The Excel HR laser is a safe, advanced technology to target and diminish unwanted hair in nearly any area of the body. From your legs to your bikini line to your arms and face, unwanted hair can sprout up just about anywhere. For many, unwanted hair is unsightly and difficult to treat. Shaving, waxing, and hair removal creams only seem to provide short term results. Many of our clients say this constant maintenance can be increasingly challenging to keep up with and, oftentimes, leave noticeable irritation like razor bumps, redness, and ingrown hairs – and in a couple of days, the hair only returns! To provide smooth, lasting results, Dr. Kouros Azar is proud to offer the Excel HR laser hair removal to his Thousand Oaks clientele. With its advanced laser technology and its built-in cooling system, the Excel HR laser is one of the leading hair removal devices on the market. If you have unwanted hair and wish to see a remarkable improvement, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Azar. For those who wish to speak with us directly, please call (805) 373-7073.
About Laser Hair Removal
Medical professionals have been utilizing lasers in their practices since the 1960s. When used for dermatological uses, different wavelengths target different cells in the skin. Laser hair removal operates through the process of “selective photothermolysis”. This term refers to pulses of laser energy that are selectively absorbed into the targeted tissue components known as chromophores. When targeting hair follicles, the laser is adjusted to a wavelength that focuses on melanin (around 300 to 1200 nm). When the melanin in the hair shaft absorbs the low-level laser energy, it spreads it out to the surrounding hair structures like the hair matrix, where the hair is formed. The heat of the laser energy diffuses from the melanin cells to the follicular structures and destroys them. Once destroyed, hair regeneration is hampered. This is what stops future hair growth in the treated areas.
Features of The Excel HR Laser
Because of its advanced, skin-safe technology, the Excel HR laser is head and shoulders above other laser hair removal devices. Traditionally, other laser devices are not well-suited for darker skin types and can overheat the target tissue, resulting in burns. With these two hurdles in mind, Cutera (the makers of Excel HR) sought to construct a laser device that is safe on all skin types and doesn’t damage the skin in the process.
Safe & Effective For All Skin Types
When melanin absorbs the laser energy, it is destroyed. For patients with darker skin types and more melanin, this can result in white spots, or hypopigmentation, in the treatment area. The Excel HR laser uses both Nd:YAG and Alexandrite lasers to accomodate all skin types. The Nd:YAG operates at a lower, longer wavelength of 1064nm. This wavelength is just enough to target and absorb deep follicular cells, while allowing the pigmented melanin cells to remain intact. Once the laser energy spreads to a depth between 5-7 millimeters it hampers the follicular cell production, keeping them from regenerating.
Patients with darker skin types see a significant reduction in hair growth without the dreaded white dots plaguing the results of other dermatological lasers. In addition to the Nd:YAG laser, the Excel HR laser can switch to an Alexandrite laser: a laser that operates at 755 nm and is ideal for lighter hair. Because of its dual setting lasers, the Excel HR laser is best at treating the entire spectrum of skin and hair types.
Built-In Cooling System for Increased Comfort
Attached to the Excel HR laser applicator is a specially designed sapphire cooling addition to ensure patient comfort during their procedure. With other laser hair removal devices, the thermal energy is difficult to regulate, commonly resulting in burns or severe skin irritation. When the dermal tissue is exposed to prolonged levels of heat, it can cause considerable pain and damage to the target tissue. However, with its sapphire cooling addition, the Excel HR laser can better regulate its thermal effect on the skin and cool down tissue before it reaches uncomfortable temperatures. When compared to other laser hair removal devices, the Excel HR laser is better equipped to minimize discomfort and maximize results.
For those who are interested in laser hair removal, the Excel HR laser is ideal for patients who:
- Have unsightly hair on any part of their body. This typically includes bikini lines, legs, face, underarms, and back.
- Have tried other hair removal methods with underwhelming results – if any!
- Want a quick, easy procedure with no downtime.
- Want to see smooth, long-lasting results.
If this sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at our Thousand Oaks offices today!
Board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kouros Azar M.D. has over 10 years of giving his patients the best aesthetic results possible. His list of specialties ranges from surgical body contouring services to a comprehensive medical spa that can address various cosmetic conditions. With his astute, artistic eye and steady surgical hand, he has helped thousands of patients look and feel their best.
During your consultation, we will perform a brief new patient intake interview and a physical examination. Some patients interested in laser hair removal have also researched other cosmetic procedures. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about this or any of those other services. Since laser hair removal is a quick, easy procedure, we often add it as a complementary service to other medical spa procedures. Next, we will examine your areas of concern and note the density of follicles in that area. Finally, before we release you from our care, we will give you a list of preparatory steps to follow before your next appointment. It is essential to adhere to these to ensure an optimal, comfortable session.
Before each of your laser hair removal sessions, it is best to:
- Discontinue any topical products that cause photosensitivity like salicylic acids, retinols, benzoyl peroxide, and alpha-hydroxy acids. If you’re not sure if your skin product has one of these in it, be sure to read the label or ask one of our trained aesthetic nurses.
- Avoid prolonged, unprotected sun exposure two weeks before your appointment. This includes artificial UV exposure in tanning beds.
- Don’t undergo Botox, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or dermal fillers procedures 2 weeks before your appointment.
- Shave the target areas 24 hours beforehand. Do not tweeze or wax the areas for at least two weeks before your laser hair removal session.
If you have any questions about preparing for your laser hair removal session, please don’t hesitate to call us at (805) 373-7073.
While the Excel HR’s sapphire cooling system effectively minimizes pain, we will begin your procedure with a topical anesthetic to alleviate the risk of any additional discomfort. We will ask and see that you followed the preparation instructions accurately. Then, we will have you lie on your back or stomach and target the laser on the shaved area. The laser will emit pulsed energy into the skin. Some patients liken this feeling to the feeling of a warm rubber band being flicked on their skin. We will do one pass over the follicles. For patients with more compact follicles, we might do one or two more passes. Once we have treated all of your areas of concern, you will be able to leave our care without any necessary downtime.
After your Excel HR laser hair removal, the treated area(s) will be red and tender. It will feel a little like a sunburn. Be sure to continue avoiding topical products that cause photosensitivity. When you go outside, keep your treated areas protected with covering or broad-spectrum sunscreen. The area(s) will be red and tender for the next couple of days.
After your first sessions, the treated hair will grow back lighter and fainter. After a couple of subsequent sessions, you will notice the area is smoother for longer periods. Finally, you won’t have to worry about unwanted hair getting your self-esteem down. With Excel HR laser hair removal, what patients lose in unsightly hair they gain back in renewed self-confidence.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost in Thousand Oaks?
The total cost of your laser hair removal will depend on the area you’ve chosen to treat and the number of sessions required. We’ll be able to give you an accurate estimate following your personal consultation. To stay up to date on all things aesthetic, check out our blog. We update it with the latest advancements in the plastic surgery industry. If you have any present questions, please don’t hesitate to call our offices at (805) 373-7073.
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