Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Esther Chen MD

Aesthetics & Family Medicine Physician located in Los Gatos, CA

Unwanted hair can be a source of endless frustration, but laser hair removal can give you silky smooth skin and a sense of freedom at last. At Esther Chen MD in Los Gatos, California, the aesthetics specialists, along with Esther Chen, MD, offer laser hair removal using a pair of advanced lasers that can treat any skin type. Use online scheduling or call the office to make your laser hair removal appointment now.

Laser Hair Removal

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser light goes through your upper layers of skin, leaving it completely unharmed, to get into your hair follicles. The laser permanently damages your hair follicle, by shattering its pigment and cutting off the blood supply to the hair follicle. With a series of treatments, you can treat all the unwanted hair in any of the following treatment areas.

  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Bikini zone
  • Arms
  • Above lip (mustache area)

All laser hair removal sessions happen on-site at the office of Esther Chen MD, and sessions generally take anywhere from a few minutes to around an hour, depending on the treatment area.

Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?

Dr. Chen has two lasers, a 1064nm YAG and an 810 diode laser, to cover any skin type including tanned skin. Generally, the 810 diode laser is best for light-to-medium skin, while the 1064nm YAG is best for darker skin. 

Hair color plays a role in laser hair removal candidacy, as well. As long as you have pigment in your hair follicles, you can get laser hair removal, so it works for nearly all hair colors. But, if your hair is gray or light blonde, you don’t have the pigment needed. 

If pregnant or nursing, you need to delay laser hair removal until you have your baby and weaning is complete.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

Dr. Chen recommends that you avoid sunlight and indoor tanning for two weeks before and after each laser hair removal session. Stop waxing for at least six weeks ahead of your laser hair removal, as you need intact follicles for the laser to target. 

How often do I need laser hair removal sessions?

Dr. Chen generally recommends scheduling laser hair removal sessions every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired hair reduction (as long as the hair’s still visible). The total number of treatments can vary, but most patients get a series of at least four treatments. Once you’re happy with the results, you can stay smooth long-term with a few treatments a year, in most cases.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Yes, laser hair removal is permanent, but one day you might grow new hair in the same area. However, the new hair’s much thinner and lighter than before.

Book your laser hair removal appointment online now, or call the office of Esther Chen MD to schedule a visit now.