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Richmond Laser Hair Removal: The Easier Way to Remove Unwanted Hair

Shaving, tweezing, waxing, sugaring, laser hair removal, electrolysis, and hair removal creams—in a hair removal industry expected to reach over one billion dollars by 2022, it can be difficult to keep up with the newest trends and procedures. Some procedures can leave chemical burns or bumps; some methods just take too much time.

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa makes the decision easy. We offer safe and convenient laser hair removal in the Richmond area. Laser hair removal procedures target unwanted hair in areas large, small, and hard to reach without the nicks, cuts, and risks of other hair removal services.

Read our guide to laser hair removal in Richmond, then fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation with a Sona medical provider.


Where Can I Find Sona’s Laser Hair Removal Services in Richmond?

You can receive laser hair removal at the following Sona Richmond locations. Our centers are conveniently open on Saturdays and during evening hours to fit your schedule.

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Richmond - Midlothian


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

Directions: From Downtown Richmond, use I-195 West to take VA-76 South. Once you’ve merged onto VA-76 South, keep left to continue. Take the VA-288 South exit and merge onto the highway. Exit onto US-360 West/Hull Street Road. Make a U-turn at Bayside Lane, then turn right onto Harbourside Centre Loop.

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Richmond - Glen Allen


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

Directions: When coming from Downtown Richmond, take I-95 North to I-64 West. Take exit 178B to merge onto US-250 East. Turn left onto Cox Road, then take another left onto Innslake Drive. Turn left into the shopping center, and Sona will be on the right.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

The laser hair removal procedure uses a laser system to target the dark pigments in hair follicles. The laser beam emits short pulses of light that are absorbed by the pigment. The light energy is converted into heat that eventually destroys the hair follicle and reduces or stops hair growth.

Though this process is similar to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, another form of light therapy, laser hair removal uses a much more concentrated beam of light to target a very narrow area. This improves the efficiency of the procedure. Laser treatment can target the following areas of the body.

Target These Areas with Laser Hair Removal

  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Chest and back
  • Face (upper lip and chin)
  • Arms and underarms

Who Can Benefit from Laser Hair Removal?

With growing popularity among men and other patients new to hair removal, the number of people who can benefit from laser treatment is greater every year. Whether you already engage in hair removal services, or you are new to the process, there are many people who can benefit.

  • Individuals who find shaving, waxing, or tweezing too time consuming
  • Individuals with unwanted hair that is coarse and dark
  • People of color (as technology advances to accommodate darker skin complexions)
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who suffer from male pattern hair growth or hirsutism
  • Men with excess or unwanted hair on the back, chest, or chin
  • Transgender or gender non-binary individuals, especially individuals who are transitioning

If have questions about how our Richmond laser hair removal can benefit a hormonal condition or other medical condition, fill out the form to schedule a consultation with Sona and see if treatment is right for you.

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Find the Right Laser Hair Removal Provider in Richmond with Sona

It is important to choose a certified and experienced medical provider to perform a laser hair treatment, rather than risk injury with an at-home machine or with an unqualified provider. Sona’s Richmond treatment centers maintain a high level of professional care. All providers are overseen by a physician/medical director, and providers receive extensive training.

Sona is dedicated to ensuring that you are happy with your results. The Sona Lifetime Promise packages for laser hair removal include two complimentary treatments up to six months after completing your initial treatment package, if necessary. The Sona Lifetime Promise also includes a 75% discount on all touch-up treatments for life, so you can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin at a guaranteed price per treatment.

Sona’s Steps for Laser Hair Removal in Richmond

Knowing what to expect before any cosmetic procedure is a good way to feel comfortable with your decision. Sona will keep you informed throughout every step of the process, so you that you are prepared for your appointment and follow-up appointments.

Consultation Call

For the best preparation, it is advised that you schedule a free consultation. During the call, you will be acquainted with Sona professionals and available services. Your consultant will work with you to create a customized treatment plan based on your needs and cosmetic goals. You will also talk about pre-treatment instructions, pricing, and other concerns that you may have.

Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment, shave the treatment area and don’t apply makeup, deodorant, perfume, or powder to the area. Please also avoid tanning two weeks before your appointment.

Once you arrive at Sona, you will go through several steps before treatment. First, your medical provider will greet you and speak to you about your comfort level and what to expect from your treatment. You will change into a Sona robe, if necessary, in a private changing area.

Before the procedure starts, your medical provider will ask you health questions that relate to the treatment. For example, have you gone tanning or taken any medications before the treatment? Laser gel will then be applied to the treatment area to protect your skin.

Treatment will then begin. The length of the procedure can vary depending on the size of the area(s) being treated.


