Laser Hair Removal Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
2001

Q&A: Is laser hair removal permanent?

Question:

can laser surgery is it perment for hair removeal?can you get the laser surgery done all over your body, except for top of head and pubic/hair, but can you go in and around buttocks,well you know and all over face, i used to be a cute person, inside yes, but hairy and hate shaving everyday sometimes twice a day

- Karen

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Karen, Yes, laser hair removal is a permanent procedure. Once the hair is gone it is gone and, although a few follicles my resurect over the years, it is as permanent as electrolysis. It usually takes three to four treatments for near complete hair removal. I would suggest that you seek out a third generation laser such as the LYRA for best results.

-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jun
2001

Q&A: What can I do to permanently remove heavy black hair from my arms and legs and what will it cost?

Question:

hi sir! i am concerned about the dense black and kind of hard hairs on my arms and legs,is there any surgery 4 the complete removal of hairs?and how much will it cost, i am 17.6 yrs/m/nc.waiting for reply. khurram

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Khurram, There is good news for your. Laser hair removal is able to reduce the number of hairs in the areas that you mention rather readily and with very few side-effects. Large areas can be treated and, although most people find that 3 or 4 treatments are necessary, the hair is permanently removed. I would suggest that you visit with a laser specialist in your area to discuss the procedure further.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



May
2001

Q&A: Can I get the hair removed from chin by laser surgery?

Question:

help!! I've had chin hair since I was little, but now it's becoming worse and worse. I heard of laser surgery to get rid of this problem, but it seems different doctors are saying different things. Please help since I would really like to get rid of this problem

- jennifer

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Jennifer, I was on the FDA approval panel for hair removal lasers in the US and can tell you that the news is good. Third generation lasers are able to effectively and permanently remove hair and reduce its growth. Now, skin color is not even a major problem but the hair still needs to be dark - we have not lasers for removing white or blonde hair. I would suggest that you visit with a laser specialist in your area and preferably one with a long-pulsed YAG laser for hair removal. You should be very pleased with the results.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Apr
2001

Q&A: I am a 21 year old African American women who has abnormal growth of facial hair. What can I do?

Question:

I am a 21 year old African American women who as of late has had abnormal growth of facial hair. At first I thought that I might have polycystic ovaries or it could be attributed to the 85 lbs I have gained these past four years at college. Others say that the hair is so thin that they can't see it. Nonetheless, I am very self-conscious about it. Is laser hair removal a safe alternative for me? I am not 'fair-skinned' and in my research I've found that the surgery is recommended for people with very dark hair, which I have, and light complexions. I have also heard that hormone replacements might do the trick. I believe that I have solicited this hair growth by removing hair when there was very little growth ( i.e. waxing, shaving, etc). Much to my dismay the hairs have grown back thicker. Which lasers would be best used on me? What is the scar risk? Alternatives? How much would the surger cost?

- BH

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear BH, You are looking into this at a very opportune time since third generation hair removal lasers have just become FDA approved in the US. These lasers will remove the unwanted hair with very little risk (when used by the right laser surgeon) and give very good results after 3 to 5 treatments of an area. I would not suggest hormone replacements since they have far more universal effects on your body. Weight loss always helps since hormones are altered by fat in the peripheral tissue. The best lasers to use are long-pulsed YAG lasers of which there are several, the most effective, likely, being the LYRA laser by Laserscope. I would suggest that you find a laser surgeon in your area with this laser. Treatment costs vary across the country. My office charges $50 per square inch of facial skin treated per treatment. Scarring almost never occurs.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Mar
2001

Q&A: Can repetitive waxing offer permanent hair removal and how many times?

Question:

Can repetative waxing offer permanent hair removal ? If so how many times would it take?

- jackie

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Jackie, No, the follicles are not injured in this process. The only means of permanent hair removal are electrolysis and laser hair removal.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2000

Q&A: What can I do and where can I go to remove the unnatural hair transplants and give me a "polished" bald look?

Question:

I am a 40 year old man. Ten years ago, I had some hair transplants done, but they have turned out ugly: I have a very unnatural hair line, and not enough donor sites to fix the problem. I would like to find out if laser or some other surgery can help get me a "polished" bald look? Can this be done on an outpatient basis? And how should I find the doctors in my area (Central New Jersey) who may perform such a procedure? Thank you in advance!

- rashid

Answer:

David Ross, MD - LocateADoc.com

It is possible to reverse the unwanted hair transplants but there will be some residual scarring as a result. To discuss your options with a qualified reconstructive surgeon call the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at 1-800-635-0635.

--David Ross, MD
Chicago, Illinois



Aug
1999

Q&A: What can be done about the scar below my cheek from a dog attack?

Question:

Hi, On Dec. 29, 1997 I was attacked by a Lab/Chow mixed dog. The animal bit a large whole on the left side of my face, under my cheek. I recieved plastic surgery which involved 30 stitches on the surface and 10 dissolving stitches on the inside of my face. I was left with a scar. It could of been a lot worse than what it is, but I am very insecure about it. I try to do everything in my power so people do not see the scar. I always wear my hair down, I try to cover it with my hand, etc... My question is I would like to know if there is anything (laser or plastic surgery)that can be done to improve the appearance of the scar? My doctor told me that he could cut open the scar again and I would have to go through the same healing process as I did before, but I don't think I could go through it again. Please HELP ME. Thankyou

- Michele

Answer:

Carmen Ann Paradis, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

Sorry to hear about your accident. Without seeing you, I can't give you specific advice about how your scar can be improved. Scar revision usually involves rearranging the skin to make the scar lines fall in less noticeable planes, or recutting portions of the scar so that the texture of the scar is better. Laser is not usually useful for this. Nothing will make a scar disappear; we can only try to make it less obvious. While it is true that if the scar is revised, you will go through a wound healing process again, that process should be less of an ordeal with revision. In dog bites these is a lot of crushing and tearing of tissue which is much more traumatic than scalpel incisions. You migh consider consulting a couple of plastic surgeons about what might be done for you specifically. Another thing to remember is that people are not as concerned about your appearance as you are, especially if you do not call attention to it. Good luck Carmen Paradis M.D.

--Carmen Ann Paradis, M.D.
Cleveland, Ohio