R. Scott Haupt, M.D.

Utah Cosmetic Surgery (801) 293-8100
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Laser Hair Removal in Salt Lake, Utah

Thinking about laser hair removal? You’ve come to the right place! Utah Cosmetic Surgery is the convenient, painless, and affordable choice for laser removal in the Salt Lake City area.

Fifteen years ago when laser hair removal was first introduced, it was very painful, expensive, and only patients with light skin could be treated. Things have changed! Thanks to advances in technology, it is more versatile, comfortable and affordable than ever!

The development of unwanted hair can occur for a number of reasons including:
• Age
• Genetics
• Hormonal changes
• Certain medications

Laser hair removal is growing more and more popular every year. This is because millions of people suffer from undesirable hair that needs to be constantly shaved or waxed. Some of the most common areas for laser hair removal include the underarms, legs, bikini area, upper lip, and back.

The technology used to remove unwanted hair is relatively simple. During the procedure, a laser is passed over the skin where the hair needs to be removed. When the pigment inside each hair follicle absorbs the laser energy, the follicles become permanently disabled.

This treatment is very desirable not only because it permanently rids the body of unwanted follicles, but because it is also only mildly uncomfortable and patients can return to normal activities immediately. Laser treatment is more effective than electrolysis because it has the capacity to remove more than one hair at a time.

 

You don’t need to suffer from unwanted hair any longer! Call our Utah office today to schedule your free laser hair removal consultation and find out how we can improve your look and your life.

Utah residents seek laser removal for several different reasons:

  • They no longer want to deal with traditional time consuming and frequently preformed methods such as shaving or waxing.
  • Their skin is sensitive and prone to irritation, redness and ingrown hairs with traditional removal methods.
  • Unwanted or excessive hair in certain areas causes embarrassment and lack of confidence.
  • Involvement in sports such as swimming, running, body building and cycling
    Improved hygiene.

Imagine spending less time shaving and more time doing the things you love!

Our laser is capable of treating a wide variety of skin and hair types. We use the Candela Gentle Lase Pro. 

Some people have heard stories of pain, injury and poor outcomes or perhaps experienced these things first hand! Laser hair removal doesn’t have to be that way!
After talking to many patients who have experienced such things in other clinics, we have gained a greater knowledge as to why these things were happening. Some of these include:
    

  • Patients not being educated on laser hair removal by the clinic (“No one ever told me that”)
  • Patients not being given pre- and post-care instructions
  • Undertrained/inexperienced personnel performing treatments
    Lasers being used on patients who were not good candidates
  • Anesthetics and cooling methods were not administered or offered
  • Providers overpromised or set unrealistic expectations

We strive to make sure every patients experience is a positive one! We want to educate and inform patients with honest answers.

Why choose Utah Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics for your laser hair removal?

  • Your safety is our number one concern.
    We treat each patient with the honesty and respect they deserve.
  • We never pull high pressure sales tactics during consultations.
  • We put our prices out for everyone to see. We don’t have anything to hide!
  • We will honor any legitimate written laser hair removal price quote (within 90 days from when it was written) from competitors. *Specials such as Groupon, online auction deals, gift certificates etc. are not included.

     

    **Not everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal. A consultation with Dr. Haupt’s staff can determine whether laser hair removal is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe?

The lasers in our office have been specifically chosen because they have been proven to provide safe and effective treatments. Our laser technicians have years of laser experience and have treated many patients. Just like any medical procedure there are risks and precautions that go along with laser hair removal. Prior to treatment we will inform you of what these risks are and make sure all your questions are answered. Adhering to pre and post treatment instructions will greatly increase the likelihood of your treatments being safe and effective. If a complication were to arise it would be addressed by Dr. Haupt or a Utah Cosmetic Surgery surgeon personally. Your safety is our number one priority. Rest assured you are in good hands when you come to our office.

How does laser hair removal work?

The light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) located in hair follicles and hair shaft. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment –disabling many hair follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s re-growth but not long enough to damage the surrounding skin.

