Laser Hair Removal

Vanguard Dermatology

Dermatologists located throughout New York, NY

If you get rid of your body hair by shaving, you spend an average of 72 days over your lifetime scraping away your unwanted body hair. If that seems like a terrible waste of time, consider laser hair removal for permanent hair reduction. With the experts at Vanguard Dermatology, in seven convenient locations in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York, you have access to state-of-the-art laser hair removal services all over the city. Call Vanguard Dermatology today or book a consultation online today to learn more about laser hair removal and throw your razor away for good.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is an innovative technological method of not only removing hair but also reducing future growth to the point where you are virtually hair-free. The lasers target the melanin in your hair follicles, heating and destroying the hair root.

While everyone has unique needs, most patients have a series of 3-7 laser hair removal sessions to achieve the desired, hair-free results.* You usually have appointments every 4-6 weeks. Your hair grows in cycles of growth and dormancy, and spacing out your appointments provides opportunities for all follicles to be treated at the appropriate growth stage.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is most effectual if you have dark hair and fair skin, as the laser can easily target your hair follicles. However, advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal suitable and effective for nearly all skin and hair colors and types.

Your hair must have some pigment to attract the laser energy, so if you have very fair or white hair, laser hair removal might not be the best solution for you. The team of esthetic specialists at Vanguard Dermatology offers pre-treatment consultations and can provide customized advice about the suitability of laser hair removal for you.

How Should I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

Depending on your current hair removal and beauty habits, you may need to make a few adjustments in the weeks preceding and surrounding your laser hair removal sessions. First, if you’ve been waxing, you need to return to shaving. Waxing removes your hair by the root, and there needs to be some hair in the follicle to attract the laser.

If you regularly tan, whether it’s outside, on a tanning bed, or from a bottle or a spray, you need to stop, at least for the duration of your laser hair removal treatments. Any excess color adds melanin to your skin, which can attract the laser and result in discoloration and other unwanted side effects.

You should shave on the day of or the day before your appointment. While you need to have hair in the follicle, having too much hair on your skin can make the treatment more uncomfortable than necessary.

Call Vanguard Dermatology today or book an appointment online to discover if laser hair removal is right for you.

*Individual results may vary.