Hera Healthcare -  - Integrative and Holistic Women's Health

Mirela Cernaianu, MD

Integrative and Holistic Women's Health & Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Center located in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, CA

Icon Laser Hair Removal Specialist

When you consider the amount of time spent shaving, waxing, and plucking, it’s easy to understand why laser hair removal is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Healthcare offers safe and effective laser hair removal using the Icon™ Aesthetic System. Contact her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, to learn more about laser hair removal. Or schedule an appointment online when you’re ready for a permanent solution to unwanted hair.

Icon Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How do lasers safely remove hair?

When the Icon laser is set to a specific wavelength, the laser beam is selectively absorbed by colored pigments in the hair follicle. Since the laser only affects pigmented tissue, it can be used to treat the hair follicle without harming your skin.

As laser energy is absorbed, the hair follicle is destroyed, which makes the existing hair fall out and stops future hair from growing. Using the Icon system, Dr. C. can remove hair on any type of skin and from any area of the body, including your face, arms, underarms, chest, legs, back, and bikini area.

Why do you need more than one treatment?

Every hair on your body goes through growth cycles. Hair grows at the rate of about half an inch per month for about three to five years. Then the hair follicle, which anchors and nurtures each strand of hair, goes through a transitional stage before entering the third phase: the resting phase.

When a hair follicle reaches the resting phase, the strand of hair falls out and the follicle goes dormant. After about three months, the follicle begins another growth phase and a new hair appears.

Lasers can only destroy the follicle when it’s in a growth phase. Since each follicle on your body follows its own timing -- hairs don’t all grow or go dormant at the same time -- one laser treatment can’t eliminate all of the hair. It takes about three sessions to permanently eliminate 79% of the hair in the treated area.*

What should you expect during laser hair removal with the Icon?

The amount of time needed for the procedure depends on the area being treated. Many people tolerate laser hair removal without sensitivity, but you don’t need to worry about comfort because a numbing cream can be applied. Following treatment, your skin may look sunburned, and you may have slight swelling, but these resolve within a few days.

Can cosmetic treatments like scar removal be done at the same time as hair removal?

Yes, you can get multiple cosmetic treatments at the same time as laser hair removal. The Icon system is uniquely designed to accommodate different types of lasers. When hair removal is finished, Dr. C. can switch the laser hand piece to one that can:

  • Remove acne and surgical scars
  • Diminish wrinkles
  • Eliminate facial and leg veins
  • Treat stretch marks

*Individual results may vary.

For your safety and protection, this office has been trained in Laser Science and Laser Safety in accordance with the American National Standards Institute Regulations ( Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers and Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities).


We accept all major insurance PPO plans and Medicare. Please contact the office for any additional insurance information.

Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Blue Shield PPO
Cigna PPO
Health Net PPO
United Healthcare PPO

Words from our patients

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    "Dr. C is the best OBGYN I've ever had! She really knows her stuff, and beyond! I'm forever thankful for her expertise."

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    "If you are looking for a Dr that is courteous, thorough and genuinely cares about her patients, then Dr. C is the one for you!"

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    "Dr. Cernaianu has been my OBGyn for 2 of my pregnancies and she has always taken her time to answer all my questions. I recommend her to all my family and friends."

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Hera Healthcare
910 Hampshire Road, Suite A
Westlake Village

Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Phone: 805-225-4237
Fax: 888-972-9656
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