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Expert Laser Hair Removal in Houston at Sona Dermatology & MedSpa

Sick of ingrown hairs and little red bumps? Tired of prickly hair and shaving every day? If you want to enjoy smooth skin, but avoid hot wax, tweezing, and shaving, laser hair removal is a great alternative that offers long-lasting results.

A survey done by American Laser Centers revealed that women spend an average of 72 days shaving in their lifetime and more than $10,000 over the course of their lifetime on hair removal products. Men, too, spend time and money on hair removal. A Dollar Shave Club survey revealed that 83% of the men surveyed trim some or all of their body hair.

Laser hair removal is a lasting solution to this expensive and time-consuming problem. We explain how it works, what you can expect, how to prepare for the procedure, and why you should visit Sona Dermatology & MedSpa’s laser hair removal Houston offices.

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Laser Hair Removal: How Does It Actually Work?

A permanent hair reduction treatment, laser hair removal is considered a medical procedure. The unwanted hair is removed by a concentrated beam of light. Essentially, the light energy converts to heat and is absorbed by the areas of high pigment (hairs). The light then damages the hair follicles, which prevents and delays future hair growth.

Laser hair removal targets the melanin, also known as pigment, in the hair follicle and because hair and skin both contain pigment, your skin pigmentation and type will determine what laser setting should be used on you.

At our Houston locations, Sona uses a cutting-edge laser hair removal technology to ensure unwanted hair is removed. Here’s how it works:

  • The lasers selectively target hair follicles (specifically the roots of coarse dark hairs) while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • In a fraction of a second, the laser can treat multiple hairs at once.

Essentially, smaller areas take a shorter amount of time. The upper lip and the underarm can be treated in a matter of minutes compared to legs, bikini lines, arms, or the back. The larger the space, the more time it takes. Back hair, for instance, might take an hour or so to treat.

In order to achieve permanent hair reduction, patients should expect to undergo multiple sessions.

Laser Hair Removal Near Me: Northwest Houston and Surrounding Areas

Sona proudly offers laser hair removal in Houston, TX and nearby areas. You can find laser hair removal centers at the following locations:

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Houston - Galleria (near Memorial Park)


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Houston - Northwest (off of U.S. 290 HOV)


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Houston - Sugar Land (off of I-69)


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Houston - The Woodlands (off of I-45)


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Laser Hair Removal: Skin and Hair Types

Laser hair removal is safe and effective for most skin colors and types. However, because the energy of the laser is absorbed by areas of highest pigmentation, laser hair removal tends to be the most effective on people with dark hair and fair skin.

Unfortunately, some combinations don’t work as well as others. This is because the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle. So if you have light hair on light skin, it can be difficult detecting the different hair pigment and essentially destroying the hair follicle.

It’s important for an expert to evaluate your skin and hair type before beginning any treatments to determine the right course of action. At Sona, we use the Fitzpatrick Scale to determine a patient’s skin pigmentation.

Is Our Houston Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Laser hair removal is an investment. Although it can be costly at first, it can help you save on razors, waxing treatments, and all of the creams and lotions that are required to prevent razor burns, bumps, and ingrown hairs. What makes you the best candidate for laser hair removal?

Are You a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

  • You have fast-growing hair.
  • You have sensitive skin.
  • You have dark, coarse hair.
  • You are prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
  • You spend a lot of money on hair removal methods like shaving and waxing.

If you have a history of melanoma, raised moles, hives, herpes, etc., the procedure may not be ideal for you. This is something you can discuss with our medical experts during your free consultation, which can be scheduled using the online form.

What Areas of the Body are Typically Treated?

Unwanted hair can be frustrating to deal with, difficult to remove, and often hard to reach. In a study published by JAMA Dermatology, 84% of the 3,316 women that were sampled said they remove hair in their bikini area (by waxing, shaving, tweezing, etc). This doesn’t even take into account how many women frequently shave their legs or underarms. The majority of women shave one to two times per week, but 11% of women shave every day.

This process can be strenuous, imperfect, and time-consuming, which is why permanent hair reduction is ideal. If you get laser hair removal in Houston, you can minimize the effort spent trying to remove unwanted hair and prevent inevitable and painful red bumps.

