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Laser Hair Removal in Princeton, New Jersey

Excess body hair can be a struggle for both men and women. Traditional hair removal methods like waxing and shaving don’t provide permanent results, and they can also be expensive, painful, and time-consuming. This is why Dr. Jill Hazen offers laser hair removal at her Princeton, NJ aesthetic center.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an alternative to shaving, tweezing, and/or waxing. This highly popular procedure uses laser energy to target hair follicles so that they can no longer grow hair.

In the weeks following treatment, the hairs will begin to fall out and will not be able to grow back. This leaves patients with permanent hair reduction in areas such as the face, arms, back, chest, bikini area, and legs.

Key benefits of laser hair removal

  • Convenient and saves time
  • Quick treatments with minimal discomfort
  • Smooth skin without having to shave or wax
  • As much as 95% permanent hair reduction
  • Precise and safe lasers
  • No more razor burn, ingrown hairs, or irritation
  • Enhanced confidence

What areas can be treated?

  • Chest
  • Back
  • Upper lip and face
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area

Preparing for laser hair removal

As you prepare for your laser hair removal session, there are certain precautions to take to ensure safe, effective treatment. For the duration of your treatments, avoid waxing, tweezing, electrolysis, and the use of hair removal creams because they remove the hair follicle that we need to target during the treatment. You should shave the area(s) to be treated the day before your appointment. This removes the hair above the skin, but leaves the hair follicle intact below the skin so we can target it with the laser. Avoid tanning (including direct and indirect sun exposure, spray tanning, and self-tanning products) for two weeks prior to treatment. This is because not only will it be harder for the laser to identify the hair follicle if you have a tan, but tanning can also increase the risks of treatment. If you go outside in the weeks leading up to your session, apply a physical sunscreen (containing zinc or titanium dioxide) with an SPF of at least 50.

Laser hair removal treatment details

On the day of your appointment, make sure you’re not wearing any deodorant, creams, lotions, or cosmetics on treatment area(s). If there have been any changes in your health or the medications you take, let us know prior to your appointment. Some medications, such as acne medications and antibiotics, can make you more sensitive to the hair removal laser. During the laser hair removal session, a handheld device with a laser will be run across the target area(s).

Most patients do not consider laser hair removal painful; a common comparison is the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. The laser emits pulses of light while a cooling piece on the tip of the device — along with a cooling gel — helps protect your skin and reduce the risk of side effects. The amount of time it takes to complete a treatment session depends on the size of the area. Although laser hair removal treatments are safe and effective for reducing body hair, the laser can only destroy active hair follicles. In order to provide optimal hair removal results, a series of treatments is required. 

Recovery and results

Immediately after your laser hair removal treatment, you may experience mild redness or tenderness in the treated area(s). These after-effects may last a couple of days. Applying a cold compress or taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for at least two weeks after your treatment. If you notice any signs of irritation, let our team know. Side effects are rare but include hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, bruising, rashes and hives. You can expect the hairs in the treated area to shed in the following days and weeks; because hair grows in cycles, the shedding may not occur all at once. Results from laser hair removal can be seen in the weeks following treatment, as hairs begin to fall out of the treated area.

Candidates for laser hair removal

If you’re in the Princeton, New Jersey area and you’re considering laser hair removal, it may be the perfect procedure for you. The best candidates for laser hair removal are women and men in overall good health who want to decrease or remove unwanted body hair growth. 

Laser hair removal in Princeton, NJ at Hazen Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. Jill Hazen provides outstanding medical spa services for patients of all ages — from moms to older patients to millennials. She even does services for couples. Although laser hair removal is a very safe procedure that does not require general anesthesia, having a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform any cosmetic procedure will ensure an extra element of study, training, skill, and experience. Dr. Hazen has extensive experience with lasers, and she will achieve the results you want. She has been in practice 25 years and has been performing aesthetic procedures for a decade. To finally get rid of unwanted body hair and enjoy smooth, soft skin, we welcome you to contact our office today to schedule your consultation. 

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