Laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for men and women with unwanted hair. Waxing, plucking, and tweezing can be tedious, and unwanted hair on the face and body can be frustrating and embarrassing. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective non-invasive option approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. It is always recommended to have laser hair removal treatment with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, to guarantee optimal results and prevent potential unwanted side effects. Dr. Green utilizes the most advanced laser technology to successfully eliminate unwanted hair in patients of all skin types and skin tones.
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that has evolved over the years and provides an effective way to remove and prevent unwanted hair growth in a short series of treatment sessions. The laser selectively targets the pigment in hair follicles to eliminate unwanted hair without damaging the surrounding skin. Dr. Green uses two different laser hair removal devices and selects the appropriate laser technology based on your skin tone. Patients with light skin tones are treated with the GentleLase® Laser, and patients with darker skin tones are treated with the GentleYAG® laser. Whether targeting small areas, such as the upper lip, or large areas, such as the back, when the laser hair removal treatments are finished, you will be left with beautiful, smooth, hair-free skin.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures available, including laser hair removal. She is consistently identified as one of NYC’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and The New York Times for her dedication to her patients and expertise. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to rejuvenation treatments, and customizes the treatment plans of each patient to incorporate a combination of the cosmetic procedures and specially formulated skincare products best suited to their specific needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Green has been performing the best laser hair removal for her NYC dermatology patients, using state-of-the-art laser technology, for over two decades and will provide you with smooth, beautiful, hair-free skin.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that eliminates unwanted hair from the face and body. The laser technology relies on light energy that targets the pigment in the unwanted hair in the treatment area. The light energy is converted into heat, which damages the hair follicle and prevents or delays new hair growth. Laser hair removal treatment is only effective against hair in the active growth phase, which is why several treatment sessions are required. Laser hair removal treatment produces long-lasting results, although some patients may need to engage in maintenance treatment sessions on occasion to keep their skin hair-free. Common treatment areas include the upper lip, bikini line, underarms, chest, back, legs, arms, and chin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends having laser hair removal treatment with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City, to guarantee the best results and prevent unwanted side effects.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal is a permanent solution for eliminating excess or unwanted hair. Dr. Green uses the laser to target the pigment in the hair follicle in the area selected for treatment. The pigmentation, or melanin, within the hair follicles absorbs the laser energy and heat, leaving the surrounding skin untouched. The laser hair treatment destroys the hair follicle during their growth phase. The hair follicles in the dormant stage are unaffected by the laser treatment. This process explains why multiple treatment sessions are needed to achieve permanent hair reduction in a given treatment area. The next laser hair treatment is scheduled when the new hair emerges during growth. Since each area of the body has a different rate of hair growth, the amount of time between treatments will differ with various areas of the body. Most laser hair removal treatments will typically need six to eight sessions, spaced four to eight weeks apart, depending on the area of the body being treated.
It’s worth noting that laser hair removal depends on pigment within the hair follicle itself. Patients with white or grey hair color cannot be treated by laser hair removal since there is little melanin or pigmentation in the hair follicles. Patients with red hair have a similar problem since there is not enough melanin in the hair follicle for the laser to treat. In these cases, patients must rely on different hair removal methods, such as electrolysis, for permeant hair reduction.
Laser hair removal is great for both men and women. It can be performed on virtually any body area except the delicate eyelid region. It is most commonly used to remove hair in the axillae (armpits), legs, arms, abdomen, arms, bikini line, face, and upper lip. Some women also prefer a “Brazilian” bikini treatment to remove all of the unwanted hair in the bikini area. The most commonly treated areas for laser hair removal in men are the back, chest, and shoulders. You will have silky, smooth skin when you finish your laser hair removal.
Laser Hair Removal Treatments
There are various lasers designed for permanent hair removal. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is one of the original hair removal devices. IPL is popular since it can treat multiple skin conditions besides permanent hair reduction, such as rosacea and pigmentation. Following the advent of the IPL, other more highly targeted lasers were developed. The newer, more advanced laser technology has created lasers with unique laser light to treat patients with light skin and darker skin tones. Using the correct laser and treatment settings for each patient’s skin type is critical. Dr. Michele Green in NYC utilizes the Candela GentleLase® and GentleYAG® lasers for light skin and dark skin tones since they have a proven safety and effectiveness track record.
What is the Laser Hair Removal Procedure like?
