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Everything You Need to Know

At Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness, Dr. Soni utilizes state-of-the-art diode laser technology to safely and effectively remove unwanted hair for his patients. 

As experts in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, we understand how unwanted facial and body hair can impact self-confidence. 

That’s why we offer diode laser hair removal as a precise, long-lasting solution to eliminate stubborn hairs from any area of the body.

What is a Diode Laser?

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Diode lasers are semiconductor devices that emit coherent beams of light at specific wavelengths that target melanin – the pigment that gives hair its color. 

The laser emits beams of highly concentrated light that selectively heat up the melanin while sparing surrounding tissues. This disables the hair follicle’s ability to regrow, leading to permanent hair reduction over a course of treatments.

At our clinic, we use medical-grade diode lasers designed specifically for laser hair removal. These lasers emit light at an 810 nm wavelength, which is proven safe and effective at penetrating deep into the dermis to reach hair follicles while protecting the epidermis.

Why Choose Diode Lasers for Hair Removal?

Diode lasers offer key advantages that make them the gold standard for laser hair removal:

  • Precision: The diode’s 810 nm wavelength is optimized for selective photothermolysis of hair follicles. This means it precisely targets dark hairs without damaging other tissues.
  • Speed: Diode lasers can deliver pulses of energy faster than other hair removal lasers. Treatments are quick and efficient.
  • Efficacy: Diode lasers achieve excellent results for all skin tones by targeting melanin in the hair. Studies show up to 90% long-term hair reduction.
  • Safety: Diode technology minimizes side effects like burns, irritation, and pigment changes seen with older laser methods.
  • Comfort: Our diode laser handpieces actively cool and massage the skin during treatment for maximum comfort.

Who is a Good Candidate for Diode Laser Hair Removal?

The best candidates for diode laser hair removal have light skin and dark coarse hair. The diode laser can effectively treat hair colors ranging from black and brown to light blond and red.

Diode lasers are safe for all skin tones when performed by an experienced provider like Dr. Soni. We can adjust settings to safely remove hair from light to dark complexions. The key is avoiding use on tanned skin which has increased melanin competing with hair follicles for absorption of the laser energy.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

We use our diode laser to remove unwanted hair from virtually any area, including:

  • Face – upper lip, chin, cheeks, jawline, neck
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Fingers
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Bikini line
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Toes

The diode laser can be used to eliminate hair from large areas like the back and legs down to precise small areas like the fingers and toes.

How Does Diode Laser Hair Removal Work?

Diode laser hair removal is an outpatient procedure performed right in our office. Here is how it works:

First, we will assess your skin type, hair color, and area for treatment. He will determine the optimal laser settings and make adjustments throughout the process as needed.

The treatment area will be cleaned and shaved to prepare the skin. You will be provided protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light.

As the handpiece glides over your skin, pulses of laser energy will be delivered to each hair follicle. Most patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. The handpiece has an integrated cooling system to minimize discomfort.

Each laser pulse lasts just a fraction of a second. The session typically takes 15-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. You can immediately return to normal activities after the treatment.

Over your course of treatments, you will see less and less hair regrow in the treated area as the diode laser disables the follicles. You’ll achieve the best results with 4-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Maintenance may be needed 1-2 times per year to zap any remaining hairs.

What is the Recovery Like After Diode Laser Hair Removal?

There is minimal downtime after diode laser hair removal. You may experience some redness and swelling for a few hours after the treatment. This typically resolves within 24 hours.

It is common to experience some tingling or minor irritation that can last up to 3 days. Your provider may recommend using aloe vera gel and avoiding hot showers during this time.

Any crusting, scabbing or darker pigmentation changes are signs of an aggressive treatment. Please call our office if you have any concerns after your diode laser session.

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?

When performed properly by our experts at Ethos Wellness & Aesthetics, diode laser hair removal is very safe. However, as with any procedure, some risks include:

  • Burns or blistering (rare with appropriate settings)
  • Redness, swelling
  • Pigment changes
  • Infection (proper aftercare reduces risk)
  • Eye injury (worn protective eyewear eliminates risk)

Dr. Soni takes every precaution to avoid potential side effects. He will review risks in detail during your consultation and make sure you understand proper aftercare to promote optimal healing.

How Much Does Diode Laser Hair Removal Cost?

The cost of diode laser hair removal depends on the size of the area being treated. In general, you can expect pricing to range from:

  • Small area (upper lip): $150 per session
  • Medium area (underarms): $250 per session
  • Large area (full legs): $950 per session

Many factors determine your personalized quote, including your hair/skin type and number of sessions required.

At your complimentary consultation, we will assess your treatment goals and provide an exact price quote with any available discounts or package deals. We also offer financing options to make your treatments more affordable.

Schedule Your Diode Laser Hair Removal Consultation

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If you’re ready to say goodbye to unwanted body hair, we encourage you to schedule a personalized diode laser hair removal consultation with Dr. Soni at Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness.

Our team will help you determine if you are a good candidate for this transformative treatment and design a customized plan to achieve your aesthetic goals. Reclaim your confidence and feel comfortable in your own skin again!

To schedule your consultation or learn more, please call our office or complete our online contact form today. We look forward to helping you put your best face forward.

Frequently Asked Questions About Diode Laser Hair Removal

What is diode laser hair removal?

Diode laser hair removal uses laser energy with a wavelength of 810 nm to selectively target and damage the melanin in hair follicles to prevent future hair growth. It is an effective method for long-term hair reduction.

How does diode laser hair removal work?

The diode laser emits a beam of highly concentrated light that is absorbed by the melanin pigment in the hair shaft and follicle. This creates heat that damages the follicle stem cells responsible for hair regrowth.

Is diode laser better than IPL?

Yes, diode lasers are more effective than IPL technology for hair removal. Diode lasers use one specific wavelength optimized for targeting melanin, while IPL uses a broad spectrum of wavelengths less selective for hair.

Is diode laser permanent?

With multiple treatments, diode laser hair removal can provide up to 90% permanent hair reduction by disabling hairs’ potential to regrow. Periodic maintenance may be needed for maximum long-term results.

How many treatments are needed?

Most patients require 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. The number of treatments depends on your hair color and thickness in the treatment area.

Does laser hair removal work on light hair?

Diode lasers work best on patients with dark coarse hair. However, they can also effectively remove light blond, red, and gray hairs with multiple treatments.

Does laser hair removal work on dark skin?

Yes, diode lasers can safely remove hair from dark skin when performed by an expert technician who adjusts the settings properly. Avoid treatment on tanned skin.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most patients tolerate the treatment well with minimal discomfort. A cooling handpiece and topical anesthetics help make the procedure comfortable.

What areas can be treated?

Diode laser hair removal can safely treat hair on virtually all areas of the face and body. Common treatment sites include the upper lip, chin, underarms, bikini line, back, chest, arms, and legs.

How much does it cost?

Pricing depends on the size of the area being treated, your hair/skin type, and number of sessions needed. Small areas like the upper lip start around $150 per treatment, while large areas like the legs range from $600-950 per session.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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