Unwanted body hair is a common experience for both men and women. Luckily, there are a number of options available to remove it. If you’re tired of the limited results you get after shaving, waxing, plucking, or using depilatory creams and are interested in a more permanent solution, you may be a candidate for laser hair removal at Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center in Waltham, MA.
Treating unwanted hair growth via laser is a safe, effective way to permanently reduce the amount of unwanted hair on your face, your body, or both. Whatever your cosmetic goals are, our clinic has treatment options available to help you reach your aesthetic goals so you can feel good about the way you look.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
A laser is a focused beam of light made up of photons emitted at a specific frequency which targets the pigments in your hair. The pigment, also called melanin, will absorb the laser’s light and convert the light energy into heat energy. The heat damages the hair follicle at its root, causing it to fall out and creating a significant period of time before which the hair follicle will grow back.
Multiple treatments in the same area can significantly reduce the amount of hair that grows back, often resulting in permanent hair reduction in the targeted area. That being said, patients who are interested in temporary hair removal can greatly benefit from a single treatment. However, those looking to reap the full benefits of laser treatment will need to undergo multiple, successive treatments.
Which Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
Laser hair removal has been cleared by the FDA to treat unwanted hair growth in a variety of locations around your face and body. Unlike waxing or shaving, laser treatment produces fantastic results without the mess or repetitiveness of outdated treatments. It’s possible to have laser treatment done virtually anywhere on your body, though some areas are more common than others.
Brazilian and Bikini Line
Your bikini line and Brazilian require a lot of care and attention every time you plan on wearing a bathing suit. The result is that frequent trips to the beach or the swimming pool require a lot of unnecessary time waxing, shaving, or plucking the hair in the area. Laser treatment is a gentle, permanent solution that can rid you of your unwanted body hair so you can spend your time doing what you love most!
Lip & Chin
If you’re sick of maintaining a hairless appearance above or below your lips using toxic depilatory creams or painful waxes, laser treatment may be the answer. Our lasers are delicate and gentle enough to treat even the most sensitive areas of your body, including your face. Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you’re dissatisfied with repeatedly removing unwanted hair from your face, we can help you deal with your unwanted hair growth permanently.
If you’re sick and tired of your legs falling victim to nicks, cuts, or razor burn, know that there is an answer. Imagine how soft and supple the skin on your legs will be without shaven hair follicles creating shadows in the skin. While other products, such as waxing and depilatory creams make similar claims, they aren’t anywhere near as effective, nor are their results as long-lasting as laser treatment.
It’s normal for both men and women to experience hair growth around their nipples. While some men aren’t bothered by it, most women are. Just because hair growth in this area is natural doesn’t mean it has to be permanent. The area is extremely sensitive and has a lot of nerve endings, making hair removal a precarious enterprise if you go it alone.
For those interested in a permanent solution to the hair growth around their nipples, laser treatment can target unwanted hair while leaving the surrounding tissue (and sensitive nerve endings) untouched.
The chest area is another location where natural hair growth tends to bother more women than it does men. Suffering from unwanted hair growth in this region is generally addressed with shaving. Results are not only temporary, but hair regrowth starts right away.
When you choose to treat the area with a laser, it will be hair-free for a few weeks and the hair that grows back will be thinner and easier to remove with further treatments. After successive laser hair removal treatments on your chest or sternum, you’ll notice that fewer and fewer hairs are returning.
Does Laser Hair Removal Affect Breast Implants?
If you’ve previously undergone breast implant surgery and are worried that laser hair removal will affect your implants, don’t be. The laser is not hot or powerful enough to penetrate to the depth required to affect your implants. Even if it could, the laser wouldn’t do anything to them due to the way the laser works.
How Does the Laser Work?
For starters, light travels in a straight line and does not bend or curve easily, making lasers extremely accurate when treating a specific area of your body. It’s one of the reasons why lasers are used to great effect in so many medical treatments and procedures. The type of laser light used during hair removal is attracted to dark pigments in your hair and your hair alone.