Generally, laser hair removal is quick and easy to carry out and is painless overall. Before having laser hair removal, you should refrain from waxing, tweezing, or plucking your hair for two weeks before treatment. You may continue shaving before your treatment, including before your next laser hair removal appointment. Avoiding waxing is critical to permanent hair reduction since waxing removes the hair root, which you need to be present for laser hair removal to be effective. In addition, laser hair removal should not be performed on tanned skin. If your skin is tan, the laser will interpret your tanned skin as pigmentation with increased melanin, and you may be more susceptible to a laser burn. Sun exposure should be avoided before laser hair removal and immediately after treatment. Sunscreen of an SPF 30 or higher is recommended on the treated area for at least two weeks after your laser hair removal procedure to avoid unnecessary side effects.
For patients who find laser hair removal uncomfortable or have laser hair removal in more sensitive areas, a topical numbing cream can be applied for 30 minutes before your treatment. The laser treatment for hair removal feels a little like a “rubber band” snapping against your skin. Both hair removal lasers Dr. Green utilizes are equipped with Cryogen, a special coolant, which lowers the skin temperature and causes the procedure to be much more tolerable.
The amount of time for each treatment session of laser hair removal depends on the thickness of the hair and the size of the surface area being treated. Generally, the lasers will treat a circular area of around an inch at a time, so it makes sense that the hair on a person’s upper lip can be treated much faster than larger areas such as your legs or back. In all cases, Dr. Michele Green can help design the best treatment plan for your hair removal needs.
The GentleYag and GentleLase lasers both have the same re-treatment period. Facial re-treatments are generally scheduled 4 to 10 weeks apart. Laser hair removal to treat the face is scheduled every 4 weeks, the bikini area and axillae (armpits) are generally scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks, while arms and legs may be planned every 8 to 10 weeks. It is important for the patient to have the laser hair treatments performed at the right time intervals to coincide with the growth cycles of the hair in the different regions of the body.
Best Laser Treatment Options for Light and Dark Skin Tones
Dr. Michele Green’s New York City office has the latest laser technology to deliver fast, effective treatments for both men and women. Unlike some practices that only use a single laser, we offer two different lasers tailored to the unique needs of lighter and darker skin tones. Patients with light skin color would be treated with the GentleLase laser. Patients with darker skin color will be treated with the GentleYag laser, specifically designed for patients with darker skin color.
Dr. Michele Green offers the following options for laser hair removal treatments to make sure you’re getting the right solution to meet your appearance goals:
- GentleLase® for Light Skin – GentleLase® is a remarkable hair reduction treatment that is quick and painless with no downtime. It removes hair while cooling the skin simultaneously to increase patient comfort. This laser is most often used for lighter skin tones. Patients with dark hair and light skin type are the best candidates for this laser for permanent hair removal.
- GentleYAG® for Dark Skin – Regardless of your skin type, whether you are Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, Indian, American, African American, or have tanned skin, the GentleYag® can painlessly and quickly laser your hair with no downtime. This nd:yag laser is designed for all darker skin tones and safely removes unwanted hair.
Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal
The most common side effects of laser hair removal are hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, burns, and blisters. These unwanted side effects can occur for various reasons. First, the wrong laser or treatment may be used on a patient with a darker skin tone. If the heat generated by the laser is too strong for their particular skin type, a blister or burn can form. Alternatively, the wrong laser settings may be used, and the patient can suffer a burn. Patients who suffer laser burns risk either hyperpigmentation or a permanent loss of pigment called hypopigmentation.
If you suffer from one of these unwanted side effects, you must have special wound care and skin care to prevent scarring. Dr. Green has consulted on many such cases of hyperpigmentation and has successfully treated these patients suffering from unwanted hyperpigmentation. This is why it is important to google or research your treating physician before undertaking any cosmetic procedures to avoid such adverse reactions or side effects. In addition, at-home laser treatments have increased in popularity. While they have the ability to treat small areas, these at-home laser treatments are considered cosmetic and not medical devices by the FDA and are not regulated as closely. Special care should be used in purchasing and using these at-home laser treatments to avoid unwanted side effects.
Laser Hair Removal on the Arms and Under Arms (Axillae)
The under arms is a very popular treatment area for laser hair removal. Many people shave their underarms (axillae) daily, which can be difficult to maintain since stubble can reappear quickly. In addition, repeatedly shaving can cause problems, including ingrown hairs and cysts, not to mention razor burns. In these situations, many people look for more permanent hair reduction solutions for the underarms. The underarms are considered a small area, and a laser hair removal treatment session in this treatment area can be done quickly and effectively.
