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Sick of shaving or dealing with hard to reach areas or those pesky hairs that pop up in unfortunate areas?! We are talking to you chin hairs!  Essential is happy to offer Laser Hair Reduction with Lumenis's Stellar M22 to provide quick and effective laser reduction treatments.

This advanced technology allows us to target melanin-rich hair follicles to reduce future hair growth. The treatment is extremely fast because of the large spot size and repetition rate making the treatment more comfortable.  Set up a free consultation for pricing.  3-6 Sessions are recommended.  Book your treatment today!

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How does the laser work?

The laser beam is absorbed by the pigment (color) of the hair shaft and hair follicle.The energy it delivers to the follicle eliminates the follicle’s ability to grow or produce hair without damaging the surrounding skin.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

While we cannot promise anything, laser hair reduction with the Lumenis Stellar M22 reduces hair regrowth by 85 - 90% on any treated facial or body area.  The hair in the area is thinner and not as full after just a few treatments.  Most patients benefit from 6-10 treatments and then may require occasional maintenance treatments. 

Why is it reduction and not removal?

Because we cannot guarantee permanent removal with this treatment.  Hair follicles are tricky and things like hormones and treatments can trigger regrowth. We are just being honest!

Why is our laser preferred over other hair removal systems?

There are four main advantages to the Lumenis Stellar M22 hair removal technology:comfort, speed, versatility and accuracy.  The Lumenis Stellar M22 hand-piece naturally cools and soothes the skin throughout the procedure and does not cause the kind of skin irritation that other methods may create. It allows for larger areas tobe treated, considerably increasing the efficacy of the hair removal process.  While it is slightly uncomfortable, the treatment is quick and effective.

















Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

If you are concerned about unwanted hair, you are probably a good candidate for laser hair removal. Individuals with fair skin, and dark hair are typically the best candidates, however, the LightSheer settings can be adjusted to treat any skin color. If you have white, gray or light blond hair, are pregnant, or you are taking a sun sensitive medications (like Accutane) you are not a good candidate for treatment. Unfortunately, skin tones darker than a Fitzpatrick 3-4 are not ideal candidates with this machine and we can refer you to another practice with equipment safer and more effective for your skin tone.  We love treating ALL skin tones and types so we are on the lookout to improve this for the future!

What parts of the body can be treated?

Laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any body part, including the face, back, neck, arms, legs, bikini area, ears, chest, abdomen and underarms. The system can also be used to treat pilonidal cysts and ingrown hairs.

Is it safe?

Absolutely! The Lumenis Stellar M22 has been clinically tested and is FDA-approved. Each IPL  pulse lasts only a fraction of a second -- just long enough to eliminate the hair follicle, but not long enough to damage the surrounding skin. The unique sapphire laser tip actively cools the skin before, during and after each laser pulse. This is an added safety measure to protect the skin.

Does it hurt?

Most people find the procedure fairly painless. The IPL cool tip hand piece helps conduct heat away from the skin. The light pulse is often described as a wave of heat with a pinprick or rubber band snapping sensation. Test areas are treated to assess a patient’s comfort level, and treatments are modified accordingly. 


How much does the procedure cost?
This technology is expensive but we always try to make it as accessible as possible. The cost varies by body area, provider and individual treatment plan. Your provider will discuss your needs with you.  Packages of 6 are available with a 25% savings.

How long does the procedure take?
That depends on the individual. An upper lip typically requires a 10-minute treatment, while a man’s back may take one hour per treatment. The complete process typically requires 5 to 6 treatments administered at four- to six-week intervals.


What preparation is required?
You should not wax or pluck hairs for 3 weeks prior to the procedure. Avoid tanning immediately before treatment. You need to shave or trim your hair prior to treatment.


What about recovery time?

Patients should need no “down time” after the procedure. Most patients experience mild redness and follicular swelling after a treatment; this normally resolves within a few hours but can last for up to 24 to 48 hours following treatment. Aloe should be applied on the treated area for added comfort. Other temporary adverse side affects like hyper pigmentation (darkening of the skin) and hypo pigmentation (lightening of the skin) is possible but less common. You can lower risks of pigmentation changes by following the pre-treatment instructions. Tanning must be avoided immediately after the treatment, and the use of sun block is strongly recommended.

Pregnant or nursing?

Patients who are pregnant or nursing cannot have the laser or IPL procedure.

How do I get started?

Call the office (617) 431-4888 or email today to schedule a consultation. This will give you a chance to thoroughly discuss your expectations, needs, questions and individual treatment plan with your personal provider.

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Never shave again! Facial and full body waxing
leaves the skin smooth as silk for weeks!
Please call for pricing.

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*Please inform us before waxing if you are using
Retin-A, Glycolic Acid, or Accutane. 

A credit card will be required to book an appointment. Any appointment cancelled within ​24 hours will be charged $50.

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