Laser Hair Removal

Say Goodbye to razor bumps and unwanted hair forever!
By Dr. Brian Feinstein

Hair is sexy….when it’s on top of your head. Otherwise, it’s anything but. Hair can be removed from practically any area on your body that you desire, including the face, legs, back, arms and even underarms.

There are many ways to remove unwanted hair including shaving, plucking, electronic tweezers, radio frequency tweezers, waxing, depilatories (creams), and electrolysis (inserting a needle into each hair follicle one at a time followed by an electric spark to burn out the follicle). Most of these methods, however, are temporary. The only way to permanently and effectively remove unwanted hair is with laser.

Lasers work by sending a low-energy beam through the skin that is absorbed by dark pigment (melanin) present in the shaft of the hair follicles. Since hair cycles as it grows, repeated treatments are necessary to destroy about 80 percent of the hairs. Different types of lasers may be used. The ruby, alexandrite, and diode were the first lasers approved for hair reduction. They were effective, but could only be used on very select individuals and not those with tans or ethnic skin. The intense pulsed light (IPL) systems are also used and help broaden the number and types of people who could be safely treated with lasers for hair removal. These lasers work best on light-skinned, dark-haired individuals because dark pigments in the surrounding skin cannot absorb the light they emit. Today’s lasers with longer wavelengths, such as the Nd:YAG lasers, have the ability to treat darker skin types including African-American skin, Asian skin, and those with a tan! So nearly everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal.

Depending on how large or small an area is being treated, this procedure may take just a few minutes. You may return to work, school, or any of your regular activities immediately following laser hair removal treatments. Initial hair reduction seen immediately after treatment. Permanent results after a series of treatments. The laser pulses feel like the snapping of a rubber band or a warm sensation over the skin. Topical anesthetic can also be used in more sensitive areas so no discomfort is experienced. Get the most out of summer and start your laser hair removal today!

Dr. Brian Feinstein is a Diplomat of the National Board and Double Board-Certified in Dermatology & Family Medicine. He served as Chief Resident for the Department of Dermatology and again as Chief Resident for the Department of Family Medicine. He has lectured nationally and published multiple articles in archived medical journals. He was awarded Resident of the Year for Dermatology and recipient of the prestigious Clinical Service Award from his graduating class. Specializing in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology, including skin cancer and laser surgery. Offering a full line of cosmetic services, such as Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, BLU-U, and cosmetic laser procedures.