Laser Hair Removal
Laser treatments remove unwanted hair from nearly any area of the body with long-lasting results.
- Downtime: minimal
- Pain Level: Mild – Moderate
- Results Duration: Long-Lasting
Unwanted facial and body hair, reducing risk for ingrown hairs and razor bumps
Mild redness immediately following treatment
Anywhere on the face or body where there is unwanted hair
A series of sessions is required to achieve an optimal outcome
Handheld laser device is run across the skin’s surface, affecting hair follicles to produce shedding and preventing future hair growth
Topical anesthetic applied before treatment
Reduction of unwanted hair and prevention of future hair growth
Improvements may be seen after first treatment, full results are apparent when treatment plan is completed
Laser Hair Removal
Excess or unwanted dark hair can be safely and effectively removed using various lasers. Compared to other methods of hair removal such as waxing, plucking, and cream depilatories, lasers provide more efficient removal of hair with longer-lasting results.
The physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York are pioneers in the development and testing of lasers in the area of long-term hair removal. To achieve optimal results for all skin types, we have a wide variety of laser technology including the long-pulsed alexandrite laser (GentleLase), the long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser (GentleYag), and the newest laser, which combines both the alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers (GentleMax). We are pleased to now offer the Vectus laser as well, which is the fastest laser for hair removal over large areas such as the legs, back, and chest. Our new Clarity laser is even less painful than older devices for hair removal. In addition, we constantly evaluate new laser systems in order to provide the best and latest technology.
At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, our board-certified physicians perform all our laser hair removal treatments to ensure our patients receive the best possible care and results. Our lasers are chosen carefully to ensure our patients enjoy the most comfortable experience.
How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
This treatment uses concentrated laser energy to target the hair follicles in the treatment area. Laser heating damages the follicle, causing current hair to shed and making it difficult for future hair to grow. The treatment leaves surrounding skin and tissue intact, minimizing discomfort and downtime after the procedure.
In addition to the general removal of unwanted hair, laser hair removal has been proven to be very effective for the specific removal of hair that causes irritation, such as in ingrown hair, razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae), pilonidal cysts, excess hair associated with birthmarks, or post-surgical procedures (grafts).
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
There can be some discomfort during the procedure. For sensitive areas, such as the bikini line or the underarms, or for the treatment of large areas such as the full legs or back, patients can elect to have topical anesthetic cream applied before treatment. Most patients treating smaller areas of skin do not require anesthetic cream.
When Will I See Results?
You might start to see some shedding within days of your first treatment session. However, due to the growth cycle of hair, patients require a series of appointments to achieve a full outcome. Those results will become evident within a few days after your last session.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
After treatment, you should be able to resume your normal activities. The treatment area may be red and tender, similar to a sunburn. It is critical to protect vulnerable skin from sun exposure during the healing process to avoid possible complications and damage.
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Do Men Undergo Laser Hair Removal?
Yes. Laser hair removal is commonly performed on our male patients at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 184,000 laser hair removal procedures were performed on men in the United States in 2018. That number has increased by 39% since 2000.
There are different approaches, however, when treating men versus women, and our dedicated dermatologists take these real differences into account during every treatment.
Laser Hair Removal
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
A: Yes, when it is performed by an experienced, qualified provider. At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, all laser hair removal procedures are performed by board-certified, fellowship-trained dermatologists. The devices we use for this treatment have also been approved by the FDA for hair removal. The procedure has a long track record of safety and success, with more than a million treatments performed in 2018 alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: Since hair grows in different cycles at different times, it takes a series of treatment sessions to eliminate all the hair in a single area. However, once the results are achieved, the hair reduction is long-lasting and even permanent for some patients. Others may find that a touch-up session every year or two will keep them silky smooth.
Q: What Areas Does Laser Hair Removal Treat?
A: Laser hair removal is safe and effective on nearly any area of the body, including the chin, neck, underarms, back, chest, legs, arms, and bikini line.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects associated with laser hair removal are usually relatively mild and temporary and might include redness, tenderness, and swelling in the treatment areas.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: Laser hair removal is safe to use on all areas of the body. Most people require several treatment sessions to produce long-lasting hair removal in a given area. Treatment sessions are usually performed at one to two-month intervals, depending on the area of skin being treated.
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