Laser hair removal is a procedure that eliminates unwanted hair with a beam of light. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which disables the hair follicle, and hair growth is delayed and sometimes permanently reduced. At Suburban Plastic Surgery we offer ELOS technology which is the first technology that effectively removes hair of every color including blonde and gray. ELOS is fast, gentle and appropriate for all skin types including sun-tanned skin. Pain is managed with this technology and the use of a chiller.

Procedure: Laser treatment is done in the office and takes 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the area being treated. The laser emits a powerful light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle. It disables the hair follicle reducing its ability to grow. The surrounding tissues are unharmed. There is minor burning or stinging during the procedure but no anesthesia is required.

Post-op: You can immediately return to normal activities following the procedure. Placing ice on the treated area can reduce swelling or discomfort that may follow. You should avoid sun to the treated areas before and after the procedure. Dark spots may occur where the hair follicles are, as well as slight crusting. This will dissipate after a few days. Average treatments required are 4-6 in the first year but may be as many as 8-10, depending on the skin types and hair growth. Usually a touch up may be required following a year.

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