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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Get rid of that unwanted hair

Excess hair growth can be problematic for both men and women. Routine shaving of your legs and underarms can be time-consuming, and more sensitive areas with unwanted hair can cause you embarrassment. Hair grows in cycles, and when a cycle is disrupted, new hair is prevented from growing. Laser treatment disrupts those cycles, allowing for it to be an effective method for long-lasting hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal Candidates

Laser treatments are aimed at the hair follicles, and they target pigment or color. The surrounding tissue may suffer from irritation from the laser. This side effect means that people shouldn’t undergo this procedure if they have skin sensitivity, rashes, or open wounds. You also cannot be tan or taking medications that make your skin more susceptible to burning. Do not wax or undergo electrolysis at least one month prior to your treatment, as this causes inflammation, making the treatment less effective. Other factors that may negatively impact your treatment include:

  • Tanned skin
  • Blonde, white, or grey hair
  • The thickness of the hair

Treatment

Areas

  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Bikini area
  • Face

Laser Hair Removal Process

A small area may be tested before your treatment to ensure that you don’t have an adverse reaction to the laser process. The day of your procedure, the treatment area is prepped. We use a laser head with a chiller tip, which cools the skin and decreases discomfort throughout the process.

One-third of your hair follicles are producing hair at any given time. Laser treatments disrupt the growth of hair during active cycles. This process means that four to six treatments are needed to achieve a more permanent reduction in your hair growth. However, even after the first treatment, you will notice that your hair grows back slower, thinner, and lighter. After your series of treatments, your hair should be gone permanently.

Recovery

Laser hair removal treatments can cause redness and some minor irritation for several hours following your procedure. Don’t apply any products to your skin until recommended by your doctor, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Additionally, it is important to know that you will need to wait four to six weeks between each treatment session.

Rick Rosen, MD, FACS

91 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: 203.899.0000

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