If you are unhappy with your at-home hair removal routine, laser hair removal may be something to consider. Laser hair removal is extremely popular in the U.S. and can be used on faces, legs, arms and other areas. The advantages include precison, speed and the results are predicatable. Here are five East Bay locations offering laser hair removal procedures.

Renu Age-Defying LaserSpa
4680 Tassajara Road
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 828-1010

Renu Age-Defying Day Spa defines itself as a unique location, combining the best of a doctor’s office with the best of a day spa. Having served the Tri-Valley community of Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon for over 10 years, Renu has performed thousands of cosmetic treatments since it opened in 2003. Included among its many offerings is laser hair removal. Acccording to the LaserSpa website, its state-of-the-art Cynosure Apogee Elite laser is FDA approved for all skin shades, and is superior to the “intense laser systems” used at mall laser centers. Visit the website to view the “Learn more about laser hair removal” informational video.

Claudia’s Body & Skin Care Center
24309 Southland Drive
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 786-2988

Claudia’s is a full-service spa offering a variety of specialized services including permanent makeup and hypnosis, in addition to lasers by Improving Radiance. The IPL Laser for hair removal is a specific type of laser. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light that uses a full spectrum of light wavelengths. It is popular for hair removal because of its lower cost than single light wavelength lasers. Claudia’s professional services use IPL lasers for both hair removal and skin rejuvenation. Check the website for full services offered.

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Advanced Laser
101 Park Place
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 743-1488

Advanced Laser & Skin Care Medical Center states that it is committed to providing expert cosmetic and medical dermatology services. Depending on the services needed, a doctor, specially trained registered nurse or esthetician provides treatments. According to the Advanced Laser website, the Center uses the Sciton Laser for hair removal that requires fewer treatments: two to six treatments at two-month intervals. It is a non-invasive hair removal option that eliminates needle risk, plus is more comfortable than needle insertion or waxing. In addition, Advanced Care Center says the Sciton does not miss any hair follicles and is a more permanent solution than alternative hair removal options. Visit the website for additional information.

The Laser Boutique
1820 Galindo St., Suite 235
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 363-7332

The mission at The Laser Boutique is a simple one: to provide its clients with fast, safe and effective laser hair removal treatments in a comfortable and friendly environment. The Laser Boutique uses the LightSheer Diode Laser, which the Boutique says is fast, safe and a gentle way to eliminate unwanted hair. This specially engineered laser removes excess hair on any skin tone or type, from a woman’s sensitive facial skin to a man’s beard, back or arms. This versatile laser can do it all. Visit the website to print out a 40-percent off coupon for new clients, to find out how the laser works and to view a 10-minute video.

New Image Medical Spa
680 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 790-8821

New Image is a physician owned and operated medical spa, where all procedures are performed by a board-certified physician. The Spa laser treatments include addressing environmental facial skin damage, pigmented lesions, enlarged veins, facial photorejuvenation, and hair removal. New Image uses Elite MPX laser therapy to remove or reduce unwanted hair. It can be used on all skin types and delivers custom wavelength combination treatments, depending on the skin type being treated. New Image Medical Spa offers monthly treatment specials, which may include laser treatment discounts. See the website for complete details.

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