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Laser Hair Removal in NYC


Laser hair removal involves the use of a device which sends thermal energy (heat) through the skin to target the hair follicles and prevent regrowth.

What Areas of the Body Can Laser Hair Removal Be Used On?

Laser hair removal can generally be used on any part of the body with hair growth, including the face, legs, underarms, forearms, back, and bikini line.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is precise and can be used to treat large areas in a short period of time. The results are typically permanent after 3-6 sessions.

Preparing for a Laser Hair Removal Appointment

On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, you should arrive at the office with clean skin without makeup or lotion. The area to be treated should be shaved the day prior.

A Laser Hair Removal Treatment: What to Expect

At your appointment, a consultation is performed to ensure that you are a good candidate for treatment. The area to be treated is cleansed and hair is trimmed or shaved if it has not already been done. Goggles are placed to protect the eyes, and a cooling gel is applied to the skin. The treatment is performed by moving the handpiece with pulses of light along the treatment area. The skin is then cleansed. The next treatment is scheduled 4-6 weeks later, and treatments are continued until hair growth ceases.

Recovering from Laser Hair Removal

Following laser hair removal, patients should expect the treated areas to feel sunburnt and be slightly red. Ice packs can be used to relieve any discomfort. Makeup may be worn as long as no blisters are present. Sunscreen should be used daily.

Side Effects Associated with Laser Hair Removal

Potential side effects following laser hair removal include blistering, swelling, scarring, and temporary redness.


Laser Hair Removal FAQs

How does laser hair removal work?

Lasers use pulsed light to target, break down, and destroy the dark pigment in hair, which is why it works best on dark hairs.

Will laser hair removal work on someone with fair skin and blonde hair?

For light or white hairs, you may require multiple treatments. For small areas, electrolysis might be a better option.

Which machines work the best for laser hair removal?

Diode, Nd-Yag, and IPL machines are currently the favored devices for laser hair removal.

How effective are laser hair removal treatments?

Laser hair removal treatments will provide results after the initial treatment, but 4-6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart will be required for an 80% reduction in growth. You may need additional treatments yearly for several years after this for complete hair removal.

How long does it take for all the hair to fall out after laser hair removal?

Hairs usually fall out within 10 to 14 days. Use a mild scrub on day 10 to help exfoliate skin and remove any residual hair.

Which works the best on darker skin tones, the IPL or laser hair removal?

For darker skin types, laser hair removal with either Nd-Yag or diode lasers will be safer than IPL.

Which process works the best to remove hair, electrolysis or laser hair removal?

Electrolysis target individual hair follicles, so it can take years to remove hair from larger areas such as the arms or legs. Laser hair removal can target several follicles at the same time, so it is a better option for these areas.

How long before I have a laser hair removal treatment should I stop shaving?

Shave the area to be treated the day prior to your session. The morning of your treatment avoid using lotion, deodorant, or other products on the site to be treated.

Does it hurt to have laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal typically produces a sensation of having a rubber band snapped against your skin. You can reduce the discomfort by taking 1-2 tablets of ibuprofen prior to your appointment.

Are there any side effects associated with laser hair removal? What about risks?

If you have darker skin, avoid IPL as this can cause burns or pigmentation changes. The main risk is that your hair may not stop growing back.