Laser Hair Removal
If there is unwanted hair anywhere on your body, our Laser hair removal technology can remove hair safely, effectively, and with a minimum of discomfort.
What device do you use?
Candela GentleLase laser (long pulse alexandrite laser) and the Vasculight Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system.
What areas can be treated?
Almost anywhere there is unwanted hair. We treat the bikini line, underarms, legs, chest, shoulders, back, lip, chin (see below), neck and feet. The only area that can’t be treated is the eyelashes.
Can you treat any skin types/colors?
All skin types (colors) can be treated. However, for darker skin types a test area is sometimes performed to determine the best laser settings to use. We also will not treat recently tanned skin, so sun avoidance for 4-6 weeks before the procedure is required. The devices work by emitting light into the skin. This light is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The heat generated subsequently destroys the hair follicle.
How does this treatment compare with electrolysis?
Laser and light based hair removal is faster, less uncomfortable, and treats many more hairs per session.
How long does the treatment take?
The time depends on the area treated. The lip takes only a few minutes, while the back or legs can take longer.
How many treatments does it take?
Multiple treatment sessions are required for any individual area. Each treatment session will result in gradual diminution of hair. However, several treatments of each area are needed to provide the maximal amount of permanent hair removal. Variables such as skin color, hair color and body location are important factors determining the number of treatment sessions needed. Treatments are generally scheduled at 4-8 week intervals.
How much does it cost?
The cost is based on the size (area) of the treated sites. Prices do change, so please call for a quote. A consultation appointment is not required, but is encouraged for those patients who desire it.
Is there any special skin care required prior to treatment?
The treated areas should not be plucked or waxed for 4 weeks prior to a treatment session. Shaving the area is allowed any time prior to hair removal. In fact, we ask that the area to be treated is shaved 1-2 days prior to the therapy.
Are there any side effects?
Our devices have an excellent safety record. There have been no major complications in the hundreds of patients treated thus far. Discoloration, either lighter or darker can uncommonly occur. This is more common in patients with darker or tanned skin. This can last for several months, however almost always resolves completely. Rarely, blistering can occur, which is treated like a sunburn. Rarely, laser treatment can stimulate hair growth. Fortunately, patients at risk for this can often be identified in advance.
What is the skin like after treatment?
Following treatment, the skin may feel like you have a mild sunburn. This sensation usually resolves after several hours, but may last a couple of days. Swelling usually occurs around each hair follicle and last for a similar period of time. Most patients return to normal activity immediately after treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
Treatment discomfort is minimized by the use of a cool gel, or by a cold spray that the device emits milliseconds prior to a laser pulse. Most patients compare the feeling with being snapped by a rubber band. The vast majority of patients tolerate the treatment extremely well, with minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic can be used prior to the procedure to further minimize discomfort, although this is not necessary.
Can you explain your prices?
Most lasers and IPL devices cost as much as a small house. Although these costs do affect our operating expenses, we are committed to making these services affordable. Light source treatment may cost more initially, but over the full treatment period, these treatments compare favorably with all other hair removal options. The price of treatment depends on the size of the area to be treated.
Hair removal is performed at the Nashua office.