Laser Hair Removal

Joni Jefferson, D.O. -  - Aesthetic Dermatology

Zen Aesthetics

Joni Jefferson, D.O.

Aesthetic Dermatology & Dermal Filler located in Morristown, NJ

You can achieve smooth, hair-free skin permanently with laser hair removal. Offered at Zen Aesthetics in Morristown, New Jersey, by board-certified dermatologist Joni Jefferson, DO, and an experienced aesthetic team, laser hair removal means no more skin irritation from shaving, waxing, or plucking. Call today to arrange an appointment or use the online tool to request your visit today.

Laser Hair Removal Q&A

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal directs heat and light energy to the follicles that lie beneath your skin. The laser renders these follicles unable to produce hair. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular and effective cosmetic treatments available. 

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser energy penetrates your outer layer of skin and directs it to the pigment-producing follicles below. The heat energy destroys the follicles so they can no longer produce hair.

Hair goes through several developmental phases, and laser hair removal is most effective in the growth stage. All hairs are not in the same phase at the same time, so several treatment sessions are needed to achieve smooth skin. 

What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?

Just about anywhere you have unwanted hair can be treated with laser hair removal. Men and women choose to have laser hair removal on their:

  • Chest and back
  • Arms and legs
  • Chin and upper lip
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area

How many sessions you’ll need depends on the area treated and the density of hair there. Dr. Jefferson and her team put together a customized plan, but most people benefit from 6-11 total sessions. 

What is the process of getting laser hair removal?

During your laser hair removal session, you relax on a treatment table, the treatment area is cleansed, and the laser energy is applied using a large wand. You and the technician will wear protective eye gear during the appointment.

Expect to feel some heat, tingling, and prickling. Most people tolerate the treatment well and the laser has a built-in cooling device to make it more comfortable. Right after treatment, you’ll be offered ice and a cooling gel to soothe irritated skin. You may have some redness, swelling, or discomfort immediately after the treatment. In some cases, these side effects last a day or two. 

It’s best that you don’t tan for about two weeks before the session as the laser doesn’t work as well on darkened skin. You should also avoid the sun for about two weeks after laser hair removal as your skin is temporarily more sensitive to UV rays.

Over the course of your sessions, hair grows back thinner, sparser, and lighter in color. Eventually, hair won’t grow back much at all. Some people require maintenance treatments every year or two to maintain smooth skin.

If you’re ready to get started with laser hair removal, call Zen Aesthetics today or use the online tool to schedule.