Laser Hair Removal

Lazaderm is the regions leading laser hair removel specialists in Sioux Falls, SD, Watertown, SD and Sioux City, IA.  Contact us for a free consultations.

Laser Hair Removal is one of the most effective treatments available for reducing and inhibiting hair growth on all areas of the body. At Lazaderm, we use the most advanced lasers available for optimized results. From the Palomar Vectus to the Cutera Excel HR, we have the laser you need to say goodbye to unwanted hair for good!

Palomar Vectus Laser

The Palomar Vectus Laser has unique features including a larger treatment tip with advanced contact cooling system, which means pain-free treatments with no downtime. The Vectus Laser also has a FDA-cleared melanin reader, so we can customize treatments to your particular skin and hair type. This dedicated solution for high-volume hair removal provides fast, uniform, and permanent hair reduction for the widest range of skin and hair types. As one of the fastest forms of laser hair removal, the Vectus Laser is great for reducing hair from larger areas. Treatable areas include the back, shoulders, face, underarms, arms, legs, bikini area, and chest, to name just a few.  

Cutera Excel HR

The Cutera Excel HR is a dual wavelength laser that can be safely used for laser hair removal on all skin types. The Excel HR laser contains two different lasers in one platform. The long pulsed 1064nm Nd:YAG laser has the ability to treat all skin types (Fitzpatrick I-VI) including patients with darker skin including patients of African ancestry. The Nd:YAG is less suited for patients with lighter and fine hair. The Nd:YAG works best on dark course hair. The 755nm Alexendrite Laser is better suited for lighter skin types with lighter hair and light skin (Fitzpatrick I to IV). 

The Cutera Excel HR has a built in sapphire tip that can cool the skin to 4 degrees Celsius. The sapphire cooling tip is in contact with the skin for every pulse. This helps to protect the skin and decreases the discomfort associated by precooling the skin before each laser pulse. Other lasers use may use cold air blown on the skin or they use a spray of cryogen coolant just before the laser pulse.

Fitzpatrick Scale

The Fitzpatrick Scale was developed to classify the skin according to the amount of pigment in your skin.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1

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  • Very light skin (Ivory skin)
  • Light blue, light gray or light green eye color
  • Naturally red or light blonde hair color
  • Skin always burns with sun exposure and never tans

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 2

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  • Fair or light skin
  • Blue, green or gray eye color
  • Naturally blonde hair
  • Skin burns easily with sun exposure and tans poorly

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 3

Type 3
  • White skin with gold tone
  • Hazel or light brown eye color
  • Naturally dark blonde or light brown hair
  • Skin can burn but will tan

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 4

Type 4
  • Olive or light brown skin
  • Dark brown eye color
  • Naturally dark brown hair
  • Skin rarely burns and tans easily

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 5

Type 5
  • Brown to dark brown skin
  • Dark brown eye color
  • Naturally dark brown or black hair color
  • Almost never burns and always tans

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 6

Type 6
  • Dark brown to black skin
  • Dark brown to black eye color
  • Naturally black hair
  •  Never burns and tans very dark
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Frequently Asked Laser Hair Removal Questions
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair with the laser. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair and transfers the energy to the hair bulb. The hair bulb is then destroyed permanently.
There are many variables that come into play: location of the hair, the growth cycle of the hair, the amount of pigment in the hair, and the diameter of the hair. To effectively remove hair, most individuals will need five to eight treatments to see excellent results.
Both Dr. Hansen and Dr. Brittany C. Wangsness, DNP, APRN, NP-C, perform the laser hair removal procedures. Katie Magnison, our certified laser technician will treat patients in our Sioux City location.
There is no significant recovery downtime needed after laser hair removal. Many of our patients come in during their work day and return to work after treatment. Some patients may experience a temporary redness and sunburn type feeling to the treated areas. The sensation will dissipate within a few hours to a couple of days. In individuals with a darker complexion, there may be temporary darkening of the skin in the treated areas that will resolve within a month.
Most patients tolerate the laser hair removal without significant discomfort. Patients state that it is minimal and is like a rubber band snapping their skin. Most patients feel that the discomfort is significantly less uncomfortable than waxing. Each of our lasers have cooling in the hand-pieces that decrease the sensation of each laser pulse.
We prefer to use the term semi-permanent for our description of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can reduce the unwanted hair by 90% or more. Laser hair removal will cause the death of some hair follicles, however, some remaining hair will grow back but much lighter and softer. Some hair follicles have been shown to go dormant for up to a few years and then start to regrow. Each person's experience will vary.
No. We ask that you shave the area before treatment. We ask that you refrain from waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or alternate methods of hair removal two week before treatment.
No. There isn't a need for numbing cream prior to laser hair removal. The lasers come equipped with chilling plates which eliminate the need for topical anesthetics. We have found through many years of laser hair removal experience, that most patients do not feel the topical anesthetic creams are beneficial.
This can vary widely. A small area such as the upper lip may take as little as five minutes. Other larger areas, like full legs or back will take longer. The Palomar Vectus laser can treat a full mans back in about twenty minutes.
Laser hair removal is very safe. All our lasers at Lazaderm are FDA approved for laser hair removal.
Most patients will start to see results after their first or second treatment with laser hair removal. This will vary for every person.
Yes, we have lasers specifically meant to be used on darker skin tones.
Laser hair removal prices will vary dependent upon the size and complexity of the treatment area(s). We ask that you schedule a free consultation prior to treatment. At this consultation our patient care coordinator and licensed medical team member can speak with you regarding the areas to be treated, how many treatments may be needed, and the price range. We offer laser hair removal packages, and if you buy four treatments you will receive your fifth treatment for free. Any other treatments to the same area as the purchased package will be at a 50% off the current rate. We do not feel the need to charge you for a lifetime package and often will save you money.
We have completed laser hair removal on just about every area of the skin that grows hair. That includes ears, fingers, and even toes. We can not treat hairs that are within the orbit such as eyelashes.
With electrolysis each hair must be treated individually. A laser has a wider coverage and can penetrate many follicles with each pulse. Electrolysis can help eliminate fine and light hairs, but the result of laser hair removal is faster, less painful and more manageable.
We will place sunblock on your skin after each treatment. Sun exposure can lead to post inflammatory pigmentation which is darkening of the skin in the treated areas. This is especially true of clients with darker skin or those that tan very easily.