No one likes to spend time shaving, waxing, or plucking, so why not put an end to the drudgery with permanent laser hair removal? Ned Majid, MD, and Benjamin Yam, MD, at Northeast Laser Vein Institute offer hair removal using an advanced laser that’s safe for all hair and skin types and treats every part of your body. To get started with your treatment, call one of the offices in Ridgewood or West Patterson, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online.
Lasers safely eliminate unwanted hair by using a wavelength that’s only absorbed by the pigments in the hair follicle. When the laser is activated, the light energy travels down the hair shaft and into the follicle without harming your skin. The laser heats and destroys the follicle, so it won’t grow new hair.
Laser hair removal is safe for most parts of your body. You can use it to treat sensitive areas, such as your face, underarms, and bikini line, as well as large areas like your legs and back.
The team at Northeast Laser Vein Institute use an Alexandrite laser, which has a wavelength that’s perfect for hair removal. The Alexandrite also emits a light beam that’s long enough to reach the follicles, and it works for fine, thin hairs and is safe for all skin types.
Laser energy can only destroy a follicle when it’s actively growing hair. Unfortunately, every follicle goes through a three-stage cycle. After years in a growth stage, the follicle goes through a short transitional stage, then enters a dormant stage when it stops growing hair. During the dormant phase, the existing hair falls out. A new hair develops when the follicle cycles back to a growth stage.
Every day, about 10-15% of your hair follicles are dormant and each one re-enters its next growth cycle in its own timing. To catch all the follicles during a growth phase, you’ll need 2-6 treatments spaced about 4-16 weeks apart, depending on the area being treated.
The length of your laser hair removal session depends on the area that’s being treated. Your procedure may take a few minutes for an upper lip or an hour for a large area or to treat several body areas.
When your treatment is over, you may have some skin redness and swelling, but these side effects should only last a few hours. You don’t need to take any downtime. However, it’s important to avoid sun exposure and carefully protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen for about six weeks after each session.
If you’re ready to eliminate facial and body hair, call Northeast Laser Vein Institute or book an appointment online.