What is Laser Hair Removal? 

Women who shave or wax their legs or other areas spend between $8-30,000 over the course of their lifetime addressing body hair, not to mention countless hours. Laser hair removal takes away the necessity of repeatedly shaving, waxing, or using other hair removal methods, giving you the permanent, hairless skin you desire. 

If you’re looking for laser hair removal in NYC as a solution to the unwanted body or facial hair, Alinea Medical Spa is here to provide the treatment and care you need. Our highly-trained, licensed aestheticians help target and remove unwanted hair using state-of-the-art laser light energy, provided by the new GentleMax Pro from Candela.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is so popular because it provides the benefit of silky smooth, hairless skin. Benefits include:

  • Saves time previously spent shaving or waxing
  • Eliminates razor burn, ingrown hairs or irritation
  • Provides precision hair removal
  • Not significantly painful
  • Makes getting ready convenient
  • Boosts confidence

Am I a Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

Men or women who would like to eliminate unwanted hair are very likely candidates for laser hair removal in New York. Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Are not currently experiencing skin rashes or infection
  • Have hair that is dark enough to be detected by the laser
  • Are not pregnant
  • Have not recently gotten tanned outdoors or in a tanning bed

What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?

You can get laser hair removal almost anywhere on your body. Patients may need this treatment on their toes, stomach, buttocks or other places. Some of the most popular areas are as follows:

  • the underarms
  • legs
  • chest
  • back 
  • upper lip
  • bikini area
  • Brazilian (can include the labia)
  • chin 
  • sideburns

What is the GentleMax Pro?

The GentleMax Pro is a gold standard laser hair removal device. It provides a revolutionary cooling system combined with laser energy that safely targets and destroys hair follicles, giving patients satisfaction and comfort. Your aesthetician will use a wand to target the hair follicles with intense laser light energy. This causes destruction of the hair follicles, with permanent results over the course of a few treatments. 

The GentleMax Pro combination of gentle yet effective technology makes it a top choice for people looking to remove hair. 

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Is GentleMax Pro Laser Hair Removal Safe For My Skin?

For people of color, many laser hair removal treatments could not be used, as devices weren't sophisticated enough to distinguish well between the pigment in darker skin and dark hair follicles. This issue caused light spots on the skin or other issues. 

Candela's GentleMax Pro Laser is a more sophisticated tool, sensitive to different skin colors. It is designed to be safe for darker skin types, as it provides a selection of wavelengths to be used that allow the laser to distinguish and target the hair follicles properly.

The GentleMax Pro is one of the most gentle and safe laser hair removal treatments in NYC, providing safe, effective service for many skin types and colors. Because it is a gentle, powerful method of laser hair removal, it is a top choice for patients of all skin types. 

What Can I Expect During My Hair Removal Treatment at Alinea Medical Spa?

GentleMax Pro treatments take place at our Medical Spa. Your aesthetician will discuss your goals, areas of unwanted hair, and unique needs. From there they will recommend a custom treatment plan. 

Ahead of the procedure, a numbing cream will be rubbed into the targeted area to help reduce any discomfort. Your aesthetician will use a small handpiece to deliver an intense but gentle burst of energy onto the targeted areas of the skin to remove unwanted hair.

You may feel a stinging or slapping sensation, but most patients report minimal pain or discomfort during and after treatment. This is minimized by the cooling device built into the GentleMax Pro, and is a particular benefit of this tool for laser hair removal.

After your GentleMax Pro laser treatment is complete, a cool compress or gel pack may be applied for additional comfort. Any redness or swelling should resolve in a few hours.

After your laser treatment, prevent sun exposure for the first week. In the first few days after your treatment, use only gentle skin cleansers and avoid scrubbing the treated skin.

How Should I Prepare For Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

For about six weeks prior to treatment, avoid plucking, electrolysis, or waxing. On the day of your treatment, ensure your skin is clean-shaven and cleansed of products of any kind. The skin and hair follicles should be fully clean so that they can be completely exposed to the GentleMax laser light energy. 

How Many Treatments Will I Need to Get Rid of My Unwanted Hair Permanently?

Because the hairs on your body are not all at the same stage of growth during treatment, multiple treatments are required to achieve full removal. In order to destroy all the hairs in the area at the growth stage, most patients will need 3-5 treatments. Depending on the amount of hair in the targeted area, some patients require more. 

A treatment can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment area. Often, both legs can be treated in about 20 minutes, as can an average-sized back. Most treatments are relatively quick and don’t require downtime or substantial recovery.

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