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Laser Hair Removal in Worcester, MA

Are you tired of waxing, shaving, or plucking unwanted hair? Laser hair removal for men and women is just a phone call away at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, and serving residents of Shrewsbury and neighboring communities in Massachusetts.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a treatment that uses a pulsating laser beam to remove unwanted hair from the body and may be performed on any area.

Why Should I Consider Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is effective on any area of the body and removes unwanted hair permanently in many cases. The most popular treatment areas include the legs, bikini lines, armpits, back, and chest. Laser hair removal also effectively removes facial hair.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal is a minimally invasive technique that requires no incisions or anesthesia. You will be asked to wear protective eyewear during the procedure while a handheld laser device is directed into the targeted area. The treatment is not painful but laser pulses may feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. This pulsating laser beam causes heat that collapses the hair follicle.  The treatment may take only minutes or up to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Bear in mind that the laser beam only treats hair follicles that are actively growing. Because hair naturally grows in phases, some follicles remain inactive while others grow, so you may require several treatment sessions to eliminate all the hair follicles in the area during their active growth phase. Most patients require four to eight treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart for optimal results.

Who Can Benefit from Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is safe for almost any adult in good overall health; however, the light emitted by the laser device is absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair so the treatment works best on patients with dark, coarse hair and contrasting lighter skin. It will not eliminate “peach fuzz” or very light, fine hair.

How Should I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

You will be advised to shave the treatment area the day prior to treatment; however, you should avoid waxing or plucking the hair for three to four weeks prior to treatment.

What Can I Expect After Laser Hair Removal?

Your skin may initially be slightly red and swollen immediately after treatment but this will resolve in a day or two. Over the next few weeks, existing hairs will begin to fall out. You should plan to undergo another treatment session to catch another group of hair follicles during their active growth stage after six to eight weeks. Hair growth in the treatment area will diminish further after each session.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

The cost of laser hair removal will vary significantly depending on the size of the body area being treated and number of required treatments. Most patients need three to eight treatments for best results. Salisbury Plastic Surgery offers financing and flexible payment methods to keep the procedure affordable for all patients.

Eliminate unsightly hair once and for all with laser hair removal treatments performed by Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, serving residents of Shrewsbury and surrounding areas in Massachusetts. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.