Are You Interested in Laser Hair Removal?
posted: Jan. 14, 2021.
Keeping up with hair removal is a never-ending chore. If you're tired of plucking, waxing, or shaving unwanted hair, laser hair removal offered by your Elizabeth, NJ, dermatologist, Dr. Marc Meulener of Choice Dermatology, can keep your skin hair-free.
How laser hair removal works
Laser light generates heat that damages hair follicles, the structures that contain individual hairs. After exposure to the laser, hair growth slows or stops. Lasers can be very precisely targeted, making it possible to treat specific areas of hair without damaging the surrounding skin.
Laser hair removal is most effective on hairs that contain dark pigments. The treatment might not work as well if you have white, gray, red, or blonde hair. Several laser sessions are needed to completely remove hair, as some of the hairs may be in a resting phase during the first treatment.
You may need six to eight laser hair removal treatments depending on the amount of hair to be removed. Sessions are usually scheduled several weeks apart to allow time for dormant hair to begin growing again.
Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from:
- The upper lip
- Bikini area
Thanks to laser hair removal, you'll no longer to stock up on razor blades during your trips to Union area stores and can put away your tweezers.
What happens during laser hair removal?
Your comfort is the priority during your appointment. The first step of the process involves coating your skin with a cooling gel and covering your eyes with goggles. After the dermatologist chooses the best settings for your hair and skin color, the laser will emit short pulses of light. Your skin may feel a little warm, but the treatment won't be uncomfortable. You may also notice a minor stinging sensation when the laser is activated.
Treatments may take a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the area to be treated. When you return home, you might notice a little redness. Ice packs and anti-inflammatory cream will ease any minor discomfort you may experience. Fortunately, redness only lasts a day or two.
Laser hair removal can make your life easier. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist in Elizabeth, NJ, Dr. Marc Meulener of Choice Dermatology, by calling (908) 766-7546 for the Basking Ridge, NJ, office, or (908) 355-0112 for the Union, NJ, office.