Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Integrative Laser Center of Washington

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa located in Kirkland, WA

When plucking, waxing, and shaving leave you with bumps and irritated, itchy skin, find a more permanent solution with laser hair removal at Integrative Laser Center of Washington. Located just east of Seattle in Kirkland, Washington, the team of laser specialists, lead by a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Bryan C. McIntosh, MD, uses cutting-edge laser equipment that can treat any skin tone and color, creating smooth skin that lasts. Call today or go online to schedule your initial consultation and throw those razors away for good.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

When you see your licensed laser professional at Integrative Laser Center of Washington, they use the state-of-the-art CUTERA CoolGlide™ device to remove your unwanted hair. This handheld equipment focuses laser light energy into your hair follicle, where it damages the follicle’s integrity, causing its hair production to cease.

Your hair removal specialist can use the CoolGlide in multiple areas, including your:

  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Back
  • Underarms
  • Chest
  • Bikini area
  • Legs

How do you prepare for laser hair removal?

Before your appointment for laser hair removal, you must prepare. Your aesthetician recommends avoiding tanning a few weeks before your appointment.

You should also stop plucking and waxing the treatment area. When you pull your hair out, you also pull out the hair bulb, where the hair forms. Without the hair bulb, laser treatment becomes ineffective.

You can shave leading up to your laser hair removal procedure, and your laser specialist may request that you shave before your appointment to protect your skin from accidental burns.

Although the CoolGlide uses innovative cooling technology to protect your skin and keep it comfortable, when your aesthetician treats sensitive areas -- such as around the nipples or the bikini area -- they may apply a topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.

What happens after laser hair removal?

Once your aesthetician completes your laser hair removal treatment, you can return to your normal daily activities. You may experience slight skin redness or swelling, similar to a sunburn. These side effects typically dissipate within a few hours.

In three to seven days after your treatment, you may notice that your hair starts to regrow. That's completely normal. You can shave these hairs or leave them; they will begin falling out in about a month.

Laser hair removal can only work on hair follicles that are in the active stage of your hair’s growth cycle. Because of this cycle, a percentage of your hair is always in the transitional and rest stages of hair growth.

To ensure that all the hair in the target area gets treated, Dr. McIntosh recommends most patients get between three to six treatments, depending on hair thickness, treatment area, and hair cycle.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to shaving and tweezing, now’s the time. Call Integrative Laser Center of Washington today to schedule your appointment or book online.