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How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

A beam of light passes through the skin to the intended target. The target for hair removal is the melanin, present in all hair follicles. The melanin absorbs this light, disabling or impeding the hair's regrowth.

Is it Safe?
Yes, the procedure is completely safe and FDA approved.

Is it Affordable?
Relative to a lifetime of waxing, shaving or plucking, laser hair removal is extremely affordable.

Is it Painful?
This is a common initial concern for many of our patients. Patients have described the sensation from laser hair removal as discomfort rather than pain. The process feels like a rubber band being snapped against your skin with an awareness of heat.

Who can be treated?
Laser is most effective on Dark hair; blonde or gray hair respond poorly. No matter what skin type you have, you're more likely to experience good results and fewer side effects if you have no history of abnormal scarring, excessive sun exposure, allergies or herpes infection. We will be happy to set up a consultation with you to ensure you are a right candidate.

What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal can be performed on almost area of the body for men and women – from small areas such as your upper lip, underarms, bikini area, chin, neck, and face, to larger areas such as arms, chest, back, and legs.

Can I resume normal activity after treatment?
Yes, you can resume normal activities immediately following your procedure.

How many treatments do I need? 
Laser treatment impairs the growth of hair follicles when they are in the growth (or anagen) cycle. At any one time there will only be certain hairs in that growing phase. Therefore, consistent treatments at appropriate intervals are necessary for the best possible results. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair coloring, coarseness of the hair and density per treated area.

How long will the procedure take?
This varies depending on the area of the body. Treatments on the back or legs can take up to one hour, while treatments of the underarms and bikini generally take 30 minutes.

How soon will the hair fall out?
Surface hair will come off immediately, the "root" in 2 to 3 weeks.

How many sessions will it require before I notice significant results?
At least 2 sessions are required before you will be able to tell a difference in the amount of hair.

Are the results Permanent?
All options for laser hair removal offer a varying degree of permanence. Studies have shown that many patients can achieve permanent hair loss of up to 80 -90% and remaining hair returns lighter and softer.

What is the Hair Growth Cycle?
Each of your hair follicles is in one of 3 stages of growth:

  1. Anagen - the "active growth" phase
  2. Catagen - "regressive" phase
  3. Telogen - "resting" phase
The laser is most effective at disabling "actively growing" hairs during treatment. It is during anagen, the hair contains the greatest abundance of melanin, the target of the laser light. Many hair follicles are in their resting or regressive stages at any given time.

What are the risks of laser hair removal?
Immediately after the treatment you may experience a slight reddening or swelling of the skin that will resolve within few hour or days. In rare instances temporary pigment changes may occur, but will disappear in few months.

What pre-treatment care is required?
You MUST stop plucking or waxing hair four weeks for laser to be effective. Avoid the sun, tanning and tanning creams 7-14 days before and after YAG treatments or 4-6 weeks before and after GentleLASE treatments. If you have a tan from sun exposure or sunless tanning products, you must wait until the tan fades completely before you can undergo laser hair removal. Avoid irritants such as products containing glycolic acid or Retin-A in the area for 5-7 days. Shave the desired treatment area the night before laser treatment. Do not wear make-up or deodorant over the area you want treated when coming for treatment. You should plan on wearing clothing that will allow easy access to the area being treated. Do not wear any jewelry including wrist watch during the procedure.

What can you expect during the procedure?
During the procedure, as a safety precaution, you wear goggles to protect your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light. You may notice a strong odor of singed hair, which is normal. Afterward, you may experience some temporary redness and swelling which resolve within a few hours to days. In rare cases, you may experience hyperpigmentation.

What post-treatment is required?
It is best if you minimize sun exposure to the treated area for four weeks after the procedure. You MUST wear a sunscreen of SPF25 or higher and avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 4 weeks. Avoid irritants such as products containing glycolic acid or Retin-A in the area for 5-7 days. The procedure may causes a slight scabbing of the teated area. Do not rub or pick the scab - wash gently using a mild soap. Hair remaining in the folice will come off within 1-2 weeks after treatment. 

