Laser Hair Removal
FDA Approved Permanent Hair Removal
Candela GentleLase Pro
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Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, but it can be successfully used on all skin types. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well.
We use a state-of-the-art Candela GentleLase Pro device which is ideal for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4 (see below).
Why it's done
Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and the bikini line. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area. Skin with tattoos should not be treated either.
Risks of side effects vary with skin type, hair color, treatment plan and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:
- Skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
- Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin. These changes might be temporary or permanent. Skin lightening primarily affects those who don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment and those who have darker skin.
Call Manhattan MedSpa if you experience any side effects or complications from the Laser Hair Removal treatment
How you prepare
If you’re interested in laser hair removal, choose a facility that’s board certified and has experience with laser hair removal on your skin type.
Before laser hair removal, schedule a consultation with the provider to determine if this is an appropriate treatment option for you. Your provider will likely do the following:
- Review your medical history, including medication use, history of skin disorders or scarring, and past hair removal procedures
- Discuss risks, benefits and expectations, including what laser hair removal can and can’t do for you
- Take photos to be used for before-and-after assessments and long-term reviews
The provider will also offer specific instructions to prepare for laser hair removal. These might include:
- Staying out of the sun. Follow your doctor’s advice for avoiding sun exposure 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after treatment. Whenever you go out, apply a broad-spectrum, SPF30 or higher sunscreen.
- Prepping your skin. Avoid any sunless skin creams that darken your skin. Self-tanning and spray tanned skin can cause burning and risks of infection. Also no body lotion or oil the day of your procedure, anything light reflective can react with the laser.
- Avoiding other hair removal methods. Plucking, waxing and electrolysis can disturb the hair follicle and should be avoided at least four weeks before treatment.
- Avoiding blood-thinning medications. Ask your doctor about what medications, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, to avoid before the procedure.
- Shaving treatment area. Trimming and shaving is recommended the day before laser treatment. It removes hair above the skin that can result in surface skin damage from burnt hairs, but it leaves the hair shaft intact below the surface.
What you can expect
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