Does it hurt?

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different but generally speaking there is usually some discomfort/ pain during laser treatments. Some people describe it as a rubber band snapping sensation, others describe it as a little shock. We use several different cooling methods to keep the skin temperature cool, comfortable and lessen sensation. Certain areas are more sensitive than others. For those areas we can prescribe a topical anesthetic at the time of the consultation. This topical cream will be applied at home 45 minutes before your treatment.  The discomfort experienced during the short treatment time is found tolerable by most. Everyone says the results are worth it!

Who is the ideal candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Anyone with unwanted hair they would like removed is a good candidate for this treatment. However, laser hair removal patients with darker pigmentation or extremely blonde, white, or gray hairs can be less responsive.

Are there any side effects of Laser Hair Removal?

There could be a slight reddening or swelling of the skin where treatment took place. Sunscreen is also recommended for any treated areas.

Do I have to let the hair grow out before laser treatment?

No, in fact the less hair on the surface the better. We want as much of the lasers energy as possible to go down to the follicle where it is needed instead of just frying what hair is visible on the surface. You will arrive to your appointment with the area to be treated shaved. You should shave 48-24 hours prior to your appointment. Having the area shaved will make the treatment less painful and more effective. It is very important that you do not tweeze, wax, use depilatory creams such as Nair/ Veet or use bleaching creams at least 6 weeks prior to your first appointment. All of these methods of hair removal destroy or remove the hair by the root. There absolutely needs to be an active hair follicle in the skin for the laser treatment to be effective! Those methods are not to be used in between laser appointments either, instead you can shave as often as you like. If you desire to keep some hair in the area being treated (for example: goatee on man’s face when lasering the rest of the facial hair or landing strip when treating brazilian area) please leave this hair unshaved and visible so the technicians can see where not to laser.         

How many treatments will I need?

Most people generally need 6-8 treatments per area treated. That’s why we offer packages of 7, however 7 is not a magical number, it is just a good starting average for most people. Some people might need more than the initial 7 treatments to achieve their desired results.

Why do I need so many treatments?

Your body has three different growth cycles. Anagen (active growth phase), which last up to several years. At any given time the majority (30-85%) of our body hair, depending on the area is in this phase. During anagen the hair has an abundance of melanin. Catagen (regressive phase) last about two weeks, during which the hair stops growing but not yet shed. About 3-4% of our body hair is in this phase at any given time. Telogen (resting phase) which lasts 5-6 weeks at the end of which the hair falls out and new hair begins to form. Approximately 15-70% of our body hair is in this phase at any one time. The laser only works on hair that is in its active growth phase. Doing the recommended amount of treatments at the recommended time intervals assures treatment of as many active follicles as possible. In turn this assures the best results.

How often will I need the treatments done?

It depends on the area. Face and neck should be treated every 4-6 weeks. Underarms, bikini, abdomen, arms, back, chest and buttocks should be treated every 6-8 weeks. Legs should be treated every 10-12 weeks. Your results will be gradual and cumulative with each treatment. We all want instant results but laser hair removal is a process, one that is well worth it! 

What will I look/feel like after a treatment?

Your skin has just experienced trauma from the laser. For most people there will be some erythema (redness) and edema (small raised welt like bumps). Your skin may also be a little swollen. Areas that have very thick, dark dense hair will be more prone to this. It may feel similar to the sensation of a sunburn. This usually resolves shortly after treatment 15-45 minutes, however it can persist for a day or two in some patients. Use of a topical 1% hydrocortisone and cold packs post treatment can help ease this reaction. There is no downtime with laser hair removal. You can resume normal activates right away.  

Is it permanent?

No. The FDA does not allow any laser company to claim permanent hair removal. Any company that does is falsely advertising. You will have a permanent reduction. Most people will see about 70% reduction or more. The majority of the hair that does grow back will be lighter, finer and slower growing. You body is always changing, new hair growth can be triggered by such things as hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause, age, medication, disease, obesity ect.  You have millions and millions of hair follicles, it is unrealistic to expect all of the hair to go away forever. We recommend coming in every six months to a year for a touch up treatment to maintain your results from your initial treatments.

