LASER HAIR REMOVAL
WHAT IS THE LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE?
The laser hair removal procedure uses a specific wavelength of light to treat:
1. Unwanted Dark Hair (Face, Chin, Legs, Bikini, Back)
2. Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
3. Ingrown Hair Follicles
Our laser hair removal device is FDA approved for laser hair removal. Its unique patented chill tip make the device very easy to use and helps to maximize patient comfort.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE? HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?
Treatment with the laser takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the area(s) that are treated. Usually 3 to 12 treatments sessions are required to see a 50 to 80% improvement. These are spaced out every 4 to 6 weeks or when the hair starts to regrow in the area(s) being treated.
BEFORE AND AFTERS- LASER HAIR REMOVAL
WHAT ARE THE PRE-OP INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE?
Typically, we ask our patients to discontinue the use of retinoic acid products and glycolic acid products beginning 3 to 4 days before your treatment. In addition, we will sometimes prescribe an antiviral medication if the treatment is in an area where cold sores form. It is also wise to stay out of intense sunlight (or tanning beds) both 1 week prior and after your treatment.
HOW MUCH DISCOMFORT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE TREATMENT?
There is minimal, if any, discomfort with our Laser Hair Removal procedure. A topical anesthetic is all that is used. This is applied for 30 to 60 minutes on the treatment area(s). Pain usually is described as a mild irritation, or stinging sensation which can be controlled with cool compresses, topical corticosteroids and medications such as ibuprofen.
HOW LONG DOES THE SKIN STAY INFLAMMED?
The advanced technology of laser allows for the skin to recover quickly. There can be some minor redness and follicle inflammation immediately postop. This manifests as a “goose bump” appearance of the skin and quickly disappears within a matter of days. Sometimes one can develop crusting or hypopigmentation at the treatment site. These effects are rare and can persist for up to a few weeks.
WHAT ABOUT POST OP CARE?
It is important to stay out of intense sunlight for the week after your laser hair removal treatment. Concealing makeup, e.g. Jane Iredale™, can be used to minimize redness.
HOW LONG WILL I SEE A BENEFIT FROM LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
The benefits from the laser hair removal procedure can last for several years. Repeat treatments are sometimes required but this is determined on a case by case basis. In our experience, patient satisfaction has been extremely high. One can also combine laser with medical therapies such as spironolactone or Vaniqa™ to optimize results.
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A LASER HAIR REMOVAL CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT?
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