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Advanced Laser Hair Removal

At City Skin & Laser Clinic, our advanced laser care specialists use state of the art laser technology to meet your hair removal needs. Our offered laser hair removal systems include: LightSheer TM Diode by Lumenis, Alexander Laser by Candela, YAG by Candela, and Palomar ICON to deliver unmatched results in the removal of unwanted hair. The process is simple, convenient, and extremely time-efficient.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of this process?
Permanent hair reduction. 90 percent of clients experience permanent hair loss within 6-9 sessions.


What causes abnormal hair growth?
Abnormal hair growth can be caused by heredity, irregular hormone levels, and some medications.


How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in America. A laser safely beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles, pigment in the follicles then absorb the light, which in turn destroys the follicle leaving the treatment area smooth and hair-free.


Will it be painful?
The majority of clients are able to tolerate this process very well. The laser is pulsed so rapidly, that only a mild stinging sensation is experienced. This procedure does not require any form of medication or anesthesia before or after. However, if necessary, topical anesthetic will be provided upon request.


Is laser hair removal permanent?
Theoretically, damage to the hair follicle can remove unwanted hair permanently, but because of the nature of hair and the many factors that influence the growth of hair, the results vary from client to client. The effect of repeated treatments is cumulative, with 90 percent of clients experience permanent hair loss.


Is laser hair removal safe?
As with any medical treatment, use of any laser hair removal system may have some side effects. However, side effects have been minor and manageable. The precise laser parameters used for each laser hair removal system was carefully defined by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the color of laser light and the pulse duration to the size, depth, and location of the hair follicle. This research has resulted in a safe technique that effectively reduces the risk of scarring and most other complications following treatment.


What conditions are treated with the laser?
If you're unhappy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal is an effective option that is worth considering. Not only is waxing, shaving, and plucking inconvenient and time-consuming but they are also temporary. Our many laser hair removal systems safely and conveniently eliminate unwanted body hair without damaging the skin’s fragile surface. Large regions of the body can be treated rapidly, while smaller regions (such as the upper lip or chin) are treated in virtually minutes.


What is the procedure like?
The procedure begins by first cleansing and shaving the region that is to be treated. After the laser is turned on or “pulsed,” it is passed over the desired region for a fragment of a second at a time. Without damaging the surrounding skin, pulses of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by hair follicles. The laser energy is transferred to heat, and the heat destroys the potential for hair regrowth.


Who are the best candidates for this treatment?
This treatment is extended to all individuals. Our staff customizes each treatment depending on the individual’s skin tone, texture, hair color, and desired region. Nearly all hair colors and skin tones can be treated successfully.


How many treatments are required?
The hair growing cycle occurs in phases and varies from person to person. For some individuals, several treatments may be necessary to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter the growth phase. Each client will be advised as to the approximate number of treatments before the procedure.


What are the possible side effects?
Side effects are not common. Mild redness, slight scabbing, and irritation may occur around the treated area, but will disappear rapidly or within several days following the procedure. In rare cases, the treated skin may become mildly lighter or darker. Our experienced laser specialists will inform you of which course of treatment is best for you during the first free consultation.
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