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Upper East Side Expert Answers Laser Hair Removal Questions


Berenice Rothenberg has offered hair removal treatments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for over 40 years. She recently spoke to Elle about the basics of laser hair removal.

Biggest mistake people make when getting laser hair removal

“There are two big mistakes people make,” Rothenberg explained to Elle. “Not seeing someone who is licensed or certified with experience and not coming back enough times to complete the full treatment.”

How many treatments are usually necessary?

“It varies from person to person,” Rothenberg told Elle. “Typically, it requires more than two or three treatments. The process is only effective during your hairs’ growing cycle, [which is influenced by one’s] hormones and genetics.”

Does hair fall off instantly?

“Some hair falls off instantly right after the treatment and some hair takes up to 10 days to fall off,” Rothenberg commented to Elle. “The reason is because most hair follicles have more than one hair and when a beam of light (the laser) passes through the skin disabling the hair follicle, the hair that leaves the epidermis falls off instantly and the hair that is under the epidermis will take from 5 to 10 days to leave the epidermis.”

Safety of laser hair removal on skin

“I always give a consultation before I treat a client so I can analyze the person’s hair, skin type and sensitivity while doing a patch test,” Rothenberg told Elle.

Body areas that respond best to laser hair removal

“As long as the hair is dark, all areas respond well to laser,” Rothenberg said.

How long should you go without shaving or waxing before getting laser?

“To minimize the sensitivity of the skin, I recommend shaving two days before laser treatment,” Rotheberg told Elle. “If you’re someone who waxes, go 7 days before your treatment.”

Is it true that you shouldn’t be on antibiotics if you’re getting laser?

“It depends on what kind of antibiotics and how long you’ve been taking them,” Rothenberg explained to Elle. “A person may become more sensitive to light while taking antibiotics, which is why it’s recommended to talk to your physician before any laser treatment.”

How far in advance of a beach vacation should you get your first laser treatment?

“Two months before a beach vacation,” Rothenberg recommended to Elle.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about laser hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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