Laser Hair Removal in New Jersey
David Evdokimow, MD
The demand for intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal and laser hair removal treatments is at an all-time high. Traditional hair removal with electrolysis and waxing is painful and expensive. Shaving needs to be done regularly and can be very time-consuming. Now, light and laser hair removal in New Jersey permanently reduces unwanted facial and body hair without major discomfort or downtime.
To learn more about laser hair removal at our cosmetic surgery NJ offices, you can request your consultation online or by calling us at 908-741-4236. We serve men and women from New Jersey, New York and the rest of the country.
Hair Removal Considerations
It seems that each conventional method of hair removal is rife with problems. With waxing, there is the potential for allergic reactions, burns, scarring, and ingrown hair. Chemical depilatories can cause skin irritation and must be repeated regularly (usually every week). Plucking is painful and can even cause scarring for some people.
There is a better way. We employ two different types of hair removal: IPL and laser hair removal. Each uses a different device and accomplishes hair removal in a different way.
IPL Hair Removal
For IPL hair removal, we use Palomar StarLux®, the most versatile IPL technology. During IPL, a high-energy beam of light is passed through the skin to the hair follicle. When it is absorbed by the follicle, the light energy is transformed into heat. The heat destroys the hair follicle, but leaves surrounding skin unaffected. It is appropriate for all skin types as well as all hair colors – and even works for patients with finer hair.
Laser Hair Removal
During laser hair removal, the laser light is absorbed by the hair pigment, causing damage to the hair follicle without significant damage to the surrounding tissue. This process is known as a selective thermolysis.
With the current advances in laser technology, there are lasers available for all skin types. However, in general, the best results are achieved in individuals with very light skin and very dark hair. Laser hair reduction is not effective for people with very light and blond hair or gray hair.
Hair grows in a cycle with different stages. The hair is affected by the laser light only during the active stage. At any given point in time, only a certain percentage of hair follicles are in the active stage. This is why repeat treatments are required to achieve optimal results.
At our practice, we use the HOYA ConBio™ RevLite® EO laser with Q-Switched Laser Technology. This laser works in a PhotoAcoustic rather than photothermal fashion, limiting delivery of heat to surrounding tissue and reducing the risk of burns. The technology forcefully delivers energy to the hair shaft with only minimal discomfort.
Before the Procedure
During the consultation, Dr. Evdokimow will perform a thorough evaluation. He will determine your skin type and hair type. To help prepare for your procedure, you can review the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale to assess your own skin type and bring the result with you to your consultation. All skin types, body areas, and both genders can be treated with laser hair removal or IPL hair removal.
Hair removal with lasers or IPL can be performed in the office and is generally fairly comfortable. Most patients describe the sensation as the snap of a rubber band against their skin. To minimize discomfort, a topical anesthetic can be used. The duration of the treatment depends upon the area being treated and the hair reduction method (laser or IPL). Application over large areas such, in proximity of mucosal membranes such as lips, or very close to the inner part of the genitals should be avoided because of accelerated absorption and the potential for side effects.
The hair needs to be short during the treatment (1-2 mm); however, plucking and waxing should be avoided for 1 to 2 weeks prior to treatment. The number of treatments required is usually between 4 and 8 (usually 6). Treatments should be spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart (for the face) or 6 to 8 weeks apart (for the neck, torso and legs).
After IPL or laser hair removal, most patients see a significant reduction in hair growth, making it a procedure with a very high rate of satisfaction. Under some rare circumstances, additional treatments may be required years after the procedure if hair growth recurs. This recurrence of hair growth can be seen in patients with certain medical conditions and hormonal disorders. After hair removal, consistent use of sunscreen is encouraged.
There are some potential side effects of IPL and laser hair removal.
- Temporary skin darkening (hyperpigmentation). This occurs most frequently in individuals with darker skin or, more often, when the laser used does not have the appropriate specifications. It is uncommon when specialized lasers are used.
- Skin lightening (hypopigmentation). This occurs most frequently in individuals with tan skin, or if the laser used does not have the appropriate specifications.
- Scarring. This is extremely rare and is related to the experience of the physician or malfunction of the equipment.
- Redness of the treated area. This may mimic a rash and is completely normal. It subsides soon after the procedure and may fade even more quickly if the area is iced.
Choosing a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon after carefully reviewing their credentials is an important step and can help prevent side effects and complications. Be cautious of treatments from gynecologists, family practitioners or so-called "laser and aesthetic surgeons" as these practitioners may not have the skills and training needed to perform hair removal safely or effectively.
In order to address his patients' aesthetic needs, Dr. Evdokimow offers a number of injectable and laser procedures. Over the years, he has earned a reputation as a leading Sculptra, Botox and Restylane specialist. In addition, Dr. Evdokimow's talented medical team has treated numerous New Jersey laser tattoo removal, laser scar removal and laser skin rejuvenation patients. Dr. Evdokimow also offers his Ulthera patients this revolutionary treatment to help them reduce the appearance of a range of aging signs affecting the face and body.