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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal in New York City

by Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Laser hair removal offers a quick, safe and comfortable way to remove unwanted body hair. Unlike other hair removal procedures that focus on individual hairs, laser technology is able to quickly treat large areas of hair at once. In an hour or less, most body areas can be hair free.

The benefits of laser hair removal far exceed the temporary result that painful cycles that shaving and waxing demands. You will see a significant reduction of about 85 to 90 percent embarrassing body hair or constant ingrown hairs by trying laser hair removal.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar utilizes the latest in laser hair removal technology by providing his patients with the ND:Yag laser and the GentleLase Laser, which provides 85 to 90 percent hair reduction after just a few treatments. Dr. Rokhsar has multiple lasers available for laser hair removal, which makes it possible to treat even the toughest cases. The laser sends a beam of heat energy into each individual hair follicle. Because your hair grows in cycles with periods of rest, t is important that the hair follicle be in the growing phase in order for it to be properly destroyed.

Because hair grows in cycles, the number of treatments required to reach your cosmetic goals will depend upon your skin, hair color, coarseness and amount of hair present. It will take about three to six treatments spaced out every four to six weeks in order to treat the follicles and then repeated sessions when they re-enter the growth phase, but this will be dramatically slower than a normal growth phase by using routine shaving or waxing. The most popular and effective places to have laser treatments are the neck, forearms, upper arms, under arms, back, legs and bikini area.

Whether their daily routine of shaving their armpits is causing irritation or inconvenience, or their summer bikini line has given them For some, the problem is hereditary or related to ethnic heritage. For others, it can be caused by a medical condition such as polycystic ovaries or a hormone-secreting tumor, or even the result of hormonal changes linked to menopause. Still other women are interested in hair removal for areas such as legs, underarms, or bikini area, where growth is normal but sometimes undesirable. No matter the reason, there is no shortage of ways to cope. One of the more popular ways to remove hair is via laser or pulsed light – energy that goes through the hair shaft down to the follicle, where it destroys the hair’s root. Laser hair removal can be done anywhere on the body.

Laser hair removal ends the costly repetitive procedures of shaving, tweezing, chemical depilatories, waxing and electrolysis. Based on technology that has been used for nearly a decade, laser hair removal is safe and effective. You will see significant hair reduction of up to 85 percent to 90 percent after four treatments.

Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring, and coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least 3 to 5 treatments, as the process is only effective on hairs during their growing cycle. Repeated sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the growth phase.

Hair follicles can be effectively targeted by various lasers, destroying them and removing unwanted hair. Multiple treatments are necessary for optimal results.  Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.

Depending on the laser or light source used, you and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.

Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.

When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless your skin is blistering. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You’ll get treatments until hair stops growing.

Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.

Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin color are rare.

Hair can be safely and effectively treated anywhere on the body including:

  • neck
  • arms
  • arm pits
  • back
  • legs
  • bikini area

The best candidates for laser hair removal are fully able to comply with aftercare instructions, well-educated about the procedure, and have realistic expectations. Here are some criteria to help you decide if you are a good candidate:

  • Dark hair, light skin, and course hair are the easiest to treat. These patients typically see the best results and require fewer treatment sessions.
  • Dark skinned individual including Hispanic and black skin can now be effectively treated with lasers for hair removal.
  • People with dark skin may not be ideal candidates for laser hair removal, but may still benefit from treatment. Under certain circumstances the procedure can be effective.
  • Blond, grey, and red hairs are more difficult to treat with a laser.
  • Tanned patients must wait until the tan fades before treatment.
  • The procedure does not necessarily result in 100 percent reduction of unwanted hair in the first treatment session. Multiple sessions may be needed

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