Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan
Michelle Henry, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Midtown East, Manhattan, NY
Years of shaving, waxing, and tweezing can wear you down, especially if you have unwanted hair on your face and body. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments that board-certified dermatologist Michelle Henry, MD, offers at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Safe and effective for all skin colors and types, laser hair removal can help you achieve the smooth skin you’ve always wanted. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry, call Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan or book online today.
Laser Hair Removal Q & A
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure in which Dr. Henry beams highly concentrated laser energy directly into your hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs light, which destroys them and prevents them from producing new hair growth.
Dr. Henry uses an Nd:YAG laser, which has different wavelengths to penetrate deep within the skin without harming the surface layer of your skin. This directly targets your unwanted hair without damaging your skin.
Which areas can laser hair removal treat?
As an experienced dermatologist, Dr. Henry can use laser hair removal to treat nearly any area of your face and body, including:
- Bikini line
Depending on the area you want to treat, Dr. Henry can customize the laser’s settings for your unique skin type.
Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
Past laser technologies have been ineffective at treating darker skin tones. As a highly trained dermatologist and woman of color herself, Dr. Henry specializes in treating all skin types, particularly darker skin colors.
Whether you want to treat one specific area or several different areas, Dr. Henry can customize your laser hair removal treatment to suit your unique needs.
How long does laser hair removal take?
Laser hair removal treatments can take a few minutes up to more than an hour, depending on the area you want treated. While you may notice a reduction in hair growth after 1-2 treatments, it typically takes around six sessions to see visible results.
After approximately six sessions spaces about four weeks apart, most people experience a 70-80% reduction in hair growth.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Most people describe laser hair removal as feeling like a rubber band lightly snapping against the skin. While the treatment can feel uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be unbearably painful. Dr. Henry also applies numbing products to ease your discomfort during treatment.
How can I prepare for laser hair removal?
The best way to prepare for laser hair removal is by avoiding sun exposure at least six weeks before and after your treatment. If you use tanning products, wait for the results to fade before you come in for your first laser hair removal session.
While shaving is safe and often recommended before laser hair removal, avoid tweezing, waxing, and threading beforehand, as these treatments can disturb your natural hair follicles.
Certain skin products, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, can cause skin irritation after laser hair removal, so talk to Dr. Henry about any skin care products you’re using before your first treatment to avoid complications.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry, call Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan or book a visit online today.