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Hair RemovalUnwanted facial and body hair is a common problem that can be a source of distress for both men and women. While at-home techniques like shaving, waxing, and depilatories work, they’re time consuming and need to be repeated regularly for just temporary results. Commonly treated areas include the armpits, the legs, the arms, the bikini area, the back, the chest, and the face.

That’s why many of our patients seek out the expertise of our highly trained team for laser hair removal, which is long-term—and can offer even permanent hair reduction.

Sometimes patients seek out laser hair removal because they’re suffering from excessive hair growth, such as on the back or in the case of some women, on the face. This is called hypertrichosis or hirsutism (pronounced her•si•tism; this is the excessive growth of hair in women). The causes could be genetic, hormonal, from medications or due to illness. The exact reason for excessive hair will be determined.

For some patients, laser hair removal simply offers freedom from daily hair removal.

How laser hair removal works

Lasers send targeted, controlled pulses of light through the skin that are absorbed by the melanin (pigment) present in hair follicles. This energy is converted to heat, which then destroys the hair follicle (without harming the surrounding tissue) and significantly slows down their ability to re-grow.

Since hair grows in cycles, the number of treatments varies by patient skin type, hair color, and hair coarseness. But it typically takes about 6 to 8 treatments, spaced every 4 to 8 weeks. Additionally, annual touch-ups may be required to keep you completely hair free.

Laser hair removal is most effective on dark hair on lighter skin types. The darker the hair is the better it will respond to treatment from lasers.

Very important: We advise our patients to avoid tanning or using sunless tanners before treatment as the pigment in skin will compete with the hair to absorb the light energy—reducing the effectiveness of the treatment.

Also, if a patient has a history of cold sores, we may recommend that he or she take an anti-viral, like Valtrex, for several days before and after treatment. We also recommend that patients wait at least two weeks after stopping an antibiotic before having the treatment done as these medications can make the skin extremely sensitive.

No matter what reason a patient may be seeking out more permanent hair removal, the lasers we offer are safe and effective options and can treat both large and small areas of unwanted hair.

 

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FAQs

I’ve heard that laser hair removal is painful—this is why I’ve been scared to have it done. Is this true?

Hair removal lasers are equipped with a cooling device that helps reduce the discomfort and protect the top layer of skin from the heat. In addition, a topical numbing agent may be used to desensitize the treatment area.

We also recommend taking an ibuprofen beforehand to help mitigate the pain. Doing so will help, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

The feeling of laser hair removal has been described as a rubber band continually snapping at the skin. Additional side effects can be redness and swelling that last anywhere from one to three days. Most patients who have had the laser hair removal procedure believe the hair-free results are well worth the feeling experienced during the procedure.

Can I wax before laser hair removal?

No. You need hair in the follicle to allow laser hair removal to work. You can’t wax or pluck at least one month prior to treatment. Instead, the best option is to shave (bleaching and depilatories could irritate the skin).

Doesn’t laser hair removal only work on people with light skin?

In the early stages of laser hair removal, it used to be that only fair-skinned people with dark hair could have the treatment done. But today, there’s a laser that can be used to remove hair from just about everyone.

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Contact us to set up an appointment with one of highly trained hair removal experts to determine what the best option is for you:
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