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January 02 2014

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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

A veteran New York laser specialist, Leon Turovsky, MD, performs the full spectrum of noninvasive cosmetic procedures at Sheepshead Bay Laser Center. One procedure that Leon Turovsky, MD, and his highly trained staff members frequently perform is laser hair removal.

Many people who have grown tired of shaving and waxing are turning to laser treatments to remove their unwanted hair. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States, laser hair removal can be used on the legs, armpits, bikini area, and any other area of the body except around the eyes.

The treatment uses pulses of light to cause damage to hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Prior to laser hair removal, patients may be asked to stay out of the sun and avoid tweezing or waxing, which may interfere with treatment. Patients may also be asked to shave the treatment area at home, or the hair may be trimmed at the physician’s office prior to starting the procedure. The physician may apply a topical anesthetic or cooling gel to the skin before starting to lessen any discomfort.

Treatment involves pressing a hand-held device against the skin and sending a pulse of light through the skin and into the hair follicles. Each pulse can cover an area roughly the size of a quarter. After observing the skin for reactions and making sure the settings are appropriate, the physician moves on to the next area until treatment is complete. Treatment can take just minutes for small areas such as the face or armpits and up to an hour for the legs. Minor discomfort and redness may occur for a short time after the procedure. The hair starts to fall out over the following weeks, but results vary from patient to patient. Many patients require multiple sessions to inhibit all hair growth in the treated area.

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