Get Rid Of Your Toe Hair — Where? At Your Foot Doctor in Oceanside, CA, Of Course!

Toe hair is quite common, and can be a significant cosmetic concern – especially for women. Unlike most men, women wish to maintain skin that is soft, sleek, and feminine-looking. This can be problematic with the feet, however, as toes tend to grow small patches of hair despite all your best wishes. This can limit a woman’s confidence and ability to wear attractive open-toed shoes or sandals, to wear foot and ankle jewelry, or to go barefoot in public.

Women don’t like having toe hair, and they really don’t enjoy shaving it. Shaving is bothersome in many ways, it’s irritating to skin, and it can cause unsightly bumps and redness.

Which is why laser hair removal has become such a popular solution.

The Truth About Laser Hair-Removal Treatments

The secret to achieving fast, impressive results in removing hair from the toes or lower legs depends upon the science behind the laser being used for the treatment. Not all lasers are optimized for safe and effective hair removal. The wavelength and pulse dynamics of the laser are two of the defining factors that affect the results you can expect to see and the experience you can expect to have when you take your shoes off and have the procedure performed.

Many lasers used by practitioners for hair removal do not have the proper wavelength to make a real difference. Or worse: their wavelengths can be so improper that you can count on a lot of pain and serious risk of burning, scorching, even scarring.

Commonly, these lasers utilize a wavelength that targets the melanin, or pigment, in the skin and in the hair itself. In addition, they use short pulse beams, which do not endure long enough to adequately heat the blood supply at the base of the hair follicle. Too much heat gets built up at the surface, not enough penetrates, and what does fails to kill all of the hair follicles. Result? Inferior results (at best); risk of being burned or scarred (at worst).

The Fotona Nd:YAG Laser Difference

Our practice uses the Fotona Nd:YAG laser, employing a 1064nm wavelength — the exact wavelength required to most effectively target hemoglobin, not skin pigment. This laser passes through the skin (regardless of skin type or color), passing directly on to the hair follicles. The Fotona hair-removal laser also employs a true long-pulse beam, capable of heating the blood in a manner sufficient to permanently destroy the hair follicles the first time around.

What’s more, the Fotona laser requires no manual calibration, with every pulse being calibrated by two separate sensors inside the laser five times per pulse before the pulse is emitted. This means that every single pulse delivered by a Fotona laser is perfect. Other lasers require manual calibration every 15 to 20 minutes, and since so few laser operators are patient enough to do this, it gets left undone, and as a result the procedures are either unnecessarily ineffective or altogether dangerous.

And unlike lasers that cause real discomfort, the Fotona laser pulse results in only the most minimal discomfort to sensitive areas, and fortunately, toes are not particularly sensitive to begin with.

Simply put, the Fotona laser is the safest, most effective hair-removal laser available today, and the configuration and settings we use in our practice make it ideally suited to to delivering the best possible results in laser hair-removal procedures.

Your toes and feet and legs couldn’t be in better hands.

Commonly Asked Questions

How many treatments are needed to remove toe hair permanently?

There is no magic answer here, unfortunately, as the number of treatments required is largely based on each individual’s hair follicles. Everyone is a little different. The number of active hair follicles present at any given time, and the rate at which they grow, is different for everyone. Realistically, this process may take several months to a year, with treatments spaced about 7 to 10 weeks apart, depending on growth.

You can only destroy currently active hair follicles. As each growth cycle of hair is eliminated, new “crops” of hair become active. Most people require about a year of treatments (again, spaced 7 to 10 weeks apart) to eliminate all of the active “crops” of hair. It will usually take anywhere from five to eight treatments, depending on the person. But no worries. In the end, we will customize a plan that is best suited for your hair growth cycles, and we will get you to where you want to be.

Is this treatment safe for all skin types?

Yes — and precisely because the Fotona 1064nm wavelength passes through the skin, ignoring melanin (skin and hair pigment). Most of lasers on the market are actually attracted to melanin. Many even “use” the melanin of the hair itself to draw the heat of their lasers. The problem is, this can lead to scorching, burns, even scarring. With a Fotona laser your skin type has no bearing on the procedure or the results you will see.

Tan? No worries. Not tan? No worries. About to tan? No worries. Dark skin, light skin, tan or no tan — our laser doesn’t care.

What about hair color?

Here, unfortunately, is where we run into the same challenge as every other laser. For reasons no one seems quite clear on, all laser treatments prove largely ineffective on white, gray, platinum blonde, or true red hair. It could be that these hair colors have little or no pigment reflectivity to lasers, and are therefore resistant to light-based treatments. It could be that the follicles themselves have altered blood supplies, making them difficult to heat in the same way as darker hair follicles. It’s likely both of these factors combined. If your hair is one of these categories, electrology is likely to be your only sure-fire option.

How should I prepare for my laser toe hair-removal treatment?

Prior to your visit, we ask that you shave your toe hair, and to remove any toenail polish (really clean them off well) and any foot adornments. And avoid using any skin creams on your feet the day of the treatment.

What should I expect after the toe hair-removal treatment? When should I return for another?

Over the next few days, your skin will shed the dead follicles naturally during your usual daily processes that require exfoliation or friction (putting on socks and shoes, moving around in bed, taking showers, walking at the beach).

In 7 to 10 weeks, you will notice a new crop of hair appear. When this occurs, you will want to make your appointment. Waiting too long for another treatment may result in neglecting some or all of the follicles from that batch. A year is usually enough time to treat all the hair growth cycles, and you want to be sure to destroy every crop along the way. If you miss one, you can bet it’s going to come back about a year later, putting off your time table for becoming hair-free.

So keep an eye on it, and 7 to 10 weeks after your treatment, when you see your next crop of hair start to come in, give us a call and we can take care of it.

Note: Extreme hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause, may initiate more hair growth by waking previously dormant hair follicles. But no worries. Just set up an appointment if that ever happens and come in and zap them so they don’t come back.

Time To Get Rid Of Your Toe Hair!

You don’t have to worry about the unsightliness of toe hair. And you don’t have to forever dread the routine of having to shave your toes for the rest of your life.

Unlike other methods, the Fotona laser hair-removal treatment offered at our practice ensures a quick, essentially painless procedure, without any fear of burning, scarring, or loss of pigmentation.

It’s safe, it’s effective, and it’s going to make your toes beautiful!

So go ahead and use one of the contact forms on our site to request an appointment, or grab your phone and give us a call at our office in Oceanside, CA at (760) 630-9200.