FAQ

Laser Hair Removal For Men & Women

Laser hair removal is a faster and gentler way to remove unwanted hair with long lasting results. It applies precisely controlled pulses of energy, directed towards the roots of any unwanted hair. It reaches deep into hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The energy heats the hair to the bottom of the root, and destroys the hair roots to prevent future growth. The laser’s precision prevents surrounding skin tissue from damage.

One of the reasons for laser hair removal’s popularity is the minimal pain associated with the procedure, Some clients describe the temporary discomfort as similar to s rubber band snapping against the skin, or a slight pinch which only lasts for fractions of a second. Our state of the art laser is equipped with a high-tech chilling system, which blasts the skin with cold air to counteract the laser’s heat, and therefore neutralizes discomfort.

All laser procedures at New York Laser Aesthetics (electrical and light) have been proven to be safe. Most people experience no side effects at all, though some temporary reddening of the skin may occur. After treatment, you can return to your regular daily activities immediately. Please keep the treated skin protected from direct sun exposure for a short period of time after treatment.

You will be able to see results immediately. It takes 7 to 10 days for all hair in the treated area to fall out followed by several weeks of no hair growth. You will see immediate results while moving towards smooth, hairless skin.

Hair growth happens in a regular cycle that involves three phases: active, regression and resting. Laser technology is designed to treat hair in the active stage of growth. The number of treatments required for long-term results depends upon your hair growth cycle, the body area being treated and the density of hair. Additional factors affecting hair growth include age, skin type, diet, hormones, medication and metabolism. On average it takes 6 treatments spaced between 4 to 6 weeks apart to attain permanent results.

Before your laser hair removal appointment we ask you to follow several guidelines in order to ensure maximum results. Please shave the area to be treated a day before your laser treatment. The less hair on the skin during treatment will make the treatment more comfortable. Avoid the sun 2 to 3 weeks before and after treatment, until your technician allows it. You must not bleach, pluck or wax for 3 weeks prior to your treatment. It is OK to resume shaving of the hair in the treated area 3-4 days after treatment.

You should not have waxing, plucking or electrolysis done after receiving our laser hair removal treatment, because these procedures will temporarily remove pigmented hairs from their roots and reduce the effectiveness of your next laser treatment. Sometimes after plucking or waxing, the hair becomes thicker and darker–as one of the ways the body defends itself from chronic irritation. Shaving is the best temporary way to remove unwanted hair before and between laser hair removal treatments. Shaving leaves the hair shafts in the hair follicles so they can be targeted during the next laser treatment, optimizing your results.

Electrolysis works by the use of an electric current delivered through a small needle or electrode which is passed through the skin and, hopefully, into the hair bulb beneath the surface of the skin. There are several drawbacks with electrolysis.

Firstly, the electric current can damage normal skin around the hair follicle, resulting in scarring. Secondly, since it is impossible to see the hair follicle that is being treated, the practitioner cannot be certain that the electric current is being placed in exactly the right space. As anyone who has had electrolysis can attest, electrolysis can be exceedingly painful. It is also expensive, damaging to skin, and takes many sessions to see results.

Laser hair removal works by aiming a beam of light precisely at unwanted hair follicles. The roots of the hairs are blasted with heat, killing them and preventing regrowth. With the Epicare and Zimmer Cooling Systems, laser hair removal is far more comfortable and much less damaging to the skin than electrolysis. It is also quicker to attain permanent results and less expensive.

If you should have any further questions about laser hair removal, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Our staff will be happy to explain the details of our laser hair removal services in depth with you, and help you to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

Toenail Fungus Removal

The presence of toenail fungus can be detected by the yellowing color of the nails, as well as the thickness and “crumbly” texture of the nail.

Toenail fungus is caused by a mix of bacteria, fungi and other organisms that live on the feet and in between the toes. Moisture and dampness contribute to an environment where they can easily breed. Those who spend time in moist socks and shoes, such as athletes and gardeners are especially susceptible. It is a recurrent infection that does not get “cured” with oral medications.

The Q-Clear Foot Laser is a clean, sterile way to treat toenail fungus. A precisely targeted beam of concentrated light is aimed at an infected nail. The light from the laser converts to heat, killing the organisms responsible for causing the infection. Multiple treatments over a period of months will gradually clear up the nail until all new growth is evident.

Laser toenail fungus removal treatment does not have any recorded side effects.

It is FDA-approved and is much safer than oral medications to treat the infection, which can lead to liver toxicity. The accuracy and precision of the laser prevent the skin tissue surrounding one’s nails from being harmed by the laser. With continued treatment, it is possible to see completely new growth–shiny, healthy and strong nails.

Sun/Age Spot Removal

Pain is minimal. Generally most people find the pain level tolerable. Everyone has their own threshold for pain, but typically the laser treatments are not painful. Some liken the sensation to snapping a rubber band on the skin. Laser treatment will not harm the skin tissue surrounding the targeted spot.

