Laser hair removal is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures for a reason (or three) – it saves time, money, and the hassle associated with other hair removal methods. Shaving, plucking, waxing, depilatory creams, and threading all get rid of unwanted hair, but the results only last for mere days or weeks at a time.
Laser hair removal is the only solution for permanent hair reduction. And thanks to technological advances, it’s now even easier for people of all skin types to permanently remove unwanted hair.
At the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, hair removal costs vary depending on the area being treated and if the session itself is a one-time treatment or part of a package.
Note that four session packages greatly reduce costs on a per session basis. Here is how our pricing breaks down:
|Service type: Facial||One session:||Four-session package:|
|Full Face||$199||$600 ($150 per session)|
|Nose||$79||$164 ($41 per session)|
|Ears||$79||$236 ($59 per session)|
|Chin or lip||$69||$176 ($44 per session)|
|Extended chin||$79||$236 ($59 per session)|
|Neck||$99||$276 ($69 per session)|
|Service type: Arms & Legs||One session:||Four-session package:|
|Full arms||$199||$640 ($160 per session)|
|Underarms (armpits)||$59||$196 ($49 per session)|
|Lower arms||$150||$480 ($120 per session)|
|Full legs||$299||$940 ($235 per session)|
|Upper legs||$199||$664 ($166 per session)|
|Lower legs||$185||$596 ($185 per session)|
|Buttocks||$199||$556 ($139 per session)|
|Brazilian bikini||$139||$396 ($99 per session)|
|Regular bikini||$75||$276 ($69 per session)|
|Service type:||One session:||Four-session package:|
|Back and Shoulders||$299||$940 ($235 per session)|
|Lower Back||$99||$276 ($69 per sesssion)|
|Chest, Abdomen, and Shoulders||$299||$940 ($235 per session)|
Lasers safely remove unwanted hair by focusing highly concentrated light energy into the hair follicles. When the correct laser is used and adjusted to the person’s skin type, the laser is able to target the pigment within the hair follicle. As the laser light is absorbed, it destroys the hair growth in the center of the follicle without damage to the surrounding skin. Once the follicle is damaged, it will never grow hair again.
Laser hair removal only works when the hair is in the active growth phase. Hair grows in three phases: active, resting, and transition. And because each individual hair grows at its own rate, not every hair follicle is in the same phase at the same time. So most people require several treatments to achieve the silky smooth skin they desire.
Once a hair follicle is destroyed, it will no longer grow hair. But there is no guarantee that the laser will destroy every single hair follicle. In some cases, hair regrowth is possible. Some clients like to return once or twice a year for touchup treatments to keep their skin smooth and silky.
Yes, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, laser hair removal is perfectly safe. At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we use only state-of-the-art lasers, and our Board Certified Physician, Dr. Parvin Mani, specializes in cosmetic laser treatments. She is highly skilled and experienced in the art of laser hair removal, and she is committed to providing every client with safe, comfortable, and effective treatment.
Sessions take an average of 30 minutes, though the exact length will depend on the size of the treatment area and the density of the hair. For larger areas such as the back, the legs, or a full-body treatment, you can expect your laser hair removal sessions to take an hour or more.
Although there is some discomfort associated with laser hair removal, it is minimal. Some patients compare the sensation to that of a rubber band flicking against the skin. At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we’re committed to patient comfort. In addition to the topical numbing cream we offer prior to the procedure, our laser handpiece also releases a cool stream of air that helps to keep your skin comfortable during treatment. Any stinging sensation you do experience will subside once the session has ended. Some patients take ibuprofen a couple of hours before their appointment to further minimize discomfort.
At your consultation, we’ll provide you with a list of instructions to prepare for your laser hair removal procedure. But in general, you’ll want to avoid tanning for several days. Avoid waxing or plucking in the weeks leading up to the appointment as well On the day of your procedure, avoid using any products, including lotion and antiperspirant.
Once you’ve completed your laser hair removal treatment, you’re free to go about your business as usual. You may have some redness or swelling, but it should subside within a few hours. If your treatment area is exposed to the sun, it’s important to use sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher for several days following the laser hair removal procedure.