Laser Hair Removal by Melissa Johnson MD, FACS
Laser Hair Removal in our Longmeadow, MA Office
Try BBL BroadBand Light™ for safe, comfortable hair removal
The safest, most commfortable, and skin-friendly therapeutic laser hair removal treatments require precise, even heating of hair follicles coupled with cooling to protect the skin. To ensure maximum clinical safety, we use broadband light (BBL) energy to treat the melanin in hair follicles by gentle diffusion of heat down to the hair stems in the bulb. Laser hair reduction performed under the guidance of a qualified dermatologic surgeon such as Dr. Johnson is safe and effectively removes unwanted hair from the face, underarms, back, legs and bikini area.
Before & after photos after three BBL laser hair removal treatments
Images courtesy of Sciton.
As a board certified plastic surgeon and qualified skin care doctor, I prefer the Forever Bare BBL™ laser hair removal system. It's safer on your skin, cooler, and more comfortable than other laser systems or electrolysis. Perfect for hair removal on sensitive face, legs, bikini areas and more.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
Who should perform laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal procedures have become very popular, with nearly half a million such treatments performed by dermatologic surgeons each year. But a large number of procedures are also performed by nonphysicians who may lack proper training and are not closely directed by a physician in the clinical environment. Laser hair removal performed by poorly qualified pratitioners can increase the risk of skin burns, blistering, skin discoloration, swelling, redness, and scarring. While there may be a perception by the public that anybody can perform laser hair reduction, many physicians worry about the proliferation of nonmedical facilities and "medical spas" that offer laser hair removal treatments without licensed medical personnel on site. When considering practitioners for your laser hair removal treatments, keep safety in mind, and trust your skin to a qualified doctor.
what is BBL laser hair removal?
BBL, or BroadBand Light, is an innovative light-based technology that utilizes pulses of light energy to gently penetrate into the skin and specifically target, disable and destroy unwanted hair follicles. This noninvasive treatment is a comfortable and easy treatment for the age old problem of unwanted body hair.
How does BBL laser hair removal work?
BBL delivers excellent photothermal energy to hair follicles. By selecting the appropriate wavelength for hair reduction, we are able to tailor the treatment to your skin type for best results.
What areas can be treated?
BBL hair reduction offers patients a safe, fast, and effective alternative for dealing with unwanted hair. BBL is safe enough to be used on any part of the body (e.g., face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, arms)
Can tanned skin be treated?
An active tan from the sun or tanning beds is not appropriate for treating with BBL. Tanned skin has a lot of pigment or melanin that may also absorb the BBL light energy intended for the hair follicles. It is recommended that a person does not have sun exposure in the area to be treated for a period of 3 weeks prior to treatment with BBL. Self tanners must be faded from the skin for at least a week to 10 days prior to treatment. Discuss with your clinician the possibility of tanning during your series so that a safe regimen can be created.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Hair grows in 3 different stages. Hair can only be affected by light energy when it is in its anagen stage. Additionally, hair located on different body parts has different growth cycles and percentages of anagen hair at any one given time. Due to this physiology, we generally suggest a series of 6 treatments, spread over a period of time, usually 4-8 weeks apart to address the growth cycle of your hair.
What will happen during the laser hair removal procedure?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic but your clinician may choose to use one on more sensitive areas. We'll discuss all the options with you.
What should I expect after laser hair removal treatment?
You may experience some localized redness in the area that was treated that should resolve within a few hours. Results depend on your skin condition, the number and consistency of treatments, and the area treated. Your clinician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.
What is the best aftercare after laser hair removal?
It is important to follow your clinician’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. It is recommended that you cover your treated skin and use sunblock of SPF 30.
Is Laser hair removal permament?
No. After a series of treatments, you will grow significantly less hair than you originally did, but you are likely to require occasional maintenance treatments to sustain the results you desire. Please discuss this issue in more detail with your provider when you are in for consultation or treatment.
What are your laser hair removal prices?
Prices for laser hair removal depend on the area(s) to be treated, number of treatments required to achieve desired results, and other factors. Pioneer Valley Plastic Surgery offers package laser hair removal prices for a set of 6 treatments. You can get discounted pricing by purchasing packages of 6 treatments. With our packages, you get 33% off the single treatment prices, which means you buy 4 and get 2 free treatments. When you purchase laser hair removal treatments, your $50 consultation fee is credited toward the price of your package.
Can I finance my laser hair removal procedure?
Yes. We offer patient financing through CareCredit or ALPHAEON CREDIT. See our Financing FAQs for more information.
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, and certified bank checks, or you can finance through CareCredit.
Can I make payments online?
Yes. You can make credit card payments securely online.