Depending on the area being treated, the session may last approximately 20 minutes.

One very common sign of aging is the age spot. Age spots are also known by many as sunspots, liver spots, lentigos, or lentigines. Age spots are flat, tan, brown, or black in color and appear on areas of the skin that have been exposed to sun. As we age, sunspots appear on the backs of our hands, our forearms, our neck, chest, and face. The pigment-producing cells in the skin are activated to produce more pigment by ultraviolet rays. While these spots are not cancerous, patients may be at risk for developing skin cancer if they have age spots.

Age spots vary greatly in size and shape and color. They can be as small as pea-sized or as large as a dime. Age spots are typically round and have irregular borders. Age spots are most commonly found on the areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun: shoulders, forearms, upper back, face and the backs of the hands.

Age spots increase in number as we age and as we are exposed to the sun or tanning bed. People who sunburn and “freckle” easily are more likely to develop age spots than those who do not burn easily. It is very important that clients realize that if you have had enough sun exposure to develop age spots, your chances of getting skin cancer are higher.

Many types of spots, or pigmented lesions, can be removed with the Q-Clear Yag Laser. Some people are born with prominent pigmented lesions, birthmarks, café-au-lait spots, or freckles, which can be cosmetically troublesome if on the face, neck or other visible area. Other lesions develop over time. Age spots/liver spots/sunspots (solar lentigines) can be cosmetically bothersome. Most adults develop them over years of sun exposure. Women also acquire unwanted pigmented lesions due to hormonal changes.

Treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the type of lesion, size of the affected area, color of the patient’s skin and depth to which the abnormal pigment extends beneath the surface of the skin. Some lesions, such as “age spots,” will require only a few pulses, while others, such as café au lait birthmarks, will require more. Some lesions require re-treatment, necessitating multiple patient visits. Specially filtered bands of light target the melanin in pigmented lesions, where the light is converted into heat. This heating selectively destroys the pigmented lesion, which is sloughed away, clearing the lesion within two weeks.

Chemical Peels

There is no downtime after a chemical peel application. You can even have a peel done during a lunch break and return to work immediately after.

On average, clients experience flaking within 2 to 5 days following the peel. Only light to medium exfoliation will be experienced.

Clients may experience mild and transient burning or stinging sensations.

For those who have sensitive skin, ethnic skin, are allergic to hydroquinone or not looking to lighten the skin would benefit from PCA Peel HQ Free. For those looking to lightening the skin or even out their skin tone would benefit from PCA Peel w/HQ. For those looking for more aggressive treatment and who have “plateaued” with monthly treatments thus far would benefit from the PCA w/HQ & Resorcinol.

Ultra Peel II can be applied alone as a mild peel, or after any Physician’s Choice treatment to ensure more flaking and peeling.

Resorcinol is an antifungal, antiseptic astringent and flaking agent. The PCA Peel w/HQ & Resorcinol is perfect for smoker’s skin, active acne, oily, thick, resilient skin, as well as hand and arm treatments.

The Pumpkin Peel is a great solution for asphyxiated skin or acne. It provides nutrients to skin, resulting in brightness and smoothes lumps and bumps.

The Oxy Trio can be combined with the PCA Peel, Ultra Peel I or II, or the Supra Peel, but not at the same time.

Yes, but they must be compliant with using sunscreen protection.

Yes, they may receive any peel but must wait 48 hours after the treatment to exercise. If waiting 48 hours is not an option, the Non-Burning Facial Peel is ideal. This treatment uses Ultra Peel II, an acid-free, time-released retinol cream. It causes no irritation and leads to no downtime due to its delayed flaking action. It leaves the skin glowing and hydrated.

Yes, because dry and thin skin is actually covered with a buildup of dead cells that prevent your skin care products from penetrating into your skin layer. An Ultra Peel will remove this buildup, hydrate the skin and give it a plumper appearance due to the Vitamin C content.

We only recommend the Oxygenating Facial trio for pregnant or lactating women.

We have a specially formulated treatment for rosacea that incorporates products from the Pumpkin Peel, Oxygenating Trio and Supra Peel. It unclogs pores, smoothes the skin surface and promotes healing. It can be done as often as every two weeks.

Yes, however Retin-A use should be stopped five days prior to treatment and resumed five days after treatment, due to potential irritation and uneven peel penetration. Accutane users can generally be treated with peels, but please inform your esthetician of your topical medications prior to any peel.

TCA is known to be very aggressive and usually requires a week of recovery time. However, Ultra Peel does not traumatize the skin like traditional TCA peels and therefore requires no downtime. Immediately following treatment, skin is glowing and hydrating. Exfoliation is mild and occurs as flaking.

Glycolic acid dehydrates the skin and makes pores larger after extended use. PCA uses lactic and citric acids, which are “friendlier” to the skin. Physician’s Choice peels are moisturizing, hydrating and leave skin feeling soft.

