Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal Best For:
- Unwanted hair on the face and body
Procedure Time:Between 30 min – 2 hours
Results:Permanent with multiple sessions
Smooth, soft hair-free skin can be achieved with laser hair removal. Unlike tweezing, shaving, or waxing, laser hair removal can permanently reduce unwanted hair on the face and body using beams of highly concentrated light. The procedure is safe and comfortable with little to no downtime required.
Laser hair removal should only be performed by a trained professional. The board-certified physicians at The Derm Group possess many years of clinical experience and are highly skilled in the proper use of laser technology. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121.
Understanding Your Treatment
Laser hair removal has become a popular cosmetic procedure for removing unwanted hair from areas such as the underarms, bikini line, back, or face. Laser hair removal is effective because it destroys the hair follicle, thereby inhibiting future growth. During treatment, the laser’s light energy is absorbed by pigment in the hair. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicle but leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed. Only follicles in the active growth phase are destroyed.
This procedure has been FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction – meaning that individuals enjoy significant long-term hair reduction over time. In some cases, multiple treatment sessions may produce results that last for several years.
What types of lasers are available?
Newer types of lasers and light sources have made laser hair removal possible for individuals with different skin types and hair colors. The Derm Group offers 3 of the most effective and proven lasers available. These include the GentleLASE® laser and the GentleYAG® laser, along with Cutera’s excel® HR. GentleLASE is ideal for removing dark, coarse hair on men or women with light or fair skin. Individuals with dark or tanned skin are typically better suited for the GentleYAG laser because it treats a variety of skin tones. The excel HR combines a high-power 755 nm Alexandrite laser and Cutera’s proven long-pulse 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser for safe, effective high-volume hair removal on all skin types. One of our board-certified physicians will advise you on the most appropriate mode of treatment.
What happens during treatment?
Before laser hair removal, you will receive special preparation instructions. Usually, our physician’s suggest that waxing or tweezing be avoided for at least 2 weeks before your appointment. You may shave or use chemical depilatories if you wish.
During your session, a gel or numbing lotion is normally applied to the treatment area for added comfort. A hand-held laser device is then directed at the unwanted hair. Some individuals may experience a sensation of tingling or a slight sting during this process, but the majority of people find these feelings tolerable. Because hair follicles go through cycles of activity and rest, a series of about 4 treatments is usually needed to see ideal results.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment Locations
What are the side effects?
Laser hair removal is a minor procedure that generally requires little or no recovery time. Some may notice mild redness and swelling in the treated area, but these symptoms usually subside after a few days.
Is it safe?
When performed by a skilled technician, laser hair removal is very safe and effective. Our board-certified physicians oversee all procedures and are available to answer your questions and concerns.
What other laser procedures are available?
The Derm Group offers 8 lasers to treat a variety of skin conditions. To improve skin texture and tone, as well as reduce signs of aging, laser resurfacing is available. Laser treatments can also be used to lessen the appearance of unwanted veins on the face and body.