Laser Hair Removal

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The physicians in Einstein's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have specialized training and experience using the most advanced equipment and performing laser-based hair removal treatment.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The concentrated beam of light from a laser selectively targets dark course hairs. The laser light is delivered to each hair follicle to slow future hair growth. Hair loss in treated areas can last from months to years, especially after several treatments.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • The hair undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above your skin's surface, and your doctor will adjust the laser equipment based on the color, thickness and location of your hair as well as your skin color.
  • You may need to wear eye protection or protect outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or a cooling device, depending on the area being treated and the intensity of the laser.
  • The doctor will deliver pulses of light to areas being treated, which many patients report feels like snapping rubber bands.
  • When your procedure is complete, your doctor may prescribe ice packs, anti-inflammatory ointments or lotions to lessen irritation and discomfort.
  • After laser hair removal, your skin may look and feel sunburned or develop irritated bumps or small blisters. The hair will fallout over the next month. Wear sunscreen to prevent skin color changes.

You'll most likely need to come in for further treatments every four to six weeks or until the hair stops growing.

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