3 Hair Removal Treatments to Try

A new era means a new perspective on body hair (or lack thereof). Experts weigh in on who should get what, where and why.

Laser Treatment This treatment can be done on any part of the body, but Dr. James Marotta of Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists in Smithtown says the most popular areas he works on are legs, underarms, facial hair and men’s unibrow and beard sculpting. Laser hair removal is a permanent hair reduction that typically takes approximately six to eight treatments depending on thickness of hair and the number of follicles. However, it “will not work on very light peach-fuzz hair or light [colored] hair,” said Marotta. “The darker the hair—the more contrast between the normal skin and the hair—the better result and the less thermal/surrounding damage to the skin.”

It’s Electr-olysis! Electrolysis is a technique that works on any hair type because it isn’t attracted to pigmentation like laser. The probe is inserted in the hair follicle where it burns the follicle to the root. Donna Burns, owner of Lifetime Laser and Electrolysis in Miller Place, suggests this method for someone who has received laser treatments and wants to clean up remaining hair. It is ideal for those with light colored and gray hair who are sure about wanting to be hairless. The treatment is lengthy, but produces good results.

Wax On, Wax Off  “The benefit of waxing is [that] it’s a lot less maintenance than shaving. I think that waxing is really the best thing that you can do because it temporarily removes hair at the root for an average of three weeks for smooth, beautiful skin,” said Rory Friedland, owner of European Wax Center in Hauppauge. Friedland said that hair grows in finer, great for someone who wants to be smooth one week, but may want to keep their options open. “If you decide it’s not something for you there’s no harm no foul.” This solution is available for all areas from the hairline down to the toes.