Many of us have battled unwanted hair for years by waxing, tweezing, shaving or using messy depilatory creams. While the excess hair can be embarrassing, the process of removing it can be almost as bad. At the Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine, we perform laser hair removal for our New Jersey and Philadelphia patients who are troubled by unwanted hair. The permanent hair reduction that results means less time, money, and hassle spent on those other hair removal methods.

 Why does it take 4-6 treatments to eradicate most of the hair?

Because only 20% of our hair is in the active growth phase and visible to you. It takes 6 weeks for the next round of hair to erupt from the skin surface, so it can be treated again.

Two systems are available depending on your skin type. Epilight™ for lighter skin, and Nd:Yag by Sciton for darker skin types to prevent skin hyperpigmentation.

 How It Works

For laser hair removal in Cherry Hill, NJ, we use the Epilight System for light skinned patients. The Epilight System is a noninvasive laser hair light removal therapy device specifically designed to eliminate unwanted hair from any area of your face or body. The system is designed to offer you a customized treatment according to your hair color and skin type. Epilight uses pulsed light to heat damage the hair follicle, and after the series of 4-6 treatments, 60-70% of the hair is permanently removed. Typically, the hair that re-grows is finer and lighter. Epilight does not work on gray or white hair, and does not work well on dark skinned patients, or sun tanned patients.

Your Epilight Procedure

On your first visit, you will be given a patch test and consultation with one of our certified aestheticians. Several treatments are required, with most patients averaging 3 to 5. However, treatments vary depending on hair color and location. Generally, one visit will last approximately thirty minutes. Following your appointments, you may resume all your daily activities with very few side effects. You should limit your sun exposure for 2 weeks before and after your Epilight Treatments.

For darker skinned patients, the Nd:Yag laser by Sciton is needed to prevent skin hyperpigmentation. This laser treatment must be performed by Dr Hughes. While it works the same way with the laser heat damaging the hair follicles, it has a sapphire cooled tip to reduce patient discomfort. Again at least 4-6 treatments will be required, followed by yearly maintenance treatments. Sun exposure needs to be limited and sunblocks are urged for 2 weeks before and after your treatments.

If you would like to learn more about laser hair removal and live in Philadelphia or New Jersey, click here to request a consultation at the Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine. Or you can call us at (888) 929-4676 to schedule your appointment.