Are you a candidate for laser hair reduction?
Nearly every human culture since the Neolithic era has practiced some form of hair removal, for cultural, religious, sexual, or medical purposes. Having smooth, hair-free skin has never been more popular than in our current culture. Women and men want a sleek look on face and body, without the time, expense, and discomfort of traditional hair removal methods. Dr. Jeanine Downie and her aesthetic team at Image Dermatology deliver convenience and long-term results for patients throughout the Glen Ridge area, with laser hair reduction.
Understanding laser hair reduction
Laser hair reduction is the process of eliminating hair follicles through exposure to pulses of laser energy. Pigmented melanin in the follicle absorbs laser light much more readily than skin, and becomes heated to the point of destruction. The secret to safe laser hair reduction lies in selective photothermolysis or SPTL. Dr. Downie has unsurpassed skill in matching a specific pulse duration and wavelength of light for optimal hair reduction with minimal risk to surrounding skin tissue.
Hair grows in three stages. Lasers destroy hair follicles only in the anagen stage of growth, so several treatments spaced over a period of months are needed for full resolution. While these hair follicles are gone forever, the body may continue to produces a reduced number of new ones. Periodic retreatment keeps skin silky and stubble-free.
Laser hair removal has been available commercially since the 1990s, but advances in technology have improved comfort and safety for patients of all skin types.
Who is a good candidate for laser hair reduction?
The short answer is “anyone who wants smooth, sexy skin.” The idea candidate has hair that is darker than skin. However, with Dr. Downie’s experience and advanced equipment, laser hair reduction is available to nearly all patients of any skin color, who are in reasonably good health. Dr. Downie has used laser on her legs and has not had to shave them for nine years.
There is an exception, though. Gray and white hair does not respond to treatment, so don’t wait! Start enjoying a smooth face, head, back, chest, tummy, bikini area, legs, or underarms now – without daily shaving, painful waxing or tweezing, or harsh depilatory preparations.
Call Image Dermatology today at (973) 509-6900 to schedule a laser hair reduction consultation with Dr. Downie. She will examine your skin and hair thoroughly, and talk with you about your hair removal goals and medical background to determine if laser treatment is right for you.Back to Laser Hair Removal Page