5 Most Popular Laser Hair Removal Questions Answered

Our clients in the Bay Area and Seattle often have the same types of questions about our laser hair removal services. So we consulted with the pros to get you the answers. Here's what we found:

Who Can Legally Perform A Laser Hair Removal Service in the State of California?

According to the Medical Board of California, physicians may perform laser hair removal treatments. In addition, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses may also perform these treatments under a physician's supervision. Unlicensed medical assistants, licensed vocational nurses, cosmetologists, electrologists, or estheticians may not legally perform these treatments under any circumstance, nor may registered nurses or physician assistants perform them independently, without supervision.

What Parts of the Body Can You Receive Laser Hair Removal?

The most common areas to receive laser hair removal on the body for both men and women are:

  • legs
  • bikini area
  • underarms
  • stomach
  • arms
  • back
  • shoulders
  • neck
  • face or upper lip, chin and sideburns.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Do You Need?

Laser hair removal is most effective on the hairs in the early part of the anagen stage, when hair is actively growing. This is why it’s important for clients to receive laser hair removal in a series of treatments, ensuring that all of the hairs are targeted during this key stage of hair growth. It’s recommended that clients receive 8 to 10 laser hair removal sessions, every 4 to 6 weeks in order to receive a 70 to 80% hair reduction in the area that they’re treating. The actual number of sessions needed for laser hair removal will depend on hair type, how coarse the hair is, skin color and the area of body being treated. Actual results will vary among clients.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?

The most common side effects clients may experience after laser hair removal include a slight burning sensation or warmth in the area treated, swelling and redness. Most of these typical side effects disappear within a couple of hours to a couple of days after a treatment.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

The cost of a laser hair removal treatment will depend on a number of factors such as the size of the area that’s being treated, the time required for the treatment and the number of treatments a client will need to receive. We recommend coming in for an initial consultation to speak with a nurse practitioner who can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment.

Want to see if you’re a candidate for laser hair removal?

At SkinSpirit, we offer laser hair removal at all locations:

  • San Francisco
  • Mill Valley
  • Los Gatos
  • Oakland
  • Burlingame
  • Walnut Creek
  • Bellevue
  • Seattle
  • Redmond
  • Palo Alto
  • Newport Beach
  • Long Beach
  • Austin
  • Salt Lake City

We recommend coming in for an initial consultation to speak with a nurse practitioner at your nearest location. You can schedule your consult online here, or give us a call at (855) 383-7546. At SkinSpirit, consultations for any service are always complimentary.


Disclaimer: Information and content within this blog is provided for informational purposes only. This blog is not intended to provide medical advice, and anything read here should not be construed as such. Reading this blog or communicating with our staff does not create a physician-patient relationship. If you have questions about any health issue, including something you may have read here, please consult a licensed, trained physician or health professional immediately.

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