Laser Hair Removal

In the past, men and women plagued by unwanted body and facial hair were forced to use waxing or electrolysis in addition to shaving. Whatever the methods of removal, people were usually faced with time consuming, expensive and sometimes painful treatments. However, since the introduction of the CoolGlide™ Laser for hair removal in Southern California, those methods have become relics of the past.

At The Medical and Skin Spa, our team is led by Richard M. Foxx, MD. He has been specializing in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine since 2001. He is well-known for his ability with laser treatments, dermal fillers, and other cosmetic procedures. We consistently provide gentle, effective care in a lovely spa environment. Contact us at or send us an email to request your complimentary consultation and to learn more about laser hair removal.

How It Works

Cleared by the FDA for permanent hair removal, the CoolGlide Laser, made by Cutera®, can remove unwanted hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest and bikini line.

The CoolGlide Laser system is simply the best laser hair removal system on the market for all skin tones from light to dark, including tanned patients. Its unique design with a longer wavelength and an innovative cooling system allows extremely effective, safe, and permanent results. The system generates a beam in the critical 1064 nm range at a high enough power to vaporize the carbon particles in the fine and coarse hair on all skin types.

Four treatments spaced four to six weeks apart are usually necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.

The Procedure

At our Palm Springs, Southern California practice, the laser hair removal procedure is simple. After the patient dons a soft robe in the adjoining Agua Serena Spa and returns to the office, the area to be treated is prepared. Although no pain medication or local anesthesia is typically required, we offer a topical anesthetic in the form of a cream which is left in place for ten minutes prior to the treatment.

The CoolGlide handpiece is applied to the skin in a gliding fashion, cooling and soothing as it goes. Areas that would take hours with electrolysis are addressed in minutes.

After the Procedure

There is no down-time after laser hair removal. Aloe vera gel is applied following the treatment. The skin may appear slightly red for a very short time but this usually resolves rapidly. We recommend the use of a sunscreen on any treated areas exposed to the sun.

If you'd like, you can resume normal activities immediately. But remember, you don't have to get back to work right away. You can "make an afternoon of it" at the Agua Serena spa – swimming in the pool and ordering food from a menu developed by Dr. Foxx and Executive Chef Chris Mitchum.

Many patients who are interested in laser hair removal also benefit from other kinds of laser dermatology in Southern California. Explore our various laser procedures like laser skin tightening and laser skin resurfacing and learn how they can improve the look of your skin.