Posts for tag: Laser Hair Removal
Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.
Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,
- Upper lip and chin
- Bikini line
Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).
Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.
If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic dermatology procedure for removing unwanted hair from the face and body with long-lasting results. Laser hair removal significantly slows the growth of unwanted hair so that it does not grow back for extended periods of time. The results of laser hair removal are longer lasting than other hair removal methods, such as shaving or tweezing. At Choice Dermatology, Dr. Marc Meulener is your dermatologist for laser hair removal in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal involves the use of a laser that emits beams of light. The beams of light are aimed at areas of the skin targeted for hair removal. As the laser is gently passed over the skin, hair follicles in the skin absorb the light emitted from the laser. The light damages the hair follicle, which causes hair growth to stall. Any hairs in the growth stage at the time of treatment will be destroyed and the growth of new hairs will be delayed. Since hair grows in different stages, multiple treatments will be needed to achieve optimal results.
Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair on various parts of the body and face. It can also be used with a variety of skin types and hair colors. The best results tend to be achieved with darker hair colors. Hairs that are red, blonde, or gray tend to be more difficult to eliminate with laser hair removal and could require additional treatments. Your dermatologist can give you a more accurate estimate of the number of treatment sessions needed to achieve the desired results for your skin type and hair color.
There are multiple benefits to choosing laser treatments to remove unwanted body and facial hair. Some of the primary benefits of laser hair removal include:
- Saves time by not having to shave daily
- Eliminates the risk of razor nicks and cuts
- Delivers long-lasting hair removal results
- Eliminates in-grown hairs associated with shaving
- Is safe and gentle for a variety of skin types
- Can be used on the face and body
Laser hair removal offers several benefits, including long-lasting results. For laser hair removal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Meulener by calling the Elizabeth office at (908) 355-0112 or (908) 766-7546 for the Basking Ridge office.
Don’t let embarrassing dark hairs affect your self-confidence. We can help!
Whether you are a woman dealing with embarrassing facial hair or you’re a man battling thick back hair, there are many scenarios in which the best approach may be to put down the razor and to find a more practical and long-term solution. We know how painful and annoying shaving and waxing can be. Why do it if you don’t have to? Our Basking Ridge, Morristown and Elizabeth, NJ, areas dermatologist, Dr. Marc Meulener, is here to tell you about the benefits of laser hair removal.
Where do you want to remove hair? Whether you have unwanted hair on your bikini line, underarms, legs, back, chest or face, laser hair treatment can target just about any areas of your body safely and effectively. This alone makes it a popular option for those who may have hair in locations that are more difficult to wax or shave or for people who have larger sections of unwanted hair
While there may be spas or other places that offer laser hair removal, it’s important that you turn to a qualified skin doctor in Morristown, Basking Ridge and Elizabeth who can prevent burning, scarring or other complications that may go overlooked by non-medical professionals. After all, you want a treatment you can trust to provide you with the safe results you want.
How does laser hair removal work?
When you shave or wax you are only removing the hair that you see on the surface of the skin; however, the hair extends past the skin where the hair follicles lie. Laser therapy works by directing the light beam over the unwanted hair, which will penetrate but not damage the skin but will heat up and kill the hair follicle to prevent the hair from growing back.
How many times will I need to come back in for treatment?
This will depend on the amount of hair and where the hair is located. Those with minor unwanted hair in small areas such as the face may be in and out of our office in as little as a few minutes while those who want to treat more extensive regions like the back or legs may be here for 30-45 minutes or more. In most cases, it will take about six to eight sessions to see full results.
Choice Dermatology is proud to provide comprehensive, quality dermatology services to the Basking Ridge, Morristown and Elizabeth, NJ, areas. If you want to chat with us about laser hair removal or any of the other treatments we offer, call us today!
Skin cancer is one the most common of all cancer types, which occurs when malignant cells are found in the outer layers of your skin. More than 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States. Although the incidence of skin cancer continues to rise, most cases could be prevented by limiting the skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
Skin cancers fall into two major categories: melanoma and non-melanoma.
- Basal cell carcinoma is rarely fatal and most commonly appears after the age of 40 in the form of lesions on the head or neck area, which may increase in size or bleed easily.
- Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in people over 50 with sun-damaged skin. This is the most common form of non-melanoma cancer. These growths appear as flat and red, becoming raised, scaly patches.
- Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer, often occurring on the back in men and the legs in women. Risk increases with age, and the average age of detection is between 45-50 years old. It usually appears as a dark flat or raised area on the skin, and is often irregular in shape. Left untreated, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body.
First step: prevention
The good news is that with early detection and treatment, non-melanoma cancers can be cured in over 99% of the cases, and melanoma is readily detectable and usually curable if treated early.
To start protecting your skin, limit sun exposure by seeking shade and always wearing sunscreen, even during the winter months. When possible, wear hats and sunglasses to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. UV exposure is one of the biggest contributors to skin cancer, which includes tanning booths. People with fair skin, several moles or freckles, or a family history of skin cancer are also at an increased risk for developing skin cancers.
Early detection and self-exams can save your life
Many types of skin cancer grow slowly, while some melanomas can appear very quickly. Detected in its early stages, skin cancer is very treatable. Use a mirror to examine unreachable parts of your body or ask a family member or friend to assist you. Check your moles regularly for any changes in appearance or sensitivity.
Skin cancer may be one of the most common types of cancer, but it is also one of the most preventable and curable. Take steps now to protect your skin, and visit your dermatologist for regular exams and to have any unusual findings checked.