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Valley Dermatology

Laser Hair Reduction

Unwanted hair can be an inconvenience for both men and women, prompting many to seek solutions that eliminate the need for constant shaving, waxing or other temporary methods. Saying goodbye to the hassle of frequent grooming is possible with Valley Dermatology’s laser hair reduction treatment using the Candela Pro Max system.

Laser hair reduction targets hair at the follicles, providing a more permanent solution to achieve smoother and hair-free skin.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal treatment offers an effective solution for eliminating unwanted hair. This procedure involves exposing the hair to pulses of laser light that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft and hair follicles. Melanin is responsible for the color of the hair.

Once absorbed, the light energy is converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicle, particularly the bulb and bulge, which are responsible for hair growth. The heat generated by the laser damages or destroys the hair follicle, preventing or delaying future hair growth.

The goal is to target the follicles during the active growth phase (anagen phase) for optimal results. In order to target the melanin in the hair follicles while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin, we carefully select the laser parameters, including wavelength and pulse duration.

Benefits of Laser Treatments

Benefits of Laser Treatments

At Valley Dermatology, using the Candela Pro Max system offers numerous benefits, including:

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How Does Laser Hair Reduction Work?

At Valley Dermatology, laser hair removal begins with a consultation, so we can assess your skin type, hair color and medical history. Then we create a customized plan just for you.


When you arrive for your treatment the targeted area is cleaned, and if necessary, a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. 

Laser Application

The handheld laser device is then applied to the skin, emitting pulses of light over the treatment area. The laser is adjusted based on factors like hair color, thickness and skin type.

Cooling Measures

The Candela Max Pro system incorporates cooling mechanisms to protect the surrounding skin and ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Post-Treatment Care

After the session, you will be advised about post-treatment care, which may include avoiding sun exposure, using moisturizer and shaving/waxing.

Multiple Sessions

Since hair grows in cycles and not all hair follicles are in the active growth phase simultaneously, multiple sessions are typically required to target hairs at different stages of growth.

Managing Hair Growth Between Sessions

One of the most common questions we hear is, “how can I safely manage hair growth between laser hair reduction treatments?” It is generally recommended to shave the treated area between laser hair removal sessions. Shaving is a suitable method for managing hair growth during the course of laser hair removal treatments.

Shaving is preferable over methods like waxing or plucking during a laser hair removal regimen. Waxing and plucking can disturb the hair follicles, potentially interfering with the laser’s ability to target them effectively. Shaving, on the other hand, allows the laser to penetrate the hair follicles without any interference, leading to more effective hair reduction.

What Are The Expected Results?

What Are The Expected Results?

Results from laser hair reduction include a gradual reduction in hair thickness and density, leading to smoother and hair-free skin. While multiple sessions are usually required, many individuals experience a significant reduction in unwanted hair after just a few treatments.

While laser hair removal can lead to a substantial reduction in hair, it may not result in complete hair removal. Some individuals may experience long-term hair loss, while others may require occasional maintenance sessions to keep the hair at bay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patients may experience a mild discomfort often described as a snapping or tingling sensation. Many modern laser devices include cooling mechanisms to enhance comfort during the procedure.

The number of sessions varies based on factors like hair color, thickness, and the targeted area. Multiple sessions, typically spaced a few weeks apart, are required to achieve optimal and long-lasting results.

Laser hair reduction offers long-lasting results, but it is not always permanent. Maintenance sessions may be needed over time to address any regrowth.

Why Should I Choose Valley Dermatology for Laser Hair Treatments?

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is your premier destination for comprehensive and compassionate dermatological care in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Dr. Scott Smith, our skilled team is dedicated to delivering top-notch medical services and ensuring an optimal patient experience. We prioritize attentive listening, addressing concerns, and crafting personalized skin treatment plans.

Specializing in skin cancer treatments, including Mohs micrographic surgery, as well as cosmetic services, our experts are here to assist with concerns ranging from acne to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin disorders. Trust us for unparalleled service on your journey to healthier, beautiful skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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