Are you tired of trying every hair removal cream on the market, or have you been burned, scarred or experienced pigmentation from laser treatment? You need to know about a new hair removal laser that will get rid of hair — and it’s great for all skin types and tones!
Hair removal can be tricky, especially for women with darker skin who in the past have run the risk of getting dark pigmentation from laser hair removal treatments. HollywoodLife.com spoke to dermatologist Dr. Bruce Katz, the founder of Juva Skin Center in NYC, and he told us all about a remarkable new laser called Vectus that will get rid of unwanted hair anywhere. It’s used by Hollywood celebrities to treat any area, including the upper lip, chin, neck, underarms and bikini area — and it’s just like the process Kim Kardashian used to permanently get rid of her baby hairs a few years ago!
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Laser hair removal is the #1 procedure done in the USA, but it can create problems for women with darker skin. If it’s not done properly, you can get burned, which means you can experience discoloration and even blistering. Pigmentation and burning occurs because it is too hard for most lasers to differentiate between the darkness in hair and the darkness of the skin — until now! Here’s some good news: Dr. Katz tells us that the laser Vectus works for everyone! “The laser has a skintel melanin reader that reads the level of melanin, or pigment, in one’s skin. Based on the reading, it tells the laser what the safe setting is. It’s more tailored to the individual,” Dr. Katz explains. That means it’s safer than other lasers.
“When your skin changes — in summer, any skin type is darker, or if you have a tan in the middle of winter on vacation — that’s when people tend to get burned. With skintel melanin, you can adjust the settings right away. The technology is very precise,” he adds. Dr. Katz recommends seeing a derm for Vectus treatment, as you aren’t likely to receive the same top-of-the-line technology and treatment at a “medi-spa” or laser hair removal center.
You can start the process as early as in your late teenage years, and almost everybody sees results. “The only people who do not get results are people with blonde, white or gray facial or body hair because they don’t have pigment in the hair,” Dr. Katz advises. You can say goodbye to discoloration and shadowing, since there are no side effects. Of course, you want to know if it’s painful: “We put numbing cream on the areas — bikini, upper lip, etc. — so it is perfectly tolerable,” Dr. Katz assures. Depending on the size of the area, a procedure costs $100-$700 per area, per session. A session lasts for a few minutes for smaller areas, and half an hour for larger areas. After 4 or 5 sessions, the hair is gone for good: “It’s permanent!”
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— Gabriella Ginsberg