Laser Hair Removal


Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the US. Despite its popularity, the treatment may be intimidating to some. We answer a few of the most frequently asked questions to demystify this popular procedure.

Q: How does laser hair removal work?

A: Each pulse of the laser focuses highly concentrated light beam at the root of the hair follicle. The follicles are destroyed without damaging the surrounding skin.

Q: Is laser hair removal safe? What areas can be treated?

A: Laser hair removal is safe for treating almost any area of the body including the face, arms, underarms, bikini line and legs. At Acacia Dermatology, Dr. Chen and his staff carefully treat their patients with the Cutera Coolglide laser, safe and effective for both men and women.

Q: How long does each treatment session take?

A: Each pulse of the laser takes less than a second. Therefore, small areas like the upper lip take only several minutes to treat while larger areas such as the back or legs will take proportionately longer.

Q: How many treatments do I need to get rid of unwanted hair?

A: 4 to 6 treatments are usually required. The treatments can be performed approximately every month until the hair stops growing. Annual maintenance treatments may be needed to ensure long-lasting results.

Q: How much does laser hair removal cost?

A: The cost of the procedure as well as the amount of sessions needed to remove unwanted hair depends on the size of the area on the body, the color and thickness of the hair, and the skin type and color of the patient. Sessions are priced individually and customized to your needs. Be sure to ask about our discounted treatment packages.

Q: Are the treatments painful? How will I feel afterwards?

A: You can expect to feel minimal pain during the procedure. There are usually little to no side effects afterwards. Since the treatment is so quick and no downtime is usually expected, you can go about your normal activities directly following the procedure.

The above blog entry is written by Robert L. Chen, MD, PhD, for Acacia Dermatology & Laser Center (Copyright © 2016).