Laser Hair Removal FAQ

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Q: How does laser hair removal work?

A: The lasers we use for hair removal target the hair’s dark pigment, which absorbs the laser’s energy; destroying the hair follicle.

Q: Are the results permanent?

A: Laser hair removal treatment is Food and Drug Administration approved to produce permanent hair reduction. An average of 80 percent of patients notes an 80 percent reduction in hair. Some people see better result and others do not fare as well. The results cannot be guaranteed, however, most patients are very satisfied, which is the reason we perform the procedure on a regular basis. It’s important to seek a consultation with an experienced surgeon as the results are influenced by hair and skin type.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate?

A: An ideal candidate is a person who has fair skin and dark hair. This is because the laser can be used at its strongest setting and only the darker hair will absorb the energy. Darker or tanned skin requires us to lower the strength because the dark pigment of the skin also wants to absorb the energy, which could result in damage. We do have lasers specially designed for darker skin, which also yield excellent results.

Q: What are the side effects?

A: Side effects are very rare. Occasionally, non-permanent darkening of the skin can occur (hyperpigmentation); this is most common in darker skinned patients. We can avoid this by using innovative systems for darker skin that we have available at Allure Plastic Surgery. Hyperpigmentation has occurred in less than 0.1 percent of the patients treated at our office and has never been permanent. Even rarer is lightening of skin (hypopigmentation). In general, laser hair removal is very safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in New York on the correct setting.

Find out about the laser technology used by Allure Plastic Surgery for hair removal. Schedule a free consult by calling (212) 661-2563 or contacting us online.