Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Dermatology and Medical Spa
54 Seward Street
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
tel: (518) 581-2860
fax: (518) 581-7358
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of the hassle of shaving your legs? Ready to cancel all future waxing appointments? Women and men who undergo laser hair removal treatments at our Saratoga Springs, NY, practice enjoy smooth, nearly hairless skin after only a few sessions. At Saratoga Dermatology, laser hair removal is one of the most popular treatments and our team of skincare specialists and board-certified dermatologists have the experience needed to provide the results you want.

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Laser Hair Removal Before-and-After Photos

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Laser Hair Removal after image

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After

Photos courtesy of Candela. Your results may differ.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Using a laser to permanently reduce unwanted hair requires highly trained providers who can target hair follicles without damaging the skin. Bursts of laser energy target hair follicles at their roots, limiting the growth of new hair to produce permanent hair reduction. The Candela Gentle® laser used at our practice for hair removal is considered the “gold standard” because it can effectively treat a range of skin and hair colors and usually requires fewer treatment sessions.

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the following areas:

  • Face
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line

Because the laser energy targets the dark pigment in the hair follicles, this treatment tends to work best on dark hair against light skin. We recommend getting hair removal treatments in the fall, winter, or spring when your skin is lightest. After evaluating your skin and hair, Dr. Buhac can recommend the best treatment plan after your consultation.

Jean Buhac, M.D.

Dr. Buhac has served the Saratoga Springs area as a board-certified dermatologist since 1998. In that time, she has treated tens of thousands of patients and developed an uncommon level of clinical expertise. Her multidisciplinary approach to skin wellness includes the latest options in both medical and cosmetic dermatology.

What to Expect

Our experienced laser technicians provide detailed instructions for you to follow before coming in for your initial treatment. In most cases, we use the laser on smaller test spots to see how the skin reacts. We then reexamine the skin and schedule a full treatment session several weeks later.

On the day of your appointment, shave the treatment area and don’t use makeup or other creams or oils. The procedure usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the area or areas targeted. Your provider moves a small, hand-held device that delivers the pulses of laser energy across the treatment area. Some patients experience the sensation similar to that of a rubber band snapping the skin as the laser pulses.

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Because hair grows in phases, it takes several treatment sessions spaced about a month apart to get the permanent hair reduction results that most patients want. Your skin may feel and look like it’s sunburned for about a day or 2 after each treatment. There’s no need to take time off from work or other normal daily activities. Cool compresses and moisturizers can help relieve any lingering discomfort. It’s also okay to wear makeup the day after the laser procedure.

Patients considering laser hair removal travel from Albany and surrounding areas to have the procedure done at our practice. Request a consultation with one of our dermatologists using the online form, or call our office at (518) 581-2860 to schedule an appointment.

Medical Dermatology

Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Dr. Buhac is a highly trained dermatologist who can diagnose and treat a range of skin conditions.

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Skin Cancer & Mohs Surgery

Dr. Jennifer Smith specializes in the prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer, including advanced Mohs micrographic surgery.

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