One of the most popular and effective cosmetic treatments available today, hair removal with IPL and/or laser has gained wide acceptance as the gold standard for the permanent reduction of unwanted hair on the face, chest, back, extremities, and private areas. Utilizing cooling techniques and advanced technology, IPL and/or laser hair removal Los Angeles treatments are now available for all skin colors and skin types.
How it works:
Highly concentrated light energy is utilized to target hair follicles in the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in hair follicles, which results in destruction of the follicle and elimination of the hair.
Lasers, which utilize a single wavelength of light, and intense pulsed light (IPL), which utilizes multiple wavelengths, are both highly effective in achieving good results.
The Importance of Multiple Treatments:
Hair grows in cycles. At any point in time, some follicles are actively growing while others are not. It is the actively growing follicles (that are producing pigment) that are successfully treated by a single treatment. To effectively treat as many follicles as possible, treatment must be repeated multiple times. On average, approximately 4-6 treatments are needed to achieve permanent hair reduction. Treatments are typically performed one to two months apart, depending on the area being treated.
Results of Hair Removal with IPL and/or Laser:
Hair Removal with IPL and/or laser can have dramatic results. After several treatments, in some areas you may never have to shave again. In other instances, touch-up treatments may be periodically needed. Results of IPL and/or laser hair reduction vary from person to person. The average individual will achieve 70-80% hair reduction after completion of 4-6 treatments. New hair growth may occur, although the new hairs may be finer or lighter in color.
With the development of technology, hair removal on most skin types can now be safely treated by IPL and/or laser treatments. The procedure is most effective in treating dark coarse hairs in fair skinned individuals. Red, blonde, grey, and white hairs typically do not respond well to these treatments.
*Please note individual results may vary.
Risks of Hair Removal with IPL and/or Laser:
While hair removal with laser and/or laser is considered relatively safe, certain risks exist. Of these the most significant are pigment changes in the skin, with the development of darker or lighter areas after treatment. As such, dark skinned individuals are better treated with certain lasers (as opposed to IPL) which have a lower likelihood of causing pigment changes in these individuals. Pigment changes typically fade in 1-6 months, and are rarely permanent.
How to Prepare for Treatment:
To minimize the risk of pigment changes, it is important to avoid prolonged sun exposure and artificial tanning products for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.
You should also avoid electrolysis, plucking and waxing the hair for 4 weeks prior to treatment, as these techniques temporarily remove the hair follicles that are targeted by the light and limit the effectiveness of the treatment.
You will need to shave 1-3 days before the treatment, as it is the hair follicle below the skin surface that needs to be treated, not the visible hair above.
What to Expect During Treatment:
Your provider will initially adjust the settings on the machine to accommodate the thickness, density and color of your hair, as well as your skin type.
You will be wearing appropriate eye protection, as the light energy which is utilized can otherwise be damaging to the eyes.
A cold gel will then be applied to the area to be treated. This helps the light to penetrate the skin, while protecting the skin from heat damage.
Next a hand-held device will be placed against your skin. Short bursts of light will then be utilized to treat the hair, with re-positioning of the device after each burst. Even though you’re wearing eye protection, you will likely still see the flashes of bright light. You should expect the sensation of a rubber band snapping against your skin; some people feel this more than others do.
Treatments are variable in length, depending upon the size of the area being treated. Some treatments last just a few minutes, while others can last as long as an hour.
When the treatment is over you should apply SPF 30 or greater to the area of treatment for adequate protection from the sun. Ice packs, aloe gels, creams, and/or over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may also be recommended, depending upon your situation.
After hair removal with IPL laser hair removal you can expect to have some temporary redness and swelling to the treated area. This should decrease after several hours. You will be able to return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
It is advised that you avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for two weeks after the procedure, and that you wear protective sunscreen when outdoors.
You should expect to have some shedding of hairs at the treatment sites, which is typically seen during the first few weeks after treatment.
For More Information About IPL Laser Hair Removal Los Angeles or to Schedule Treatment, contact Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center at (310) 986-6500 today.
by Fred Herdt
Category: vein treatments
Ok so I know I left a review before, but I’m at the gym working out right now and I see my legs in the mirror, particularly the right leg, and all I can say is DAMN, MY LEG LOOKS SO GREAT! And all that vascular pain from standing and working behind a salon chair is GONE!!! Thank you again Dr. Raymond and everyone at Beach Cities Vein and Vascular Center! I’m so happy with everything you did and it was worth every penny. To me, you did the impossible, and I’m so not kidding. I had been to two other vein “specialists” over the last 15 years they didn’t even come close to what Dr. Raymond could do. So again thank you!
