Laser Hair Removal San Francisco, CA

Your Top Laser Hair Removal Questions, Answered

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco, CAThe dream of never needing to shave again has extraordinary appeal. Who wouldn’t want soft silky legs or a bare bikini line with no maintenance? These commonly asked questions will help you determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

Is laser hair removal permanent? Yes and no. Laser hair removal will permanently reduce hair growth, but not permanently remove it. Laser hair removal will get rid of current hair follicles, but it cannot stop new hair follicles from developing due to weight or hormonal changes. Some patients may require yearly maintenance treatments. In many cases, patients do experience permanent hair loss after about three to seven sessions.

Am I allowed to wax or pluck before my laser hair treatment? No. The laser targets hair roots. If you wax or pluck, there will be no root to remove (until it grows back). Six weeks before your treatment do not wax, pluck or use electrolysis. Also, avoid sun exposure for six weeks leading up to and after your laser hair treatment. The sun’s rays can make laser hair removal less effective and increase the chance of complications.

How will my skin feel after laser hair treatment? For about two days after your treatment, your skin will feel sun burned. Use a cool compress or moisturizers to relieve the burning sensation. If you had laser hair removal on your face, you could still wear makeup the following day unless you have blistering.

What factors determine the cost of laser hair removal? The cost of a laser hair removal session will vary depending on the number of treatments you need. Also, the size of the area being treated and the amount of time it will take to treat that area affect the cost. Depending on what region of the country you live in will influence the price as well.

Schedule your consultation

At Aura Skin Spa, we pride ourselves in delivering quality care and service. Schedule a consultation today to discuss what laser hair removal can do for you. You can contact our office at (415) 788-3800. We look forward to serving you.

Lasers can safely and effectively remove unwanted hair

laser hair removalThere’s a fairly simple treatment that could help get you ready for summer weather, and now’s a great time to get started. Laser hair removal can be performed anywhere on the face and body, regardless of your skin type, and you won’t have to be self-conscious about unwanted hair again. Start your treatments by making an appointment today. Call  (415) 788-3800.

A brief explanation of how laser hair removal works

  • The laser emits a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into the skin.
  • A hand-piece touches the skin to deliver the laser light.
  • This high-intensity light delivers a controlled amount of heat.
  • The heat is attracted to the pigment in hair follicles.
  • This allows the laser light to target and destroy the hair follicle
  • There is no damage to the surrounding skin.

The two different lasers we have at Aura are used specific to the patient’s skin type

  1. Candela GentleLASE,

This is a long-pulse alexandrite wavelength for fair skin.

  1. Cutera CoolGlide

This is a YAG wavelength ideal for the darker skin.

The number of necessary treatments also depends on you

Your skin color, hair coarseness and the laser used will determine how many treatments can give you the desired results. Most patients require six sessions at about four to eight-week intervals for effective reduction of hair, and additional sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results. Each treatment can take from a few minutes up to an hour, depending on the area being treated.

The time between treatments will depend on the areas you are treating

  • Face – four weeks
  • Bikini area– six weeks
  • Legs – eight weeks

The type of skin and hair you have will determine how many sessions you need

  • Lighter skin and darker hair can often require fewer sessions.
  • Darker skin may require more sessions.
  • Blond, red, gray or white hair doesn’t respond to laser treatment because there’s no pigment in the hair follicle to attract the laser heat.

Our cooling methods will help control any discomfort

We use specific methods designed to cool the skin and reduce discomfort:

  • The Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD)
  • Cold gel
  • Chill-tip hand-piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now’s the perfect time to start your hair removal treatments

Spring is here, and we all know what that means. It’s pre-swimsuit season, with all the excitement (and terror) that dressing for warm weather and water can cause during particular months of the year.

One ever-growing concern that many of us have about summertime clothing issues is something that has a fairly easy solution: laser hair removal. It’s quickly becoming one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and it could make your transition into summer 2016 one of your easiest yet.

Laser treatments are a quicker, more permanent hair removal solution

LASER HAIR REMOVALManaging unsightly and painful ingrown hair doesn’t have to be part of your summer activities anymore. You can skip your usual razor, cream and plucking hair removal routines and opt instead for an in-office, no downtime procedure that actually does the job.

Hair removal meets science, and it works

When we laser away hair follicles, most patients are so please with the results that they may not give much thought to what actually happens to make the hair go away and stay away until the treatments are complete.

Laser hair removal works by producing a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue, delivering a controlled amount of heat that destroys the hair follicle without harming the skin.

If words aren’t quite enough

YouTube can be a great resource for people who would like to see how laser hair removal works. And for those who want to take an even closer look, check out a video by YouTube’s education science channel host Derek Muller. Using slow motion video, he is able to give viewers a look at science the science behind laser hair removal in action. In the video, you can see the hair practically sizzle out and die, leaving the skin smooth and hair-free.

If you’d rather see for yourself

The results of laser hair removal are long lasting — perfect for this summer and beyond. In about six treatments, you could be ready just in time to face the summer season with a new confidence. Call us for your first appointment today:(415) 788-3800.

Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted body hair has been bugging us for… practically forever But no more

Laser Hair RemovalWe aren’t saying you should throw away your tweezers or your razor. But the time has come when you should definitely not be spending so much of your time managing your unwanted face and body hair – in assorted painful ways with only temporary results. It’s time to take advantage of modern technology and expertise to take back your life and show your unwanted hair. And Aura can help you do just that. Call us today at (415) 788-3800.

If history can provide any comfort
Since the Ancient Egyptians (and probably before that), when women removed all of their body hair with seashell tweezers, we’ve been trying to find a way to manage that unwanted hair. During Roman times, women and men used everything from flint and pumice stones and tweezers to creams and waxes in efforts to remove excess hair, even from the pubic area. (It’s historically accurate that many depictions of Grecian women show them hairless there.)

Hair removal becomes a little groovier in the 1960s
That decade will always be remembered (maybe only by those of us in the beauty industry), as the beginning of the era of modern hair removal. That’s when wax strips became the top method for removing unwanted hair. Undertaken by experts, the results, if not the pain level, could be quite pleasing. But perhaps even more significant, the 60s is the decade that lasers were first used as a permanent hair removal method. But lasers were still too harsh on the skin back then. Aren’t we glad we live now?

Today’s lasers offer results that the Romans would appreciate
The established option for quick, safe and effective permanent reduction of unwanted hair is accomplished with a beam of high-intensity laser light, penetrating the skin to destroy the hair root.

Now you can use your time more wisely
Depending on your hair type and the size of the area to be treated, you will need about six laser treatment sessions, to reduce or permanently remove your unwanted hair, anywhere from four to eight weeks apart. That’s instead of a lifetime of plucking, shaving and waxing.