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Hair Reduction2021-01-14T08:24:17-07:00

Laser Hair Reduction

Tired of buying razors or painful waxing? Permanent laser hair reduction is your chance to dramatically minimize body or facial hair. The result is a lot less time spent shaving, waxing, sugaring, and generally tending to unwanted hair. It is estimated that women spend a total of 72 days of their life removing unwanted hair and men spend 45 days tending to this daily chore. Laser hair reduction is safe for all skin , given that the appropriate laser is available. This treatment is a specialty at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, home to over one dozen types of the latest laser and energy technologies and laser experts who can achieve the best results for you. And yes – we do have the appropriate laser for lighter and darker skin types to treat every patient safely.

There are two primary laser hair reduction technologies that are best suited to getting the smooth, silky skin you desire in all skin types. The Candela GentleMax Pro is equipped with dual wavelength 755 Alexandrite and the 1064 Long-Pulsed Nd:YAG lasers. There are some key differences between the two options, and as with any laser treatment it is paramount that clients are matched with the best technology for their unique skin and hair type.

755nm Alexandrite Laser For Lighter Skin Tones

The Alexandrite laser is recommended for those with lighter skin tones. The wavelength of the 755nm Alexandrite allows the laser beam to penetrate as deep as hair grows. Due to its power and depth, the Alexandrite laser works much faster than many other types of lasers that patients may have heard about or even experienced before, such as the diode lasers and ruby laser. The Alexandrite laser is not recommended for those with darker skin tones or tan skin. These patients are a better fit for the YAG laser.

YAG Laser For Darker Skin Tones

The YAG laser is the only safe solution for hair reduction in those with darker skin tones. If you have been told before that the amount of melanin you have makes you an unsuitable candidate for laser hair reduction, that is probably because the laser center, clinic or MedSpa you approached did not have the YAG laser technology available. For many years, clients with darker skin tones were told there simply wasn’t the right technology to treat and reduce their unwanted hair without the risk of skin pigmentation changes, but the YAG laser has changed everything.

Benefits of Laser Hair Reduction

At Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care these two lasers have repeatedly proven to be the most effective and safest for drastically reducing unwanted hair for all patients and all skin types. We only provide and recommend solutions that will help you get the results you want. There are many benefits to laser hair reduction, such as:

  • Save time, money, and effort by vastly reducing the amount of time you normally spend on daily or multi-weekly at-home treatments
  • Enjoy an experience that is comfortable when you trust the leading laser experts in Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care with your treatments
  • Many clients report up to 80 percent of permanent hair reduction after five to six treatments
  • No downtime with laser hair reduction
  • Eliminate the pesky ingrown hairs and associated hyperpigmentation, whether it is in bikini area in women or beard in men
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Laser Hair Removal Before and After Photos*

Individual results may vary, please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and we’ll put together a custom treatment plan that’s right for your skin. Images provided by Candela.

FAQs About Hair Reduction

Anything I need to do or avoid before treatment?2020-10-27T12:49:19-07:00

Yes. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for 2-3 weeks before and after the treatment. Remember freshly tanned does not equal darker skin type. In another word, freshly suntanned skin can pigment even if Nd:Yag laser is used. Waxing or threading should be also avoided before the treatment. But don’t worry- your provider will go over all the do’s and don’ts during your complimentary consultation!

I’ve had laser hair reduction before, and it hurt. Will these lasers also be painful?2020-10-27T12:48:22-07:00

Fortunately, the laser industry and technology has come a long way in recent years. Not only are today’s lasers more effective, they are also much more comfortable. This is due in large part to dynamic cooling or DCD features built into the system. However, at this laser center, clients can also opt for Pro-Nox for nearly any procedure. This patient-controlled device delivers a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide for maximum comfort with no drowsiness afterward. Topical numbing can be used before treatment as well if desired.

I’m a man interested in laser hair reduction. Is this a normal treatment for men to get?2020-10-27T12:47:24-07:00

Definitely. In fact, there has been a 46 percent increase in men opting for laser hair reduction since 2004, and this trend is expected to continue. Most popular treatments in men include neck to eliminate ingrown hair and create cleaner looking as well as full back with shoulders.