Are Chemical Peels safe for ALL skin types?
We offer chemical peels that are safe for all skin types including South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis…), West Indians (Guyanese, Trinidanians, Jamaicans…) and Hispanics.   Vitalize and Illuminize Peels  are clinically proven, effective and gentle formulation that smoothes and corrects age spots, fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne for all skin types.  After just one peel you will notice improvement in your skin’s texture and tone, lessening of fine lines and a healthier more youthful appearance.  Dramatic results can be achieved with a series of peels.   

How many treatments do I need?
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals. A skin care regimen will be designed to help you improve and maintain healthier looking skin. Typically, a series of five or six chemical peels spaced three to four weeks apart is adequate to achieve most cosmetic goals.

Is this type of procedure safe?
When performed by an experienced and qualified technician, peels are a safe procedure. Be sure to talk with your skin care professional prior to your peel and always disclose your full medical history. Always follow your professional’s advice for before and after procedures.

What pre-cautions should I take?
For best results, it is advisable to avoid sun exposure and the following products and procedures at least ONE WEEK prior to your treatment:

  • Electrolysis
  • Waxing
  • Shaving
  • Depilatory creams
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser hair removal
  • Cosmetic Fillers
  • Laser Skin Tightening
  • Facials

Use of the following products should be avoided 2—3 days prior to your procedure:

  • Any exfoliating products
  • Any products that may be drying or irritating, including products containing salicylic acid, AHAs (including glycolic acids) and products containing Vitamin A or retinol.

How long will it take?
From start to finish, the entire procedure should take approximately 30 minutes.

When should I schedule my next peel?
The Peels we use at Queens Laser Hair Removal are gentle enough to use every  four weeks for maximum benefits and a glowing, healthy start to your skin care regimen. Call us at 718-476-3299 or (814)EZ-LASER to schedule your next Peel.

Who is not a good candidate for a peel?
Patients who should avoid peels include:

  • Active cold sores or warts, skin with open wounds, sunburn, excessively sensitive skin, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea in the area to be treated
  • History or Herpes Simplex
  • Patients with a history of allergies, rashes or other skin reactions or anyone with an allergy to salicylates (i.e. ASPIRIN®)
  • Patients who have taken Accutane® within the past year or received chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating) women
  • Patients under the age of 12

What are possible side effects?
Depending on the type of peel, possible side effects may include mild redness, drying and/or flaking of the skin, itching, swelling, burning, blistering, skin discoloration and possible crusting of the skin.  If swelling, burning, blistering, discoloration, or crusting occurs, contact us for assistance.

How often can treatments be performed?

Queens Laser Hair Removal specializes in custom tailoring our clients individual skin care needs. Although there are immediate benefits after one microdermabrasion treatment, for optimum results we recommend a series of six to twelve treatments.

How much time is needed for each treatment?

On average, a client will spend approximately forty five minutes in treatment.

How soon will the results be visible?

Results can be noticed immediately but because every individual’s skin is different the visible improvements will vary.

Is it painful?

Our client’s comfort is the top priority.  Microdermabrasion is not painful and requires no topical anesthesia.  In fact, many patients fall asleep during the treatment since they find it very relaxing. Your skin may feel a little hot and appear a little pink for the first day.

Who is a good candidate?

Anyone who is looking for a vibrant youthful skin.  Microdermabrasion is extremely safe and  effective for  anyone interested in improving the appearance of:

  • Scarring, including acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Mild to moderate acne
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tones and pigmentation problems
  • Sun damaged skin
Who is NOT the right candidate?

You should not get Microdermabrasion, if you have the following:

  • Undiagnosed lesions
  • Recent herpes outbreaks
  • Warts
  • Active, weeping acne (stages 3-4)
  • Active Rosacea
  • Unstable diabetes
  • Auto-immune system disorders
  • Some patients have hyper pigment post-op. Lower pressures are used on follow-up treatments
  • Using Retin A religiously or just had a chemical peel or a facial