Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco CA | Hair Removal | Laser Treatment

You’ll experience safe, comfortable and effective hair removal with a state-of-the-art Candela Gentle Max. Great for women’s upper lip, bikini, underarms, legs and men’s back, neck, and shoulders. Laser hair removal requires an average of 6-8 treatments, scheduled 4-8 weeks apart.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal uses a specific wavelength of light to target individual hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicles and inhibits future growth. During a treatment the laser can only target actively growing hair and not “resting hair”. This is why this therapy requires multiple treatments and must be staggered weeks apart.

Laser Hair Removal | SKIN Medical Spa San Francisco CA

Common Areas treated

  • Face
  • Back
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Bikini area

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

  • Removed unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.
  • Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Most can expect a reduction of 80% hair growth. This is an average, and dependent on other factors.

How should i prepare for my treatment

First and foremost avoid exposure to sun. A tan can increase the side effects of a laser. Also avoid plucking, waxing, electrolysis, tanning solutions and chemical depilatory agents (agents that dissolve hair) for at least 6 weeks before treatment. This is because the laser will target the hair root and the above treatments will temporarily remove the root.

For more detail information check out Laser Hair Removal Instructions prior to your consultation appointment.

Laser Hair Removal Process

The doctor will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument or a cool gel might be used to protect your skin.

When the doctor activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the tiny sacs (follicles) where hair growth originates. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. Some discomfort in the skin is possible, and you’ll likely feel a sensation of cold from the cooling device or gel.

Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, might take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back, might take several hours.

Hair Removal Treatment recovery

For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.

Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

Some of the risk with Laser Hair Removal is skin getting darker or lighter than the surrounding skin, blistering, scarring, damaging a tattoo in the area or even causing more hair to grow.

How many treatments are required?

Typically a series of 6 sessions is required. There are certain areas of the body that may require more. This will depend on the amount of hair treated, your skin type and the area being treated. As an example, facial hair will usually require more than 6.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser hair removal is designed for the permanent reduction of unwanted hair. Therefore, it is permanent but because hair in a single area grows at different rates the technology is only designed to target actively growing hair, you’ll need more than one session to achieve desired results.

Laser Hair Removal FAQ’s


Can any hair type be treated?

No. Laser or light-based system cannot treat light blonde, white, red or gray hair since there is not enough pigment in it to absorb the light.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Laser hair removal may be uncomfortable but usually is not painful. Everyone’s tolerance of pain is different though. There are tricks and techniques we can use to help your experience be more comfortable.

Is laser hair removal safe?

We, at SKIN Medical Spa, take risks very seriously. We will not perform laser treatments if you have recently been exposed to sun, are on certain medications or have other skin issues. Lasers are noted to cause redness and minor skin irritation. This is typical after a procedure. Other rare occurrences linked with lasers are hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation. SKIN Medical Spa has two of the leading lasers for hair removal used for all skin types. Your provider will discuss risks and benefits at length with you prior to your procedure.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

Different treatment areas have different costs. Buying a package will be more cost effective than buying individual laser sessions. Call for details or ask your medical provider for a breakdown of costs.

How long will my appointment last?

For a skin consultation, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes. Botox, peels, and many laser appointments can be performed in 30 minutes or less. Feel free to ask upon booking your appointment.

Schedule a consultation

For more information about our Laser Hair Removal treatment and learn if you can be a good candidate, call SKIN Medical Spa today at 415.409.6500.

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