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Laser Hair Removal

Manhattan Dermatology

General, Surgical, & Cosmetic Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Isn’t it fun to spend extra time shaving, waxing, and plucking unwanted hairs every time you want smooth skin? You don’t think so, either? The team of general and cosmetic dermatologists at Manhattan Dermatology, with offices in New York City’s Murray Hill and Midtown East, offer a better solution: laser hair removal. With laser hair removal, you get permanent hair reduction so you don’t have to waste time shaving to get smooth legs, underarms, chest, or nearly any other area. Call to schedule or use the online booking tool, and in a short time, you’ll be hair-free without the hassle.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is a treatment in which laser energy targets hair follicles, and the pigment in the hair absorbs the thermal energy from the laser. When this happens, the thermal energy damages or destroys the hair follicle so it can no longer produce hair, or it prolongs the hair growth cycle. As a result, each single hair follicle that’s treated with laser energy produces less hair over time, and you enjoy the benefits of permanent hair reduction.

Since the pigment in your hair absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin is left unharmed. Because your hair grows in stages, you’ll need more than one laser treatment, but once you’ve treated all the hair follicles in an area, the hair is gone for good.

What areas of my body can I treat with laser hair removal?

Today’s laser technology is so advanced that nearly every skin color, hair color, and area of your body responds well to laser hair removal treatments, including:

  • Legs
  • Face
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area
  • Back
  • Chest


Both men and women can benefit from laser hair removal, for smoother skin and less daily time and effort to get rid of unwanted hair.

What can I expect at my laser hair removal appointment?

During your laser hair removal session, protective eyewear keeps your eyes safe from the laser light. You may request a topical numbing cream if you’re concerned about comfort, but in most cases, the treatment is easily tolerated. A highly trained member of the Manhattan Dermatology medical team uses a handheld device to gently press against your skin in the area being treated.

Sometimes it feels like a warm sensation, or the snapping of a rubber band against your skin as the laser sends energy through to the hair follicles. Some lasers have a built-in cooling system to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the whole session may take only a few minutes.

For example, your upper lip and underarms take just a few minutes each. Your legs and back, however, may take up to an hour to cover the larger area. Afterward, your skin may be mildly red for a few hours, but that quickly resolves.

If you’re ready to throw away your razor and enjoy smooth, hair-free skin every day of the year, contact Manhattan Dermatology for expert laser hair removal treatments. You can call the office or request an appointment online.

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