Laser Hair Removal
Article by Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
Laser hair removal is the fastest, safest, and most permanent way of removing unwanted hair. We use the Gentlelase and GentleYAG Lasers, which are the most advanced and safest of the hair removal lasers available. These lasers utilize a cold spray in conjunction with laser light to maximize results while minimizing side effects. The GentleYAG is the safest laser available for dark skin.
Face, bikini, underarms, legs, arms, backs, chests, and other areas can be treated.
Treatments usually need to be repeated every 1-2 months for approximately 1 year. After that time the amount of hair present will be reduced for up to 1 year or more, and most hair loss will be permanent. Facial hair can sometimes require more treatments than other areas and may need touch-ups in the future.
No anesthesia is needed, but topical anesthetic gel may be used for sensitive areas such as bikini lines.
No pretreatment or after-laser care is usually needed, other than sunscreens of an SPF of at least 30.
Areas to be treated cannot be waxed, plucked, or bleached for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Shaving is okay and should be done the night before or morning of the procedure. The only exception is facial hair, which should NOT be shaved for several days prior to your treatment.
Only brown and black hair can be treated. Blond, red and white hair will not respond to treatment.
While the GentleYAG can treat tan skin, for optimal safety you should not have tanned recently (3 weeks before or after your treatment.) Treatment of recently tanned skin could possibly result in permanent color loss or hyperpigmentation (brown color.) Sunscreens should be used after treatments.
Darker skin color can appear after any laser treatment. This is usually temporary.
Hair loss may be permanent after 1 year but retreatments may be necessary.
Fees are charged for each treatment and are based on location of area treated or length of treatment.