Laser Hair Removal is a permanent technique for getting rid of unwanted, excess hair by using a beam of light energy. For this beam to be effective, because it focuses on the area of darkest pigment, your hair needs to be darker than the skin surrounding it. When the light energy connects with the hair, it transfers heat energy to the hair and damages the part of the follicle that produces the hair. Once it is damaged, it is unable to grow new hairs, thus making the removal of hair in that area permanent.
Contrary to what you may think, as a result of new technology in state of the art lasers, Laser Hair Removal has become much less uncomfortable than waxing and, when it’s done properly, has no side effects. In fact with many lasers the process is virtually pain free! You won’t get ingrowns from this procedure and any existing ingrowns, which consistently come back from other forms of hair removal, will stop permanently. Any part of your face or body, be it the area between your belly button and pubic bone, bikini line, areola, legs, underarms or anywhere else from which you pull the hair out by waxing, plucking, threading, has the potential for developing ingrown hairs. And even gentle shaving can cause ingrowns in susceptible people. It’s partly due to the kind and shape of hair follicles you have. Dr. Schultz says, “Some people don’t have ingrowns even when they pull everything out and that’s a genetic gift from their parents.” But if you’re like the rest of us and have gotten an ingrown hair before, Laser Hair Removal is a no brainer because it has no risk of ingrowns and it has become virtually painless.
Experience goes a long way in understanding how to use lasers effectively and safely. And Dr. Schultz explains, “The laser operators in my office have been through more than five generations of different hair lasers. So we really understand client selection, energy parameters, and technique to give the best results painlessly and with no downtime.” Dr. Schultz has worked with lasers for decades, so his and his staff’s vast knowledge can assure you that you’ll receive the most effective, safe and customized laser treatment for your hair removal needs.
Before coming in for your appointment, you should shave the treatment area and it’s best not to have a tan in the areas you’d like treated. That’s because the tanned skin will fight with the dark hair for the energy of the laser. For those with darker skin, make sure you’re working with the correct operator and laser to get the best treatment for your skin color. Once you decide on which areas you’d like to have treated, we will begin the laser hair removal process. A numbing agent may be applied to the treatment area and you will only feel slight discomfort at most but no significant pain. In fact with the lasers our staff uses today, no patient in Dr. Schultz’s practice has discontinued treatment because of discomfort. Appointments vary in length, depending on the size of the treated area, and can last between five minutes to upwards of an hour. You may have slight swelling or a slight sunburn feel when the treatment is over, but you can resume most of your normal activities after your appointment. Again, you’ll want to avoid unprotected and excessive sun exposure so that the pigment of your skin remains lighter than the pigment of your hair.
For most areas you’ll need to repeat this treatment six to eight times over the course of a year to see the best results. This is because your hairs don’t all grow synchronously or at the same time. Only certain follicles have actively growing hairs at any given time while the others are “sleeping”. Only the active follicle are destroyed by the laser while the sleeping ones are unaffected. So for complete results in any given area, multiple treatments are needed to insure that all the follicles have been treated in their growing phase to give you soft, smooth hair free skin.
I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!
- Laura B.
Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!
- Laura M.
Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.
- Kelly D.
My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.
- Ellen R.
In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.
- Deanna P.
Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.
- Sherry G.
I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.
- Katrina A.
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