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Did You Know…
The light from a hair removal laser passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair follicle and is destroyed. Since people have different skin colors, we need to have lasers with a variety of colors of laser light.
In the 1450s, women would shave their pubic hair to get rid of lice. And then they would have a pubic hair wig made as a replacement.
The same laser that is used for hair removal, can get rid of toe nail fungus.
In the past some doctors tried to dye the patient hair dark so that more of the laser energy would be absorbed by the hair and thereby the laser would more effectively remove the hair. Unfortunately, it did not work because the dye did not reach the hair follicle.
The word “Cosmetic” is derived from the Greek word “Kosmos” which means “of this world.”
The idea behind the CoolSculpt machine started after doctors noticed that children who sucked on popsicles lost the fat in their cheeks without damage to the skin. It is amazing what can develop from a simple observation.
Just before the laser is fired, a jet of frozen air is sent to the skin to protect the skin from the laser energy and to decrease the pain.
Neurotoxins are medications developed from the bacteria known as clostridium botulinum. Researchers noticed that people infected with this bacterium had suffered muscle weakness. Dysport and Botox have been developed from this discovery.
A tan can absorb some of the energy of laser light and prevent the laser light from reaching the hair follicle. Do not get a tan before laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal

Considering Laser Hair Removal?

Questions to Ask Your Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Have laser hair removal ideas been dancing in your head lately? If so, you’re not alone. Summertime is the most popular time of year for the treatment, what with all those beaches and swimming pools.

If you’ve never gotten laser hair removal before and you’re not quite sure what it entails, it’s a good idea to approach your specialist with some questions beforehand. Be sure to ask…

Is your particular laser(s) going to be good for my type of skin?

Different lasers target different things, so it’s smart to ask what type of laser will work best for your skin’s color, tone, oil levels and skin texture. Be sure to find the best laser for you.

Do you perform a lot of laser hair removal treatments?

The specialist you choose should routinely perform laser hair removal treatments. Don’t go with someone who doesn’t have much experience in the practice—get someone who is certified and knows what they’re doing.

What do I need to do to prepare before my session?

Whatever area is being treated should be clean and shaved. The more hair you have, the less effective the laser’s going to be. You also do not want the room to smell like burned hair. Stubble can cause some lasers to not work as well, but other types of lasers need a couple days’ growth, so be sure to ask your laser hair removal specialist before you do (or don’t do) anything.

Is there anyone who should avoid laser hair removal for medical reasons?

Women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating at the time shouldn’t get laser hair removal, but there may be other factors that you need to be aware of. Be sure to ask this important question to your specialist.

How many treatments will I need to get?

The typical number of treatment visits is 4-6, but it can be more or less than this, depending on your skin and hair type.

How long does the treatment last?

The average “lifespan” of a laser hair removal treatment is three years before you’ll be needing a touch-up treatment. Hair follicle life cycles come into play here.

Can I get laser hair removal if I have a tan?

Your laser hair removal specialist should not answer “yes” to this question. Tanned skin cannot safely or effectively receive laser hair removal treatment. It will either burn or not work at all.

Does laser hair removal treatment work for everyone?

Again, this is a great question for the specialist, since different lasers focus on different things. However, if you’re trying to get rid of blonde, light-colored, or gray hairs, be aware that these types of hair are pretty difficult to get rid of. Those lighter hairs have lighter hair follicles, which means the laser has a hard time picking them up and removing them.

If you’ve been seriously considering laser hair removal treatments, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or to schedule a consultation at Fremont Laser and Skin Care. Laser hair removal is one of our specialties, and we would love to hear from you!

Laser Hair Removal for Men

Laser Hair Removal for Men Keeps Trending Upward

When it comes to men and body hair, there are two schools of thought. On the one hand, a hairy chest is a sign of masculinity. This has generally been embraced by men with rugged, stocky statures. Throw in a beard and even a city guy can look like a mountain man. But for men who have lean bodies and athletic physiques, a hairy chest is almost like a blanket covering up their strength. Both schools of thought come down to personal preference. This hair or no hair debate has been debated for a long time in mainstream culture.

