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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective alternative to painful and time-consuming hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, or plucking

At New York Skin & Vein Center, we proudly offer the Excel HR by Cutera for laser hair removal to help you get rid of unwanted hair effectively. With this procedure, you can say “goodbye” to long hours of shaving, waxing, or plucking, but how can you prepare for laser hair removal?

Laser Hair Removal Oneonta

What is Laser Hair Removal? 

Laser hair removal is an effective procedure that gets rid of unwanted hair. The treatment uses a laser to target the pigment in the roots of growing hair. Each hair grows from a follicle, and by heating up the hair root, the laser deactivates the hair follicle and stops it from producing hair. Because this treatment only works on follicles in their active phase, repeated treatments are necessary to treat new hairs as they emerge until all have been treated. 

How Can I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a great way to get rid of unwanted body hair, but there are some tips you need to have in mind before a laser hair removal procedure

Here are some tips to help you prepare for laser hair removal:

  • Avoid overexposure to direct sunlight
  • Stay away from tanning
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications
  • Don’t pluck or wax at least 4 weeks before the procedure. Removing the hair root will prevent the follicle from being treated. 
  • Shave the treatment area 24 hours before laser hair removal. Shaving does not remove the root, but removes all external hair. 
  • Don’t bleach your hair before the procedure. Bleach will make the hair inside the follicle invisible to the laser since it has no pigment. 
  • Avoid harsh skincare products. Before treatment, treat skin gently so you will not have excess sensitivity during treatment. 
  • Relax during the procedure because our staff at New York Skin & Vein Clinic are experts 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

We use Excel® HR for our laser hair removal treatments at New York Skin & Vein Clinic. Excel® HR is the most advanced, non-invasive hair removal system on the market. 

Excel’s laser technology effectively targets hair follicles and causes them to overheat without ever harming surrounding tissue or causing discomfort. 

Laser hair removal with Excel®HR is the best option for those looking to permanently remove their unwanted hair. It uses two different types of lasers which makes it effective on both light and dark skins. 

Excel®HR will effectively help you get rid of unwanted hair without damaging your skin. Hair removal treatments with Excel®HR are not only more effective than other laser techniques but also less time-consuming. You can expect to see a major improvement within a few sessions.

What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Here are some of the benefits of laser hair removal at New York Skin & Vein:

  • It is a safe and effective hair removal technique. Our team at New York Skin & Vein are well-trained and will ensure you get the best results possible
  • It saves you time because you won’t have to spend several minutes shaving daily
  • Laser hair removal helps you get rid of unwanted hair
  • It has no downtime
  • It is a very fast procedure and you can return to your regular activities immediately after your session
  • It offers long-lasting results 

What Can I Treat with Laser Hair Removal?

With laser hair removal, you can remove unwanted hair on:

  • Face
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

You’re a good candidate for laser hair removal if you have realistic expectations about getting rid of unwanted hair. Our Excel®HR can work effectively on any skin type or tone without any risk. It can even be used to remove hair on sensitive areas.

During your consultation with Dr. Dohner, he can conduct a test on a small area so that you can have a first-hand experience of what the laser treatment will feel like before deciding if it is a procedure that you would like to continue.

Is There Any Downtime?

Our laser hair removal at New York Skin & Vein Clinic is painless, quick, and effective. There is no downtime with laser hair removal thanks to the patented Sapphire tip cooling system which keeps your skin safe from any damage.

You can resume your regular activities after your procedure. However, it is advisable to avoid sun tanning after your treatment for at least 7 days. If you will have a series of hair removal sessions, make sure you consider the timing of your next session before you engage in any activities like bleaching or waxing your hair in the treatment area. 


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your laser hair removal consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you!

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