Laser Hair Removal
The most conventional means of removing unwanted hair—plucking, shaving or waxing—are painful and require you to repeat it over and over when the hair grows back. Electrolysis is also temporary and can be uncomfortable, even if it reduces overall hair growth. But today, many people are replacing these cumbersome routines with a method that is painless, extremely effective and long-lasting: laser hair removal. If you are in the Bergen County, NJ or New York area, feel free to schedule a consultation with our laser hair removal experts.
Laser hair removal is a nonsurgical, non-invasive means for removing unwanted hair, regardless of where or how large the area to be treated is. Using a laser to remove hair also lasts a long time and, in some cases, can be permanent, allowing you to enjoy the results for life.
Safety of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is extremely safe and has been refined significantly over the years to a high standard of quality. Most people who undergo treatment experience no discomfort from the laser and are able to resume their daily activities immediately following the procedure. Some mild side effects of treatment may include redness, swelling or other effects similar to a sunburn. Blisters or pain are very rare. If you are concerned about discomfort during the procedure, ask your dermatologic surgeon about using ice packs, cooling gel or topical anesthetics that might offer relief.
Lasers Used for Laser Hair Removal
At our practice in Long Island, NY our dermatologic surgeons use several kinds of lasers, depending on the skin tone and individualized needs of each patient. These lasers include the Alexandrite lasers and Q-Switched Nd:YAG lasers. The Alexandrite is a popular laser that is most commonly used for people with very light skin tones. The Alexandrite beam has a longer pulse, allowing it to access deeper follicles. Alexandrite devices include the Apogee and GentleLASE.
The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, also commonly used to remove tattoos, liverspots and other dermatologic blemishes, uses different light energies to reach hair follicles at different depths within the skin. YAG lasers are most commonly used for people with dark skin tones. Our dermatologists can advise you on which laser is best suited for you.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
During the session, the surgeon operates a low-energy laser that directs light on the target area of your body. The energy from the laser is absorbed by a pigment in the bulb of each hair called melanin, which prevents the hair from growing.
While some hair may grow back in the targeted area, it will likely be lighter and less dense than before. Permanent hair removal may take anywhere from three to seven rounds of treatment to ensure coverage of all hair follicles in varying stages of activeness and dormancy in their growth cycle. The exact number of treatments required varies from person to person, depending on your skin tone and the nature of your hair.
More Information on Laser Hair Removal
For a customized quote, call the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation with one of our specialists. You can also visit us at any of our ten locations in New York and New Jersey. The cost of laser hair removal treatment depends on how much surface area you are looking to treat. Package rates are available for multiple rounds of laser treatment. Our dermatologists can review all of your options with you and answer any questions you may have.
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