Category: vein treatments
My experience with Beach Cities Vein & Láser center was Outstanding. I got the results I wanted with my varicoise veins treatment. Dr. Rayman and Marisa were both professional, excellent , and caring . The office staff was always helpful and courteous. I would highly recommend Beach Cities Vein & Láser Center .
Look No Further than Doctor Rayman!
Category: vein treatments
At age 29, I had a growing varicose vein on my ankle that made me feel so insecure and like everyone was looking at my “monster vein” (lol). I was about to turn 30 in a few months so I started looking up places to help me get rid of my unsightly vein. When I found this site online I immediately made an appointment. I was excited, but also very nervous as I have never had any sort of medical procedure before. However, once i got to the office everyone is SO kind and quick to answer any questions, I felt like I really made the right choice with Dr. Rayman. Marlene was with me through a lot of my appointments, doing my ultrasounds and pictures-she does a great job and is so sweet! Dr. Rayman is one of the nicest doctors I have met. He immediately made me feel comfortable not only due to his extensive knowledge but also due to the fact that he really cared about me, my issue and how to fix it. We went with the Endovenous Laser Treatment to treat the core problem of my “monster vein”. The procedure itself was relatively quick and definitely painless as my leg was completely numb! For me, as someone who gets grossed out easily, it was a mental game of not thinking too much about the procedure as it was happening lol! My mom was allowed to be in the room with me, I got to pick my favorite music, and honestly we all chatted the whole time. I went back for my second procedure, which was the injections into my soon-to-be-gone monster vein. This was also pretty painless for me besides some mild burning sensations initially after the injections. I wore the compression socks as directed and personally had no trouble with them. I had a little bit of a numb sensation where we did the EVLT, but that faded with time and I feel totally normal again. I just went back for 6 month check up appointment, and my monster vein is gone!!! I’m so incredibly happy with the results. Dr. Rayman and his team are so good at what they do, so kind, and SO WORTH IT. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
by Katherine O'Connor
Category: vein treatments
I had a wonderful experience at Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center. Everyone has a smile on their face and makes you feel welcome. I am so happy with the results. I highly recommend Dr. Rayman and his excellent team! Thank you for taking such great care of me!
Dr. Rayman, thank you for doing what you do!!!!
by Grace S.
Category: vein treatments
YOUR SEARCH IS OVER! This review will be helpful to those who have delayed doing something about their varicose veins because of fear. If you are scared of needles, traumatized from past surgical procedures, and burdened by years of daily reminders of having painful, bothersome, and tired legs due to varicose veins, you do not need to worry anymore, nor do you need to suffer any longer from the physical and emotional pains that come with varicose veins thanks to Dr. Rayman and his exceptional medical practice. A bit of background: I had surgery 8 years ago by a surgeon to address varicose veins in my right leg -- a "real" surgery in a hospital operating room, with full general anesthesia. Not only were the surgery and its after effects painful and long lasting (including nerve damage), even more varicose veins started popping up about a couple years later. Due to that bad experience, I decided I would NEVER do anything about my varicose veins again, and that I was destined to live with the pain, discomfort, and ugliness. Fast forward 8 years, and the discomfort/pain, heaviness/throbbing, etc. were really getting to be a daily issue. Even people were coming up to me asking if my legs were hurting, because they looked like they felt! So I decided to do my due diligence and started to do a lot of research online (medical conditions, procedures, and various doctors). Thanks to Yelp, I found Dr. Rayman!! Being a bit gun shy, I called his office twice with tons of questions, and then proceeded to see him for TWO consultations (with my notepad full of questions). Each time, and with every interaction I had with him and his staff , I felt more and more at ease. Dr. Rayman showed me with the ultrasound exactly what my veins were doing and not doing. (And low and behold, the vein that was supposedly tied off 8 years ago was still there, bad as ever.) He and each one of his staff received me and my zillion questions with such respect, patience, compassion, and professionalism. Three weeks after my consultations, I had my radiofrequency ablation (RFA) done! Dr. Rayman and his staff are great, but I think they are able to show their personal best when actually performing the procedure -- during the procedure, there was wonderful bedside manner, nice music playing, excellent communication between doctor and patient and assistants, and obvious skill and confidence. Being embarrassingly afraid of needles, I must say it was really fine! I wanted to hug him when it was over, he was that great and showed that much care! I also appreciate his practical tips on how to distract myself when he was administering the numbing medication!! And considering it's just 3 days after my procedure and I've already made my appointment for Dr. Rayman to do my left leg (same condition), you've got to know that I'm completely satisfied, comfortable, and grateful. I told him, "Dr. Rayman, thank you for doing what you do!!!!"
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