What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States. It's an effective method for the long-term removal of unwanted hair on the face and body with minimal discomfort. This laser treatment frequently leaves the skin feeling and looking smoother while providing long-lasting results compared to other methods. Dr. Maia Chakerian and her team at Sereno Santé in the Greater San Jose, CA area use the Alma Soprano ICE system to perform safe and fast laser hair removal treatments for both women and men in desired areas, including the back, legs, arms, face, chest, armpits, and intimate areas.
Is Laser Hair Removal right for me?
Laser hair removal is a very safe and effective process for most people. In your initial consultation, we will discuss your concerns, needs, and goals so that we can decide whether you should get the procedure. Ideal patients for laser hair removal:
- Have unwanted body or facial hair
- Are physically healthy
- Want to stop using other hair removal techniques (waxing, shaving, bleaching, or depilatory creams)
It should also be noted that laser hair removal takes an average of 3 – 5 sessions each scheduled 3 – 4 weeks apart to achieve the best results. However, most patients notice significant hair reduction after their first treatment.
Our Laser Hair Removal Technique
On the day of your laser hair removal, you'll lie in one of our treatment rooms while we wash the target areas of your skin to remove oil, dirt, and lotions. During the procedure, a team member will slightly stretch the skin to create a direct pathway between the root of the hair follicle and the laser. The laser's energy will focus on and kill the hair follicle, which stops the hair from growing back. Laser hair removal can cause mild discomfort, but it usually isn't painful. Most patients feel a slight sting when the laser targets and removes a follicle. We'll space your sessions out so that the affected areas have a chance to recover between treatments and to allow time for follicles that were dormant during previous treatments to change to an active growth stage. The state-of-the-art Alma Soprano ICE laser is able to target the hair follicle alone, protecting the skin and other tissue in the treatment area from harm.
What to Expect after Laser Hair Removal
While this procedure is relatively gentle, the treated area of your skin may feel like it has a light sunburn due to the laser. When you leave our office, you're free to go back to most of your daily activities, but you should refrain from exercise and sun exposure for at least 24 hours to let your treated skin heal. At home following your session, we suggest using soothing creams or cold packs to alleviate any mild discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
How much does laser hair removal cost?
Laser hair removal is a procedure that varies in cost, depending on the coverage area being addressed on the body, as well as how many treatment sessions you will need to get optimal results. To help you consider the benefits of choosing laser hair removal, estimate the time and energy you are spending on waxing, shaving, or other temporary hair removal methods. By comparison, laser hair removal is typically less expensive overall and can save you energy and time in the long-run. Your technician will create a custom treatment plan for you that includes the total number of sessions recommended and pricing options to consider.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Considered an effective treatment, laser hair removal produces lasting improvements. While patients can enjoy the benefits of the treatment for many years, it is technically semi-permanent because some hair may be unaffected. However, patients find most of their hair follicles are dormant after their plan has concluded and even if some hairs pop up, it's very easy to manage. More laser sessions may also be scheduled to take care of any stragglers or new growth as well.
Why do I need multiple laser hair removal sessions?
Your hair growth occurs in cycles. While some hair follicles are in a live growing phase, others are resting. Since every hair follicle grows in various stages, several sessions are usually needed to target each follicle when it's in a growing phase. Spreading out your treatments over several weeks helps you get effective results and smoother skin.
Learn More about Laser Hair Removal
If you're tired of wasting your energy, money, and time on temporary hair removal methods like plucking, shaving, and waxing, Sereno Santé can help! Schedule an appointment to find out more about laser hair removal treatments in Los Gatos, CA. Laser hair removal by Dr. Maia Chakerian and her experienced team can help you get smoother skin by effectively targeting unwanted hair follicles on your face and body.