The pigments in your hair absorb the light and convert it into heat energy, which destroys the follicle. Your surrounding tissues (including your breast implants) do not absorb the laser light and are thus unaffected by it. Additionally, the laser isn’t powerful enough to penetrate beyond your skin to reach deeper tissues. It won’t affect your breast implants because it won’t reach them: they’re beneath fatty tissue, connective tissue, skin cells, and sometimes muscle.
Are There Any Other Benefits to Laser Hair Removal?
Arguably, the biggest benefit of removing unwanted hair via laser is the permanent reduction in hair growth you’ll experience in the treated area. However, there are a number of other benefits of laser hair removal you may not be aware of.
Treatment Doesn’t Damage Your Skin
If there’s one thing that all at-home hair removal methods have in common its that they affect the skin in the treated area. When you shave, you drag a sharp blade across the surface of your skin which can cause cuts, nicks, and ingrown hairs. Depilatory creams can be harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin, and waxing can be painful.
Due to the way the laser works, its light is absorbed by your hairs, not the surrounding skin, leaving your skin silky-smooth and virtually untouched.
Your Hair Doesn’t Need to Grow Above Your Skin to Be Treated
Most hair removal treatments require a measure of hair growth above the surface of your skin to be effective. As a matter of fact, you can’t even wax the hair away unless there’s at least a solid quarter inch of hair growth for the wax to attach to.
Laser treatment works best when there’s no hair growth above the skin, meaning it’s best to shave before your first treatment. That being said, once the hair begins to grow back after a few weeks, you’ll be able to go in for further treatment as soon as you’re able. No need to try to hide your hairy legs or chest while you wait for sufficient hair growth, as it requires none.
The Results Can Be Permanent
If your goal is to permanently reduce the amount of unwanted body hair you have to deal with, laser treatment may be for you. If you love the way your skin looks and feels after a single session, know that with successive treatments the results can become permanent.
Why Choose Us?
We strongly believe in providing care for our patients that is safe, comfortable, and effective. We strictly adhere to the Patient’s Bill of Rights when providing care and want to ensure you that meeting your needs and helping you reach your goals is our top priority.
Dr. Peter J. Kruy, M.D.
Our founder and medical director received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, as well as the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his pre-medical courses.
Dr. Kruy’s Experience
Dr. Kruy is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and has been a licensed physician in Massachusetts since 1990. He trained under many of the leading pioneers in both cosmetic and laser surgery, and his area of expertise is in aesthetic medicine and laser surgery, particularly when it comes to liposuction and skin rejuvenation.
He has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures over the years and is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Kruy is also a three-time recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award, as voted by patients.
Dr. Arthur Shektman, M.D.
Dr. Shektman is a board-certified plastic surgeon as well as an innovator dedicated to offering patients the most advanced surgical and non-surgical aesthetic techniques of the day. He is committed to remaining at the forefront of advances in medical and cosmetic techniques and prides himself on providing natural-looking and aesthetically believable results for his patients.
Dr. Shektman received his pre-medical degree from Brandeis University and continued on to the Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now known as the Drexel University School of Medicine). He completed his general residency at Hahnemann Hospital before they accepted him into the very competitive plastic surgery residency program at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. After graduation, he served as the Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery.
He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and serves as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Massachusetts Medical Society. He was included on a list of top doctors published by RealSelf.
Are You Ready to Deal With Unwanted Hair for Good?
If you’re tired of the so-so results of at-home hair removal treatments and the frequency with which these treatments are required, then you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Laser treatment is an effective way to permanently reduce the amount of body hair in whichever area you want treated. It will not affect cosmetic breast implants nor cause unwanted and uncomfortable skin irritation.
If you’re interested in learning more about how laser hair removal can transform your look and your life, call Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center in Waltham, MA today to schedule a consultation.