As of March 20, 2020 we are no longer seeing patients in our office due to COVID-19. We are happy to continue caring for you during these uncertain times. We are now offering remote appointments for new and established patients although we will no longer be able to see you in person. 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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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 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!
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.