If you’re tired of shaving, plucking, or waxing, laser hair removal can save you time and energy. At Sierra Nevada Wellness Center, the skilled team of family practice physicians offers laser hair removal to both men and women. This advanced cosmetic treatment can eliminate unwanted body hair, providing you with silky smooth skin. To schedule an appointment at the Sparks, Nevada, practice, by calling the office or booking online today.

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What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses targeted light energy to safely eradicate unwanted body hair. Each year, more than one million Americans undergo laser hair removal. It’s a quick, convenient, and long-lasting treatment that presents none of the side-effects associated with shaving or waxing.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

To get the most out of your laser hair removal appointment, it’s important to prepare in advance. The team at Sierra Nevada Wellness Center recommends:

  • Avoiding sun exposure including sun burning, tanning beds, bronzers, and self-tanning creams a minimum of 4 weeks prior
  • Refraining from waxing, plucking, tweezing, threading, electrolysis, or the use of depilatories a minimum of 4 weeks prior; it is asked that you come shaved within 24 hours of the appointment.
  • Avoiding any photosensitive drugs 2 weeks prior
  • Taking good care of your skin

If you have a history of cold sores, develop a bacterial skin infection, or have any medical or medication changes including the use of Botox, Fillers, Accutane, Retin A, Differin, Glycolic Acid, Alpha hydroxy, Beta Hydroxy, anti-inflammatory or chemotherapy prescriptions in the days leading up to your appointment, let the team know. They’ll take the steps necessary to make sure all contraindications with the laser are avoided.

What areas of skin can laser hair removal safely treat?

At Sierra Nevada Wellness Center, the team uses laser hair removal to remove hair from many parts of the body, including:

  • Brazilian/Bikini areas
  • Underarms
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Neck

Laser hair removal can also safely treat different parts of the face, including the upper lip, chin, and cheeks.

What does laser hair removal involve?

The team at Sierra Nevada Wellness Center conducts laser hair removal on an outpatient basis. At the beginning of your appointment, they combine the application of ultrasound gel and cold air to various areas of your skin which acts as a cooling lubricant and gives a numbing-like effect, ensuring your comfort. All safety precautions are taken before starting the lasering process.

Your technician holds a wand-like device in their hand that emits targeted bursts of light energy. They carefully wave the device over your skin, targeting specific patches of body hair. The laser energy follows the pigment of the hair down to the follicle and over time destroys it during the anagen stage of hair growth.

How long the laser hair removal process takes depends on the size of the area being treated. Most people complete treatment in 15-60 minutes.

Is laser hair removal safe?

Laser hair removal is safe and typically well-tolerated. Following treatment, it’s normal to experience mild swelling, irritation, or redness, but this should subside within 24-48 hours. If your symptoms persist, get worse, or interfere with your daily routine, contact the team at Sierra Nevada Wellness Center immediately.

To see if you’re a candidate for laser hair removal, request an appointment at Sierra Nevada Wellness Center. Call the office or book a consultation online today.