Having hair in unwanted places is an embarrassing but common concern. Options for hair removal involve tweezing, shaving, waxing, chemical depilatories, and electrolysis. These are painful, messy, or tedious, and all are temporary. Dr. Sean Bidic, Dr. Vinay Gundlapalli and Dr. Casey Gene Sheck offer a more effective, efficient solution for women and men in New Jersey. Laser hair removal provides a safe, reliable hair reduction method for all skin types, including darker complexions.
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A Consultation That's All About You
Dr. Bidic gladly spends time with each patient to discuss the details, benefits, and other considerations of laser hair removal. By evaluating your skin type, hair, and goals, he will determine whether laser hair removal is the best option for you.
Your Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Prior to your treatment, you may receive a topical anesthetic, especially in more sensitive areas, but the procedure is usually well tolerated by most patients.
Dr. Bidic, Dr. Gundlapalli and Dr. Sheck use the Lumenis™ LightSheer® diode laser, a proven, state-of-the-art device for hair removal. It emits highly concentrated light that targets the melanin (dark pigment) of the hair. The light heats the follicle, preventing hair from regrowing.
The system enables the surgeon to treat multiple hairs at once and effectively cover large areas relatively quickly. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure can take several minutes to more than an hour.
What to Expect After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
You may experience post-treatment redness, skin sensitivity, and swelling around the hair follicle; these will fade. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. We will provide detailed care instructions.
Hair grows in different phases, and not all of our hair is in the growth phase at the same time. The treatment has the greatest effect on hairs in the growth phase because of their higher concentrations of melanin. You may require multiple treatments over a few months for this reason. Most people achieve the results they desire after 3 to 5 sessions, although this varies with individual factors.
View our Lumenis brochure about laser hair removal.
Popular Areas For Laser Hair Removal
- Bikini: The bikini area is a very common area that people get laser hair removal. The pesky hairs in the bikini area can be a pain to deal with and the constant upkeep leads to skin irritation and razor bumps
- Legs: Getting laser hair removal on your legs will save you tons of time and energy. Trying to keep you legs smooth is a hassle, and laser hair removal makes it extremely easy for you.
- Face: Many people utilize laser hari removal to get rid of facial hair. This can help you avoid daily maintenance and razor bumps, leaving your skin looking clear and smooth
- Underarms: This is a very common area for people to get laser hair removal
FAQs About Laser Hair Removal
Is laser hair removal painful?
Laser hair removal is fairly painless experience. Many people describe the pain as the same feeling as a rubber band snapping onto the skin.
What areas on the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
Anywhere on the body is an option for laser hair removal. Most people get it on their face, underarms, legs, and bikini area.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal can be permanent, but it may require additional treatment to get rid of any hair follicles that heal and regrow. The treatment itself, usually, significantly reduces your hair growth in the treatment area.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Anybody can try laser hair removal. However, people with darker skin tones or lighter hair may have trouble getting results with laser hair removal since the lasers target the darker pigment of the hair. So technically, with lighter hair or darker skin tones, the laser cannot see the hairs.
Where Should I Have Laser Hair Removal Done?
To receive the best results possible, you will need to have your laser hair removal done by a board-certified dermatologist. Board-certified dermatologists have a wealth of knowledge and are expertly trained with laser procedures. If laser hair removal is not performed properly, it can lead to severe risks and complications, such as blisters, burns, and scars.
Is Laser Hair Removal Suitable for Everyone?
Back in the day, laser hair removal was best suited for people who had dark hair and light skin. However, laser technology has evolved to the point where there is an option for everyone. There are various types of lasers that can be used for hair removal on people with darker skin and lighter hair colors. Your dermatologist will recommend the best type of laser for you during your consultation.
How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
Before anyone can get laser hair removal, you will first need to have a consultation with your dermatologist. During your consultation, asking questions is absolutely paramount to the success of your treatment.
Here is a small list of questions to ask your dermatologist:
- How many laser hair removal treatments have you performed?
- What are the potential side effects?
- How long will my recovery take?
- Am I at higher risk of experiencing complications?
You must also inform the dermatologist if you have any ailments, are taking certain medications, or if you recently received a tan. Before it is time for your appointment, you will need to avoid plucking your hair, applying makeup, limit your sun exposure, and check what medication you have.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated With Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal does have a few side effects and complications to be aware of. The most common risks of receiving laser hair removal includes skin irritation and changes to your pigmentation. The laser treatment might darken or lighten your skin depending on what type you have. You may also experience swelling and redness.
These side effects are usually temporary, but the pigmentation change could be permanent. There are other risks that are somewhat rare, which includes crusting and graying hair. If any of your side effects worsen, contact your dermatologist immediately.