Before and After photo of laser hair removal (arms / female)
Another area that can have excess or unwanted hair that individuals may wish to treat permanently is the arms. Shaving and waxing the arms is impractical since stubble occurs relatively quickly after the area is shaved. In addition, it is extremely noticeable when patients shave their arms as new hair growth occurs. Many of Dr. Green’s patients have their full arms treated and tell us they are comfortable wearing tank tops for the first time.
Laser Hair Removal for the Legs
For many women, removing the hair on their legs is a chore they have been carrying out for years. Shaving or waxing is time-consuming, but the costs can increase over the years. To avoid the daily hassle and inconvenience, many women want a permanent solution to their leg hair and are turning to laser hair removal to resolve this issue permanently. Ingrown hairs are also a constant nuisance for many patients; laser hair removal will prevent these ingrown hairs from forming. Silky smooth legs can be obtained quickly and easily, and the best news is that after several treatments, the results are permanent hair reduction.
The number of sessions of laser hair removal that you will need depends on your skin type and the coarseness of your hair. In general, six treatments are usually effective for completely removing unwanted hair. In addition, an individual should always plan their laser hair removal during the proper growth phase to ensure effective treatment. The office of Dr. Green will help you plan your laser hair treatments in advance, at the correct treatment intervals, to hair permanent hair reduction.
Laser Hair Removal for the Bikini Line
The laser hair removal procedure for the bikini line and pubic area takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to treat per session. Like other treatment areas, this area of the body typically requires six laser hair removal treatment sessions to become smooth and hair-free permanently. Treatment sessions should be scheduled every 4-6 weeks after each session for permanent hair reduction to ensure that the procedure is aligned with the natural hair growth cycle.
Laser hair removal on the bikini area is one of the most popular areas of the body since many patients suffer from ingrown hairs in this area. Having laser hair in the bikini area will end ingrown hairs. Certain conditions are also made worse through shaving, such as folliculitis, where the hair follicles become infected and inflamed, or pseudo-folliculitis, bumps caused by hair growing back into the skin. Laser hair removal helps treat all these conditions, and its benefits are not just for hair reduction.
Laser Hair Removal on the Neck
Unwanted hair on the neck can be unsightly and difficult to manage with hair removal methods like shaving and waxing. Generally, hair on the neck is a little coarser in texture, and there may be many ingrown hairs in the area. This is another reason many patients need a permanent solution, as ingrown hairs can be associated with skin irritation. Men, in particular, tend to suffer from ingrown hair in this area, and many develop pseudo-folliculitis. The neck is a relatively small area to treat, and the laser hair removal procedure can be completed quickly. As with other treatment areas, multiple treatment sessions will be required to remove unwanted hair completely.
Facial Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal treatment on the face is extremely popular. Many women suffer from unwanted hair on their upper lip, chin, and sideburn areas. Facial hair in women is often due to underlying hormonal imbalances. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green for laser hair removal, she will collect a thorough medical history and may request a laboratory analysis. Many female patients with unwanted hair on the face benefit from taking oral treatments such as birth control pills or Spironolactone in conjunction with laser hair removal treatments to keep unwanted hair under control. Laser hair removal procedures on the face are typically performed every 4 weeks, with approximately 5 to 6 sessions needed for permanent hair reduction.
Laser Hair Removal for Men
Laser hair removal on the body is becoming more popular for both men and women. Body hair removal is often done for aesthetic and personal taste reasons. Many men choose to remove chest and other body hair to achieve a smoother look. The laser hair removal procedure is similar for men and women. However, since some treatment areas are larger on a man, a laser hair removal treatment session can take longer. For example, treating a man’s entire back can take up to one hour. The most commonly treated areas for men are the back, shoulders, and chest. Laser sessions for the back are typically spaced 8 to 10 weeks apart. It is important to avoid waxing and plucking the hair between treatment sessions since the root must be present to make the laser hair removal effective. Skin color and skin type is important to determine before treatment to choose the appropriate type of laser hair removal and settings for each patient. Patients with darker skin tones are much more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and laser burns, and special care needs to be used in these patients.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment for Transgender Patients
Transitioning can be a long and difficult process. For many individuals identifying as transgender, unwanted hair on the face and body can present as a persistent frustration. Shaving, waxing, and plucking are only temporary solutions that are time-consuming and can lead to skin irritation and ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal offers patients more permanent results and smoother, clearer skin. Patients that are transgender can benefit from including laser hair removal treatment as part of the gender confirmation process due to the accessibility and efficacy of treatment, the longevity of results, and the painless process. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment option for patients of every skin type and skin tone, making it possible for every individual to feel comfortable in their own skin by eliminating unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal treatment targets the pigment in the hair follicles, causing permanent damage that prevents or significantly delays new hair growth. After a relatively short series of initial treatment sessions, patients can enjoy permanently hair-free skin to look and feel like the very best version of themselves. In addition, when having laser hair removal treatment with a medical professional, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC, transgender patients may potentially be eligible for coverage for the procedure by their individual insurance companies. It is important to contact your individual insurance to determine benefits. Laser hair removal treatment is safe for patients before, during, and after hormone replacement therapy. The laser hair removal treatment may be somewhat longer for patients actively transitioning, as changing hormone levels can affect hair growth patterns. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to establish a timeline for your treatment that aligns with your needs and goals.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment for Patients with PCOS
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS, is a medical condition associated with fluctuations in various hormone levels. In particular, PCOS causes increased androgen levels. Androgens are male sex hormones, such as testosterone, that play a role in developing and maintaining male characteristics. Androgens are present in males and females; however, elevated levels in females can cause symptoms such as acne, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, hair thinning, and unwanted body hair. The exact underlying cause of PCOS remains largely unknown, though it is thought to have a genetic component as it tends to run in families. Unwanted hair related to PCOS may affect the face, chest, back, stomach, and arms. Some diagnostic tests can be performed, including an Ultrasound of the ovaries and hormonal blood tests, to evaluate patients for PCOS.
