Laser Hair Removal | Princeton Junction & Mercerville NJ
What type of hair removal is available?
Unwanted facial or body hair can be safely and efficiently removed with either laser treatment or very specialized pulsed light sources. In most cases the hair reduction achieved has long lasting results without the pain and expense of “waxing” or electrolysis.
How does it work?
Hair bearing areas that are treated with a focused beam of laser or pulsed light is absorbed by melanin in the hair-shaft, as well as in the surrounding hair follicle tissues. This energy causes localized thermal disruption and destruction of these sites which serves to limit the ability to regenerate hair. Unlike electrolysis which only disrupts one hair follicle at a time, the laser and pulsed light machines can treat hundreds of follicles at a time. With advances in diode laser technology, and the advent of pulsed light machines, hair reduction without permanent damage to the epidermis is now possible regardless of skin type.
An integral part to the hair removal treatments with either the laser or pulsed light techniques is a “chilled tip.” This cooling wand is pressed firmly in contact with the skin and protects it by actively cooling the skin before and after the light and energy are transmitted. It also actively draws heat from the skin. In addition, the compression exerted by pressing the cooling handpiece against the skin brings the follicles closer to the skin where they can be more effectively treated.
What comes next?
After a thorough examination and review of you medical history, a determination will be made as to the best approach, or combination of approaches to achieve your desired hair removal results.
Are there any considerations or restrictions?
There are, certain restrictions for patients seeking laser hair removal which include the following conditions:
- A history of keloid scarring
- Active infection or history of herpes simplex
- Hypersensitivity of the skin
- Use of Accutane within the preceding 2 to 3 years
- In these cases the pulsed light may be an alternative option