One of the most common uses of lasers in cosmetic dermatology is for hair removal. Both men and women can find excess facial or body hair bothersome. Often temporary treatments to removal hair are unsatisfying and time-consuming and yield poor results. More and more people are opting for long-lasting hair reduction via laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal works by using a specific wavelength of light to target and destroy hair follicles in the skin. The laser specifically targets the melanin present in the hair follicles, so only brown or black hairs can be treated successfully. With the use of the industry leading lasers, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Schweiger can safely and effectively treat all areas of unwanted hair in patients with all skin types.
The most common areas treated are the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip, and the bikini area. The majority of patients see significant hair reduction of up to 85% to 90% after around four treatments. Laser hair removal ends the costly repetitive procedures of shaving, tweezing, chemical depilatories, waxing and electrolysis.
Since hair grows in cycles, the number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring, and coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least 3-5 treatments, as the process is only effective on hairs during their growing cycle.
Dr. Schweiger utilizes the following laser for hair removal depending on the skin type of the patient:
GentleMax Laser by Candela
GentleYAG Laser by Candela (1064 nm Nd:YAG Laser)
GentleLase Laser by Candela (755 nm Alexandrite Laser)
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