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Laser Hair Removal

Gentle, non-evasive and long-lasting solutions to unwanted hair.

Let's face it, excess body hair can be unsightly and embarrassing. Shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide fixes that are inconvenient, irritating, messy and only temporary. Electrolysis is time consuming, sometimes painful, and is useful only in removing hair from small areas.


Women frequently experience unwanted hair on the face, especially the upper lip area, the bikini area, under the arms or on the legs. Men too may have unwanted hair on their face, and often wish to rid themselves of hair on their chest or back. Unfortunately, we cannot treat hair around the eye area.


Advanced technology lasers and light sources are rapidly changing hair removal treatment, providing gentle, non-invasive and long-lasting solutions to unwanted hair. Laser and IPL™ solutions provide safe, superior results and patient satisfaction.

How Hair Grows

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The follicle is where hair originates - it’s a cavity in the skin that holds and protects the active or living cells that become your hair. Because each hair follicle is independent of the others, each hair may be in a different stage of growth at any one time.


There are three phases of hair growth. The first is the anagen phase where the hair is in an active growth phase. The catagen or transition phase is next, where hair is no longer growing and part of the hair root is destroyed. In the last phase, the telogen or resting phase, the hair remains connected to the follicle, but doesn’t grow. Old hair usually falls out near the end of the resting phase or is pushed out by the incoming hair starting a new cycle.

IPL Hair Removal

Hair removal with IPL is a fast and virtually pain free method of reducing and eliminated unwanted hair. This treatment uses the science of light to significantly reduce hair by targeting and injuring hair follicles without harming the surrounding skin.


How It Works

IPL, short for Intense Pulsed Light, is a treatment that removes hair through a process called photoepilation, which is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis. This means that the light energy is absorbed in the target hair follicles while sparing the surrounding, healthy tissue. While it is still a light source, IPL works differently than conventional laser systems. Instead, IPL systems use a broad light spectrum of light with wavelengths ranging from 590 to 1200 nm (green, yellow, orange, red and infrared). The wavelengths emit light energy in carefully timed pulses to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment, decrease the risk of skin damage, and minimize pain.


During the treatment, a gel is applied to the treatment area in order to focus the light energy and cool the top skin layer. A handheld device is then placed on the skin and the treatment begins. The light energy heats and damages the hair follicle, typically causing the hair to fall out from the follicle. IPL technology allows your physician or technician to provide a procedure that is gentle and non-invasive, with nominal side effects.


IPL systems can also be customized to your specific skin colour, hair colour and hair density. As a result, it can be used on a wide range of hair colours, from blonde through auburn to brown and dark black hair. It also removes hair from all skin types - from porcelain white through olive to dark brown complexions. Hair on most parts of the body can be treated, no matter how deep the follicles reside. Sensitive areas like the lips, ears, nose, underarms, and bikini line can usually be easily tolerated. Unfortunately, we cannot treat hair around the eye area.


IPL can also treat very large areas at one time. Approximately 100 to 200 hairs can be treated with each flash of the light so that large patches of hair on the legs, back and chest can be treated quickly in a single session. It can also be used for small delicate areas as well. Because of the length of time associated with other hair removal treatments, such as electrolysis, IPL may be a fast way to achieve a hair-free look.


As with other laser procedures, multiple treatment sessions are typically required for long-lasting hair removal.


Other than keeping the treated area protected from sunlight for a few weeks, you can return to your full, normal routines immediately. Slight redness, similar to a mild sunburn, may occur, which usually disappears over a few days.

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Stomach

Courtesy of Franklin Johnson,
M.D. Mineola, New York

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Chest Hair

Courtesy of Franklin Johnson,
M.D. Mineola, New York

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Upper Lip

Courtesy of Franklin Johnson,
M.D. Mineola, New York

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Chin

Courtesy of Franklin Johnson,
M.D. Mineola, New York

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Chin

Courtesy of Robert Weiss,
M.D. Hunt Valley, Maryland

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Chin

Courtesy of Franklin Johnson,
M.D. Mineola, New York

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Thigh

Courtesy of Franklin Johnson,
M.D. Mineola, New York

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Neck

Courtesy of Brian Zelickson,
M.D. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses various wavelengths of light to target hair follicles and impair their ability to grow. It’s a fast and nearly pain-free method to reduce unwanted hair for people with a wide variety of skin types and hair colour.


How It Works

Lasers are used to remove and reduce unwanted hair through a process called selective photothermolysis. The laser is pulsed or turned on for a millisecond, and emits a high energy flash of light that passes safely through the skin to the hair follicle. The follicle absorbs the light, and converts it into heat. This disables the follicle and impairs the hair's ability to grow.


Lasers are only effective for hair removal during the growth phase. This means that more than one session is usually required in order to get all the hairs not in the growth stage at the time.


During the treatment, a cool gel is applied to the area to be treated. The laser is placed next to your skin and the light pulses begin. Many laser systems have a cooling tip on the application head to help reduce the surface temperature of your skin and to prevent thermal injury. It also feels a lot better and lets you undergo the treatment under less painful conditions.


Many people don’t consider this treatment painful, especially compared to many other hair removal techniques. The feeling is often described as a tingling or stinging sensation or like the snap of a rubber band. Some areas of your body are more sensitive than others and, if necessary, a topical anesthetic can be applied to lessen the discomfort. Almost any area of the body that has excess hair can be treated, including your face, arms, underarms, chest, back, bikini area and legs. Unfortunately, we cannot treat hair around the eye area.


After the treatment, your skin might turn pink or red. Most people find that this sunburned-like effect subsides within a day or so. Many people return to work after having laser hair removal.


The results and effectiveness of this treatment do vary, especially depending on skin colour and colour of hair. In the early days of this treatment, lasers seemed to work best on those with dark hair and light skin. Now, new lasers are being created that can treat all six of the Fitzpatrick skin types. The LightSheerLaser product line is one group of laser products that can be used on all skin types as well as on tanned skin. Generally, the darker your skin, the more difficult it is to get good results. More sessions are usually required.


Other cautions to be aware of include the use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, glycolic acids and astringents. You must also avoid the sun for four to six weeks before and after the treatment and avoid plucking, bleaching and waxing hair for six weeks before the treatment. Shaving is acceptable.

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Chin

Photos courtesy of Nimish Patel,
MD Ahmedabad, India

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Chin & Neck

Photos courtesy of Nimish Patel,
MD Ahmedabad, India

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Axilla (Armpit)

Photos courtesy of Nimish Patel,
MD Ahmedabad, India

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Upper Back & Shoulders

Photos courtesy of Nimish Patel,
MD Ahmedabad, India

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Leg

Photos courtesy of Valeria Campos,
MD, Christine Dierickx, MD, and

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R. Rox Anderson, MD Wellman
Laboratories of hotomedicine,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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