting as a “healer” for the tissue.

Because the remaining skin heals the tissue around it, this treatment takes care of several skin problems in one session. These problems include age spots, uneven skin tone, scarring, wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin.

The good news?

CO2 laser resurfacing is a powerful treatment that typically only requires one session.

The bad news?

Downtime from that one session can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days.

No, no one ever said that beauty was simple or easy. This particular technique is like having multiple non-invasive treatments all at one time, and it will be up to every patient to decide if they want to undergo a beauty procedure that can take this amount of time and requires a bit of “homework.” (Patients must be faithful to at-home instructions for a speedy recovery.)

What exactly happens during all that downtime?

After the CO2 laser treatment you have to avoid the sun. Sunlight can cause pigmentation. For a few days you skin may be crusty, red, itchy, or peeling. You may even experience some oozing. As for the level of pain, many patients compare it to the feeling of a rough sunburn for a couple of days. (At Monterey Laser & Skin Care, we provide patients with cold compresses to help with this burning sensation.)

If you closely follow your at-home instructions, keep out of the sun, and stick to a skin care regimen provided by your aesthetician, your recovery process will go faster and be easier.

So, is it worth it?

Yes, it may take a full two weeks for you to recover and see results when you choose CO2 laser resurfacing. However, once your skin has “settled” and you’re back up and running, the results are fabulous! You’ll notice that your skin looks more radiant, youthful, and healthy. Frustrating issues such as wrinkles and scars will be heavily reduced.

And the best part? You skin will continue to improve for up to six months after your treatment, if you follow a healthy skin care regimen.

Because of the incredible results, our patients have found CO2 laser resurfacing to be very worth the downtime it takes to recover. Many are able to work from home for those several days, and others treat it like a much-deserved vacation.

At Monterey Laser & Skin Care, we use one of the best CO2 lasers in the industry: the Alma Fractional CO2 laser. We staff only licensed professionals, and we have seen very impressive and significant results with this treatment. If you’re interested in improving your problem areas such as sun and age spots, wrinkles, scars, discolored skin tone, or sagging, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about CO2 laser resurfacing!

Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

Get the Look, Ditch the Wax

The Brazilian, a look many women want, but shy away from because of the fear of waxing such a sensitive area. A Brazilian look also comes with its fair share of upkeep since waxing hairs in the pubic area is the same as any other area – it eventually grows back, which often brings itchiness or a five o’clock shadow before your next waxing appointment. What is the ultimate solution to having the perfect, permanent Brazilian? Four words: Brazilian laser hair removal.

No more painful waxing “down there.” No more trying to reach hard-to-reach areas yourself. No more itchiness during regrowth and no more less-than-attractive pubic stubble. A Brazilian laser hair removal for the pubic area is no different than laser hair removal on other areas of the body, like your arms, legs and face. However, like other body areas, achieving hair-free results will take several appointments spaced approximately four to six weeks apart to accommodate hair follicles’ growing cycle. With each appointment though, hair in the pubic area becomes sparser as the laser destroys the hair follicles.

Is Brazilian Laser Hair Removal the Right Way to Go for You?

There are women for whom the Brazilian look will eventually pass, and there are those who can’t imagine going through life any other way. How you feel about the Brazilian will guide your decision on whether to invest in permanent results or to continue waxing. If you can’t image ever wearing a swimsuit or lingerie without a Brazilian, investing in laser hair removal might be the solution, and alternative, to waxing that you’ve always wished you always had.

And men, we’re talking to you, too. For the same reasons many men choose to get laser hair removal on their chests and backs, the same applies to the pubic region. If you’ve ever nicked an “un-nickable part” then laser hair removal in the pubic area is way to avoid the possibility or ever doing that again.

A fair share of athletes and bodybuilders come to Monterey Laser & Skin Care for laser hair removal in private regions so that they are always competition ready. However, don’t tan prior to your appointment because lasers target darker areas and a tan can throw off those targets.

In the end, Brazilian laser hair removal is a lifestyle and aesthetic choice, and one that is more common than you might think, and it is one of our most requested services. Whether you remove all pubic hair for a smooth, clean appearance or choose a version of it such as a Brazilian with stripe (all hair removed but leaving stripe of hair), Brazilian with triangle (all hair removed but leaving a triangle of hair) or a custom Brazilian with a design of your choice.

