Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an effective way 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 improvement.

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.

At this office, we have lasers and the expertise to treat patients of all skin tones. Laser hair removal works best on patients with dark hairs (black and brown). It does not work on blonde, red, white or grey hair. 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.

During 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 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 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.

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Before and after three treatments

At this office, we have lasers and the expertise to treat patients of all skin tones. Laser hair removal works best on patients with dark hairs (black and brown). It does not work on blonde, red, white or grey hair. 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.

During 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 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 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.

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