Post-Treatment Tips

After receiving your chemical peel, you may experience some light flaking in a few localized areas for up to five days and slight redness for one to twelve hours. Although you may or may not actually “peel” during the first one or two treatments, you will probably experience slight exfoliation and your skin will feel tight and pulled.

Clients should follow the Home Care Regimen sheet provided by their esthetician. Some general rules to follow after treatment include:

  • Do not apply any medications not recommended by your esthetician.
  • Let skin rest and stabilize overnight; only apply makeup if absolutely necessary.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat.
  • Do not pick or pull on any loosening or exfoliating skin; this could lead to hyperpigmentation.
  • Home use of Pigment Gel twice daily is recommended to continue lightening hyperpigmented areas.
  • Do not have electrolysis, collagen injections, facial waxing or use depilatories for five days after treatment.
  • Do not schedule another treatment until your esthetician advises you to do so.

For two days following treatment:

  • Do not apply ice or water to the treated areas
  • Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray.
  • Do not use Jacuzzis, steam rooms or saunas.
  • Do not go swimming or participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration
  • Do not use Buff-Puff’s or other means of mechanical exfoliation.
  • Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area. Stay cool!
  • Getting heated internally can cause hyperpigmentation.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

New York Laser Aesthetics offers treatments such as spot removal, tattoo removal, spider vein removal, mesotherapy, and face sculpting.

We use an FDA-approved medical-grade laser device that shoots out a concentrated beam of light onto a targeted area. The light is able to penetrate through the skin layer, where it is converted into heat. This heat breaks down abnormal pigmentation such as age spots, spider veins, moles, freckles, as well as tattoo ink. The body will naturally remove the pieces of broken-down pigment in time.

The precision of the laser prevents surrounding skin tissue from getting injured. However, some experience a transient pain akin to snapping a rubber band against your skin during the procedure.

It is recommended that clients who have recently had skin rejuvenation avoid the sun. If this is not possible, they are encouraged to wear strong sunscreen. Monitor the treated area for any type of adverse reaction. Please wait until our estheticians advise you it is safe to have a follow-up procedure.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal works by using a high-intensity beam of light to break up the pigment of the ink within the skin tissue. The light from the laser converts to heat as it hits the skin layer, fading the ink. This broken-down pigment is then absorbed into the body, and fades naturally over time.

At the beginning of a treatment, clients are given protective eye shields to prevent any vision damage. A topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment site, to numb any sensation. A laser beam is placed over the unwanted tattoo. The laser emits “pulses” of energy that penetrate and break down the tattoo pigment. The amount of “pulses” necessary depends on the size and location of the tattoo; smaller tattoos require less “pulses” than large ones. Immediately after the session is over, an ice pack is applied to the treated area to soothe any discomfort. A patch or bandage is used to protect the site.

Clients are asked to follow a post-treatment regimen of topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, and to avoid sun exposure or use strong sunblock while outside. An elevated white discoloration with or without blood is sometimes seen immediately following treatment, but disappears within 24 hours. A crust can also form over the treated area, and will slough off within 14 days. Clients are encouraged not to remove the crust.

While laser tattoo removal is not considered painful, many clients describe the temporary sensation as analogous to snapping a rubber band against the skin.

Laser tattoo removal is a gradual process. All tattoos will require several treatment sessions to be removed. Clients will see the tattoos lighten as the course of treatment progresses. Most tattoos can be removed within two to four visits, though some may require more sessions. Treatments are spaced 7-8 weeks apart to allow the body to continue the fading and removal process. Degree and speed of fading relies on factors such as skin tone, size, color, and age of tattoo, depth of pigment and location on the body. Tattoos located on the extremities, such as ankles, usually take the longest to fade.

Yes, laser therapy can generally be administered on previously treated tattoos. Such tattoos usually respond well to laser therapy as long as the previous method of treatment did not cause excessive scarring.

Blue and black ink are the easiest to remove. Yellow, green, and fluorescent tones may be treated, but require more sessions. Flesh tones, pink, light red, white, peach, light brown, and some green and blue pigments initially darken to black, but can be treated and removed after 8 weeks. Cosmetic “permanent makeup” tattoos also initially darken, and then later fade.

Laser treatment has become the gold standard in tattoo removal, because it produces dramatic results with very little risk of scarring or other side effects. Laser therapy is much safer than excision, dermabrasion, or salabrasion (rubbing a salt solution over the tattoo to abrade the site) because the laser’s precision leaves surrounding skin tissue undamaged.

While unusual, there is a risk of infection at the treated site, and a risk of permanent scarring. Scarring can frequently be attributed to poor care and hygiene of the treated site caused by client oversight. Hypopigmentation, when the treated skin becomes paler than surrounding skin, may occur, as well as hyperpigmentation, the darkening of treated skin. Generally these occurrences are only temporary. Transient changes in skin pigmentation may occur, but skin will return to “normal” within 6-12 months. In very rare instances, skin changes will be permanent. There is also a chance that laser tattoo removal may not result in any pigmentation fading or removal.