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.
Laser Hair Removal Reviews
"Dr. Hui has been a godsend for my rosacea-prone, inflamed, acne-scarred skin that is highly sensitized to pretty much everything. I thought I'd tried every product out there for very sensitive skin (OTC as well as seeing other dermatologists), and had pretty much resigned myself to having to wear makeup every time I left the house so my face didn't look like a splotchy mess. But then I read great reviews about the practice and decided to see Dr. Hui, and my skin has been transformed. I told her my goal was to wear zero makeup, and we've been steadily progressing towards that goal with great results. She made me discard my overly complicated skincare routine and get back to basics. My skincare routine now takes 30 seconds in the morning and 2 minutes at night, and my skin looks so much better in every way. I've been using the products Dr. Hui recommended that have made a huge difference, and have also been getting V-beam laser treatments that have also been significant in getting rid of the diffuse redness throughout my face. My skincare routine is so much more basic than before (no more time-consuming multiple serums and many face masks), but more effective by leaps and bounds. I've also gotten facial hair removal done by Dr. Hui and have seen great results with that. Also wanted to give a big shout out to Mary, one of the nurses at the practice. I had some body laser hair removal done (legs, underarms). She's incredibly professional and personable and makes what's supposed to be a very uncomfortable situation a breeze. Overall, the practice is very well run, everyone's on top of their game, and my skin bears testament to that!"- M.K. / Yelp / Jul 28, 2016
"Wonderful service and quality. I love chatting with Mary during our bimonthly laser hair removal sessions. She is delightful, intelligent and personable. They have a variety of lasers that accommodate many complexions. I totally recommend them."- C.B. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2018
"I've been doing laser hair removal with Mary and she has been phenomenal. I was really nervous about doing laser hair removal initially, but Mary knows exactly what she's doing and I am seeing great results. She's a pleasure to chat with during the appointment so the time flies by quickly. Check in and check out is always quick. Even when I've come late to my appointment, they were able to squeeze me in and still see me which I really appreciate. I could not ask for a better experience"- D.L. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2019
"I have been seeing Dr. Austin for almost 3 years now for acne scars treatment and my skin is totally transformed. People think I look at least 10 years younger than my age. I would say that my acne scars have been improved by 80% after multiple sessions of tca cross and laser genesis. Most of my ice pick scars have filled in. Recently I also had Fraxel laser to improve the shallow scars , black spots, and overall skin texture. Dr. Austin is amazing and she cares about her patient. She would call me after the procedure to make sure that I was doing fine. She also responded very quickly on all my questions related to post-procedure. Now my skin has been improved further after fraxel laser. I will continue to see Dr. Austin for other treatments to keep my skin young and heathy so I don’t age. Thank you Dr. Austin and her team. I also wanted to express my appreciation for Mary Krempa who has been doing my laser hair removal for. Now that my skin is so soft. I am happy with the results."- L.C. / Yelp / Feb 14, 2021
"I started seeing Dr. Welsh in my early 30’s for adult acne. She taught me proper skincare and set me up with the best products. I am checking in yearly to keep products on point with current skin changes. As I age, I need to choose to come in Every 4-6 months for botox & filler. Plus an occasional photo facial and laser hair removal treatments. It is now 20 years later I honestly could pass for ten years younger than I am. Dr. Welch is magical, in my opinion. If you ask her a question, you are going to get an honest, educated answer. I would not trust anyone else."- T.Q. / Yelp / Nov 25, 2021
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
Remove Unwanted Hair
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.