Patients with PCOS tend to have thicker and darker unwanted hair in many visible areas of the body, which, for many, can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Laser hair removal treatment offers patients with PCOS a long-lasting solution for eliminating unwanted hair from the face and body. Managing such symptoms of PCOS can help patients feel confident and comfortable in their skin. Although the unwanted hair growth associated with PCOS tends to be thicker and darker, the hair will respond to laser hair removal similarly. Patients with PCOS should remember that more maintenance treatment sessions may be required than an individual without PCOS. This is because PCOS, while a manageable medical condition, is not curable. Future fluctuations in hormone levels may trigger additional hair growth, which can effectively be treated with laser hair removal. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to develop a timeline for your laser hair removal treatment that works best for your needs.
Laser Hair Removal treatment for Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are hairs that have grown back into the skin instead of up and out of the hair follicle. Ingrown hairs appear as inflamed, red bumps and may be accompanied by tenderness, irritation, and itchiness. Many patients that suffer from ingrown hairs tend to develop what is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This kind of hyperpigmentation occurs when inflammation or injury to the skin causes an increase in melanin production as part of the natural wound-healing process. While PIH can resolve on its own over time, it tends to take long periods of time to achieve an even skin tone again. Patients that struggle with ingrown hair typically have recurring breakouts due to their existing hair removal methods or the natural hair growth pattern in the affected area. Other hair removal methods, including shaving, plucking, and tweezing, may cause ingrown hairs.
Dr. Green often recommends laser hair removal treatment to prevent uncomfortable breakouts of ingrown hairs and the development of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Laser hair removal is considered the most effective treatment option for ingrown hairs because it targets the root of the hair follicle itself. By destroying the hair follicle, laser hair removal treatment prevents new hair growth in the treatment area, thereby preventing ingrown hairs. If you struggle with unwanted hair, ingrown hairs, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation due to hair growth patterns, Dr. Michele Green in NYC is here to help. Dr. Green will work with you to customize a treatment protocol to eliminate unwanted body hair, prevent ingrown hairs, and treat hyperpigmentation to restore an even skin tone. The result will be smooth, even-toned, hair-free skin that lasts.
Why choose Laser Hair Removal over other methods?
Shaving, plucking, waxing, and tweezing are hair reduction methods that are time-consuming, only provide temporary results, and can be associated with various types of skin irritation, including ingrown hairs. On the other hand, laser hair removal treatment offers patients a painless alternative that produces more permanent hair reduction results. Laser hair removal treatment is not only safe and effective but is an extremely accessible option for patients that want to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. Laser hair removal treatment can be used for patients of all skin types and skin tones, and depending on the treatment area, a laser hair removal treatment session can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. There are very few potential side effects when laser hair removal treatment is performed under the supervision of an experienced medical professional, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive treatment options available, including laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal on arms before and after
What to expect after Laser Hair Removal treatment
To achieve and maintain the best results after laser hair removal treatment, there are several aftercare instructions that Dr. Green recommends her patients adhere to. When you have your laser hair removal treatment with internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City, she will provide you with all of the pertinent aftercare information required to obtain optimal results. Some of the most important considerations include limiting sun exposure in the treatment area throughout the duration of the treatment, including before and after each session. Laser hair removal is a photosensitizing cosmetic procedure, meaning that after treatment, the skin is extra sensitive to UV light. Sun exposure after laser hair removal treatment can cause significant skin damage, including hyperpigmentation and scarring. In addition, sun exposure before a laser hair removal treatment session can make the treatment area more sensitive to the laser technology utilized during the hair removal procedure. For the best results, patients should avoid sun exposure for two weeks before and after each laser hair removal treatment session. The treatment area should not be exfoliated physically with a scrubber or chemically with skincare products for at least 72 hours following laser hair removal. After three days, gentle exfoliation can help reduce unwanted hair by encouraging hairs in the treatment area to shed. Patients should refrain from applying skincare products, including makeup, body lotion, moisturizer, or deodorant, for at least 24 hours and until any skin irritation following the procedure resolves.
