Understanding the process of laser hair removal for Thousand Oaks area patients

Unwanted hair on the face and body can be a nuisance. Both men and women visit the Daphne Panagotacos Skin Care Centre in the Thousand Oaks area to learn more about laser hair removal and the benefits it can provide.

Laser hair removal is known to provide long-lasting reduction of unwanted hair, reducing hair growth by approximately 90 percent. It is a very popular treatment for areas of the body such as the bikini line, underarms, legs, back, chest, and face. Patients of all skin colors and hair types can undergo treatment, including African Americans.

Consultation Visit

Patients interested in laser hair removal must first schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Panagotacos. At this time, they will undergo an examination and learn more about the process to reduce hair growth. Patients will be given instructions on preparing for their first appointment.

Preparing for the Appointment

Before the laser hair removal appointment, patients are encouraged to avoid sun exposure and spray tanning products. The skin should be clean and shaved. Patients can shave the area before the appointment or have the doctor do this. Certain photosensitive medications should be avoided beforehand, and these will be discussed during the initial consultation appointment.

During the Appointment

The doctor will mark and prep the area of treatment. The dual wavelength laser is applied to the skin to target hair follicles. The entire treatment is relatively painless, and many patients describe it as a slight tingling sensation.

After the Appointment

Patients are encouraged to keep the area clean, avoid sun exposure, and avoid areas where bacteria may thrive (such as a sauna). Strong sun block should be used to protect the skin, but this should be done at all times regardless of laser hair removal treatment or not.

Patients will see visible results after their first session and will notice a reduction of approximately 15 percent after each visit. Laser hair removal appointments should be scheduled weeks apart, and many patients benefit from around six to eight visits for results.

If you live in the Thousand Oaks or Westlake Village area, contact Dr. Panagotacos today to find out if laser hair removal is right for you.


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Meet Dr. Daphne Panagotacos

Dr. Daphne Panagotacos graduated in medicine from USC Keck School of Medicine and served her dermatology residency at the Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, in Cleveland Ohio. She is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery. Her clinic offers a broad range of services, covering all areas of dermatology.

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