Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Capital Skin

Aesthetics Specialists located in Clifton Park, NY

Unwanted hair is a hassle. Conventional removal methods are time-consuming and sometimes ineffective. With laser hair removal offered at Capital Skin in Clifton, New York, you can say “good-bye” to unwanted hair for good. John Purcell Jr., MD, and the team of technicians employ the latest laser energy to help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin in just a few sessions. Call the office or book online to schedule your first session.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser energy is directed to the specified treatment areas to penetrate the outer layer of skin and heat the hair follicles below to eliminate hair. The follicles that are in the growth phase have the most melanin – or coloration – and absorb the light energy. They get so heated up that they can’t survive and the follicle is destroyed, so hair stops growing permanently.

The laser energy doesn’t affect the surrounding skin.


How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

You may shave your skin the night before a laser hair removal session. Do not pluck, use depilatories, or wax however, as you need the hair shaft to be intact beneath the skin so it can absorb the laser energy. In the weeks before laser hair removal, you should also stay out of the sun because tanned skin can compromise your results.


How many sessions will I need to reduce hair growth permanently?

You need a series of sessions to target all the unwanted hairs in a growth cycle. Hair isn’t all in the same stage of growth simultaneously. You may see a 15-20% reduction in hair after a single treatment, so you will likely require 6-8 visits to be mostly hair-free.

Schedule these sessions 4-8 weeks apart. The exact number of sessions you’ll need does depend on your hair color and type, the area being treated, and your skin tone.


What areas can be targeted for laser hair removal?

Just about anywhere you have unwanted hair is treatable with laser hair removal. Consider the procedure for your:

  • Underarms
  • Chin and upper lip
  • Bikini line
  • Back and chest
  • Arms and legs

Both men and women can benefit from laser hair removal.


Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most people find laser hair removal sessions tolerable. You will notice some prickling and heat sensations, but the sessions are short, and you’re given ice packs and a cooling gel following treatment to ease any sensation.


Do I need to schedule downtime following a hair removal session?

No. You can go right back to all your normal activities following laser hair removal. If you do experience any redness or mild swelling, it should subside within a few hours.

Make sure you stay out of the direct sun in the weeks following laser hair removal because your skin is extra sensitive to ultraviolet rays following laser treatment. 

To learn how you can achieve the most effective, permanent hair removal with laser treatment, call Capital Skin, or book an appointment online today.