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One of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States, laser hair removal is an effective way to rid the body of unwanted hair. There are many benefits to laser hair removal, including precision and speed. Small areas of the body can be treated in a matter of seconds while larger areas of the body, such as the legs, may take as long as an hour.

Prior to going in for a laser hair removal session, patients are advised to avoid certain types of hair removal such as electrolysis, waxing, and plucking for six weeks, as the roots of the hair must be intact for the procedure, and to avoid sun exposure both before and afterward. On the day of the procedure, the hair will be trimmed down to a few millimeters and other cautionary measures will be taken as necessary, including eye protection. The physician will test the targeted area to check for bad reactions and continue on if appropriate.

For a few days after the procedure, the patient may experience the symptoms of sunburn on the treated area. Patients are advised to wear sunscreen for a month following the laser hair removal. They may schedule the next appointment four to six weeks later.

About the author: Leon Turovsky, MD, currently treats patients at Sheepshead Bay Laser Center, where he provides laser hair removal among other procedures. He has been practicing medicine in Brooklyn, New York, since the mid-80s.

Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was formed to combat anti-Semitism and defamation of Jewish people, and to end discrimination, racism, and bigotry against all groups of people.

An international organization, the ADL encourages world leaders to take action against discrimination and violence, striving to end bigotry around the world in a number of ways, including exposing hate groups and monitoring hate speech on the Internet, studying the roots of bigotry, fostering communication between groups, mobilizing communities to stand up against hate, and lobbying in Washington D.C. to promote laws that deter hate crimes.

The organization works to educate the public about hate and bigotry, providing anti-bias and anti-bullying curriculum for students in pre-school through college, as well as educational opportunities for corporations, law enforcement agencies, and religious and community organizations. The Anti-Defamation League is a nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

About the Author: Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as Medical Director at Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay Laser Center. He is active in community service, and publishes public service articles for Russian-speaking people. Dr. Turovsky supports numerous charities and civic organizations, including the American-Israeli Political Action Committee, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Lupus Foundation of America, and the Anti-Defamation League.

These days, many people seek to rejuvenate their appearance with minimal recovery time. Fortunately, with the recent technological advances in laser technology, patients can now improve their looks on their lunch break. Laser procedures such as skin photo-rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, and non-ablative skin resurfacing produce effective and relatively painless results. These treatments smoothen and tighten the skin, erasing lines and wrinkles. Laser technology also introduces the possibility to greatly reduce the prominence of age spots and brown spots.

Lasers can eliminate unsightly varicose veins and spider veins and can serve as a means for permanent hair removal. Some excellent candidates for laser treatment include women who find it onerous to shave their legs every day. Increasingly, men opt to avail themselves of this treatment as well.

About the author:
Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as Medical Director of the Sheepshead Bay Laser Center in Brooklyn, New York. He performs aesthetic and laser cosmetic procedures.