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Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available because it provides the most effective and long-term solution for body hair reduction. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center in NYC, we offer the most advanced laser hair removal options available to ensure the best possible results.

What is laser hair removal?

Waxing, shaving, and tweezing unwanted hair can be a time-consuming hassle. They can also be painful, and they have to be done constantly. Laser hair removal, however, offers long-lasting smooth skin that is hair-free. Our laser hair removal treatments can get rid of hair just about anywhere on the body. After a few treatments, you’ll fall in love with the convenience of having stubble-free skin. 

What are the key benefits of laser hair removal? 

  • Precise results: The laser energy works exactly where you want it to — directly on the hair follicles — without damaging the skin in the region.
  • Safe treatments: Our FDA approved lasers deliver safe, comfortable, and predictable results.
  • Quick sessions: Removing hair from a small treatment area, such as the upper lip, only takes a few minutes. Larger treatment areas such as the back can be treated in 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Long-lasting results: While it takes several sessions to fully achieve your desired outcome, you will enjoy permanent results. Once the hair is eliminated, it will never grow back.
  • Convenience: Don’t worry about having to wax, shave, or tweeze anymore. shaving or waxing. Save time in your daily routine and avoid painful skin irritations and ingrown hairs.

Why is laser hair removal so popular?

There are many reasons why people love laser hair removal. Shaving is a chore that requires to be done almost every day. It can also often lead to uncomfortable issues such as razor burn, cuts, itchiness, skin irritation, and ingrown hairs.

Waxing is an alternative to shaving — it lasts longer and delivers smooth results — but it’s still just a temporary hair removal solution, and it can also be quite painful. Laser hair removal allows you to save time and the discomfort of waxing or skin irritation. Once you’ve completed your laser hair removal treatments, you’ll be relatively hair-free in the selected areas (90% to 95% hair removal is permanent). The hair follicles that are destroyed will never grow back.

Dr. Bruce Katz talks about hair removal on ABC’s The View

Dr. Bruce Katz - ABC The View - Hair Removal

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (color) in the root of your hair follicle. The hair absorbs the laser heat energy, which destroys the follicles and stops them from any future growth. The difference in the pigment between your hair and your skin allows the laser to directly target your hair while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Because there are different phases to your hair’s growth cycle (the growth, transition, and resting phases), you will need multiple treatments in order to achieve adequate hair removal.

In general, the best results from laser hair removal are achieved when there’s a significant difference in the color of your skin and the color of your hair. Since laser hair removal targets the pigment in the hair follicle, those with light skin and dark hair are ideal candidates. However, the state-of-the-art lasers we use at JUVA Skin & Laser Center’s NYC facility allow us to achieve good results with just about any skin type. We have three different lasers to handle any type of hair color or texture.

Laser hair removal and hair growth phases

Laser hair removal works best on hair that is in the growth phase. During this phase, hair follicles have more pigment than they do at other times, making them more susceptible to absorbing the laser energy. Roughly 75% of your hair is in the growth phase at all times. In order to ensure that all your unwanted hair is removed, you’ll need to repeat the process several times. During your subsequent treatments, any hairs that were previously in the transition or resting phase but are currently in the growth phase will be addressed. It usually takes 4 to 6 laser hair removal treatments to achieve the results you want. 

What areas can be treated?

  • Upper lip and face
  • Underarms
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area

Preparing for your laser hair removal treatment

At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we’re committed to delivering the best possible results with your laser hair removal treatment. We want you to enjoy a safe, comfortable experience that leaves you with delightfully smooth and hairless skin. In order to help us deliver the best results, it’s important that you take the following steps before treatment:

  • Refrain from tanning for several weeks prior to your treatment. This will allow for the greatest difference in pigmentation between your hair and skin, which will optimize the effectiveness of the laser. Always wear sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat whenever you’re outside for two weeks before treatment to minimize sun exposure.
  • Don’t use any bronzers or spray-on tanning products the week before laser hair removal. There are metallic ingredients in these spray products which can cause burn injuries.
  • Shave the treatment area before your appointment. This should be done either the night before or the morning of your laser hair removal appointment. Shaving prior to your appointment will minimize the treatment time.
  • Avoid waxing or tweezing unwanted hair before your treatment, or in between treatments. While shaving is encouraged right before your appointment, it’s important that you avoid other hair removal methods for at least two weeks prior to your treatment.
  • Let us know about any medications or supplements you are taking. Certain prescription drugs or dietary supplements may need to be discontinued for at least a week before your treatment.
  • Don’t wear makeup to your laser hair removal session. Wearing makeup can make it harder for the laser to detect the pigment in your hair.

