Imagine having smooth, hair-free skin without having to shave, wax, or pluck. Now it is possible to achieve with laser hair removal. We can treat almost any body area. Most sites require only a few minutes per treatment.

Gresham Cosmetic Laser Center offers Laser Hair Removal in Troutdale, Oregon

We offer laser hair removal using the Alma Harmony IPL (intense pulsed light) system or the Cutera CoolGlide 1064. Laser hair removal targets the melanin (the dark colored pigment) in the hair follicle, permanently killing those hair follicles that are in their active growth phase and contain an intact hair at the time of the laser treatment.

Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to achieve adequate hair reduction. This is due to the fact that not all of the hair follicles are in the active growth phase at the same time. Only those follicles in the active growth phase of their growth cycle will be affected by a laser treatment. We perform treatments about every 4- 8 weeks depending on the part of the body and the individual patient response. A minimum of 4 -7 treatments will be needed to achieve adequate hair reduction results in an ideal candidate (someone with light-colored skin and dark hair).

It is important you avoid sun exposure while undergoing laser hair removal with the IPL system. The Cutera CoolGlide 1064 laser enables us to treat darker skin types or very lightly tanned skin. Treatments on sun tanned skin will have to be postponed until the suntan fades to your baseline skin tone. We perform a Fitzpatrick skin type analysis on every patient to determine your skin type and to be certain you are a good candidate for treatment.

Pain Tolerance Depends on the Individual
Most people tolerate laser hair removal treatments well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. A cooling gel is used and other measures such as numbing cream or a Zimmer chiller can be utilized if necessary for comfort.

What If I've Had Other Treatments?
History of previous treatments, medications, allergies, and pigmentation problems should be discussed prior to the laser treatment. The following medical conditions are some of the contraindications to the use of laser hair reductions: pregnancy, active herpes or infections, lupus, immunosuppressed patients, melanoma, keloid scarring, psoriasis or other serious diseases. Some medications are photo sensitizers and make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and laser light and may lead to an adverse reaction. Accutane, certain antibiotics such as tetracycline and others may require a waiting period. For those who cannot have laser hair removal we do offer waxing services.

Immediately following your treatment the area may be a bit red and slightly swollen, similar to a mild sunburn. Three to seven days after the treatment, you may experience what seems to be a regrowth of hair. Actually, the hair is being shed. You should not wax or pluck hair in-between treatments, but you can shave with an electric razor. You may return to normal activities immediately and should wear a sunscreen.

Can I Shave Or Wax?
While undergoing hair removal you should avoid plucking, waxing, or the use of depilatories in the treated area since this removes the follicle which is the target for the laser. Shaving is permissible and should always be done the day of treatment prior to your appointment. Limiting sun exposure, wearing an SPF 30 sunblock containing zinc or titanium, and avoiding the use of self-tanners will help to prevent unwanted side effects such as blistering, burning or pigmentation changes.

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Dr. Greg Knopf
Gresham Cosmetic Laser Center
1530 SW 257th Drive
Troutdale, OR 97060

Phone: (503) 489-2698

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am to 5:00pm
Later evening appointments available by request.


Why Cosmetic Laser?
The doctors and staff
We are dedicated to providing the best long-term anti-aging solutions using the latest technologies available today at an affordable price.

Significantly enhance your appearance without the pain of surgery

Complimentary consultation and treatment plans

Receive a $50.00 gift card for laser services
at Gresham Cosmetic Laser Center if you refer a friend or family member.

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