SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - September 29, 2016) - From the highly visible upper lip to the sensitive bikini area, hair grows where it isn't wanted. For as long as women have sought smooth, bare skin, there have been options for eliminating hair, but essentially all of them have involved a never-ending cycle of removal and regrowth. For anyone tired of shaving, plucking, tweezing, and waxing, Turner Medical Arts now offers laser hair removal in Santa Barbara. The September addition of a device known as Vectus® to Dr. Duncan Turner's practice can help anyone break the shaving cycle.

Shaving cuts a hair, but leaves the bulb within the follicle to continue growing. Waxing and other methods of pulling a hair out by its root get rid of the whole hair, but the follicle grows a new one after a short time.

Laser hair removal prompts hairs to fall out and impacts the follicles to prevent them from growing a new hair in the same way again.

Specifically, pigmented cells in the follicles absorb the energy delivered in a Vectus® laser hair removal session as heat, which selectively damages them. Hair may eventually grow again, but it will be lighter, finer, and less frequent.

Multiple hair removal treatments can successfully clear an area of hair for good. Repeat sessions are standard, since the laser energy only works on hairs in an active growth phase at the time of the treatment. That means that about 85 percent of the healthy hairs in a targeted area will respond to a single treatment, since that is how many, on average, are in what is known as "anagen" at any given time. Because of the high volume of hair impacted every time, patients will notice increasingly improved results.

Since laser hair removal targets pigmented cells, it is most effective on darker shades of hair. The modern Vectus® system can be used on all skin types, and is suitable for most hair colors. Patients can talk to Dr. Turner and his team at the time of their hair removal consultation to determine whether this laser removal method is best for them.

As a laser treatment, Vectus® is not for use near the eyes, but it can be safely and effectively applied to the rest of the face, as well as the chest and back, arms and legs, underarms, and bikini line.

Turner Medical Arts is home to a variety of women-centered services beyond hair removal in Santa Barbara, including gynecology services, vaginal rejuvenation via ThermiVa® and MonaLisa Touch®, breast health, weight management, and more.

To learn more about Vectus® and laser hair removal at Santa Barbara's Turner Medical Arts, call 805-962-1957 or visit

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