Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Emily Sikking, MD

OBGYN located in Santa Monica, CA

Staying on top of hair removal can be burdensome and time-consuming, and some women find that they can’t keep up with rapid hair growth by shaving or waxing. Emily Sikking, MD/OBGYN, provides patients convenience and confidence through laser hair removal in Santa Monica, CA.

Laser Hair Removal

by Emily Sikking, MD

How does laser hair removal work?

Light energy is applied to the area using the Icon CynoSure® Laser to destroy the follicles from which hair grows. This prevents future hair growth without damaging the surrounding skin at all.

Is the procedure painful?

Most patients describe the sensation as a gentle snap, like the snap of a rubber band. The discomfort is quick and minimal. Many patients compare it to the discomfort they might experience from waxing or tattoo removal. 

How many treatments are required?

Each patient is unique, but most patients achieve their desired results after several laser treatments. Dr. Sikking evaluates each patient to create a customized treatment plan designed to achieve their goals. There is no waiting period between treatments.

What are the risks and side effects associated with laser hair removal?

There are no risks associated with Icon laser hair removal, but a common side effect is surface redness, much like a sunburn.

Who is a strong candidate for the treatment?

Unlike other laser treatments, laser hair removal can be done on patients with dark skin and hair as well as those with light skin. Some hair colors may be too light for the laser detect, so patients with very light hair may not be a candidate for the procedure. Only a qualified provider can determine whether a patient is a good candidate for laser hair removal.

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

Patients save time and money in the long run when they select laser hair removal; there is no longer need to pay for expensive wax treatments or shave daily in order to maintain the appearance they desire.

How long does it take to recover following the procedure?

There is no recovery time and no restriction in activity following the procedure. Some redness to the treatment area will last a few days before resolving.

How can patients ensure they choose a qualified provider?

The best way to ensure a qualified provider has been chosen is to take adequate measures to screen and review the provider before the appointment. Patients should:

  • Check the provider’s credentials to ensure they are licensed and board-certified
  • Look for online reviews of the provider to ensure they are mostly positive
  • Ask the provider to share before and after photos of patients treated and references if available