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                          Shaving Bumps

Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) or shaving bumps or razor bumps is a foreign body inflammatory reaction involving papules and pustules. It primarily affects curly haired males who shave. 

Shaving Bumps NYC Treatment Center in New York, NY is opened 7 days a week for treatment.

Pseudofolliculitis barbae can also affect some white men and hirsute black women. 

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, also known as razor bumps, are one of those annoying side effects of shaving. For women, it commonly occurs in the bikini area where the hair is coarser. Men, especially African-American men, tend to have problems under the neck and in the beard area because of the coarseness of the facial hair.

What causes these unsightly bums that look either red and irritated or even look like a bad case of acne? When this coarse curly hair is cut, it curls back on itself and can re-insert itself into the skin causing the ingrown irritation. There are several things you can do at home to try and remedy the problem before seeking professional help from a dermatologist.

The first step in prevention is to make sure you use a clean sharp razor. Also, give the hair time to soak before shaving. Save it until the last step of your shower. Shave with the direction of the hair too.

If you have tried everything and still have chronic razor bumps, you should make an appointment with a dermatologist for a solution. Medical grade products may help reduce the occurrence or you could try laser hair removal.

The key to laser hair treatments is that it reduces the amount of hair as well as the coarseness. While it grows back, it comes back softer and lighter. The less coarse it is the less chance it will curl in on itself and back into the skin. One downside to laser removal is that it can cause burns or discoloration in dark-skinned people. So, it is important to find an experienced dermatologist who has the right equipment to treat all skin types and all trouble areas.

Treating razor bumps with lasers is tolerated differently by everyone. Some people need a topical numbing cream prior to treatment while others react to it as an annoyance. It does sting and there is sometimes an unpleasant odor as the hair follicle is zapped. The coarseness and color of the hair determines how much it will hurt.

The number of treatments varies depending on the coarseness of the hair and the severity of the razor bumps. If a gentleman wants to keep his beard but eliminate the unsightly bumps, you wouldn't have a full series of treatments. On average, three treatments should suffice. For women wanting to reduce the hair in the bikini line, a series of six should be plenty. Treatments are scheduled by the growth cycle of the hair, about every thirty days or so.

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Any questions you could contact us at nycdermatologist@aol.com or contact the doctor at our  Manhattan office in New York City at NYC Dermatology by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Gary Rothfeld.

I personally see every new patient who visits our office. I am not just a physician, I am a Board Certified Dermatologist. My goal is, quite simply, to provide the type of dermatology care which I  would seek for my own family. This is a very important point, since physicians often use the phrase "Doctor's Doctor" to refer to those individuals who typically are selected by physicians themselves for personal care. I am confident that my practice fully meets that definition. This is the type of 5-star care and service that our patients expect, deserve and receive. I treat every patient the way I would want to be treated: with courtesy, dignity and respect. I carefully listen to their hair and skin-care concerns and offer a variety of options including a treatment plan that I believe will give them the best results 

Dr Gary sees every patient himself and  believes in personalized care. The Doctor does not employ any physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or other physician substitutes to do his treatment. He sees every patient himself at every visit.

A significant percentage of my Hair Loss, Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology Conditions are diagnosed  on listening to the medical history of the patient alone, a further percentage on examination and the remainder on further detailed or careful examination and my patients teach me the rest. It is clear to me that history and examination skills remain at the very core of my dermatology practice. Older Dermatologists like myself rely on history and physical to a greater degree than the younger dermatologists.  I think that the pendulum has swung too far towards all these cosmetic procedures where the younger dermatologists are just doing cosmetic procedures and not listening to their patients.  This is an important point because if the Dermatologist does not spend enough time with the patient during the consult the cosmetic procedures will probably not work.

It is vital to undergo a full pre assessment to ensure that your skin type is fully assessed and to be  accurate about your medical history. This particular procedure might not be the right treatment for you.  It is crucial that the Doctor does a full History and Physical Examination and listens to your concerns.  It very important to understand the individual needs of each patient because one procedure could work on one patient and then not another.

Each patient’s condition is carefully evaluated and the best treatment(s) are chosen to ensure an optimal outcome. Treatments are performed by Dr. Gary who has extensive cosmetic dermatology experience and training. This allows the Doctor to offer top-quality services in every area of the cosmetic dermatology field, while ensuring patients safety and satisfaction.

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