Laser Hair Reduction
The removal of unwanted hair can be a true challenge for many people. Shaving takes time and can lead to razor burn or cuts, waxing is painful and can lead to ingrown hairs, threading is painful, and tweezing and plucking are labor intensive. With all of these options, the hair will keep growing back. Electrolysis is painful and is very time consuming.
Finally, with the newest technologies, we can offer the best solution for removing unwanted hair quickly and relatively painlessly with Laser Hair Reduction. The heat from the laser will target the hair and the cells in the follicle that are responsible for regenerating new hair growth.
The state-of-the-art GentleMax Pro laser is unique in that it has dual action. It combines an Alexandrite and a Nd:YAG laser, allowing for successful, quick and safe hair reduction in men and women of ALL skin types from the fairest to the darkest skin colors. This laser stands above the others because of its patented “DCD cooling system,” which is a cryogen spray that sprays on the skin milliseconds before the laser pulses. This essentially cools down the skin making the treatment comfortable as well as clean since you don’t have to deal with messy gel or numbing cream. (end paragraph ).
Most patients will need 4- 6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Hair takes 2-3 weeks to shed after a treatment. During the treatment cycle, avoiding sun exposure and avoiding waxing/plucking/tweezing are advised. Some patients may need “touch up” treatments in a year, several years, or sometimes never again.
Our pricing is competitive. See our price list for details. When compared to waxing, the cost of a package will pay for itself in less than 2 years, and it is well worth it!
The Alexandrite laser of the GentleMax Pro is very effective in removing sunspots. We can treat solitary spots or large areas of sunspots and sun damage. The procedure feels like a rubber band snap and is easily tolerable without topical pain medication. In the days following the treatment, the sunspots will darken and form a fine crust, which will then slough off and the underlying skin will continue to lighten over the course of the next 4 weeks. Treatment of sunspots typically require 1-3 visits spaced 4 weeks apart.
Leg and Facial Veins
With the Nd:YAG laser on the GentleMax Pro, we can remove cherry angiomas, small spider veins on the legs and facial veins. This laser works best on veins that are less than 3mm in diameter. The laser beam will heat up the hemoglobin within the vessel and in turn heat up the vessel wall and ultimately making the vein disappear. The special cooling device on the GentleMax Pro allows this treatment to be performed without numbing medication.Typically, it will take 1-3 treatments for veins, spaced 8 weeks apart.
Skin Tightening or Facial rejuvenation is an increasingly popular non-surgical procedure, producing impressive results with minimal downtime. It will reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and give the skin a firmer and more youthful look and feel. It can smooth skin texture and treat dull skin or diffuse redness.
In a controlled setting, the heat of the laser will heat the skin and the underlying collagen, causing skin contraction and subsequently new natural collagen growth. During the procedure the skin will feel heat, but no numbing medication is needed. Temporary redness of the skin is expected for up to a couple hours after the procedure. There is really no social downtime and going back to work immediately after the procedure is not a problem. Make up can be reapplied as soon as the redness has resolved. The skin will feel tight immediately and additional tightening will continue to occur for months after the series of procedures. Typically, 3-6 treatments are advised for optimal results.
Important Information Before Your Visit
Please print and fill out before your first visit: New Patient FORMS:
Patient Instructions for Laser Hair Reduction – click here
Patient Instructions for Vascular Treatments – click here
Patient Instructions for Sun Spots and Skin Tightening
- Come to the appointment without any makeup. Skin should be “squeaky clean”
- No tanning (real or artificial) prior to treatment
Before your visit:
- If you get recurrent cold sores (herpes simplex virus) in the area of treatment, we recommend prophylactic treatment. (take your preventative antiviral medication the day before, of and after treatment)
- If you tend to get hyperpigmentation (dark spots) easily, start to use hydroquinone cream on the area to be treated 2 weeks before the treatment.
Laser Waiting Periods
- Wait 6 months after finishing Accutane or the last session of chemotherapy
- Wait 3 months after a facial laser resurfacing or deep chemical peel for a laser facial treatment.
- Wait 3-4 weeks after Botox or natural fillers (cannot treat over silicone)
- Wait 2 weeks after a natural tan
- Wait 10 days after the end of an antibiotic course
- Wait 1 week after self-tanners (and exfoliate well before the appointment)
- Wait 1 week after stopping topical irritants (including retin-A, benzoyl peroxide or astringents) and medications (advil, motrin, aleve, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Aspirin or Fish oil)
- Do not take any medication you don’t have to take within a few days of treatment
- If you are pregnant, we recommend that you wait until after delivery for your laser treatments.
“A joy to visit Laser Lisse, as you see an experienced Medical Doctor, Dr. Farrell, who operates in the utmost professional way and does so in a timely fashion. Great all around!” -AK (Potomac)
“I am excited about Laser Lisse. The treatment is working so well. It has been 4 weeks since my first visit and the hair has barely grown back. I haven’t had to shave yet!” -CB (Potomac)
“I highly recommend Laser Lisse. The results are great. I saw noticeable reduction in hair after only 2 treatments, and it was much more comfortable than other laser treatments I have tried in the past.” M.B. (Chevy Chase)
“I had been so afraid to try laser hair removal, because I have heard from friends for years that it is so painful. When my friend told me about Laser Lisse, I decided to give it a try. It was not bad at all, and I didn’t need any pain medication! The laser has a special cooling device that makes it so easily tolerable. Thanks Dr Farrell and Laser Lisse!!” T.D (Rockville)
“The skin tightening is awesome! I have tried lots of different facial treatments in the past, and this one by far is the easiest with the least downtime. The redness lasted less than an hour for me, and I felt the skin getting tighter right away. Now after two treatments, I can start to see a difference in my fine lines. My face feels really smooth and has a dewy glow. Two more treatments to go, can’t wait. ” A.B.(Bethesda)
“Such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I was totally comfortable getting lip, chin and bikini treatments. Can’t wait for summer! I am so excited about this!!” BR (Rockville)
“I’ve been eager to try laser hair removal for a while and when I found out Dr. Farrell was doing it I was in! My bikini treatment went so well that at my 2nd treatment I added my underarms. It’s not painful at all- in fact it’s less painful than waxing! EK (Potomac)”
“I felt so much more confident and relaxed knowing a doctor and NP were performing the service. I had unbelievable results with the laser hair removal procedure after only 2 visits. It was also great that I was taken back to the room right when I arrived, and the procedure took just a matter of minutes. It was pretty painless too! KF (Washington, DC)”