The shaved look became a hot topic in men’s circles during the 1970s, when seven-time Mr. Olympia, movie star, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger brought bodybuilding into the mainstream. He became a symbol of physical fitness, strength and virility. It was also quite noticeable that his Herculean body was hairless.

Back then, bodybuilders used razors and shaving cream or liquid hair removal products. The same was true for men who were into general fitness. In recent years, the hairless physique has been upwardly trending and here are a few reasons why laser hair removal makes joining this movement far easier than in the days of shaving or waxing.

  • Look better: If you have good pecs and lean abs, your body will look more muscular and fit once they show through. And, you don’t have to be a workout warrior to look better without chest and stomach hair. A fit body is an attractive body.
  • Eliminate stubble: You like the way you look shaved. The only problem is that as it grows back, it’s rough to the touch. That isn’t winning any comfort points with your love interest. Laser makes your skin smooth to the touch, permanently.
  • Show the ink: Tattoos have always been culturally significant. In ancient times, tattoos were tribal. Sailors often documented their voyages with skin ink. These days, people have different reason for getting them. But you cannot display them proudly if they’re covered with hair.
  • Hygiene: Body hair absorbs sweat, dust and other things. You’ll be cleaner and smell fresher without it.

If you’re pondering the use of laser hair removal, you probably have some questions. Here are a few things to know.

  1. How does it work? Laser hair removal is a beam of light destroying the hair follicle beneath the surface.
  2. Is it permanent? Once the hair follicle is destroyed, it is highly unlikely to grow back.
  3. What are the side effects? Generally, patients experience some short-term skin redness. Occasionally, patients have a mild rash. Blisters have appeared, temporarily, in rare cases. You can resume regular activities immediately after treatment.
  4. What parts of the body are treated? Laser removal can be done on almost the entire body. Men commonly have their back, chest, stomach and neck areas treated.
  5. How many treatments are needed for hair removal? It usually takes less than 10 total treatments. Laser removal targets active hair follicles. Because they go through cycles, multiple treatments are necessary.
  6. Does it hurt? Most patients compare it to a quick rubber band snap to the skin.

The days of hair removal being only for women are long gone. Today, men are enjoying the comfort of a hairless physique through laser treatments. You’ll look lean, more fit and your significant other may enjoy your soft-to-the-touch skin a little more, too.

Schedule a free consultation with Fremont Laser & Skin Care to learn more.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal – Who’s Doing It and Why?

Self-confidence.  Doing something for yourself.  Part of your regular personal care routine.  For a variety of reasons, women and a dramatically increasing number of men are using laser hair removal to eliminate unwanted hair from the face and body.

When’s the last time you caught a glimpse of your physical image in a full-length mirror? For most men body hair issues influence self-esteem, personal preference and confidence.  Laser hair removal can improve how you feel about yourself, which is why more men are including hair removal from Fremont Laser & Skin Care as part of their grooming routine.

Create the Best Image of Yourself

For years, hair removal for men was seen strictly as an athletic routine.  Sports authorities agree having less hair on your body helps to increase performance in sports.  Athletic speed is still a factor. However today, men’s body images are more socialized and women are more outspoken about it.  These are two of the simplest reasons for why men are removing unwanted body hair.

Laser hair removal can completely remove or thin out particular areas where the hair tends to be dense.  The back and shoulder areas can be thinned by blending the hair growth pattern to the upper arms.  The process is customized for the person.

Facial hair growth patterns are as individual as the man.  Depending on the hair’s density, laser treatments can improve the texture of your skin.  The results are a younger and healthier appearance.  Treatments also diminish five o’clock shadow.  Some men have experienced fewer ingrown hairs making it easier to get a clean shave with fewer nicks.  Don’t forget about the uni-brow.  It’s now possible to remove the unwanted hair and shape both of your eyebrows.

