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Laser Hair Removal FAQs


If you are anxious to remove unwanted or excess hair, but feel uncertain as to whether laser treatment is right for you, Dr. David Passaretti can answer  laser hair removal FAQs regarding candidacy, the procedure, and recovery. During a personalized consultation at his Darien, CT, office, he can review your unique cosmetic goals and your medical history to determine whether you qualify for treatment. To ensure optimal results, we use an advanced laser system that can be adjusted to accommodate those with different skin tones and hair types. In addition, we can customize your treatment plan to ensure your satisfaction.

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At our practice, we can perform safe, effective laser hair removal using our state-of-the-art Palomar Icon™ laser system.

What Areas of the Body Can Laser Hair Removal Address?

Dr. Passaretti can perform laser hair removal on virtually any area of the body. Common treatment areas include the legs, underarms, bikini line, back, buttocks, chin, and upper lip.

What Causes Excess Hair?

There are a number of reasons why you may have excess hair, including:

  • Biological and hormonal changes, often related to puberty, menopause, or pregnancy
  • Thyroid or endocrine issues
  • Insulin resistance
  • Age
  • Heredity
  • Reaction to medication
  • Excessive shaving, waxing, or other temporary hair removal methods

If excess hair growth is related to an underlying medical condition, you should seek appropriate treatment. In addition to affecting your overall health, an illness may cause hair to return in the future.

Am I a Candidate?

If you have healthy skin and struggle with unwanted hair, you are likely a candidate for laser hair removal.

Dr. Passaretti uses advanced technology and techniques to ensure this procedure is suitable for virtually everyone.

While some doctors only recommend this treatment for those with lighter skin tones and darker hair, Dr. Passaretti uses advanced technology and techniques to ensure this procedure is suitable for virtually everyone.

How Should I Prepare?

Do not pluck or wax your hair for about six weeks prior to treatment. By doing so, you will remove the hair follicles, which are vital to successful laser treatment. Two days before your appointment, you should shave, which will enable the laser to penetrate directly into the follicle itself. Additionally, you should avoid excess sun exposure for about six weeks beforehand.

How Can a Laser Remove My Unwanted Hair?

The pigment in your hair follicles will absorb the laser energy. The energy will then destroy the follicles when they are in the active phase of the growth cycle.

What Kind of Laser Will Dr. Passaretti Use?

Dr. Passaretti proudly uses the Palomar Icon Laser System for superior and proven results. This advanced device is equipped with a cooling mechanism to keep you comfortable. In addition, Dr. Passaretti can adjust the laser wavelength to reduce the impact on surrounding tissue and accommodate different skin tones. 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Dr. Passaretti recommends at least three sessions, which can reduce unwanted hair by 79 percent. However, for the most dramatic results, you will typically need six to eight rounds of treatment. If you are receiving treatment on your face, we recommend scheduling appointments about eight weeks apart to ensure an optimal outcome. For larger areas, we usually schedule treatments 12 weeks apart.

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Laser hair removal involves minimal discomfort, especially with our advanced laser system. You may experience a slight pinching sensation, similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. Most patients find this gentle feeling to be much less bothersome than the pain associated with waxing.

Are There Any Side Effects?

After your sessions, you may experience some mild, temporary side effects, which should subside within a few days. These can include redness, tingling, itching, slight swelling, and numbness.

Are There Long-Term Risks?

With his expertise and eye for detail, Dr. Passaretti can perform safe, effective treatments with negligible risks. To determine if you are a candidate, he can carefully evaluate your health and cosmetic goals. In addition, he can plan the proper settings for the laser to address your unique skin tone and hair type. 

Are Results Permanent?

Yes, laser hair removal will permanently reduce unwanted hair. You should note, however, that some hair may be resistant to treatment and may eventually regrow. Even in these cases, the hair is often finer, lighter, and less noticeable.

Why Choose Laser Treatment?

Waxing and shaving offer temporary results, meaning you have to deal with hair removal on a daily or weekly basis. While laser therapy requires an initial financial investment, it can save you time and money in the long run. Laser treatment is also faster and more comfortable than electrolysis, another permanent hair removal option. 

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have further questions about laser hair removal, Dr. Passaretti would be happy to assist you during a private consultation. Contact our office online or call us at (203) 642-1891 to schedule your appointment at our practice.

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