Laser Hair Removal in San Francisco, CA

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About Laser Hair Removal

Removing unwanted body hair is a constant hassle for many men and women. Luckily there is another option for patients who are tired of temporary, painful methods of hair removal. Laser hair removal is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted hair using intense pulsed laser energy. Our team of skilled registered nurses offer two different advanced laser systems for laser hair removal: Syneron Candela GentleLase, Syneron Candela GentleYag, and Lumenis LightSheer DUET. Each of these lasers work to specifically target and damage hair follicles on the face and body to prevent regrowth, for a smoother area with reduced hair. Through a series of treatments with our experienced registered nurses at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, patients can achieve a seventy to eighty percent permanent reduction of hair. Laser hair removal is most commonly performed on the face, upper lip, neck, chest, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line and legs, although it can be performed on virtually any area with excess hair growth. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective option that will save you time and money over other hair removal methods, like shaving and waxing.

Best Candidates

Historically, laser hair removal has been more effective on light-skinned individuals with dark hair. However, Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology has the most current lasers that can safely treat darker skin tones. 

What to Expect

Before treatment, hair may need to be trimmed since laser removal isn’t as effective on longer hair. A patient will be given protective eyewear to protect the eyes. The medical professional will test a patch on the treatment area to determine the best settings for the individual as well as to check for any adverse effects. With controlled movements, the handheld device will be placed on the skin where short spurts of laser beams will work to damage the follicles. Sessions are relatively quick (sometimes only a few minutes) depending on the size and location of the treatment area. There is no required downtime and most patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.

Other Considerations

Hair lasers use intense, pulsating beams of light, which are applied to the skin to target the hair follicle. When specific wavelengths of light are matched with pulse duration, this allows the best opportunity of effectively targeting the hair. The laser’s intense heat damages the hair follicle, which prevents the future growth of hair, while at the same time, protects surrounding tissue from the heat of the laser. The process must be completed a number of times since hair goes through phases and laser treatment isn’t effective on hair in the dormant (non-growing) phase. Our dermatology office will schedule the appointments so that the area of hair follicles treated can be maximized.

Laser hair removal FAQs

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Everyone's pain tolerance is different, but the majority of people claim that laser hair removal is not very painful at all. Some say the sensation feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Our laser treatment is actually more comfortable and tolerable than other options like waxing.

Why do I need multiple laser hair removal sessions?

Laser hair removal technology works on actively growing hair follicles. Since hair grows in phases, several sessions are needed to provide long-lasting hair reduction. Our specialists at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology can review how many sessions are required to achieve optimal results.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

No method of hair removal is permanent, but laser hair removal is the most long-lasting option out there. There's always a possibility that hair may eventually grow back. You may need to schedule quick follow-up sessions in San Francisco, CA, depending on the area treated and how your hair grows.

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If you are tired of shaving, waxing and dealing with unwanted hair, (and really, who isn’t?) then laser hair may be the perfect option for you. We invite you to call our dermatology office today and schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.

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