Men’s Hair Myths

It is true most men do worry about unwanted hair. Not paying attention to it doesn’t make it less noticeable. The advancements in personal care have made the treatments more available and comfortable. Make this the year you man-up and boost your self-confidence.

Technology has a solution for removing hair from all parts of your body. The treatment targets the hair root. This specialized process is the reason laser hair removal lasts longer compared to other hair removal options. The extension of time between treatments helps to maintain your physical appearance longer.  The most commonly treated areas are men’s backs, shoulders, chests, beards and necklines.

Like everyone else, there are parts of your body you enjoy and parts you could do without. Laser hair removal isn’t just for women. It’s time to make an appointment or schedule your free consultation with Fremont Laser & Skin Care.

DIY Hair Removal? Consider Your Options.

At-Home Devices Have Come a Long Way, But Still Not as Effective as Laser Hair Removal

When considering the various methods or devices of hair removal available, it is tempting to go for the lower cost, easy-to-do home treatments. At-home devices have certainly come a long way since the days of electrolysis, but when you want to eliminate hair for good, nothing outperforms laser hair removal for permanent results.

What you need to know to make the right choice for you

Laser hair removal is performed by licensed and experienced medical spa staff. A professional will assess your skin and hair color first, then fine-tune their professional-grade hair removal laser to obtain the best and safest results possible.

At home, it’s just you, a hair removal device and a set of directions guiding you through the process. While this is a perfectly fine and preferred scenario for some, others desire a more expert approach.

At-home treatment devices

Many at-home treatment devices fall under the intense pulsed light (IPL) category. Most of them are not suitable for darker skin tones, but some have been developed with better technologies to make them safe even on dark skin. Only a few at-home diode laser devices are available and they designed for use on light skin tones.

Professional hair removal devices

At medical spas, the terms laser and IPL hair removal are often used interchangeably, although many practitioners prefer to use laser hair removal because they believe it does deliver superior results to IPL. With laser hair removal devices, even those with darker skin tones that generally don’t respond well to IPL achieve hair-free results.

Differences between at-home and medical spa hair removal devices

IPL machines are sold at major retailers to consumers. This makes them convenient for someone who wants to avoid an appointment with a medical practitioner for hair removal treatment, and perhaps the higher cost. Based on online device reviews, users report a less-than-satisfying experience. At-home device users can use them as a precursor to medical spa laser hair removal services. The results are convincing enough to make the leap to a medical spa for even smoother, hair-free areas.

At-home IPL devices are less painful, but much less successful in permanently removing hair from the body than medical-grade lasers. This is because medical lasers produce more power per pulse that causes more damage to hair follicles, preventing the growth of the hair forever, or preventing its re-growth for a very long time. Most medical lasers for hair removal are accompanied by special systems for cooling which help protect the tissues surrounding the hair follicles.

It is difficult to reach some areas of the body such as the back of your legs, your bottom, back and shoulders with an at-home hair removal device. This makes it hard to achieve total coverage of all the areas without asking a friend or partner for help. Plus, treatments take time and can be tedious, especially if you’re covering large areas or treating the whole body. But with medical spa hair removal devices, the trained operative easily covers your whole body as you sit or lie down relaxing. The treatments are fast can more easily cover larger areas at a time compared to smaller at-home devices.

You’ve made the decision to undergo hair removal. How you go about it is a personal choice, of course. Time, skill, cost and effectiveness are all aspects that factor into deciding which is right for you.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with Fremont Laser. Our staff will answer your questions, address your concerns and give you the information you need to make the right laser hair removal option for you. Call us at (510) 792-1579 or use our contact form.

Laser Hair Removal for Underarms and Bikini Area

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Remember the first time you shaved your underarms and bikini area, feeling so excited and grown up? Eventually, the newness wears off and shaving becomes just another chore, especially inconvenient when you need to wear baring clothes or swimsuit. Waxing is an option that leaves your underarm and bikini areas hair free longer, but not quite long enough.

Laser hair removal is the only option for never shaving or waxing again. Given its safety and effectiveness, laser hair removal is one of the most requested procedures performed in medical spas in the Bay Area.

