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Laser Hair Removal Pennington and Princeton

Removing unwanted hair — quickly, gently, and permanently.

Women and men have long endeavored to find the most effective way to remove unwanted hair. For some, it’s a matter of convenience. For others, it’s all about self-esteem: excessive, unwanted hair can create embarrassment and a poor self-image.

While shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, and electrolysis have been helpful tools in the pursuit of hair removal, medical laser treatment has proven to be a faster, easier, more effective solution that can offer permanent results.

How does laser hair removal work?

The Lumenis LightSheer hair removal system is a non-invasive laser specifically designed to eliminate undesired hair from all parts of the body. The LightSheer system generates intense long-pulsed light through an actively-cooled handpiece to effectively disable unwanted pigmented hair follicles, thus impairing their growth. The laser’s cold handpiece is placed gently on the skin, as pulses of light are delivered from the laser. When the light penetrates the skin, it selectively damages the root of the unwanted hair.

The LightSheer can remove hair from all parts of the body including the cheeks, legs, arms, underarms, and back, as well as sensitive areas like the ears, nose, chest, nipples, and bikini line.

Treatments, time and cost vary with body area. Patients typically require 4-8 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Dr. Gertzman will create a treatment schedule customized to help you achieve the best results.

Hair Removal on darker skin tones

With the many different lasers at her disposal, Dr Gertzman can also safely and effectively remove hair on those with darker skin tones. Using the Sciton Profile NdYAG laser, hair can be permanently removed from all skin types without the risk of hyperpigmentation or burns commonly seen with lasers more suited to lighter skin.

  1. What are the traditional methods of hair removal?

    Shaving is the most common method but is very time consuming and inconvenient. Tweezing is another alternative but can be very tedious and impractical. Waxing can treat larger areas faster but is hard on the skin. Ripping the hair out by the root distorts the follicle, resulting in ingrown hairs, and sometimes the skin comes off with the hair. All of these methods require constant maintenance and result in only a few days of hair free skin.

  2. How is laser hair removal different from other methods of hair removal?

    One of the advantages of laser hair removal is treatment speed. It is a long-term solution to a permanent problem. After waxing, tweezing or shaving, the stubble returns very quickly and you only enjoy smooth, hair-free skin for a short time. As for laser treatments, however; the hair sheds within about 10 days after the treatment and you are completely hair-free for a very long time. After a full series of treatments, you can anticipate permanent reduction of 85-90% of your hair!

  3. What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?

    Laser hair removal can be done on the face or on any other part of the body including bikini line, under arms, arms, legs, stomach, back, and shoulders. The treatment works best on new hairs that are just starting to grow, which is why you will need several treatments in the same area to deal with all the hairs as they begin their growth cycle.

  4. How does laser hair removal work?

    The goal is to selectively heat the hair’s bulb or follicle without damaging the surrounding tissue. The laser emits a beam of near invisible laser light, which passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed at the follicular level. After the laser energy is absorbed, it is transformed into heat that damages the dermal papilla and cellular matrix, inhibiting the follicle’s ability to produce a darker, permanent hair.

  5. How many laser hair removal treatments are necessary?

    This is very important to understand. Hair goes through 3 stages. Typically in the anagen stage, the hair will respond more effectively to treatment. At any given time, only one third of human hair is in the anagen stage. For this reason, it is necessary to treat an area at least 6 times with the treatments spaced approximately 6 weeks apart in order to see the best and longest lasting results.

  6. Is laser hair removal safe?

    Yes, the procedure is completely safe. At Serenity Medical Spa, your safety is our top priority. Our process is designed to selectively target the melanin in the hair follicle and leave the skin unharmed. After the procedure, you may notice slight pink or red skin in the treated area. The color will most likely fade within a few minutes to a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days.

  7. Do laser hair removal treatments hurt?

    The laser pulse is often described as a wave of heat with a pinprick or rubber band snapping sensation. It stings a bit, but having your hair torn out by the root as with waxing or tweezing doesn’t exactly feel good either. Our customers tolerate it well without any use of anesthetics.

  8. What is the cost of the laser hair removal treatment?

    Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost of the treatment will be discussed with you prior to treatments. Serenity Medical Spa prides itself on having a fixed price list per treatment area. We never employ the “used car lot bargaining approach” like others do, because we simply believe we offer the best laser hair removal technology and at the most affordable price.