Your Sona provider will give you post-care instructions once your treatment is finished. You may be given a topical relief cream if you feel discomfort. Do not put perfume or lotion on the treated area and avoid tanning in direct sunlight for two weeks

Scheduling Future Appointments

Before you leave the treatment center, you should schedule the remainder of your treatment sessions. Laser hair removal treatments are most effective when spread out in six week intervals.

Sona is such a great place to meet your hair removal needs. They work individually to meet your needs and schedule and the nursing and staff are incredible.”

Just How Happy are Sona Clients?

Sona’s level of care and professionalism is affirmed by clients who have had a positive laser hair removal experience in Richmond and around the country. Here’s what past clients have had to say in their reviews:

“My experience has been great. They offer wonderful deals and will work with you on payments. The staff is very nice, professional and knowledgeable.” – Colleen, Richmond, VA

“Sona is such a great place to meet your hair removal needs. They work individually to meet your needs and schedule and the nursing and staff are incredible.” – Brooke, Fort Worth, TX

“You can tell the staff really cares at Sona Dermatology & MedSpa. They are genuine and friendly, and they make you feel like a part of the family. My underarms and legs have never felt more amazing in my life! My showers have been cut in half!” – Sarah, Raleigh, NC

“For years I had to pluck hairs from my chin. But after having laser hair removal at Sona, I never have to pluck now. Truly, it’s the greatest thing I have ever done for myself.” – Jennifer, Brentwood, TN

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Richmond laser hair removal costs can vary by the number of treatments needed and the size of the treated area. You can discuss the cost of the treatment during your consultation. If cost is holding you back from achieving your goals, then you can apply for financing options with Sona.

  • CareCredit is a credit card just for your cosmetic procedures. You will receive an instant decision on your approval, and you can pay for any series of treatment in manageable, monthly payments.
  • Sona is partnered with GreenSky Patient Solutions® to offer you financing for costly procedures. This is another option for monthly payments, and the application process only takes a few minutes.
  • Don’t forget to ask a Sona representative about promotions and discounts available at a center in your area. We offer frequent promotions to help you get the treatments you need, so you can see the results you want even faster.*

Are Laser Hair Removal Results Permanent?

Hair growth can be stopped for up to a few years, but maintenance procedures may be needed to remove hair that has regrown. Damaged hair follicles are likely to come back lighter and thinner.

Our laser hair removal in Richmond can take five or more treatments for stubborn hair, but the number of treatments needed is determined by the hair type and amount, as well as cosmetic goals.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

The experience differs by person and area treated. Some areas will be nearly painless, while more sensitive areas (i.e. bikini line, upper lip, underarms) may have the sensation of a zap or rubber band snap. Overall, there is a low level of pain that is manageable with or without a post-treatment steroid cream.

It is not recommended to take ibuprofen before the procedure because this can cause some bruising. Too much numbing cream on larger treatment areas can also cause adverse effects. Additionally, some medications can cause greater light sensitivity (photosensitivity), which can make the laser’s light beam less safe for your skin.

Are There Any Adverse Side Effects?

Compared to hair removal methods that include a razor or small needle, as is the case for electrolysis, there are very few side effects for laser hair removal. These mild side effects usually subside within a few hours or days.

Possible side effects:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Some discomfort

In rare events, you may experience more severe side effects, including

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Changes to skin pigmentation

If these side effects occur, you should bring it to the attention of your medical provider.

I’ve Heard Laser Treatments Don’t Work on Dark Skin. Is This True?

Early laser systems were not safe for darker complexions because the laser was not able to detect the difference between the melanin in the hair and the melanin in the skin. Newer advancements have made laser treatments much safer for darker complexions.

Overall, laser hair removal is most effective on lighter skin and dark hair because there is a contrast between the melanin in the skin and hair that can be detected by the laser. Blonde, white, red, and gray hair follicles are not likely to be destroyed.

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What Other Services Does Sona Offer?

Along with our Richmond laser hair removal, Sona provides a wide catalog of cosmetic and skincare services.

  • Freeze fat away with the popular CoolSculpting® service. It’s a non-surgical procedure that can help you lose fat in areas where diet and exercise don’t work.
  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles with Botox®, or add fullness to your lips with dermal fillers.
  • Improve your skin’s texture and improve acne scarring with Sona’s Pixel laser treatments.

You can see a full list of services online, including treatments for psoriasis, sun damage, skin tightening, and more.

Book Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment in Richmond

Start personalizing your hair removal treatments and skincare approach by booking an appointment online at a Richmond-area Sona Dermatology & MedSpa in Midlothian or Glen Allen. Our consultants can answer all your questions about the process and get you started immediately.

Take control of your treatments with the knowledge and expertise of Sona’s medical providers who can guarantee that your laser hair removal in Richmond will be clean, safe, and comfortable.

Use the online form to schedule a consultation with one of our skin experts in the Richmond area.


*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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