Summer in Sacramento means tank tops, shorts and swimsuits, which often require a cart full of razors, depilatories, leg wax, bleach and other tools to limit or eliminate body hair. One alternative is laser hair removal (LHR), a medical procedure that aims to eliminate or dramatically slow the growth of new body hair. By California law, only doctors, physician assistants and registered nurses can do the procedure, traditional spa employees like cosmetologists or estheticians legally cannot. Here are some spots in Sacramento that can help you look freshly shaven for summer.
4601 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Ink does tattoo removal and fading in addition to laser hair services, and owner Chris Bendinelli does extensive research to ensure that everything used for hair removal is the best available. The type of laser used has a great impact on the effectiveness of the procedure, and Ink just purchased a state-of-the-art Cutera Xeo laser. Processes generally require six to eight treatments and Ink patients often have noticeable results after only two treatments. The staff of Ink prides itself on offering high-quality work with long-lasting results at very competitive prices.
Calkin & Boudreaux Dermatology Associates
2625 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95864
According to Calkin and Boudreaux, people with darker hair and lighter skin tones tend to get the best results from laser procedures, but it is effective for other skin and hair colors as well. LHR does not produce instant results, and four to eight weeks are generally recommended between treatments. C&B has a number of lasers available including the Diode, Alexandrite and Ruby, and most patients see effective results in three to five treatments. The office also treats acne, melasma, broken blood vessels, cellulite and crow’s feet.
Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California
3835 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Surgery Center offers seminars to help patients understand the process of laser hair removal. Available lasers include the CoolGlide, LightSheer and GentleLase. As with most lasers, there is no recovery time needed after treatments, but patients are advised to wear sunscreen on treated areas. The number of treatments needed is dependent on factors including the patient’s diet, body weight, race and overall health.
Eternity Med Spa
4110 Truxel Road, Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95834
Eternity uses a Soprano XL laser for removal of hair from the face and body, with pricing dependent upon the area to be treated. Financing is available and patients can get more information at the spa. Full LHR treatment typically takes six sessions, and other available services include care for broken capillaries, rosacea and port wine stains.
Perceptions Image Boutique & Skin
8525 Madison Ave., Suite 144
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
In addition to LHR, Perceptions offers services including permanent makeup, massage and Botox. LHR can be used on various body parts, but is especially popular for the face, bikini zone, underarms and legs. Perceptions offers a “Platinum Membership;” the annual membership fee includes discounts on LHR and other services. As with other businesses, the spa advertises that LHR is “designed to permanently eliminate hair.” Patients should discuss potential outcomes of LHR with any practitioner, as the amount and duration of hair removal can vary.
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