Brazilian laser hair removal is a safe, permanent way to get a smooth pubic area, free of the pain and irritation that comes from waxing. It gives you the confidence of never worrying about how you look “down there” or planning around your waxing appointments. Plus, you decide how much or how little of the hair is permanently removed from your genital region.

Schedule an appointment with us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care to learn more about the Brazilian laser hair removal, and say goodbye to waxing forever.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?

 

You’ve researched laser hair removal, weighed the pros and cons between shaving, waxing, and permanently removing body hair. And, here you are on the cusp of just going for it – laser hair removal – you’re going to be hair-free and never have to shave or wax last minute again. There’s one more thing you want to know before scheduling your appointment for laser hair removal at Monterey Laser & Skin Care, what does laser hair removal feel like?

Maybe it’s the word “laser” that we associate with the potential pain. Maybe we’ve seen too many movies associating lasers with weapons and death rays. The reality is that laser hair removal is tolerated extremely well. The newest generation of lasers for hair removal spray the skin with a liquid that freezes the skin just before the laser is fired.   This accomplishes two things, first it minimizes any pain from the laser and two it protects the skin from damage.  Patients will experience a quick zap.  Some people describe the sensation like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Afterwards the skin will be warm and a little sensitive.  You know your tolerance for pain. If a rubber band snap makes you cringe, then expect a little discomfort. If you tend to be more of a trooper, then you probably won’t be bothered at all.

While we’d love to say, “Don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing,” the reality is that people experience pain differently. What we can say is that the hair-free results of laser hair removal are worth it. For some, laser hair removal is a life-changing experience. If you want to make the jump and lose annoying hair once and for all, schedule an appointment with Monterey Laser & Skin Care. Our staff will even hold your hand if you’re the least bit nervous. But if you’re like most of our clients, you’ll be just fine and excited to get the hair-free areas you’ve always wanted.

Laser Hair Removal for Men

Six Things Most Men Don’t Know About Laser Hair Removal (But You Will)

As 2017 finds its self well into summer, more and more of us are going to the beach, pool parties, and on vacations. This means we’re seeing lots more skin. Because this time of year basically has a dress code of “swimsuit,” many women head to Monterey Laser for laser hair removal. But did you know that just as many men go as women? Laser hair removal is not just for guys who want a David Beckham chest. Many men get laser hair removal treatments for their back, neck, stomach, nether-regions, and yes, their chest.

Here are a few things you may not know about laser hair removal for men.

1. Laser hair removal is less painful than waxing. Far less.

Remembers the scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in which Steve Carrell is given a chest wax and screams through the whole thing. Laser hair removal is far, far from that. While it does give some patients a bit of discomfort, it’s fairly gentle and painless. Most men say that it feels like a rubber band snapping on their skin or a small bee sting, though intimate areas can be a bit more sensitive. It’s important to not wait too long between sessions—this will cut down on any pain. All patients, both men and women, agree that the very small amount of “pain” is worth it. Also, keep in mind that sessions are fairly quick!

2. Laser hair removal cuts down on body odor and itching.

Your excess body hair absorbs odors, and slows down the evaporation of sweat. This can cause you to smell “manly” or funky if you will. But by removing excess body hair, you’re also removing the source of some odor. Excess hair also can cause itching and irritation, especially during the summer months. But removing the hair—or even just thinning it—will get rid of that itchy feeling that occurs when you sweat.

3. You’ll need to shave before your laser hair removal session.

…As in, right before. You should shave the night before so that the laser can get to the hair follicle easily.

4. You can get laser hair removal performed anywhere on your body.

Some men want hair removed from their toes. Some want it removed from their throat. Some want it removed from their ears. Any hair on the body can be removed. But because the eyes are so sensitive to light, the hair around the eyes is not treated.

5. You shouldn’t tan before a laser hair removal session.

Melanin is the pigment that tans the skin and is produced when the is exposed to the sun. Melanin absorbs light energy. Because of this, tan skin is prone to being burned during laser hair removal. You should stay out of the sun for four weeks before laser treatment and two weeks after the treatment.

