Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for men and women. Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, laser hair removal is the best solution for those tired of temporary and often painful methods of removing unwanted hair. For convenience and longevity, laser hair removal is the attractive choice.
Laser hair removal is non-invasive, safe and effective to eliminate unwanted hair without damaging surrounding tissues. Unlike many other practices that offer laser therapy, the lasers at Dermatology & Skincare Arts have been specifically chosen to work on dark and tanned skin. Laser hair removal can treat the back, bikini area, chest, face, neck and shoulders.
What is laser hair removal?
Pulses of laser light energy target and kill the follicles in the treated area. However, because hair grows in cycles, only follicles in the active growth phase have enough pigment to absorb the light and destroy the follicle.
Therefore, additional treatments will be needed to kill the follicles that are dormant and become active at a later time. You can expect a 15-20% reduction in the hair after the first treatment. Complete removal may require 3-5 treatments depending on hair thickness, the area treated and the hair’s growth cycle and skin tone. Treatments are usually 4- 6 weeks apart. Some hair may regrow after finishing all treatments. This regrowth will be finer and lighter and can be easily managed with maintenance treatments.
At your appointment it is important to advise Dr. Kandula about your skin, your tendency to scar, how you heal, whether you get cold sores or genital herpes, take retin A or other medications that make you sensitive to the sun.
Your skin will be examined to evaluate the area to be treated, and you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare and to avoid potential side effects.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
- Avoid waxing and plucking for at least 2 weeks before each procedure
- Avoid sun exposure for at least about 6 weeks before each procedure, and six weeks after
- Shave 2-3 days before the procedure, not before. The hair stubs must be visible for the laser to be effective
- Long hair will be more painful to remove
- Do not bleach your hair – mustaches, etc. Dark hair responds best
- We may prescribe antivirals prior to the procedure
- Clean your skin and do not use any creams or lotions. Deodorant will be removed before treatment
Your skin will be cleaned in the area to be treated. For sensitive areas, we may apply numbing cream prior to the procedure. It will take about 30 minutes for the gel to work. You must wear protective eyewear during the procedure. The laser light beam will be focused on the area of treatment and vaporizes the hair. Results will be immediately visible.
After your procedure
After the procedure you may experience mild discomfort or a feeling like a sunburn. Common side effects include skin irritation and redness, swelling and temporary pigmentation changes that may last for 2-3 days. You will be advised to avoid sun exposure and hot showers as these can irritate sensitive skin.
The benefits of laser hair removal
- Permanent hair reduction
- Bikini, underarm, face, lip, sideburns, legs and back are all treatable
- Men with hair on shoulders and back will find this much more pleasant than waxing
- Treatment targets hair, it does not affect surrounding tissue
- No more painful waxing
Dr. Kandula offers the most advanced, cutting-edge technology to remove unwanted hair for all skin types to maximize effectiveness. Our lasers are non-invasive and provide clean and painless treatments. Laser Hair Removal is efficient and reliable, offering excellent hair reduction results with minimum discomfort.
Laser treatments are customized to your needs including treating large areas with predictable and consistent results. In the quest for beauty, and convenience, laser hair removal is a simple way to enhance your self-image and make your life easier.
Contact Dr. Kandula in Parsippany, New Jersey to schedule a consultation today.