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Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology

Dermatologists & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Pleasanton, CA

Shaving, waxing, and tweezing may get rid of unwanted hair but also require a lot of maintenance. Sarah Coates, MD, and Richard Burroughs, MD, can eliminate unwanted hair for good with laser hair removal at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology in Pleasanton, California. To get the hassle-free, smooth skin you’ve always wanted, call or book an appointment online today.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses light energy to get rid of unwanted hair almost anywhere on your body. Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology performs the procedure in the office, and it requires no downtime. 

During a session, your provider directs the laser at targeted areas of your face or body. The laser’s light energy penetrates your outer layers of skin to reach the follicles below. 

When the pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, it destroys the follicle so it can no longer grow hair.

Where is laser hair removal effective?

Laser hair removal at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology can remove hair almost anywhere on your body, including:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Upper lip
  • Chin 
  • Neck
  • Legs 
  • Arms 
  • Bikini line
  • Underarms

Laser hair removal is appropriate for most skin types.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

During a laser hair removal session, you’ll feel warmth and tingling. You may have some discomfort, but sessions are relatively quick and most people tolerate them quite well. 

The laser system has a built-in cooling mechanism to help keep you comfortable. 

Following treatment, Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology offers cold packs and a cooling gel for relief.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

Exactly how many sessions of laser hair removal you’ll need depends on the area treated and your skin and hair type. Dense, dark hair may need more sessions, but generally you’ll achieve smooth skin in 5-7 appointments.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Most people experience an 85-95% permanent reduction in facial and body hair after a series of laser hair removal sessions. If you do have noticeable hair regrowth, you can return to Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology for follow-up treatments. 

How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

You can shave before your laser hair removal sessions, but avoid tweezing or waxing for 6-8 weeks as you need the follicle intact. Laser hair removal doesn’t work as well on tanned skin, so stay out of the sun and tanning beds before your sessions. 

You’ll want to continue this advice after laser treatment, too, as your skin is temporarily more sensitive to UV rays.

To schedule your laser hair removal appointment, call Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

* Individual results may vary.