The science behind IPL

Are you wondering why we use IPL (Intense Pulse Light)? Unlike traditional lasers that employ intensely focused light, IPL utilizes intense broadband light. It penetrates both the superficial and deep layers of the skin, sparing the outer epidermis from any harm. Best of all, IPL requires virtually no recovery time post-treatment, allowing you to resume your daily activities without delay. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Liebertz and our skilled team, we use advanced laser technology to remove unwanted hair safely and effectively, with a comfortable, private, virtually pain-free experience. 

How it works

During your session, a precise light beam penetrates your skin to reach the hair follicles. The absorbed heat destroys the follicles, disrupting their ability to regrow hair. Since body hair grows in different phases, multiple treatments are essential for long-lasting results. Most individuals require 5-6 treatments for permanent hair reduction, with occasional maintenance sessions for persistent regrowth.

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Ideal candidates

Laser hair removal is most effective for patients with lighter skin and darker hair. The primary target of this procedure is the melanin pigment in hair follicles. The greater the contrast between your skin and hair, the better the expected outcome. Darker skin tones may reduce treatment effectiveness, as melanin interference hinders energy absorption. Unfortunately, gray, white, and some red hairs (which lack pigment) cannot be effectively treated with laser or light-based devices.

Also, laser hair removal may be unsuitable if the target area has keloid scars, or you are prone to skin irritation or cold sores. Pregnancy or certain acne medications may also impact your candidacy.

Benefits of laser hair removal

  • Precise hair targeting.
  • Quick, virtually painless procedures.
  • Permanent or long-lasting results for up to 90% of patients.

While some patients report minor discomfort, it’s often likened to a rubber band’s snap against the skin. Your comfort is our priority, and topical anesthesia is available to reduce any discomfort.

Before and aftercare

Before your session, avoid unprotected sun exposure for at least two weeks, and ensure the treated area is cleanly shaved within 24 hours. Makeup, lotions, and deodorants should be avoided right before the treatment.

After your laser hair removal session, the area may feel warm, similar to a mild sunburn. You can use cold packs, ice, or aloe vera gel to relieve any discomfort. Maintaining your recommended treatment schedule is essential for the best results.

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Complications and costs

Common complications include hair regrowth, but it’s typically finer and lighter than the removed hair. 

Addressing regrowth requires a series of sessions. Rare complications may include skin irritation, pigmentation changes, texture alterations, or scarring. The total cost depends on the number of sessions needed, and it’s important to note that laser hair removal is considered a cosmetic procedure, usually not covered by health insurance.

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Schedule a consultation

Before receiving any laser treatment, we conduct thorough consultations to review your medical history and medications. Our goal is to ensure that you’re an ideal candidate for laser hair removal in Bellevue. We’re committed to educating you on what to expect during your treatment, all within a spa-like, comfortable environment.

What areas can be treated?

  • Full face
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Sideburns
  • Bikini line and Extended bikini
  • Lip and Chin
  • Upper and Lower back
  • Legs
  • Neck
  • Full back
  • Hairline
  • Beard
  • Underarms
  • Fingers and Toes

Why choose us?

Choose The Spa at Yarrow Bay for your aesthetic and wellness needs. Dr. Daniel J. Liebertz, a global expert in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, leads our compassionate, highly skilled team of professionals. We offer advanced treatments, including laser hair removal and semaglutide weight-loss programs.

With a convenient location serving Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond, we ensure top-tier aesthetic treatments are within your reach. Above all, we uphold patient-centered care, treating each individual as part of our extended family. With us, you’re choosing a clinic that values you, prioritizes your unique needs, and consistently delivers high-quality, ethical care. Your journey to achieving your aesthetic and wellness goals starts here. Ready to start a journey towards smooth, hair-free skin? Schedule a consultation with us today.

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Related procedures

  • Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • IPL  Photofacial

Meet the doctor

Dr. Liebertz was one of only 46 surgeons worldwide selected for subspecialty fellowship training in Advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. With extensive training from world-renowned experts, Dr. Liebertz specializes in short recovery time facelifts, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and facial injectables.

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