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New, Faster Laser Hair Reduction!

Imagine having a laser hair reduction treatment that is quick with minimal discomfort! That’s what our newest model of the Lumenis LightSheer DUET is like. You don’t even need topical anesthesia. What does it feel like? “Like a warm probe touching the skin,” commented Dr. Canales after his own recent treatment.

As you can tell, we’re excited about this new technology, particularly since we’ve been doing laser hair reduction since the 1990s. It used to be a character-building experience, when a back treatment was a painful one- or two-hour ordeal. Now we can treat an entire back in just fifteen minutes!

If you have unwanted hair or if you know someone who does, you might be interested in the answers to the following commonly asked questions.

Q) How does Laser Hair Removal work?

A) A laser beam is used to heat up the hair follicle. The heat changes the follicle, making it less able to grow hair. Although it may still be possible for hair to grow from that follicle, it usually grows more slowly and is finer and lighter in color. That’s why the treatment is more accurately called Laser Hair “Reduction” rather than Laser Hair “Removal.”

Q) Why is Laser Hair Removal usually performed over several sessions?

A) Hair grows in phases: the growth phase, the “involuting” or transition phase, and the resting phase. Only the hairs that are in the growth phase are responsive to the laser treatment. (Believe me, I wish that weren’t so!) Because only a portion of your hair is in the growth phase at any one time, repeat treatments are necessary to target sufficient hairs in the area.

Q) What are the most common areas treated?

A) For men, the back, neck, and chest are the most popular. Women prefer treating their legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini area.

Q) How should I prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

A) Avoid tans, even those with sunless tanning products. Also avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis before your treatment.

Q) How about after my treatment, what should I do?

A) Continue to avoid the sun and tanning beds. Once your skin has healed, use sunscreen. But then, you should be doing that anyway if you want to keep your skin healthy and youthful.

Q) Anything else I should know?

A) You should be evaluated before your treatment. Results vary according to the part of the body being treated, the color of the skin, and the color of the hair. If you’re interested in Laser Hair Removal, please make an appointment through our secure website or give us a call at (707) 537-2123. You know what they say? Hair today, gone tomorrow!

Dr. Heather Furnas

About Dr. Heather Furnas

Inspired by watching her plastic surgeon father operate in African bush hospitals, Dr. Heather Furnas followed in his footsteps, training at Stanford and serving on the Harvard clinical faculty. She and her husband, Dr. Paco Canales, practice together in Santa Rosa, California, where they raised their two children. (To learn more about their practice, visit www.enhanceyourimage.com.) She believes an informed patient is more likely to be a happy patient and is committed to providing that education. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about, she would love to hear from you!

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