Hair Removal (Laser)

In response to the ever-increasing demand to remove unwanted hair on virtually any body area, the ability to offer superior results to the widest variety of patients is critical. We offer three effective technologies for the removal of unwanted hair. We can now treat all skin types and most hair colors (except for blonde, white and gray), depths and diameters of hair. You can rest assured that with our methods of laser hair removal there will be no "downtime" and you can immediately return to normal activities. The process is simple, convenient and extremely time-efficient. Older methods of hair removal such as shaving, tweezing, waxing, electrolysis* and using chemical depilatories produce results that last for very short time frames and continually must be repeated. These methods were messy, painful and slow. We are proud to offer three unique laser technologies for hair removal.

Our skincare nurses will safely remove your unwanted hair over the course of a series of treatments. Some skin types require more sessions to achieve desired results while others require less. We use the ELOS and LIGHTSHEER laser systems for hair removal which are industry leaders for hair removal and comfort. Lewisburg Plastic Surgery & Dermatology is the only facility in Central Pennsylvania which has the ability to offer the patient two different laser systems for hair removal.

Goals of Laser Hair Removal: Hair reduction occurs when a hair follicle is thermally destroyed and is not able to grow a terminal hair again. Because there are millions of follicles that can potentially grow on the body, it is not realistic that every single follicle in the treatment area will be disabled. Over several treatments, MOST of the follicles will be critically injured so they are disabled. Over several treatment sessions there will be less hair that grows back. When hairs do grow back between each of the treatments, there will be less of it, and it will be finer, lighter and slower growing.

*Note: We do not perform electrolysis at our office. We only do laser hair removal, which is a quicker and more effective treatment option.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Elos DSL

A combination of diode laser and bi-polar radiofrequency provides effective, gentle and safe hair removal on ALL skin types. This technology is less aggressive on the hair shaft than most lasers or IPL (intense pulsed light) alone and is at the same time more effective at targeting the actual hair follicle. This technology is more effective on lighter brown hair color than any other technology available. Cooling of the skin surface as well as constant measurement of the skin's resistance ensures safety and comfort during treatment.

 

LightSheer Duet

Consists of the HS and ET hand-pieces. This unique system provides two choices in technology depending on your needs.

HS: This high speed hand-piece uses breakthrough vacuum assisted technology in combination with diode laser to allow rapid and comfortable treatment of large areas in a short period of time. A full back or legs can now be treated in 15 to 20 minutes without the need for topical numbing creams or cooling measures. Unlike other hair removal methods, it is not painful. The unique suction sensation triggers nerve fibers before the laser energy is applied which inhibits the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Patients feel the vacuum pressure instead of the laser pulse. The high speed of this technology makes treatment of larger areas more affordable.

ET: This advanced high powered diode laser with "Chill Tip" has been the gold standard for dark, coarse hair in smaller treatment areas. This technology provides unsurpassed safety, efficacy, and reliability and is unmatched by other hair removal systems. This hand-piece allows more aggressive targeting of melanin in the hair follicle because it helps protect the surrounding skin from thermal damage. This laser has a small footprint making it a great option for smaller areas such as the upper lip area, toes and ears.

 

Procedure Guidelines


Candidates

  • Hair removal candidates have unwanted facial or body hair. 

Intended Result

  • Hair in the areas treated usually is significantly reduced.
  • Multiple treatments will be required to obtain optimal results.
  • Patients considering this treatment should not have a tan.
  • A small percentage of patients will not respond to laser hair removal. 

Procedure Description

  • Area to be treated should be freshly shaved.
  • Prior to the procedure, a numbing cream can be applied to the treatment area to reduce pain.
  • Contact with the laser will feel like a hot snap to on the skin.
  • A cooling gel may be applied to the skin to soothe the treated area.

Healing Process

  • Some redness and swelling in the treatment area may occur immediately following the procedure.
  • Although rare, scabbing or blistering may occur, but will disappear with time.
  • Treated area must be protected from sunlight after treatment.

Enhancement Options

  • Other options to remove hair include waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, and electrolysis.

Insurance Guidelines
Because this procedure is considered cosmetic, it is not covered by insurance and must be paid by the patient.

Note: The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.