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Laser Hair Removal in Staten Island, NY

Dr. Decorato offers laser hair removal treatments to patients throughout New York and New Jersey, including Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy.

Are you tired of constantly shaving or waxing unwanted hair? Laser hair removal is a great option for men and women seeking a comfortable and effective way to rid themselves of unwanted body hair. During laser hair removal, a gentle laser device targets unwanted hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin. 

Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?

If you have unwanted hair on any area of the body, laser hair removal may be right for you. This treatment can be used safely on almost any area of the body, including the following:

  • Legs
  • Armpits
  • Back
  • Bikini lines
  • Upper lip or face 

Laser hair removal uses a precise wavelength of laser energy that is absorbed by the melanin, or dark pigment, within the hair. Because of this, residents with dark brown or black hair will achieve the best results, while it is less effective on those with blonde hair. Ideal candidates for laser hair removal have fair skin and dark, coarse hair. Newer lasers, however, can be used effectively on lighter hair or darker skin. Still, this treatment is not usually suitable for very light, fine hair. If you think laser hair removal may be right for you, view laser hair removal before and after photos to get an idea of the results possible with this procedure. 

The Costs of Laser Hair Removal in New York or New Jersey

This cost depends greatly on the size of the area being treated, among other factors. Most patients undergo between three and eight laser hair removal sessions for long-lasting hair removal. 

Procedure Details

When you arrive for the laser hair removal session, the hair will be trimmed short. You can also shave a few days before the session, although the hair should not be shaved that day. Do not pluck, wax, or otherwise remove the hair by its roots for several weeks before the scheduled treatment, or the lasers will have nothing to target. You will be given protective eyeglasses to wear for the duration of the procedure.

Several different types of lasers are used for laser hair removal, although all work in essentially the same manner. During laser hair removal, a handheld laser device is held next to the skin. As the laser beam enters your skin in pulses of energy, it may sting, although a cooling gel protects your skin from any ill effects of the laser. Some patients have described this sensation as being similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Once the laser energy is absorbed by the skin, it turns into heat, which destroys the hair follicle instantly. This treatment can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the size of the area being treated. 

Hair naturally grows in stages, and the laser is effective only against those hairs that are in an active growth phase. As such, several treatments are required to achieve long-lasting hair removal. Most laser hair removal patients undergo about four treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. The number of treatments required depends on the patient’s skin and hair type, as well as the amount of hair present at the start of treatment. 

Recovery After Laser Hair Removal

Following laser hair removal, the treated skin will be red and slightly swollen for the next few days. Over a period of two to three weeks, you should notice existing hairs beginning to fall off. Some patients find that exfoliating the treated area of skin can hasten this process. In several weeks, you will undergo another treatment session to catch a new set of hairs that have entered the active growth phase. After each treatment, there will be less and less hair. Within just a few laser hair removal sessions, patients experience long-lasting hair reduction.

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Dr. John W. Decorato offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across New York & New Jersey including: Staten Island & Brooklyn New York. Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, Perth Amboy New Jersey. Contact Dr. John W. Decorato’s office today to schedule your FREE Botox® Consultation! 

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Meet Dr. Decorato

One of Staten Island’s top cosmetic surgeons, John W. Decorato, M.D., believes that your choice of plastic surgeon is essential to the success of any procedure. Before selecting either a procedure or a surgeon, learn everything you can about the procedures available and about the doctor. Well-informed patients are able to forge a comfortable professional relationship with their surgeon and actively participate in discussions about the desired procedure.

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