Can I have laser hair removal if I am tan or have naturally dark skin?

One of the lasers (the Syneron E-Max) we use is designed to treat tan and darker skin types safely as well as light skin. However it is best to be as pale as you can possibly be while having laser treatments. The laser is attracted to pigment. The laser cannot tell the difference between the pigment in the hair follicle and the pigment in the skin. The laser will just heat everything “dark” up. The darker the pigment in the skin the more competition the hair has. This lessens the effectiveness of the treatment. The risk of burns and blisters is higher with recently tanned skin and darker skin types. When you are filling out paper work we will ask you a series of questions to help determine if you are a good candidate. It is also important that spray tanning, self tanning creams and lotions, tanning beds and direct unprotected sun exposure on the areas to be treated be discontinued two weeks prior to laser treatments.

Will it work for me if I have blonde, red or grey hair?

No. The darker the hair, the thicker the hair, the better the results. Hair that is lighter and finer in nature may need more treatments. Very fine light “peach fuzz” hair will remain unaffected.  

How old do you have to be to receive laser hair removal treatments?

There is not a minimum age requirement. It is common for teenage girls to receive laser hair removal treatments on areas such as the upper lip and underarms. Due to hormonal changes during puberty we prefer patients to be past the prime of puberty prior to treatment. Generally we do not recommend laser hair removal for young teens or children. Pain tolerance in younger patients tends to be lower, making treatments more difficult. Also since there are many hormonal changes yet to come in these younger patients their results will likely not be long lasting. If a patient is under 18 we require a parent to sign the consent forms.

Can I receive laser hair removal treatments if I am nursing or pregnant?

As an added precaution (as there are usually many for pregnant women) we ask that you receive permission from your OB/GYN prior to laser services. We will also have you sign a pregnancy consent form. There are many hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. These changes can affect the hair growth cycles. If you become pregnant during your series of initial treatments you can continue treatments if you wish, with your OB/GYN’s consent or postpone further treatments until after delivery. You can receive laser hair removal treatments while nursing.  

I get ingrown hairs and bad razor burn in my bikini area, it’s really embarrassing. Can I still get laser hair removal?

Absolutely! That is one of the best and most common reasons people get laser hair removal. Laser hair removal will greatly reduce if not eliminate ingrown hairs and irritation from shaving and waxing. 

 

Can I have my bikini/brazilian area treated if I am on my period?

Yes. This does not create a problem for the laser or the technicians. Some women do find that they are more sensitive to pain just prior to or during their period and schedule their appointments accordingly. 

This applies to areas besides bikini as well.   

 

Do you offer brazilian laser treatments for males?

Yes, we provide brazilian laser treatments for both female and male patients. Our technicians are experienced and professional. Receiving a brazilian laser treatment is really not as awkward or painful as people have pictured in their mind!

Can you laser eyebrows?

We can laser the area in-between the eyebrows, the glabella, commonly referred to as the uni-brow. We cannot precisely shape the eyebrows with laser like you can with tweezers, wax or electrolysis due to the spot size. Treating below the eyebrow also poses a hazard to the eye.    

Is laser hair removal covered by insurance?

Laser hair removal is considered an elective cosmetic procedure under most circumstances. Rarely does an insurance company approve laser hair removal for medical reasons. You can always call your insurance company to check and see if they would cover it. If you insurance company will cover your laser hair removal, we do not bill them. You would need to pay upfront. We would then give you receipts along with medical documentation to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. We cannot take flex spending cards as a method of payment.

Can I receive laser hair removal over my tattoos?

No. The laser would pull some of the pigment out of the tattoo and the intense heat from going over the pigment would burn and blister the skin. We will carefully work around any tattoos in the area to be treated. This is good to keep in mind prior to getting a tattoo in an area that has unwanted hair that you would like treated with laser hair removal.