Newvue Plastic Surgery & Skincare

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an alternative to shaving, waxing, depilatories, plucking and electrolysis. In addition to immediate hair removal, it provides long-term growth delay and permanent hair reduction. Laser hair removal is a fast, highly accurate and virtually pain free way to remove hair.

The Newvue Approach to

Laser Hair Removal

We have two dedicated suites in our office with highly skilled estheticians. We use the LightSheer Duet Diode Laser by Lumenis. The most advanced hair removal technology available today.

The greatest advantages of the LightSheer Duet are speed and patient comfort. A full back or legs treatment can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. The high-speed handpiece uses a gentle vacuum to stretch your skin, which allows the laser to target the hair more effectively with less skin discomfort. In most cases, the treatment does not even require a topical anesthetic, though your esthetician can apply one at your request.

Your Initial Laser Hair Removal Consultation

Your doctor and esthetician will discuss laser hair removal as part of your skin consultation. Our goal will be to understand your desired outcome and provide you with clear expectations around the details of the treatment and the results you can expect.

Your Newvue team will let you know the approximate duration and number of treatments it will take to achieve your goals based on your skin and hair type. Your aesthetician may advise treating a small test area so that you can better gauge your results before you commit to the full procedure.

They will also advise you of certain conditions that may prevent you from getting laser therapy or prevent it from being optimally effective, such as:

  • Skin disorders such as psoriasis, cystic acne, and dermatitis
  • Candidates taking certain medications such as Retin-A or Accutane
  • Candidates with Pacemakers
  • Metal screws in the treatment area
  • Pregnant women
  • Skin trauma

 

Safety & Risks of Laser Hair Removal

The LightSheer Duet is FDA approved for all skin and hair types. It has an unsurpassed safety record.

Side effects are minimal and are generally similar to light sunburn. You may feel minimal swelling, itchiness, redness and slight discomfort. Most will subside in a few hours and be gone within a day.

In very rare cases, patients may experience blistering or bruising, which you should notify your doctor about immediately.

 

Prior to Your Laser Hair Removal Procedure

You will want to shave the treatment area a day in advance of your appointment to minimize any discomfort and you should avoid intense sun exposure or tanning 4 weeks prior to treatment.

 

Your Laser Hair Removal Procedure

A small area can be treated in minutes, and even large areas rarely take more than an hour.  The aesthetician will apply a cold gel to the treatment area and provide you with eye protection. The LightSheer Duet handpiece will be placed against your skin, and your treatment will begin.

Pain is minimal. You will feel a sensation like a small rubber band being snapped against your skin followed by a gentle, warm sensation.

 

After Your Laser Hair Removal Procedure

You can resume normal activities almost immediately after your procedure. The appearance of your skin will vary depending on your treatment area, hair type and skin type. You should wash the area with a mild soap to encourage the treated hair to fall out. You can expect to feel some redness and swelling, which can be treated just like sunburn, with hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera. You should avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning and use sunscreen throughout the duration of your treatment. You will be able to shave after a couple days, but tweezing, waxing and depilatory creams should be avoided for the duration of your treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Results

Some patients see results immediately, but most patients require 5-6 treatments. Your results will depend on your skin and hair type, the treated area, and the number of treatments. While you will see a permanent hair reduction, it may not remove every hair from the treated area, and you may require touch up treatments as your body changes with age.

Procedure Length

5-60 minutes depending on size of treated area

Normal Recovery

Slight redness, swelling and minimal discomfort (like a mild sunburn) for 24 hours, immediate return to all normal activities

Possible Side Effects

In very rare cases, patients may experience blistering or bruising

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