Lasers are commonly used to get rid of excess hair from your underarms, bikini area, legs, face, arms and other key areas. Some of the common benefits of this procedure include:

Lasers are capable of targeting coarse, dark hairs while not affecting the surrounding skin so it’s safe to use in sensitive areas like underarms and the bikini area
Oftentimes, it takes only three to seven laser hair removal sessions at Fremont Laser and Skin Spa to achieve permanent hair loss

Every laser pulse takes a few milliseconds. Lasers are capable of treating an area of about a quarter every second, which means it can cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. Your underarms and bikini area can be treated in minutes.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The simplest way to define laser hair removal is concentrated light is targeted at the hair follicles. The pigment in the hair absorbs the light and its heat destroys the hair follicle, rending it impossible for hair to grow from that follicle again.

That being said, laser hair removal isn’t just about zapping unwanted hair with a laser. This is a cosmetic medical procedure that requires the expertise of someone who has undergone extensive training to learn how to successfully perform the procedure. There also are risks involved with the procedure that you need to be aware of beforehand. Before you make a decision, spend some time with the doctor or technician who is going to be performing the procedure for you so that all of your questions are professionally answered and you are a good candidate. Lasers that remove hair are much more sophisticated today, so most people are excellent candidates.

Prior to your first laser hair removal appointment, stop plucking, waxing and electrolysis treatments for at least six weeks. The laser targets the roots of the hair, which are removed when you pluck or wax.

Avoid spending a lot of time in the sun both before and after getting your treatment. Sun exposure tends to make the process less effective since the laser is attracted to pigment.

Today, the Candala lasers are considered the gold standard for laser hair removal. At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we use two types of Candala lasers.

Candala GentleLASE

Candala GentleLASE uses a long-pulse, high-energy alexandrite laser that emits a subtle bean of light. That light is sent through the skin and into the hair follicles where your body absorbs it. It is then turned into heat, which effectively destroys the follicles without affecting the surrounding skin. The skin is also protected from any potential damage using a Dynamic Cooling Device. This device sends cryogen onto the skin to help cool the upper layers and give patients the level of comfort needed. The procedure protects the skin and eliminates unwanted hair.

Candala GentleYAG

Candala GentleYAG treats spider veins and laser hair removal. It can also tighten your skin. There is no gel required and it is safe for all skin types. The cooling technology helps prevent pain during the procedure.

If you’ve outgrown waxing and shaving and are ready to eliminate underarm or bikini area hair once and for all, laser hair removal is the solution. With special offers, there has never been a better time.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with Fremont Laser. Our staff will answer your questions, address your concerns and give you the information you need to make the right laser hair removal option for you. Call us at (510) 792-1579 or use our contact form.

Laser Hair Removal – Bikini & Underarms

laser-hair-removal-specialOur November special is pretty phenomenal!

Six (6) laser hair removal treatment sessions (both bikini and underarms ) – $1500.00

Terms & Conditions:

  • Offer is good one month after starting the special
  • Some restrictions apply
  • Not everyone can be treated
  • Results vary

Call the office today to take advantage of this exciting offer!

It’s a Hairy Situation

laser hair removalLaser hair removal is a very personal decision. Some feel strongly that the body should be left in its natural state. But more and more, women and men are turning to laser hair removal. This is a great method to nearly remove unwanted hair. Our patients say that it makes you feel cleaner and look neater. It also avoids the need to shave every week and eliminates the associated problems with shaving such as folliculitis and skin irritation.

The way the treatment works is that laser light passes through the skin and destroys the hair follicle (the place from which the hair grows). The procedure works best on hair that is actively growing and since only about 20% of the hair is growing at a particular time, hair removal usually requires at least five treatments. The lasers cool the skin prior to firing the laser to minimize the pain.

After treatment it is not uncommon for some hair to grow back, but it is not as dense and the hairs are usually much finer. Women often request a touch up treatment every year or two.  Learn more about Laser Hair Removal here.