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Laser hair removal is a medical procedure in which pulses of laser light destroy hair follicles. Laser light is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair, and the light energy converts to heat. This energy damages the hair follicles, inhibiting hair growth.

Am I a candidate for laser hair removal in NYC, NJ, or Miami?

Laser hair removal can reduce unwanted hair on:

  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Bikini area
  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Back

Although this treatment is considered appropriate for all skin types, it is most useful for individuals with light skin and dark hair. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesa to find out if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.

What can I expect in a laser hair removal procedure?

For optimal results, laser hair removal typically requires two to six treatments, with varying intervals between sessions depending on the treatment area. You will wear special goggles to protect your eyes, and a numbing cream may be applied to increase your comfort. A handpiece with a cooling device at the tip will be used to deliver laser light to the hair follicles, or a cooling gel may be applied to protect your skin. You may feel a warm pinprick sensation, as well as a cold sensation from the cooling gel or device.

Is there any downtime after laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal does not require any downtime. You may experience some redness and swelling for a few hours after treatment. Ice applied to the treatment area can help relieve discomfort. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, avoid sunlight, and stay away from tanning beds for six weeks.

Why choose Dr. Mesa for laser hair removal?

Dr. Mesa’s goal is to make you look your very best. He is a Harvard-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for exceeding the expectations of his patients in the quality of results. He will only recommend procedures that meet the needs of the individual, and will never suggest a treatment simply to make money for the practice.

FAQ

Why have laser hair removal?

Removing unwanted hair with shaving or waxing can be a tedious, time-consuming, painful, expensive process. Laser hair removal is an option if you are tired of shaving, tweezing, waxing, or scheduling visits to the salon.

What results can I expect with laser hair removal?

You will shed the hairs in the days or weeks following treatment. Repeat sessions are necessary in most cases because hair growth occurs in cycles, and laser treatment affects the hair in the new-growth stage. Your results may last for months or years. If the hair does grow in again, it is likely to be much finer and lighter.

How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

Before a laser hair removal session, limit plucking or waxing of hair for six weeks. Laser treatment targets the roots of the hair, which are affected by waxing or plucking. Avoid sun exposure for six weeks before your treatment, as it increases the risk of complications and makes laser hair removal less effective.

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