Laser hair removal was developed at the Wellman Center of Photomedicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where Dr. Omar Ibrahimi received his training and currently has an appointment as research faculty. Today, hair removal lasers can remove hair in all skin colors. Dr. Omar Ibrahimi has conducted several research studies on new lasers used for hair removal and written book chapters on laser hair removal. He is considered one of the leading experts worldwide on laser hair removal. We are proud to announce that the Connecticut Skin Institute has three different devices for laser hair removal spanning all 4 wavelengths (755nm Alexandrite, 800nm Diode, 1060nm Diode, and 1064 Nd:YAG) that are used to treat ALL skin colors for laser hair removal.
While laser hair removal is a very commonly performed procedure, there are many severe side effects that can occur and cases of death have even occurred in patients seeking laser hair removal. Additionally, there are many variables in treating someone for hair removal. Just because a medical spa or other physician’s office may offer a lower price per treatment, that doesn’t always translate to a lower cost for laser hair removal if the person using the laser isn’t able to optimize the laser to obtain results in as few treatments as possible. Because our office has three devices and every wavelength used for laser hair removal, we can personally customize each patient’s treatment plan for optimal results.
Before and After ONLY 3 Treatments (More treatments required for full result)
Reproduced from Ibrahimi Kilmer Dermatol Surg. 2012 Jun;38(6):912-7.
If you live in the greater Stamford area or Fairfield County, Connecticut, feel free to schedule a consultation with us to discuss laser hair removal.
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Commonly asked questions about laser hair removal
Q: Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
A: To answer that question requires a consultation where Dr. Omar Ibrahimi can examine the area of interest to be treated for laser hair removal. Ideal candidates for laser hair removal have thick dark hair and fair skin. However, laser hair removal can today be performed on all skin types in the right hands. Additionally there are many important things one must be aware of prior to treatment that can help maximize your results.
Q: Does laser hair removal hurt?
A: The laser hair removal process involves a small amount of discomfort. Generally most patients can tolerate treatment without any special numbing medication. Topical numbing creams can be used to minimize the discomfort associated with laser hair removal.
Q: How many treatments does it take?
A: The results one gets with laser hair removal depends on a few things: 1) The type of hairs you have 2) The skill level of the person operating the hair removal laser. A dermatologist that understands the physics of laser hair removal is not the same as a nurse or nonphysician who has minimal understanding of the laser. 3) The type of laser used. Many places rent lasers which are moved around from location to location, which lessens the efficacy of the device. We use a state-of-the-art hair removal laser which is not rented or shared by anyone else. It is of a wavelength that has been shown to be the gold standard in efficacy for laser hair removal. Generally speaking, excellent results can be achieved between 4-8 treatments.
Q: What does it cost to remove my hair with lasers?
A: It is not possible to give a simple answer to this question. How much it costs to remove your hair with a laser depends on the area treated, with larger areas costing more and smaller areas costing less. Be very careful of those who offer you a bargain or a lower price. If you need more treatments because the person who is treating you does not understand laser physics, the “cheaper” treatment may actually work out to me more expensive than seeing a laser expert who can optimize the laser settings for you and reduce your number of hairs faster. In addition, the technology to laser hair removal is expensive, and many places use cheaper devices or rental devices that don’t function well. We employ a laser that has a wavelength that has been shown to be the most effective for long term hair removal.
Q: Who is the best person to perform laser hair removal on me?
A: We invite you to look into the background and training of the person performing any laser treatment. Lasers involve very powerful pulses of energy and wield tremendous amounts of power. Dr. Omar Ibrahimi is a fellowship-trained laser dermatologist who has carried out pivotal clinical trials in laser hair removal. His knowledge and experience in laser hair removal is not matched anywhere else in the state.
*Results may vary depending on the individual.