Laser Hair Removal FAQ

What is laser hair removal? How does it work?
Is laser hair removal safe?
What lasers does Advanced Dermatology offer?
What results can I expect from laser hair removal?
Does it hurt? What is a typical procedure?
Is laser hair removal right for me?


What is laser hair removal? How does it work?
Laser hair removal provides long-lasting hair removal results. Laser energy is focused upon the skin, and the hair follicles’ pigmentation (melanin) and blood vessels absorb that laser energy. The energy becomes converted to heat upon absorption and destroys the hair follicle, preventing hair from growing. However, the laser energy is focused to affect only the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed and the skin smooth and hair-free.

Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes. Both Alexandrite and YAG lasers have been FDA approved for hair removal for all areas of the body, and for all skin types. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that requires no downtime. Patients can resume daily activities immediately after the procedure, and some choose to come in during their lunch break.

What lasers does Advanced Dermatology offer?
Advanced Dermatology P.C. has expanded to serve patients in Summit & Ridgewood New Jersey, in addition to existing locations in New York and New Jersey. We offer several different options for lasers and it is best if our dermatologists determine which laser is right for you, based upon your skin and hair types. Some of the most popular options include the Alexandrite lasers (Apogee and GentleLASE). The Alexandrite lasers have a long pulse which can affect deeper follicles than other types of lasers, and is frequently used on people with light skin tones. Another option is the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, which can be calibrated with different pulses to affect follicles of varying depths. The YAG lasers are more frequently used on people with darker skin tones.

What results can I expect from laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal will remove the majority of hair in the targeted area. Hair may sometimes grow back, but it will be sparser than before treatment. Some patients may require multiple procedures over several months as hair follicles in the treatment area go through their growth cycle. This can vary widely from person to person, and the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology will be able to advise you on expected results and number of treatments required.

Does it hurt? What is a typical procedure?
Most patients are able to tolerate the sensation of laser hair removal with no issues. Some have likened it to the feeling of a rubber band snapping on the skin, and many say that it is less painful than waxing. A numbing topical ointment may be applied if there are concerns. After each hair removal session, which could take between thirty minutes to an hour, there may be mild side effects similar to sunburn. Some patients can experience hyper-pigmentation or an allergic reaction to the heat, but these effects are temporary and are treatable with topical creams.

Is laser hair removal right for me?
A consultation with one of our board certified dermatologists can help determine if laser hair removal will get you the results you need and which laser should be used. We have many offices located conveniently throughout the New York and New Jersey area, including in Summit & Ridgewood. You are welcome to call us or fill out the form on the left side and come in to consult with us. Laser hair removal is safe for all areas of the body and for all skin types. Patients often report when coming in for a follow up how they love having smooth, hairless skin without the hassle of temporary measures such as waxing or shaving.

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