6. Laser hair removal is permanent after a few sessions.

For men with hairy backs or hairy chests that affect their self-confidence, laser hair removal is a miracle. Imagine, all that extra hair, gone for good! For most patients, it takes about 4-6 sessions to permanently get rid of all the unwanted hair. Some need less, and some need more, but that’s the average. How often you return for another session will depend on how fast your hair grows.

At Monterey Laser, our laser hair removal treatments are gentle and effective. We use FDA-approved Candela Lasers, which are renowned for being the best in the field for laser hair removal. If you’re in the Monterey area and are considering this quick and self-esteem-boosting treatment, call us at (831) 869-8865. We offer free consultations and hope to speak with you soon!

Keeping Summer Skin Smooth & Sexy with Laser Hair Removal

This Summer, and the Next… and the Next

If you’ve never tried laser hair removal, first of all—why not? If unwanted body or facial hair bothers you, you’re missing out on a miracle. Secondly, if you’ve never tried it, you’re most likely interested in the prospect of permanently hair-free legs. No more razor burn or cuts, no more stubble, no more painful waxing or creams that only partially work. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Especially for the summertime? If you’re like many of Monterey Laser & Skin Care’s clients, it does.

Laser hair removal has some truly amazing benefits. Women who have chosen this treatment love it and sing its praises. But there may be quite a bit you don’t know about laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal is gentler than waxing.

Waxing can be very painful, but the intensity of the laser can be adjusted depending on a patient’s skin sensitivity. Although the laser zaps are certainly noticeable, everyone agrees that it’s much less painful than waxing. You can use a numbing cream if you’re unsure.

Laser hair removal is more permanent than waxing.

After a patient’s first treatment, the hair on the surface falls off. The hair underneath will take 5-10 days to vacate the follicle. With each laser hair removal session, patients will notice less and less hair, and it will be finer. Most patients find that their hair is permanently removed in six treatments or less (although sometimes it takes more than eight treatments depending on your hair growth cycle).

Laser hair removal is best after puberty.

Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for anyone who may still be going through puberty, or the last stages of puberty. This is because during the teen years the body produces new hair and new follicles at a quicker pace, which means the treatment wouldn’t be as effective.

Laser hair removal is a (small) commitment.

Most patients need about 4-6 sessions of laser hair removal to achieve permanent results— although some require more than that, and some require less. The treatments are scheduled to match the hair growth cycle. Try not to miss appointments in order to get the best results.

Laser hair removal requires tan-free skin…and a shave.

Before your session, it’s important that you have shaved the area that’s being treated and that you haven’t been in a tanning bed or had sun exposure for a while. An unshaven area or sun exposure can cause a treatment to be less effective.

Laser hair removal is fast.

Treatments for laser hair removal typically take about 10 minutes to an hour, and can last longer if you’re having multiple areas treated. And the most popular areas to have treated? The arms, arm pits, bikini area, and legs.

Laser hair removal destroys hair follicles.

When the laser hits your skin, the pigment in your hair follicles will absorb the energy and are destroyed. Once a follicle is successfully destroyed, it won’t grow back.

At Monterey Laser, our laser hair removal treatments are gentle and effective. We use FDA-approved Candela lasers, which are known for being the best in the field for laser hair removal. If you’re in the Monterey area and are considering this quick and self-esteem-boosting treatment, call us at (831) 869-8865. We offer free consultations.  Contact us today!

Considering Laser Hair Removal?

Questions to Ask Your Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Have laser hair removal ideas been dancing in your head lately? If so, you’re not alone. Summertime is the most popular time of year for the treatment, what with all those beaches and swimming pools.

If you’ve never gotten laser hair removal before and you’re not quite sure what it entails, it’s a good idea to approach your specialist with some questions beforehand. Be sure to ask…

Is your particular laser(s) going to be good for my type of skin?

Different lasers target different things, so it’s smart to ask what type of laser will work best for your skin’s color, tone, oil levels and skin texture. Be sure to find the best laser for you.

Do you perform a lot of laser hair removal treatments?

The specialist you choose should routinely perform laser hair removal treatments. Don’t go with someone who doesn’t have much experience in the practice—get someone who is certified and knows what they’re doing.

What do I need to do to prepare before my session?

Whatever area is being treated should be clean and shaved. The more hair you have, the less effective the laser’s going to be. You also do not want the room to smell like burned hair. Stubble can cause some lasers to not work as well, but other types of lasers need a couple days’ growth, so be sure to ask your laser hair removal specialist before you do (or don’t do) anything.

