About Laser Hair Removal
Hair removal with a laser has become one of the most popular elective treatments in America. It's an effective option for the long-term reduction of excessive or unwanted hair growth on the body and face. This procedure frequently leaves the skin feeling and looking smoother and produces more longer-lasting results compared to other common hair removal methods. Board-certified dermatologist Tracy Evans performs laser hair removal with the innovative Lumenis® technology to help her patients end the time-consuming cycles of tweezing, shaving, waxing, and hair-removal creams. At Pacific Skin Corte Madera, CA, we offer safe and fast laser hair removal services for women and men for the back, legs, arms, face, chest, armpits, bikini area, and more. Contact our office today if this sounds like the solution for you.
"I went in to have a basal spot on my back removed. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Evans for years. She’s the best. I’ve never had a bad experience with her or anyone that works for her. She’s an excellent doctor and I trust her judgment/diagnoses completely. I particularly appreciated the way the procedure was handled. Everything is thoroughly explained and as they’re ‘working’ they tell you exactly what they’re about to do so there are no surprises. I highly recommend Dr. Evans (and in fact have recommended her to many of my friends). Having basal cells removed (I think the procedure is called Mose) is not a pleasant experience but Dr. Evans and her staff make it as pleasant and painless as possible"- A.D. / Google / May 30, 2019
"Dr Evan's has been treating my various dermatological issues for several years. Every visit is met with professionalism and complete confidence with what I present. When I needed further diagnosis she was quick to refer me to a specialist. Dr Evans has made herself available on a few occasions after hours to discuss my emergent needs."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 28, 2019
"DR Evans is thorough, very well educated and has an excellent staff in her well appointed office."- V.K. / Facebook / May 09, 2019
"I LOOOVE Dr. Evans and her whole team! Incredible customer service and great results for cool sculpting on my husband and fraxel on me! My skin is completely transformed and my husband was able to eliminate some fat pockets that no amount of exercise could touch! This is a top notch medical team with fabulous cosmetic services as well as the highest quality dermatology! I want to particularly thank Shantelle for being such a rock star! I'll be coming back for more and referring all my friends!"- E.M. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
"I love the quiet, spa-like atmosphere of Dr Evans' Corte Madera office. She and her staff offer a diverse array of treatments as well as complete dermatological care. Recently, I tried cool sculpting with Shantelle and was so pleased with the results. Shantelle is a skilled practitioner and very reassuring. I can't say enough good things about this office."- M.K. / Yelp / Apr 09, 2019
The patients who respond the best to laser hair removal are typically those with dark hair and light skin. This is because the laser works by targeting the melanin (pigment) in the hair. However, lighter hair or tan skin does not necessarily rule you out — it's important to let Dr. Evans evaluate your hair and complexion so she can advise you about your options. Most of our patients are interested in laser hair removal due to having unwanted, excessive, or very noticeable hair on certain areas of the face or body. This hair may be caused by medication, hormonal changes, heredity, or even some diseases. Our most common areas for hair removal are:
- Upper lip
- Bikini line
Most patients need at least five treatments scheduled 4 – 6 weeks apart to see ideal results. This is because your hair grows in cycles, and each hair is in its own cycle phase. The laser can only affect a hair in the growth phase so the hairs in the dormant phase will have to be treated later when they have moved to the growth phase. Different parts of the body also have cycles of different lengths, which can affect the timing and number of your treatments. Before and throughout your treatment, we will ask you to avoid tanning and self-tanning because laser hair removal has the best results when there is a strong contrast between your hair and skin color.
On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, we will first cleanse the areas of your face and body being treated to eliminate oil, dirt, and moisturizers. During the procedure, Dr. Evans or one of her professional team members will gently stretch out the treatment area to create a clear pathway between the root of the hair follicle and the laser. The laser's energy will focus on the pigment of the follicle, which stops the hair from growing again. The state-of-the-art technology we use at Pacific Skin targets only the hair follicle to preserve the skin and other tissue in the area being treated.
What to Expect
Although laser hair removal is a relatively gentle treatment, the treated areas of your skin may look like they have a light sunburn since lasers are used. Immediately following your session, you will likely experience a bit of swelling, soreness, and red skin, but this should calm down and clear up within just a few days. After your session, you will be able to go back to most of your normal routine, but you need to avoid heavy activity (sweating and straining) for at least a day to let the treated skin recover. At home following your appointment, we suggest soothing creams or ice packs to treat any mild discomfort. You will need to avoid sun exposure as much as possible throughout your full series of treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal depends on the size and number of areas being treated and how many treatment sessions you will need. To understand the benefits of laser hair removal, consider the energy and time you put into shaving, waxing, or other methods. This is why laser hair removal is generally cheaper and more convenient. At your consultation, we will develop your treatment plan, including our recommended number of treatments, to be able to determine your cost.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal produces long-lasting improvements and is considered an effective treatment. While patients can enjoy the results of the procedure for a long time, laser hair removal is technically semi-permanent since some follicles can remain unaffected. However, most patients find that the majority of their unwanted hair stops growing once their plan is finished. If a few hairs are still growing, they are lighter, finer, and easier to manage. More laser sessions may be needed to address new growth and any stragglers.
Why are so many laser hair removal sessions required?
Your hair growth occurs in phases. When some follicles are growing, other follicles are resting. With every follicle in a different stage, it is simply not possible to get every hair in one treatment. Several sessions are suggested to target each follicle while it's active. These sessions have to be spread out over time to make sure they occur during growth phases.
Is there any other way to effectively remove hair?
Aside from laser hair removal, only electrolysis can remove hair with long-lasting results. Electrolysis performed by a dermatologist or other health professional (not at home) can destroy hair follicles, though more sessions are necessary, and it can be more expensive. However, electrolysis might be the best solution for those with very light hair or dark skin.
Can I get other treatments at the same time?
At Pacific Skin, we do not typically perform any other treatments at the same time on the same area of skin. While laser treatments are safe when performed by a professional, it is not a good idea to overdo it in any one area. We are happy to provide other skin care services with laser hair removal, like BOTOX, dermal fillers, and certain skin rejuvenation procedures, on other areas that have not been laser treated.
Rid Yourself of Razors
Unwanted or excessive hair can be an inconvenient nuisance or even cause social anxiety. Fortunately, laser hair removal treatments offer an effective, long-lasting, and relatively painless alternative to waxing, shaving, and plucking. Contact Pacific Skin for a consultation with Dr. Tracy Evans to find out how this treatment could save you time, money, and the recurring discomfort of other hair removal methods. We have helped hundreds of Corte Madera men and women become hair- and care-free.