Laser Hair Removal

Lightsheer Laser (Laser Hair Removal)

If you are tired of getting bumps, nicks or burns from shaving, tweezing or waxing your unwanted hair, laser hair removal is a great option worth considering. Laser hair removal is a simple, safe and highly effective procedure, and is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures.

The benefits of laser hair removal include:

  • Provides long-lasting results
  • Can treat many areas of the body
  • Selectively targets dark hair while leaving surrounding skin undamaged
  • Treats large areas of unwanted hair quickly

Most often people seek laser hair removal for excess hair in the following areas:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Bikini area
  • Stomach or abdomen
  • Upper lip area
  • Underarms
  • Back
  • Legs

Both men and women are treated for hair removal at The Dermatology Center of Newport.



Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions:

How does laser hair removal work?

Hair removal lasers target dark pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle, which kills unwanted hairs and inhibits future hair growth. The laser treats hair follicles that are in the growth cycle and slows the growing capacity. Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, multiple treatments are required to deliver complete results.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Yes.  It is a pain score of between 1 and 4 out of 10 depending on the location treated. Most patients compare the feeling of laser pulses to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.  We recommend applying topical anesthetic to the treatment area approximately 30 to 40 minutes prior to your appointment to reduce pain.

Is laser hair removal safe?

Laser Hair Removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today.  The only real documented risks are the slight chance of mildly burned skin, some discoloration (generally more of a risk for dark skinned patients), white spots and mild swelling.

Who is the best candidate for laser hair removal?

Lasers for hair removal work best on patients with light skin and dark hair.  Unfortunately, laser hair removal does not work well for grey/white hair, fine blond hair or red hair. When the skin color and hair color are too similar, the laser has a hard time specifically targeting the melanin in the hair follicle.

What do I need to do before laser hair removal treatments?

Before hair removal treatments you should avoid tanning and sunless tanners to keep your skin as pale as possible. Additionally, be sure to use broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher to prevent your skin from tanning. No plucking, waxing or electrolysis should be done to the area being treated. However, you should shave the treatment area 1-2 days prior to the laser treatment.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

You’ll need at least 5 treatments to significantly reduce hair growth in the desired area, but it is not uncommon to need more than 5 treatments as well as touch ups throughout the years as your body does make new hair follicles as you age.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

You’ll need at least 5 treatments to significantly reduce hair growth in the desired area, but it is not uncommon to need more than 5 treatments as well as touch ups throughout the years as your body does make new hair follicles as you age.

Hair grows in 3 different stages:

  • 1.) Anagen
  • 2.) Catagen
  • 3.) Telogen


The perfect time to destroy your hair follicle is in the anagen stage as the melanin is darkest.  Because of the different stages of hair growth we will space your laser hair removal appointments 4-6 weeks apart to ensure we are targeting the different follicles that grow in the correct phase of hair growth.  Our experienced laser hair removal provider can better gauge exactly how far apart to space your treatments based on your skin and hair type. If you are not being treated when the hair is in its growth phase, the treatment is not effective.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

The length of laser hair removal treatment varies, depending on the size of the treatment area. Small areas, like the lip, can take 5 minutes, whereas larger areas, like the back, can take over an hour.

What should I expect after a laser hair removal treatment?

You can return to your normal daily activities immediately after a hair removal treatment session although we do recommend not exercising for 24 hours after treatment.  We recommend you use sunscreen for 48 hours on any treated areas exposed to the sun.

What are the side effects of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal side effects can include swelling around the hair follicle, or redness and inflammation. These side effects will only last for 1-3 days before clearing up. Temporary skin lightening or darkening may occur, especially in darker skin types, or in patients with a recent tan. Permanent changes in skin pigment is very rare. Blistering is rare, but is more common in patients with darker skin tones.

What causes excessive hair growth?

There are two types of excessive hair growth: hirsuitism or hypertrichosis. Hirsuitism is the presence of excess hair growth in women that grows in a male pattern such as a beard, mustache, or lower abdomen. This hair growth is caused by hormonal problems, medications, tumors or heredity. Hypertrichosis is the presence of excess hair in a normal or abnormal pattern. Genetics, medications, malnutrition, hormones, tumors or metabolic problems can cause this type of excessive hair growth.

Will laser hair removal cause hair to grow back darker?

Laser hair removal actually causes hairs to grow back slower and thinner than before the treatment.

What is the difference between electrolysis vs. laser hair removal?

While both electrolysis and lasers can be used to remove hair, they use different technologies to do so. Electrolysis is a much slower process than laser hair removal. During electrolysis a needle is inserted into each individual hair follicle, one at a time.  Once inserted, an electric shock burns the follicle to inhibit hair growth. With laser hair removal a low-energy beam scans the treatment area, reaching multiple hair follicles at once. Laser hair removal is also less painful than electrolysis.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the area you want to have treated. Small areas like the lip or chin will cost less than larger areas like the back. During a consultation our providers will create a treatment plan for you, which will include the treatment cost.