Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair, whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in our practice and in the U.S.
During the procedure an intense, pulsating beam of light targets and destroys pigmented hair. It requires specific device training to perform and carries potential risks.
Dr. Sabry employs only highly trained, certified and experienced laser technicians.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
You should limit plucking, waxing, threading and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment so that the hair roots are preserved and the laser can target them effectively. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.
You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and can cause complications after treatment. Summer might not be the best time to start laser hair removal if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun. Many of our patients start treatments in the fall or winter so that their series of treatments is complete by the warmer months.
Murray Hill Plastic Surgery & Vein Center Laser Hair Removal
Just before the procedure hair in the treatment area will be trimmed (or shaved) to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of the hair being treated as well as your skin color.
During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth. Treatments are needle-free and do not require anesthesia. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight sting like the snap of a rubber band.
Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes multiple laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period.
Most patients are free of the unwanted hair for several months. When the hair re-grows, most patients see noticeably less hair than before and it also tends to be finer and lighter in color.
Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed.
Schedule a series of Treatments
If you are getting frustrated with temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair on the face, back, legs or other body areas call us today to schedule a consultation. The professional office staff at Murray Hill Plastic Surgery & Vein Center is well informed, supportive and able to help you. We invite you to see us in the comfort and privacy of our very friendly office environment.
Dr. Sabry and Murray Hill Plastic Surgery & Vein Center offer a variety of beauty and skin health solutions from take home medical grade products to in-office medical grade treatments and injectables. We will develop a personalized treatment protocol that addresses your priorities and gives you real results.