Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair is an annoying fact of life for many people. Razors, tweezers, and even hot wax are used to eliminate unwanted hair on the face or body. But a more convenient and effective method is laser hair removal. Our Anchorage medical spa offers this service, which is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available.

If you've been thinking about removing unwanted hair, request a consultation online, or call (907) 279-8800 to schedule an appointment at our medical spa in Anchorage.

Our highly-trained providers look forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions.

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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

An intense, invisible light beam targets hair follicles with heat, ultimately destroying them at the root. The laser is able to focus on follicles by zeroing in on the hair's melanin, the dark color of the hair. Since laser hair removal targets melanin, it works best on people with dark hair and light skin.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Most patients say the procedure feels like a rubber band snapping their skin. Some patients choose to have a numbing cream applied to their skin to make the procedure more comfortable.

What Happens During a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

The hair in the target location will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin's surface. Patients are asked to wear goggles to protect their eyes. Laser settings are customized for your skin and hair color, the hair's thickness, and the area being treated. It's common to see some redness after the treatment, which usually fades in about a day. It's important to keep the treated area shielded from direct sunlight for at least a week after each procedure.

Can the Laser Hair Removal Treatment Be Done on Any Skin Tone or Hair Color?

People with fair skin and red or blonde hair can get laser hair removal but with less successful results. Our Sciton BBL device cannot be used on skin that is naturally dark or tanned.

How Do I Prepare for My Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

Avoid sun exposure/tanning for at least 2 weeks before your treatment. About a week ahead of time, discontinue the use of any skincare products like retinol or glycolic acid that make your skin sensitive to light. It's OK to shave unwanted hair, but do not pluck. We want hair to be below the skin in the follicles at the time of treatment.

How Long Does a Laser Hair Removal Treatment Take?

The Sciton BBL device has a large spot size which makes treatments quicker than most other devices. Approximate treatment times vary by the size of the area and density of the hair, but generally take:

  • Upper lip, between the eyebrows, or chin: 5 minutes
  • Underarms, entire face, or bikini area: 15 minutes
  • Back, both arms, or both legs: 30 to 45 minutes

How Many Treatments Are Needed for Laser Hair Removal?

A few follow up treatments are required at 4 to 6 week intervals, since only hairs in the growth phase are affected. Money-saving hair removal treatment packages are available for your convenience.

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

Laser hair removal provides permanent results because the hair follicles that are destroyed do not grow back. For the most complete results, a series of treatments must be performed at regular intervals to ensure all hair follicles are treated during their active growth cycle.

At FACES, we also offer laser treatments that improve the texture and coloring of the skin.

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Meet Our Physicians

Each of our physicians is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; in addition, Dr. Ellerbe is board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.