Is there anyone who should avoid laser hair removal for medical reasons?

Women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating at the time shouldn’t get laser hair removal, but there may be other factors that you need to be aware of. Be sure to ask this important question to your specialist.

How many treatments will I need to get?

The typical number of treatment visits is 4-6, but it can be more or less than this, depending on your skin and hair type.

How long does the treatment last?

The average “lifespan” of a laser hair removal treatment is three years before you’ll be needing a touch-up treatment. Hair follicle life cycles come into play here.

Can I get laser hair removal if I have a tan?

Your laser hair removal specialist should not answer “yes” to this question. Tanned skin cannot safely or effectively receive laser hair removal treatment. It will either burn or not work at all.

Does laser hair removal treatment work for everyone?

Again, this is a great question for the specialist, since different lasers focus on different things. However, if you’re trying to get rid of blonde, light-colored, or gray hairs, be aware that these types of hair are pretty difficult to get rid of. Those lighter hairs have lighter hair follicles, which means the laser has a hard time picking them up and removing them.

If you’ve been seriously considering laser hair removal treatments, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or to schedule a consultation at Monterey Laser and Skin Care. Laser hair removal is one of our specialties, and we would love to hear from you!

Not Just for Celebrities…But They Love it!

CoolSculpting Helps Keep Celebrities Looking Beautiful

Lots of beauty fads come and go in Hollywood—and all across America, for that matter. Some of them work, some don’t, and some do just enough to kind of satisfy clients. Because there are so many trendy treatments, many people are understandingly skeptical about what works and what doesn’t. That also may be why so many thought CoolSculpting was too good to be true when it arrived on the scene several years ago.

However, CoolSculpting has proven itself to be one of the best and most effective treatments available. Clients love it, and with good reason: it’s fast, painless, incredibly effective and works great for areas of stubborn fat.

Clients everywhere have responded positively to CoolSculpting’s significant results for years, and it has taken Hollywood by storm. Here are several celebrities who hugely advocate CoolSculpting.

Jennifer Aniston – The former Friends superstar, who has gone on record saying how much she loves lasers and non-invasive treatments, has used CoolSculpting to target her trouble areas. This makes sense, since CoolSculpting does not use any blades or needles.

Molly Sims – When model-turned-actress Molly Sims was having trouble losing fat around her stomach after her pregnancies, she turned to CoolSculpting—and she loved it so much that she’s now the official spokesperson for the CoolSculpting brand. “There’s no downtime,” she says. “It’s perfect for busy moms.”

Khloé Kardashian – Famous Kardashian sister Khloé chose CoolSculpting to improve stretch marks on her derrière. Along with this beauty treatment, Khloé praises diet improvement and exercise for her transformation.

Debra Messing – Like Molly Sims, Debra Messing is also a spokesperson for CoolSculpting. “The thing that I love about it is that it’s completely non-invasive. I was able to literally just walk in, sit in a chair, they put the machine on me and I did my work on my phone. Thirty-five minutes later, you’re done!” she says.

Mariah Carey -Fans were astonished a couple years ago when Mariah Carey revealed a new, slimmed-down look. Appearing to have lost around 45 pounds, sources close to Mariah have attributed her new shape in part to CoolSculpting.

Ali Landry – “I always had to wear Spanx to suck my belly in,” explains former beauty queen and model Ali Landry.  But when she underwent a CoolSculpting treatment, she revealed that she could see a difference instantly. “I can see my waist again!” she happily reported.

Lindsay Lohan – Documented on YouTube, superstar Lindsay Lohan raved about her CoolSculpting results. “My love of all things cryo just went up a notch!” she said. Lindsay loved the difference in her body so much that she returned later for a second CoolSculpting session.

Danny Holbus, founder of DMH Aesthetics in Los Angeles says, “We have two CoolSculpting machines, and they never stop.” And it’s not just stars who count on CoolSculpting to keep their bodies beautiful. Clients of all kinds, all over the world are in love with this incredibly effective beauty treatment—and when there’s something so quick, easy, and powerful to help individuals feel better about themselves, what’s not to love?

If you’re interested in getting rid of troublesome problem areas like these famous ladies and you’re considering CoolSculpting, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment at Monterey Laser & Skin Care!