Laser hair removal is the most effective and the safest technology for hair removal.
This technology continues to evolve; no matter what skin type you have, newer lasers can safely and effectively remove unwanted hair from your face and body.
Laser hair removal ends the costly repetitive procedures of shaving, tweezing, chemical depilatories, waxing and electrolysis. Unlike these other hair removal procedures, laser technology is able to quickly treat large areas of hair at once, targeting, damaging, and retarding the growth of future hair.
The North Shore Laser Center specializes in laser hair removal, offering a quick, safe and comfortable way to remove unwanted body hair permanently.
At The North Shore Laser Center, we use the FDA-approved state-of-the-art Candela GentleLase ™ system. The GentleLase is the only laser system that uses a coolant, cryogen, to help keep the procedure less painful and more effective.
The North Shore Laser Center treats men, women, and in some cases, teenagers. We welcome you to The North Shore Laser Center and look forward to giving you a free consultation and test patch.
Candela GentleLASE System
The Candela GentleLASE is the best hair removal laser on the market today. The GentleLASE hair removal laser, manufactured by Candela Corporation, generates long pulses of laser light in the near infrared wavelength range (755 nanometers) to thermally affect the hair follicle. This infrared wavelength targets the naturally occurring light absorption properties of your hair. All light-based hair removal devices generally differ in their choice of wavelength, pulse duration, power, fluency spot size and/or skin cooling method. These characteristics are important and can influence the safety and efficacy of the treatment.
The choice of wavelength is influenced by the depth of light penetration into the skin as well as the retention absorption rate by the hair follicle at that wavelength. Deep penetration is necessary for laser hair removal because the entire hair follicle and its bulb need to be treated.
Another factor influencing wavelength range is the amount of melanin in your hair. Melanin is the dominant absorber in your hair and epidermis. The absorption of light by melanin decreases at longer wavelengths.
What to Expect
If you’re new to laser hair removal, you are likely unsure as to what to expect during your first appointment. This section lets you know what to expect.
During your first call to us, we will invite you for a FREE consultation during which we will perform a test patch. The test patch allows us to be the most effective according to your skin type. The consultation is usually 45 minutes to an hour.
You will then schedule another appointment for your treatment. You will wear goggles to protect your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light. The length of the procedure depends on the area of the body involved. A small area, such as the upper lip, may take several minutes whereas a larger area, such as the back, may require several hours.
During the procedure, your Certified Laser Technician presses a hand-held laser to your skin, and activates it for a fraction of a second. The laser light passes through your skin’s surface to tiny sacs called hair follicles. Each follicle contains a bulb that germinates a hair shaft. Many people describe the “zap” as a rubber band smack. Because laser hair typically causes only mild discomfort, patients generally don’t need anesthetics. However, topical ointments are available if you find the procedure too uncomfortable. Once the laser zaps there is no virtually no pain.
The procedure causes a slight charring of your stubble and you may notice a strong odor of singed hair, which is normal. Afterwards, you may experience some temporary redness and swelling. The hair will continue to grow through its cycle until the dead end falls out. After your treatment, you will be able to continue your normal routine or return to work.