Sona offers laser hair removal in Houston and treats the following areas of the body:

Areas for Laser Hair Removal

  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Face (including the upper lip)
  • Neck
  • Bikini area (bikini line or brazilian)
  • Underarms
  • Chest
  • Stomach
  • Back

Laser hair removal is best for treating dark, coarse hairs in unwanted areas. If the treatments work best, you will experience permanent hair loss, but because of future hormonal changes, new hair follicles could grow and, therefore, laser hair removal is considered a permanent hair reduction treatment.

Preparing for Your Laser Hair Removal Treatments in Houston

Because laser hair removal is a medical procedure, it’s important to prepare for it. Here’s what you should do leading up to your Houston laser hair removal sessions:

  • Unlike waxing treatments, you do need to shave before your laser hair removal treatment. However, do not wax before the appointment. Shaving ensures that the laser can treat the root that’s still in place.
  • Decide what exactly you want removed. If you only want a bikini line, not a full brazilian, you want to make sure you are only removing certain hairs.
  • Avoid the sun for two weeks leading up to the treatment. If your skin pigmentation has changed significantly since it was evaluated, you may have to check with the medical expert, again, before beginning the laser hair removal process.
  • Avoid tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid body scrubs, retinol creams, and glycolic acid creams for the days leading up to the treatment.
  • Skip chemical peels for a few weeks before, if you are treating your face with lasers.
  • Avoid makeup before and after, if you are getting facial treatments.
  • Avoid deodorant before and after, if you are getting treated on your armpits.
  • Avoid body lotions the day of treatment.

According to Dr. Gohara, a dermatologist who holds a clinical faculty position at Yale New Haven Hospital, says, “We do tell people to discontinue oral medications that are photosensitive,” which includes many acne medications like retinoids or products with benzoyl peroxide. These make your skin extra sensitive to heat.

When Not to Get Laser Hair Removal

Most individuals are good candidates for laser hair removal treatments, but some are not. Depending on your situation, there are times when you should avoid laser hair removal treatments:

  • If you have a breakout or cold sores—Wait until this clears up before getting laser hair removal in that area. The heat from the laser could make this breakout worse.
  • During menstruation—You may want to avoid getting treatments while on your period, because your skin tends to be more sensitive at that time.
  • If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding—It’s hard to know how this might affect the fetus, and with hormonal changes, you may not get the results you want. Best to wait to begin laser hair removal treatments.
  • Melanoma or raised moles—Depending on your skin, laser hair removal might not be a good hair removal option. This is something you can discuss with an expert during your consultation.
  • If you have an autoimmune disease such as Lupus or Vitiligo.
  • If you have epilepsy or are susceptible to seizures when exposed to flashing lights.
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What to Do Following Your Laser Hair Removal Procedure

In order to protect your skin, it is best to avoid working out, sunbathing, using a sauna, taking a hot shower, or having sex for 24 hours following the treatment. Essentially, avoid heat, if you want to protect the skin from infection and prevent hyperpigmentation.

You should feel free to resume your normal activities or return to work. If after the treatment you still feel some burning or itching, you can apply ice or a cooling gel like aloe vera on the area to minimize the redness and pain.

Dr. Krant recommends that you avoid exfoliating and shaving the area in the day or two following a laser hair removal treatment. “Scrubbing and rubbing the area could cause scarring,” she says.

You should avoid tanning of any kind two weeks following the procedure. You should also avoid waxing, bleaching, and plucking the hairs in between sessions. You can—and should—shave in between treatments. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to shave or schedule your next appointment, or you won’t get the results you want. Understand, too, that the hairs will shed over a period of days to weeks, so don’t be alarmed when the hair follicles start falling out.

What are the Possible Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?

When you perform a medical treatment on the skin, you may experience a reaction. Here are some common side effects of laser hair removal:

Common Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Swelling

The more uncommon side effects include the following:

  • Crusting, scabbing, or scarring
  • Changes in skin color (often the opposite)
  • Burning (but only if the laser is not used properly)
  • Blistering (which is why a cooling gel is used during treatment)
  • Purpura (or the purpling of the skin)
  • Hyperpigmentation (changing of pigment color)
  • Scarring (rarely and unlikely)
  • Eye injury (which is why protective goggles are recommended)
  • Risk of skin infection (which is why you should avoid certain activities for 24 hours following)

If you experience unusual side effects, or if you suspect you have a skin infection, you should talk to a medical expert and get treatment quickly.

