Laser Hair Removal (GentleLase Pro® by Syneron Candela®) - San Diego, CA*

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Think of the time, money, and pain that go with shaving, waxing, and other hair removal methods over the course of your lifetime. Some studies estimate that the average woman shaves her legs 11,500 times, which is a lot of precious time and energy. Modern laser hair removal systems have come a long way since the 1990's, and can be used to reduce or eliminate hair follicles, which will save you time and trouble. At La Jolla Plastic Surgery in San Diego, CA triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo offers laser hair removal with the GentleLase Pro System by Syneron Candela. The GentleLase Pro system applies energy and heat to the hair root to stop future hair growth. Both men and women can benefit from laser hair removal with GentleLase Pro to remove hair from the:

  • Face
  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area
  • Back

Before the Procedure

The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) allows effective laser hair removal on all skin types (I – VI on the Fitzpatrick Scale), so Dr. Chaffoo can perform laser hair removal on almost every patient. About 6 weeks before your appointment, you should not remove any hair in the treated areas (using tweezing, electrolysis, or waxing). Your skin should be clean-shaven and have no lotion or products that may affect the laser. Dr. Chaffoo does advise patients to apply sun protection of at least 30 SPF before your treatment, and you should avoid natural sunlight and tanning beds both before and after your treatment.

Procedure Technique

Laser hair removal takes an average of 22 minutes per session, but this can vary based on the size of the treatment areas. You will be able to relax comfortably during your treatment without any anesthesia. The GentleLase Pro uses a patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ that adds cooling bursts during the treatment to minimize any discomfort. Laser hair removal only works on hair follicles that are in the growth (anagen) stage, so several treatments are needed to get hair follicles that are in the transitional (catagen) or shedding (telogen) stages during the initial treatment. Dr. Chaffoo will schedule 2 – 3 more treatments after your first laser hair removal session about 6 weeks apart to catch more of the hair follicles in the growth stage.


After your treatment, you may have some redness or swelling that can be treated with a cold compress or over-the-counter pain reliever. Some patients may have some temporary side effects that include hyperpigmentation, blistering, and bruising, but this should not last more than a few days. You should be careful to apply sunscreen to the treated areas throughout the day and avoid any abrasive cleaners or exfoliants.


The hair that was in the growth stage during your treatment will begin to shed and you will notice less hair and more smoothness in the treated areas. You should schedule at least 3 sessions that are about 6 weeks apart to get the hair follicles that were dormant during your first treatment. Patients usually see up to an 80% reduction in their hair growth after 3 treatments.

Estimated Costs

During your initial consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will discuss pricing, which will be determined based on the size and number of areas being treated. Keep in mind, that the average person spends about $10,000 on shaving costs in a lifetime and about $23,000 on a lifetime of waxing, so laser hair removal not only saves you time, it will save you money in the long run.

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Conditions Treated?

The GentleLase Pro system by Syneron Candela works on all skin types and tones to:

  • Remove or reduce hair follicles on certain areas of the face and body
  • Eliminate beard bumps

Combining Treatments?

Several areas of the face and body can be treated during one session of laser hair removal to get your fastest results. Dr. Chaffoo can also include other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments during your appointment so you only have to make one trip, but you should not have other treatments on the areas covered during your laser hair removal.

Potential Risks?

Laser hair removal is considered very safe and lasers have been used in medical treatments for many years. Permanent side effects after your treatment are rare, but may include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering, and bruising (purpura).

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Recovery Time  
1 - 3 Days
Average Procedure Time  
20 - 60 Minutes
Post-op Follow-up  
6 Weeks
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