Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is performed for many men and women at Huntington Dermatology in our Huntington, New York, office so you can experience satisfying results. Our advanced laser approach to hair free, beautiful skin is the ultimate solution.
Getting rid of unwanted hair doesn’t have to be a nightmare or painful any longer. You don’t have to use creams, sharp razors, stinging wax or painful electrolysis needles.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal uses a low-energy laser to gently remove unwanted hair, putting an end to routine shaving and waxing. This advanced technology transcends the older, painful hair removal treatments to deliver long-lasting results. Because the laser treats more than one hair at a time, it is possible to treat larger areas such as the face, bikini, back, shoulders, arms and legs. Laser treatments leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and silkier. Best of all, laser hair treatments are a safe, fast, gentle, and effective alternative method for hair removal.
How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a much slower process. With electrolysis a needle is actually inserted into each hair follicle, one at a time. Once inserted, an electric shock burns the follicle to retard hair growth. Laser hair removal uses the light of the laser to scan the treatment area and within minutes all of the hairs in the laser’s beam are treated. Most patients who have had both procedures say that laser hair removal is less painful, faster and more convenient.
What is the laser hair removal procedure like?
Laser hair removals a gentle, three-step process. First, we gently cleanse the area to be treated. Then the area is scanned with the laser. The laser energy passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. In a fraction of a second, all of the treated hair follicles are disabled.
Treatments can last from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the size of the area being treated.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
- Larger areas may be treated using lasers than with electrolysis, waxing or tweezing.
- It combines the speed of shaving with the lasting results promised by electrolysis.
- Laser hair removal is effective on almost any area of the body where smoother, younger, hair-free skin is desired.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair’s growth cycle. Your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence it’s growth. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hair’s location, thickness and resilience.
The laser slows the growing capacity of follicles in the growth cycle at the time of the treatment. Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, multiple treatments will be required to deliver optimal results. Treatment results will vary from patient to patient depending on skin and hair color.
Following laser hair removal treatment
After your laser hair removal treatment at Huntington Dermatology, you can return to your normal activities immediately. Dr. Smith may recommend that you use a specially formulated skin care product line or prescribe a skin care regime especially formulated for your skin type after laser treatments. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.