Sona Lifetime Promise for Laser Hair Removal

Although laser hair removal is long-lasting, pregnancy, stress, diet, and age can affect the results and cause additional hairs to return. This is why Sona Dermatology & MedSpa offers the Sona Promise for laser hair removal clients. This is what you can expect from the lifetime insurance policy:

  • Lifetime protection on your laser hair removal investment
  • Two complimentary treatments, up to six months, after your initial package is completed to ensure that you achieve the reduction you desire
  • Any future touch-ups in the area covered in your Laser Hair Removal treatment package are offered at a discount of 75% off

You won’t find a promise like this at any other med spa center. We want to ensure that you are satisfied with your investment and happy with the results of your Houston laser hair removal treatments. You should also ask your nearest Sona location about any ongoing promotions.*

Choosing Sona for Laser Hair Removal

With two decades of experience in the industry, Sona has performed millions of laser hair removal treatments. Here’s what you’ll get when you get your laser hair removal treatments from Sona:

Why Sona?

  • Specialists with extensive training, as well as on-staff physicians
  • Leading technological advances for high-quality results
  • Several financing options, including monthly payment options
  • Skin rejuvenation services so you can eliminate scarring, acne marks, sun damage, etc.
  • CoolSculpting® in Houston is available as well. You can remove unwanted fat, in addition to the unwanted hairs, and truly feel—and look—like the best you.
  • Additional body contouring services so you can diminish cellulite, skin dimples, etc.
  • Step-by-step guidance through our medical and cosmetic services so you understand your options
  • Convenient times for patients with openings on weekends and evenings
  • Online booking to simplify the process

Laser Hair Removal Reviews: Sona Dermatology & MedSpa in Houston

”Sona Dermatology & MedSpa is awesome! I recommend to anyone who is annoyed with thick, dark hair. The staff is so sweet, and does everything and beyond to make sure you are 100% comfortable!” —Alyssa, Houston, TX

“I’ve been so pleased with my services and results at Sona, the staff really care and do a fantastic job.” —Milet, Houston, TX

“The place is very nice, the staff is nice and professional.” —Cristina, Sugar Land, TX

FAQ: Laser Hair Removal in Houston

Is laser hair removal treatment the best hair removal option?

Laser hair removal is the best option if you want precise results. With shaving, you are susceptible to razor bumps, acne, redness, or ingrown hairs. Waxing, on the other hand, is a messy process that requires return visits every few months (and means letting the hair grow long before each treatment). With laser hair removal, you can attain long-lasting hairless skin.

How long should you wait to book the next hair removal appointment?

You should schedule your treatments every six to 10 weeks. Typically, patients require five or more treatments and depending on your skin and hair combination type, you may need yearly follow-up treatments. It is best to consult with a Sona specialist who can help you plan your treatments based on your body, your budget, and your desired results.

Is it true that laser hair removal can actually make the hair grow in thicker?

Sometimes peach fuzz (often little hairs on the face) react differently to lasers.

How long has the laser hair removal method been around?

Lasers designed to remove hair follicles were invented in 1960 and the Fitzpatrick scale was invented in 1975, which determines if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

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Laser Hair Removal Prices at Sona

Laser hair removal is an investment and a smart alternative to shaving or waxing. At Sona in Northwest Houston, our specialists offer free consultations to walk you through the process, the financing options, and help you decide on a plan that’s best for your body and your budget.

Schedule a Consultation

Now that you know more about laser hair removal in Houston and surrounding areas, you can fill out the form for a free consultation to talk to a Sona specialist and decide if laser hair removal in Houston is right for you.

We can also discuss if there are additional services that you might be interested in, such as CoolSculpting or Botox®.


*Product and service offerings may vary by location. Contact your local Sona Dermatology & MedSpa for details. Promotional offers may not be available at every location. Contact your local Sona for details on current promotions.

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