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Laser Hair Removal San Francisco

Simply smooth skin forever

Facial and body laser hair removal in the Bay Area are increasingly popular treatments for men and women who wish to look clean-shaven without having to bother with weekly or daily hair-removal procedures like shaving, waxing and chemical depilatories.

Laser hair removal may be performed on virtually any area of the body, ranging from the very small (i.e. the upper lip) to the very large (i.e. the back).

The Appearance Care Center at The Maas Clinic uses the Lumenis Light Sheer laser, recognized as the gold standard for Bay Area laser hair removal. It works by delivering pulses, each pulse lasting for just a fraction of a second. The associated heat damages the hair follicle and impairs its ability to re-grow. Significantly less hair grows back with each treatment, ultimately resulting in the desired outcome of permanent hair reduction. Not only is the idea of permanent laser hair removal in San Francisco desirable from an aesthetic and convenience perspective, but it can also improve the health and appearance of the skin by reducing the incidence of skin disorders, like razor burn and folliculitis, which are directly linked to the presence of hair in the affected area.

Hair growth is cyclical and there are three phases in the cycle. The first phase is anagen (the active or growth cycle); the second phase is catagen (the dormant phase); and the last phase is telogen (the fall-out or shedding phase). Laser Hair Removal is most effective during the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. It is highly unlikely that every hair to be treated on a given day will be in the anagen phase, hence the need for multiple treatments.

Hair growth cycles differ on different parts of the body. Your skin and hair color, coarseness of hair as well as age, metabolism and other individual factors influence hair growth rate. To achieve optimal results, 4-6 treatments spaced at 4-6 week intervals is suggested. Treatments may be purchased in a series of 5 or individually in our San Francisco or Tahoe laser hair removal clinics.

LightSheer DUET Laser Hair Removal

The new LightSheer DUET by Lumenis is now the Gold Standard in laser hair removal, providing patients with an overall more comfortable laser hair removal experience.

The LightSheer DUET system is a quick and virtually pain free way to permanently remove unwanted hair from your legs, back, chest, arms, face, bikini, and other areas of your body where unwanted hair is a problem. This revolutionary machine successfully and comfortably treats large areas of the body, but also includes the LightSheer ET system, which is ideal for smaller or bony areas such as the chin, upper lip and areas around the knees and ankles.

The number of treatments required depends on several factors, including hair and skin type. Laser hair removal treats hair in an active growth phase. Since all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, 5 or more treatments may be necessary for the best results.

About LightSheer DUET

The DUET system offers several innovative improvements over previous laser hair removal systems. Vacuum-assisted technology combined with a dramatic increase in the laser spot size enables a greater depth of penetration, and improved absorption of energy at the hair follicle. With this approach, the targeted tissue is gently stretched to minimize competing chromophores while pulling the hair closer to the skin’s surface. These improvements to the earlier technology mean the treatment times are reduced by 75% in many cases, and backs, legs and other areas can be treated comfortably, without the use of anesthetics and gels.

How often can I use laser hair removal?

Well, the answer to that question is based on the science or the physiology of hair growth. Any given time, hair may be in its resting phase which means that there’s no hair in the shaft or near the follicle. In which case that follicle wouldn’t be destroyed. Remember that hair itself is just a protein, it’s not a growing or living cell, the hair itself or the protein is produced by the follicle that’s at the base of the hair and as hair grows, that protein is being produced by the hair follicle. So when we’re targeting the hair, in order to make the hair go away permanently, We’ve got to make sure that there’s actually hair growth that is the target of the laser. When the laser hits that hair the light energy is absorbed, it very rapidly heats the follicle from which the hair is derived and it destroys the follicle and thus the hair is destroyed permanently, there’s no new hair growth.

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about Laser Hair Removal in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email.

The information about laser hair removal was reviewed by Dr. Corey Maas. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form on the sidebar.

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