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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal at Northeast Dermatology and Skin is a safe, effective and well-tolerated procedure to reduce unwanted hair. Hair can be removed from just about anywhere on the skin with this treatment. Our offices offer two different lasers in order to treat a variety of skin types, anywhere from light Caucasian skin to dark-toned Black skin.

Who can get laser hair removal?

Just about anyone with dark hair who finds themselves looking for an alternative to shaving, waxing, plucking, depilatories or threading. Unfortunately, the laser is not effective at reducing blonde, red, white or grey hair. The laser uses energy to target the melanin pigment at the base of each hair, rather than the pigment in the surrounding skin. Specifically, the laser targets the pigment of hairs in the active growth phase, and in our experience removes 15-30% of actively growing hairs with each treatment. Therefore, we recommend a package of 3 treatments to successfully remove 45-90% of targeted hair. While 3-4 treatments on the face may remove the majority of facial hair, it may take a greater number of treatments to reduce body hair. This is because at any point in time, only 40-60% of body hair is in the active growth phase, whereas 80% of facial hair is actively growing. The treated hairs will shed or push out in approximately 2 weeks. This is normal.

What does laser hair removal feel like?

Pulses of laser heat are applied to your skin and at the same time, a dose of cold air minimizes the hot sensation. It may feel like a ‘hot rubber band snap’ against the skin. Treatment is quick and afterwards a soothing cool aloe vera gel is applied to the area.

What are the side effects?

While side effects are uncommon, there is a small potential for adverse effects. These include blistering, bruising, hives, swelling, darkening of the skin or lightening of the skin. All of these can usually be treated to prevent any permanent marks. Many patients will be slightly red for an hour after treatment. Laser hair removal will significantly reduce hair, but it is not always permanent. Over time, some hairs may regrow and can be treated with touchups or alternative forms of hair removal.

To ensure the best results:

DO NOT get laser hair removal when you are tan. Wait until the tan has faded (or better yet, don’t get tan at all!).

Postpone your treatment if you have recently waxed or bleached the hiar.

Wait 3 months after taking Accutane (isotretinoin), although this can be discussed in consultation with your provider.

Each treatment should be at least 6 weeks apart.

The target hair should be shaven or cut at least 2-4 days prior to treatment. Laser works best if there is some stubble present.

Who should not get laser hair removal?

Pregnant women and patients who have conditions where they have sensitivity to light.

What is the cost of laser hair removal?

The price depends on the size of the area to be treated. Please call our office to schedule a consultation for laser hair removal to make sure you are a good candidate for treatment.