Laser Hair Removal — Northeast Dermatology | SKIN Dermatology

Laser Hair Removal

Cosmetic Dermatology

Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair. It can be performed on both facial as well as body hair. Lasers produce intense light that is directed at the pigment of the hair follicle called melanin. Melanin uses this intense light and heats up the hair follicle, damaging the follicle without damaging the surrounding tissue. The damaged hair follicle can sometimes stop producing hair, or will replace the hair with less dark and less course hair. Hair laser removal differs from other hair removing modalities (like shaving or waxing) by targeting the whole follicle instead of just the hair shaft. With shaving or waxing, by only removing the hair shaft, the follicle will produce new hair. Electrolysis is another way of removing hair, however it tends to be slower and more painful. Laser hair removal can treat large areas relatively quickly producing results as early as the first treatment.

Important Factors

Laser hair removal is safe and effective for most patients. There are some important key factors that may affect your outcome of therapy.

  • Hair color: Lasers are more effective on darker hair. Light hair does not contain enough melanin to absorb heat and destroy the follicle.
  • Skin color: While both dark and light skinned individuals can undergo laser hair removal, the type of laser used may differ. This is to lessen the chance of adverse reactions, such as darkening of the areas treated or scarring. At Northeast Dermatology and SKIN, we have the most effective lasers for both dark and light skin.
  • Body area: Certain areas on the body may respond differently to treatments. It is important to know that multiple treatments will be necessary and the goal of therapy is to reduce the coarseness and darkness of the hair.