Safe & Effective
Laser Hair Removal
Are you tired of shaving, waxing, and tweezing? Women and men from Danville, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek, California, can enjoy a permanent option for reducing unwanted hair here at Essential Aesthetics. Our powerful laser hair removal devices use energy to disable the targeted hair follicles for lasting smoothness wherever you want it. Expertly administered by our certified medical provider, Dr. Ellie Zarnegar, laser hair removal is the preferred method for men and women of all ages.
Laser Hair Removal?
If you’re tired of the painful, messy, and time consuming traditional methods for hair removal, Essential Aesthetics has the solution for you. Our clinic offers two different options for laser hair removal:
Our diode laser handpiece comes with either 805 nm or 1060 nm wavelength, allowing a tailored treatment for all skin types. It also features two laser hair removal technologies to give you comfortable and effective treatments.
- High-Speed Vacuum Assisted Technology: Ideal for large treatment areas, this requires no prep and no gel. It incorporates suction to elevate and stretch the skin so the laser achieves maximum absorption into the hair follicles while covering a large area, shortening treatment time, and reducing the sensation of heat.
- ChillTip Sapphire: This integrated Sapphire cooling system momentarily numbs the skin while compressing it so the laser beam is directed into the hair follicle and the energy is fully absorbed. This technology is meant for smaller, more delicate treatment areas.
IPL is versatile and can be used to treat several conditions including sun and age spots, acne, and rosacea. It can also be used as a laser hair removal treatment. IPL for hair removal uses highly controlled pulses of light to the treatment area that are selectively absorbed by the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface. The absorbed light heats the hair follicles and damages them, preventing re-growth. This method of hair removal is most effective on black, brown, and red hair.
For Your Appointment
Laser hair removal is non-invasive, which means it doesn’t break the skin in any way or damage surrounding tissue. You don’t need to make any special preparations prior to your appointment. However, it is important to avoid any sort of hair removal that removes the entire hair, such as waxing, tweezing, or depilatories, for at least 6 weeks prior to your appointment. Shaving is permissible because it only removes a portion of the hair.
Treatment & Results
The length of time you’ll spend in our office depends on which area of the body you’re treating. Larger treatment areas, such as the back or legs, require more time than areas such as the upper lip or bikini area. In general, you can expect to spend between 15-30 minutes in our office for each treatment session.
During the treatment, Dr. Ellie holds the laser handpiece against your skin, releasing energy in short pulses. Each pulse of energy permanently damages the follicle, ensuring it no longer produces hair or produces only very fine “baby” hair. During the process, patients often describe a “snapping” sensation against their skin, but laser hair removal is not known for being painful.
After your treatment, you’re able to return to your normal activities as soon as you like, although your skin will likely be moderately red and tender as if you have a sunburn. It’s important to take good care of your treated skin after your laser hair removal appointment. Keep it hydrated with a fragrance-free moisturizer, and avoid unprotected sun exposure.
Because human hair grows in phases, laser hair removal requires multiple treatments in order to be fully effective. We typically recommend between 6 and 12 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The number of treatments you’ll require depends on different factors such as the area you’re having treated, your skin tone, and the color of the hair being removed. In the long term, you can expect significant hair reduction that lasts indefinitely.