4 Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

Are you sick of tweezing away unwanted facial or body hair? Are you ready to toss your razor or cancel your next waxing appointment? Fortunately, advances in laser technology make hair removal easier and more permanent than ever, meaning your dream of saying goodbye to razors, tweezers, and hot wax could become a reality. 

At Manhattan Dermatology, our team of medical experts has been helping men and women in the Midtown East section of Manhattan, New York City, enjoy the smooth, silky skin that traditional hair removal methods simply can’t match with laser hair removal.

If you’re ready to learn more about laser hair removal, we know you probably have questions. We’ve curated this guide to answer four frequently asked questions about the treatment. Read on to learn more.

1. Does laser hair removal hurt?

Today’s laser hair removal systems are designed to keep you comfortable. Most of our patients describe the process as relatively painless, but this depends on your individual sensitivity. If you’re especially sensitive, we can apply a topical anesthetic before treatment to make you more comfortable. 

The sensations you might feel largely depend on the area being treated. Most of our patients describe a tickling or tingling sensation, although some report the treatment feels like a rubber band snapping or light pinching. After treatment, your skin might be a little red, but this quickly goes away on its own.    

2. What areas can laser hair removal treat?

At Manhattan Dermatology, we work with you to customize a treatment plan for the areas you want to see become hair-free. The good news is that laser hair removal can be used safely on almost all body parts. 

Even if you have sensitive skin, our laser hair treatment targets your hair follicles without damaging surrounding areas. This means we can help you say goodbye to hair in the following areas:

By choosing laser hair removal, both men and women can spend less time getting rid of unwanted hair.

3. Will hair removed by laser treatment grow back?

Sometimes. Laser hair removal targets and deactivates your hair follicles, stopping new hair growth. So most of our patients don’t experience new hair growth after laser hair removal. Changes in hormones, though, can lead to increased hair production. Usually, you only need a quick touchup for more permanent results. 

Even in cases of regrowth, the new hair is typically fairer and thinner than before treatment. Our team of medical experts evaluates your health history to help you determine if laser hair removal will provide permanent results based on your individual needs.

4. How long are treatments and how many do I need?

The answer to this question depends on the area you want treated, how much hair you have, and other relevant factors, like the contrast of color between your skin and hair. Since hair grows in cycles, it’s impossible to laser away all hair at once. We typically recommend a few initial treatments to remove all of the hair from the desired area and give you the smooth skin you’ve been looking for. 

The time each treatment takes depends on the size of the area being treated. A small area like your upper lip may only take a few minutes to treat. Larger areas like your back or legs could take up to an hour.

How can I learn more about laser hair removal?

The best way to learn more about the benefits of laser hair removal is by talking to one of our experts at Manhattan Dermatology. We take the time to answer your questions, address any concerns you may have, and offer the most advanced dermatological and aesthetic services available.  

If you’re ready to say goodbye to unsightly body and facial hair, contact us at the Manhattan Dermatology office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

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