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Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Harlan L. South, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center

Harlan L. South, MD

Internal Medicine & Age Management Physician located in San Francisco, CA

Laser hair removal draws new interest each year from men and women who are tired of shaving or waxing just to see hair grow back a few days later. At Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center in San Francisco, Harlan L. South, MD, offers laser hair removal for nearly any area of your body that’s hairier than you’d prefer. To find out if laser hair removal is right for you, call the clinic or book your consultation online today.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal at Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center is a quick way to remove your body hair when shaving and waxing become too much work. The procedure starts with a numbing cream application to make sure that you’re comfortable, especially if you have sensitive skin. Then, Dr. South points a laser device at your specified target areas to remove the hair.

Lasers are concentrated beams with one focused wavelength of light. The lasers for laser hair removal specifically target hair follicles, which are responsible for growing the hair on your body. A follicle holds each hair in your skin. When a laser shines on it, the pigment in it absorbs the light and converts it to heat energy. The heat damages your follicle and stops it from doing its job of growing hair.

How long does my hair stay off after laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal yields different results for different people. Generally, it delays the growth of your hair for a long period of time after you undergo several initial treatments. Dr. South tells you how many treatments you need at first to see a reduction.

Once you start seeing your body hair grow back, you may come back to Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center for your next session. Over time, some patients stop growing hair entirely. Others happily return for infrequent maintenance treatments for months of hairlessness at a time.

Can I remove any type of hair with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is traditionally better suited for patients whose hair is a darker color than their skin since the lasers target pigments, or darker colors. However, today’s advanced lasers have adjustable settings that allow a wider range of patients to safely remove their hair and can treat all skin types, including darker skin. 

Laser hair removal likely won’t remove your peach fuzz, but you can use it to target the darker and longer body hair that covers much of your body. You can remove hair on your:

Upper lip

  • Chin and jaw
  • Arms
  • Armpits
  • Bikini line
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Buttocks


The only place you can’t target with laser hair removal is your eyelids because of the risk of eye damage from the lasers. If you happen to grow hair on your eyelids, plucking is probably your best option.

If you’d like to give laser hair removal a try, book your consultation with Dr. South at Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center by phone or online today.

*Individual results may vary.