Laser hair removal, offered by our board-certified dermatologists, is an effective laser treatment to reduce the hair on the body and face. The results are long-lasting and reduce the need to do at-home hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing and plucking. Most patients who undergo laser treatments can reduce hair in an area for several years. It is very important that the treatment be performed by a skilled and experienced physician to get the safest, most effective treatment. There are many different types of lasers and machines used in offices to get rid of hair but not every machine is the same. We use the highest quality equipment in order to safely treat our patients and give them long-lasting improvements.
There are many myths out there about laser hair removal, so it’s always best to speak to a board-certified dermatologist to get the facts about this popular treatment.
Laser hair removal is a highly versatile and popular treatment option and can be used on almost any area of the body. Hair on the body or face can be reduced, thinned and removed with the help of laser treatments.
Some patients want to do laser hair removal to help ease the burden of ingrown hairs. Other patients want to do laser hair removal to reduce the hassle of shaving or waxing. Some want to do laser hair removal because they believe that it gives a better appearance.
It is important to remember that we do not employ laser treatment to get rid of hair from the following areas: eyebrows, ears, and around the anus.
Laser hair removal can be safe for treating all skin tones, including darker tones, BUT, you want to make sure that your provider has the correct laser for your skin type. Using the wrong laser can result in burns. With Elite+ by Cynosure, we can customize every treatment to encompass lighter or darker skin types, as well as different areas of the body.
At our Boston office, we have lasers and the expertise to treat patients with a wide range of needs. Laser hair removal works best on patients with dark hair (black and brown). It does not work on blonde, white or grey hair. Red hair may also be stubborn to get rid of with lasers. The lasers we have work well for both coarse and fine hairs. One of the most important things to know before going in for laser hair removal is that patients cannot undergo treatment if they have a suntan.
Pulses of laser energy are used on hair follicles to destroy them, making it so they are no longer able to grow new hairs. This is a very safe hair-removal process and can be applied to sensitive parts of the body like the face.
Laser hair removal is also quite effective. In fact, thanks to technological advances, it is so effective that a particular chromophore can be targeted by the laser wavelength to impair the basal stem cells inside follicles.
During laser hair removal treatment, the laser can feel sensitive on the skin, and when treating areas such as the groin or upper lip, topical numbing cream can be used to minimize discomfort. Most patients describe the feeling as a slight snap against the skin. Treatment only takes a few minutes.
After laser hair removal treatment, patients are able to go about their days as planned as they generally notice no symptoms. In some patients, there may be slight residual pinkness, but this often resolves within an hour.
Depending on the area of the body being treated, laser hair removal on average requires 4-6 treatments to achieve desired results. These treatments should be spaced apart 3 – 4 weeks to ensure a new round of hair growth. In between treatments, patients should not be waxing, threading, or plucking hairs in the areas being treated. Shaving is okay and actually recommended just prior to treatment.
After the treatment course is complete and desired results are achieved, the results are considered semi-permanent. This is because several years down the line, patients will report individual stray hairs in treated areas. Patients can then return to the office for 1-2 treatments to tackle these hairs that have grown back.
Laser hair removal in Boston is simple and convenient thanks to the skilled physicians at The Dermatology Institute of Boston. Contact us today!
Does laser hair removal really work permanently?
Many factors come into play in regard to the results of your laser hair removal treatment:
The above-mentioned considerations make it all that more important that you seek a highly trained professional to perform your laser hair removal treatment.
What are the negatives of laser hair removal?
Is laser hair removal really worth it?
Busy people may wonder if laser hair removal is worth the time investment. Smaller areas, such as the chin, may only take about 5 minutes to complete, while larger areas, such as the legs, may take up to an hour. Overall, the process is fast and straightforward.
Do you shave before laser hair removal?
Some other tips for prepping for laser hair removal treatment include wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from the sun, and avoiding tanning beds, sprays, and lotions before and immediately after your treatment. Following the treatment, you should avoid putting on perfume or taking a hot shower for at least 24 hours.
How painful is laser hair removal?
Here are a few simple tips for reducing the chances of pain during laser hair removal:
Apply ice before the treatment. Ice may help relieve burning and redness following the treatment.
An over-the-counter pain reliever may help reduce some of the minor pain you may experience during or immediately following the treatment. Taking the medication about a half hour before your scheduled appointment is a good idea.
Please talk with your provider about their suggestions for making the treatment more comfortable for you. Sometimes, a topical numbing cream is applied prior to treatment to minimize discomfort.
At what age is laser hair removal most effective?
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.