Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can remove unwanted facial or body hair. Shaving, tweezing, and waxing away unwanted hair can be tedious, time-consuming, and even painful. At Sutton Place Dermatology, we are dedicated with providing you the quickest, natural-looking solution to unwanted body hair with laser hair removal using the CoolGlide® laser.

What is laser hair removal using a CoolGlide® laser?

Lasers utilize a highly focused, narrow beam of light that can target highly specialized areas. In the case of laser hair removal, the pigment of your hair absorbs the light of the CoolGlide® laser, which is then transmitted to the hair follicle. The follicle of a hair is a small cavity or gland that is the very fundamental root of your hair from which it grows. The warmth that comes from the CoolGlide® laser damages the hair follicle, which prevents the hair from growing again after the laser hair removal procedure.

Laser hair removal with the CoolGlide® laser can remove unwanted hair on virtually any part of the body. Some of the most common parts of the body that laser hair removal is performed on include legs, armpits, face, chest, and back. Laser hair removal is a safe, efficient procedure that can help you get rid of unwanted body or facial hair without the need for constant, tedious tweezing, shaving, or waxing.

What is a CoolGlide® laser?

The Cutera CoolGlide® laser is one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for laser hair removal currently available. The CoolGlide® laser can effectively treat any skin tone, hair coarseness, or hair color. The CoolGlide® laser is powerful yet delicate enough to remove unwanted hair from even the most sensitive parts of the body, such as the bikini line, nipples, or neck.

Laser hair removal using the CoolGlide® laser is a comfortable, safe procedure that simultaneously targets the follicles of unwanted hair while it soothes and cools the skin it is targeting. No local or general anesthesia is required for this procedure, as the majority of patients report no pain or discomfort during their laser hair removal treatment.

What happens after laser hair removal treatment?

Immediately after laser hair removal, the treated area may appear pink, red, slightly swollen, or mildly irritated, but this is a slight and normal reaction to laser hair removal. A week after your laser hair removal procedure, you may see what you think is hair growing from the treated area. In actuality, this hair is being shed as a result of your laser hair removal treatment and is not growing back. We advise you to not wax or pluck the treated area after laser hair removal.

In most cases, there is no downtime or recovery period needed before you can resume your regular activities. Slight swelling or inflammation of the area after laser hair removal is possible and is only temporary. If you are going to be in the sun for long periods of time following your laser hair removal procedure, we advise that you wear protective sunscreen as to not irritate your healing skin.

In some cases, we may prescribe a specialized skin care regimen following your surgery if we feel you may need or benefit from it. Most cases require three to six laser hair removal treatments for optimal results, but the number of treatments depend on thickness of hair, quantity of hair, and your personal hair growth cycle. The hair cycle consists of three stages: growth, regression, and resting. Not all hair grows at the same rate, and this will be taken into account prior to your procedure as a CoolGlide® laser is most effective when it is treating hair that is in the initial growth stage. Due to the fact that some hair will enter the growth phase at a different time than other hair, multiple laser hair removal treatments are suggested for the most effective and complete results.

How can I learn more about laser hair removal using a CoolGlide® laser?

Our dermatologists would be glad to discuss laser hair removal using the CoolGlide® laser with you. To request a personal consultation with our dermatologists to discuss laser hair removal using the CoolGlide® laser, please request an appointment online or call 212.838.0270.

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