Laser Hair Removal

Laser Technology has been used safely and effectively for many years. LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification Stimulated Emission. The use of lasers has revolutionized the way many unwanted cosmetic issues can be addressed and treated. Hair Removal is one of the latest innovations in the exciting field of laser technology.

Other Hair Removal methods, such as waxing, plucking and shaving only offer temporary relief. Until now, electrolysis has been the only more permanent alternative. However, electrolysis treatments can take years, be painful and are limited to treating small areas.

The Laser safely removes unwanted hair in approximately 3-6 treatments that generally don’t take more than 15-20 minutes.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin into the hair follicle. The energy of the laser is transformed into heat as it gets absorbed and the hair follicle gets disabled, but leaves the surrounding skin unchanged.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Hair Removal Laser works best on people who have dark hair and light skin. The laser’s light is looking for a difference in color (melanin or pigment) between the skin and the hair. So, people with light hair and fair skin are not good candidates, neither are people with dark hair and dark skin. A qualified physician can easily evaluate if you are a good candidate and tell you what you can expect for results.

IS IT PERMANENT?
Hair Removal Laser is a permanent hair reduction method. After each treatment a vast percentage of the hair follicles are permanently disabled. The results vary from individual to individual but after a series of treatments has been completed there is minimum hair regrowth.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?
Protective eyewear is always worn to protect the eyes from the laser’s intense light.

A light coolant spray is used to cool the outer layers of the skin before each pulse of light for increased comfort. Because of the cooling device, most people experience minimal discomfort.

However, pain tolerance varies from person to person and a topical anesthetic can be applied in advance of the procedure.

After the treatment, the area may be pink or red for a few hours, but it can sometimes last for several days.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
When the laser procedure is performed correctly, by a trained operator and the patient selection process is appropriate, there should not be any complications beyond the possibility of an allergic reaction, ingrown hair or temporary redness. However, under certain conditions scarring can occur.

WHO PERFORMS LASER HAIR REMOVAL AT NEDA?
Only our experienced, board certified dermatologists who are also members of the American Society of Laser Surgery and Medicine.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost depends on the size of the area being treated.

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