During your laser hair removal treatment

When you arrive for your laser hair removal treatment, you may need to get undressed, depending on which area you’re having treated. You will be given protective goggles, and the area to be treated will be cleansed with wipes. If you have stray hairs in the area, they will be shaved, and the laser portion will begin. The majority of patients are relatively comfortable during treatment, and describe the feeling of the laser as a “hot rubber band” being snapped on their skin. 

All you need to know about laser hair removal in 2020

All You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal in 2020

Recovery from your laser hair removal treatment

After laser hair removal, many patients use aloe vera to soothe any areas that may feel hot. To heal properly and get the best results, it is best to avoid the following until you are advised otherwise:

  • Sun exposure
  • Other skin treatments
  • Puncturing the skin
  • Anything that makes you sweat (exercise, saunas, baths, etc.)
  • Removing any hair growth
  • Very hot water
  • Makeup or perfume near the treated area 

Laser hair removal with Vectus and Skintel technology

JUVA Skin & Laser Center’s NYC facility is proud to offer the latest technology for fast, effective hair reduction: the revolutionary Vectus™ Laser and Skintel™ Melanin Reader. Both of these devices have been FDA approved for laser hair removal on the widest possible range of skin and hair types.

The Vectus Laser 

The Vectus Laser is considered to be the least painful laser treatment available for hair removal, and it has been recognized for several other benefits when compared to other lasers, including:

  • Treats the widest range of skin types
  • Eliminates many side effects and offers the lowest complications
  • Most comfortable laser available for patients
  • Gets rid of hair quickly in larger areas, such as the back
  • Requires fewer treatment sessions
  • No downtime required after treatment

New Vectus laser for laser hair removal

New Vectus Laser for Laser Hair Removal

The Skintel Melanin Reader

The Skintel Melanin Reader is a tool used in conjunction with Vectus to accurately measure the melanin (pigment) in your skin.

Up until the Skintel Melanin Reader, the only way to inspect a patient before treatment involved a visual exam of the skin and an evaluation of the patient’s medical history. This is certainly useful, but does little to determine the pigment density in the skin and hair follicles.

The Skintel Melanin Reader, however, is able to quickly measure the patient’s melanin, providing our sepcialists with the very best understanding of the patient’s skin tone and its threshold for laser energy. We are able to achieve remarkable precision with the Skintel reader and deliver remarkable, highly predictable results with less risk of side effects. The reader is a great addition to our laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Before & After

Results: What to expect after treatment

Within a few days of your laser hair removal treatment, hair will begin falling out. A gentle wash will help get rid of the shed hairs. This process should be complete within two weeks after your treatment.

Multiple treatment sessions are necessary, with the number depending on your hair and skin color and the amount of hair that is in its dormant phase. On average, 4 to 6 sessions are necessary to achieve optimal results, after which you should experience several months of almost complete hairlessness in the treated areas. Overall, you can expect an 90% to 95% permanent reduction of hair in the treated area.

There are many factors that will determine your results. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, our experienced laser dermatologists understand these factors. We will develop a personalized treatment plan that will provide you with the best results.

Laser hair removal in NYC at JUVA Skin & Laser Center

JUVA Skin & Laser Center is a world-renowned dermatology, laser, and cosmetic surgery center offering the most advanced laser devices in the industry and in NYC. Our team provides the highest level of service in a caring and warm environment, and we offer our patients the most advanced cosmetic services, with great attention to sterility meeting the CDC standards in a AAAHC accredited facility. JUVA Skin & Laser Center is proudly under the direction of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Bruce Katz, who brings over 30 years of experience to his role as Director.

Dr. Katz is a pioneering force behind numerous minimally-invasive and non-invasive aesthetic treatments, and is a leading innovator of advanced laser technology and internationally-recognized rejuvenation techniques. If you would like to schedule a laser hair removal consulation with our team of specialists, please contact us. we proudly serve patients throughout the New York area from our offices in Manhattan and Woodside.

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