Tired of razor rash and living with stubble? Have you vowed never to undergo another waxing treatment? We get it. Women and men seeking laser hair removal travel to our Auburn medical spa from Roseville, Grass Valley, and Nevada City, CA, and throughout the region for treatments using the Lumenis® Splendor X—one of the most advanced laser hair removal systems available.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
For starters, laser hair removal means getting rid of the hassle of shaving. You’ll no longer worry about excess hair, annoying ingrown hairs, or stubble. For men, you’ll feel confident removing your shirt without thinking about excessive hair on your chest or back.
Other benefits of laser hair removal include:
- It’s a non-invasive treatment with no downtime
- Skin is smoother and softer after treatment
- Can target large areas of hair
- Fast, comfortable treatments
It’s important to remember that you won’t see the final results until after multiple treatment sessions.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?
Laser hair removal treatments target the melanin in the hair, so people with lighter skin who have dark, coarse hair are considered ideal candidates for the procedure because of the contrast. However, the Splendor X laser system we use at Vibrance is more advanced than other lasers and works for all skin tones—even tanned skin. One of our nurse aesthetic specialists will evaluate your skin to ensure that the procedure poses minimal risk of skin pigmentation or texture changes.
Common areas of the body where patients have unwanted hair include:
- Body: underarms, bikini line, forearms, legs, or back
- Face: brows, chin, upper lip, or cheeks
If you have fair skin and blonde or red hair, we recommend waxing treatments instead of laser hair removal.
What Happens During a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
Destroying the entire follicle down to the bulb while preserving the surrounding tissue is essential for successful laser hair removal treatments. The Splendor X laser system accomplishes this by delivering a combination of laser wavelengths that can be customized based on a patient’s skin tone and hair density.
During the procedure, the specialist places the hand-held device on the skin. It emits pulses of light beams that are absorbed by the melanin in the follicle. Most patients say the pulsed energy feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Some patients prefer to have a numbing cream applied about 30 to 45 minutes before their treatments.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Because not all hair follicles are actively growing at the same time, a single treatment session isn’t enough to produce the desired results. The specific number of treatments needed depends on the patient’s goals and their skin type and hair. Typically, we recommend initially scheduling 3 to 7 sessions spaced about 4 to 5 weeks apart.
What Happens After a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
The non-invasive nature of the procedure means there is no downtime following a treatment. You may notice some redness and a bit of swelling that goes away in a few hours. You may notice some initial results after a single treatment, with less and less hair growth in the targeted area after each treatment. Our specialists provide detailed post-treatment instructions to ensure the best possible outcomes.
How Long Do Results Last?
The reduction in hair growth from laser hair removal will last indefinitely, although the hair might not be completely eliminated from a treated area. Hair that remains is typically softer, finer, and less noticeable than before treatment.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Is laser hair removal worth it?
Most patients enjoy the relief from shaving, tweezing, and waxing once their initial treatment series is complete. Maintenance treatments may be needed once or twice a year to address any hair follicles that continue to produce hair.
Does the treatment hurt?
Our Splendor X laser has a dual cooling system that emits cool air to the skin with each pulse of the laser to minimize any discomfort during these treatments.
Will I need to shave before my treatment?
Shaving within 24 hours of laser hair removal is important to ensure there is no hair above the surface of the skin. You will be provided with instructions for preparing your skin to ensure your treatments are safe and as effective as possible.
Can I shave between laser sessions?
Shaving is OK between treatments, but do not tweeze or wax. It’s important to keep the hair in the follicle for future treatments.