Shaving, waxing, and other at-home hair removal methods are time-consuming, especially when you have to repeat the process on a weekly or biweekly basis. If you’re tired of spending time and money on DIY hair removal methods, we have a better option. At Cynthia Salter-Lewis MD Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Medicine in Marlboro, NJ, we offer laser hair removal to permanently eliminate unwanted hair from the face and the body.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a professional in-office treatment that uses an advanced laser device to target and permanently eliminate unwanted hair from the face and the body. It’s a quick, safe, and effective treatment that will save you time and money long-term. At our office, we offer treatments with a laser device called the Cynosure Apogee Elite.
An Advanced Laser System
This laser device uses Nd: YAG technology and a 755 nm and 1064 nm wavelength to safely treat all Fitzpatrick skin types. This versatile and advanced device allows us to customize treatments to meet the needs of patients who want to treat all smaller and larger areas on the face and body, including the female genital area and excluding the male genital area.
The handpiece is equipped with variable pulse durations and spot sizes to ensure a uniform treatment. Additionally, the device has a cooling mechanism that promotes patient comfort throughout the treatment.
What Are the Treatment Benefits?
Patients who choose to undergo a laser hair removal treatment plan will have zero regrets. Not only is it safe and effective, but the treatments are quick and comfortable and won’t monopolize your day. Other treatment benefits include the following:
- You can achieve your desired results in just a few sessions
- The entire process is safe and FDA-approved
- Results are visible shortly after an initial treatment
- You’ll no longer have to deal with the inconveniences of at-home hair removal solutions
- You can achieve smoother, healthier, and rejuvenated skin after your treatment
- No more razor burn, cuts, or ingrown hairs
- Shaving, waxing, and tweezing can become a thing of the past
How Does It Work?
One of the reasons that laser hair removal treatments are so effective is because they treat hair growth at the source. We use the laser device during treatments to deliver light-based heat energy directly to the hair follicle. That heat energy increases the temperature of the follicle and destroys it so it can no longer grow hair.
The laser energy is attracted to pigment and will only destroy hair follicles in an active growth phase, which is why multiple sessions are needed to effectively target the highest number of follicles and help patients achieve their hair-free goals.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?
You won’t have to follow a long list of pre-treatment directives before your laser hair removal appointment, but you will need to take some steps to ensure your skin is in the best condition. It’s important that you avoid some exposure and sunburn before your treatment.
It’s also important to temporarily discontinue certain anti-aging products like prescription Retin-A and acne medication to prevent skin sensitivity during and after treatment. We also advise patients to drink plenty of water and arrive with clean skin, free of topical products.
Is There Any Downtime?
There’s no social downtime after a laser hair removal treatment, but you will need to follow some instructions to care for your skin to promote healing and ensure the best results. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun after your treatment once the laser light targets the treatment area.
Therefore, we recommend that patients use high-quality sunscreen or wear protective clothing to cover the skin in the treatment area after treatment. It’s also important to avoid those topical anti-aging products that could increase skin sensitivity and delay healing. We can provide complete post-care directives once your appointment is complete.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Most patients only need a few sessions to achieve their desired results. The total number of sessions you’ll need depends on the size of the treatment area, your hair type, and whether most of your hair follicles are in an active growth phase at the time of treatment. We can give you more details about what your treatment plan will look like at your consultation.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The results of a laser hair removal treatment plan are intended to be permanent. That means you’ll no longer have to invest time or money on at-home hair removal, products, and treatments.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The advanced technology of the Cynosure Apogee Elite enables it to provide patients with all skin types and tones the ability to safely undergo a laser-based hair removal treatment. While it is safe for all skin types, we schedule pre-treatment consultations to confirm treatment eligibility. There may be some cases where the treatment would not be a safe option for some individuals, which is why the pre-treatment consultation is so important.
Invest in Smooth, Hair-Free Skin
Don’t waste any more time on at-home hair removal methods than you already have. Our customized laser treatments will add a whole new level of convenience to your life and give you smoother skin in the process.