Laser Hair Removal

Permanently eliminate undesired hair with our safe, fast and effective laser for hair removal.

Area Pricing Per Package of 6:

Small Area starting at $250

Medium Area starting at $500

Large Area starting at $800

Extra Large Area starting at $1,200

Laser Hair Removal (Handpieces-R, Rs, Y, Ys):

How does Laser Hair Removal work?

The laser light targets the hair follicle pigment at the correct stage of hair growth and disables the hair shaft and root, causing subsequent regrowth to be finer and lighter. Because hair growth occurs in three stages, hair removal treatments are scheduled six to twelve weeks apart, so that hair can be effectively targeted during each growth cycle, ultimately resulting in permanent hair reduction. As effective laser and light-based hair removal depends on the presence of melanin in the hair, blonde, white, gray, and most shades of red hair are generally not susceptible to treatment.

What can patients expect during treatment?

During the treatment, a nurse will press a hand-held light or laser-based instrument to your skin. When the nurse activates the light, it will pass through your skin’s surface to the hair follicles where hair growth originates. The intense heat damages the hair follicle, which inhibits hair growth. It takes several treatments to provide an extended hair-free period.

How many treatments will patients need?

Most people require six to twelve treatments for good results, because even though all hair is temporarily disabled during each treatment, not all hair is destroyed. A series of treatments is necessary to allow results to accumulate. Those with the biggest contrast between skin and hair (i.e. fair skin with dark hair) will generally need fewer treatments than those with dark skin and dark hair.

What areas can be treated?

Any area where there is excess hair, except adjacent to the eye. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, neck, chest, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line and legs.

Does Hair Removal work for everyone?

Hair removal performed on the Palomar Laser System is effective on all skin types including dark-skinned patients of all ethnic origins. The only hair we are unable to target is white, blond, red or grey hair. This is because the laser selectively targets melanin, the substance that provides pigmentation to hair. Blond, red, grey and white hair does not contain enough pigment for the laser to target and therefore we cannot disable the follicle.

How will it feel?

Palomar uses the most comfortable technologies available, however it is not without sensation. During treatment, the patient will feel the heat energy as the laser light is applied to each area. Because everyone’s physiology is different, some people will require energy levels that create higher levels of sensation to maximize their results.

Is it permanent?

Yes. However, it normally takes at six to twelve treatments to remove most of the hair in any one area. Laser and light-based hair removal only works on follicles that are in the active growth (anagen) phase. At any given time, only a portion of the hair in an area will be actively growing. The rest of the hair is in a dormant, telogen phase and therefore cannot be targeted by the laser. This is why treatments will be scheduled weeks apart so that different hairs can be targeted while in their most susceptible growth phase.

What do patients need to do to prepare for treatment?

Patients must wear a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher and avoid all sun exposure for at least two weeks prior to treatment. We are unable to treat anyone who has sun-bathed, used a tanning bed or applied a sunless tanner within two weeks of treatment. Additionally, tanning post-treatment increases the risk for burns and blistering because of the skin’s sensitivity. Between treatments, patients should only shave to remove hair—waxing and tweezing remove the hair at the root, which can hinder the hair-growth cycle and the laser’s ability to target the follicle. Also, avoid bleaching hair since the laser cannot target light hair.

Are there any side effects?

As long as patients limit their exposure to sunlight immediately before and after treatment, side effects other than the brief redness and sensitivity mentioned above are rare.

What will I experience post-treatment?

After the treatment, patients may have redness or bumps. This is normal and they may use a cold compress if needed. It’s a good idea to apply cool, alcohol-free aloe vera gel and a gentle moisturizer to hydrate the skin. Make sure to use SPF 30 Sunblock after your treatment. Between treatments, patients should only shave to remove hair (as discussed above). For some individuals, hair will shed up to a month after treatment. It may seem like new hair growth, but it is just the hair coming out.

Learn about Unwanted Hair

Except for our lips, palms, and soles of our feet, our entire bodies are covered with hair follicles. We’re talking millions…and the number of follicles each person has is set at birth. Because most of this hair is fine and pale (called vellus hair), it usually isn’t visible to the naked eye. Consider this: The forehead has more hair follicles than any other part of the body. The thicker, fully pigmented hair most people consider “real hair” is called terminal hair. This hair is found on scalp, eyebrows, legs, backs, underarms, and genital areas.

Everyone’s hair grows differently, depending on age, weight, metabolism, hormones, ethnicity, medications, and other factors. But all hair goes through three distinct growth phases:

  1. Active growth phase (called the anagen phase), which lasts up to several years. At any given time, the majority (85%) of our body hair is in this phase. During anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin.
  2. Regressive phase (catagen phase), which lasts about two weeks, during which the hair stops growing but is not yet shed. About 3 – 4% of our body hair is in this phase at any given time.
  3. Resting phase (telogen phase), which lasts 5 – 6 weeks, at the end of which the hair falls out and a new hair begins to form. Approximately 10-13% of our body hair is in this phase at any one time.

What you can do:

Maintain a healthy average weight, especially if you’re a woman. Fat retains androgens, a male hormone which can cause an increase in female hair growth on the chin, upper cheeks and neck.

What to avoid:

  • Medications that cause hormonal fluctuations in women. These can further trigger the production of androgens and thus coarser or new hair growth.
  • Excessive weight gain.