The unwanted hair in the treatment area will begin to shed within two weeks of the laser hair removal procedure and may continue for several weeks. Laser hair removal treatment sessions should be scheduled 4-6 weeks apart, and a given treatment area should not be treated more frequently than this in order to obtain the best results and prevent unwanted side effects. Common side effects of laser hair removal include a mild amount of redness, swelling, bumps, or discomfort in the treatment area. These side effects typically resolve on their own shortly after the laser hair removal procedure, within 3 days of the treatment session. Having treatment with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in NYC, eliminates the risk of encountering more serious side effects, such as hyperpigmentation, blisters, burns, infection, or scarring. Dr. Green was among the first dermatologists in NYC to offer laser hair removal treatment to her patients in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood and will help you achieve and maintain smooth, clear, beautiful, hair-free skin.
Laser hair removal FAQs:
Is laser hair removal permanent?
When patients ask, does laser hair removal last forever, the answer is yes! After approximately 6 laser hair removal treatments, depending on the treatment area, you will be hair-free in that area from then on. Laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle in its growth phase. Not all hair follicles will be in the growth phase simultaneously in the treatment area, so you will need multiple treatments to receive permanent smoothness and hairlessness on your skin. Women who experience hair growth on their face may have a hormonal imbalance that can lead to the hair on the upper lip and sideburns. To stave off regrowth after laser hair removal treatment, Dr. Green may recommend birth control pills or Spironolactone to treat the hormonal imbalance.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Laser hair removal is a safe procedure requiring no recovery time or downtime. During the procedure, most patients report minimal discomfort as the treatment occurs. As the laser is applied to the skin, it feels like a rubber band is lightly snapping the treatment area. If this is a source of discomfort for you, Dr. Green can apply a topical numbing cream or lotion approximately 30 minutes before beginning treatment. The type of laser used in the procedure can also determine the level of discomfort. Dr. Green always used lasers with the best technology for minimizing discomfort during treatment: GentleLase and GentleYAG. Both lasers contain Dynamic Cooling Devices, which keep the skin cool during the laser treatment.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes! Dr. Green has been safely and effectively performing laser hair removal at her Upper East Side office for many years. Dr. Green uses two different types of lasers to ensure the safety of everyone regardless of complexion. Previously, laser hair removal was only recommended for patients with light skin and dark hair. Still, with the advent of the GentleYAG laser, Dr. Green can safely and effectively treat patients with dark skin tones or tanned skin. Both lasers Dr. Green uses, the GentleLase for lighter skin types and GentleYAG for darker skin types, employ Dynamic Cooling Technology that protects and cools the skin while still removing the hair follicle. With Dr. Green’s expert technique, laser hair removal treatment is safe and effective.
Laser hair removal can have dangerous side effects when administered at home or by someone who is not an expert. Using the wrong laser for your skin type can lead to burns or discoloration. In addition, MedSpas and other clinics generally do not have staff who are as trained in laser technology. To avoid possible adverse side effects, it is best to schedule your laser hair removal with an expert cosmetic dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in NYC. Dr. Michele Green has treated patients in the Upper East Side of New York for over 25 years.
Does laser hair removal work?
Yes! Laser hair removal eliminates the hair follicle to keep the treatment area hair-free permanently. The laser emits a wavelength of light that penetrates the layers of your skin and is absorbed into the hair follicle while it is in its growth phase. The light energy is converted into heat, which destroys the hair follicle permanently. The cooling technology in the laser keeps the layers of your skin safe from any damage. The treatment must be repeated to eliminate all hair follicles, as the laser only destroys them in their growth phase. The number of times the treatment needs to be repeated depends upon the treatment area and the thickness of the hair there, however, once you have received sufficient treatments, the hair in the area will be gone permanently.
Which laser hair removal is best?
When patients ask which is the best laser hair removal machine, the answer is: it depends. Dr. Green uses her office’s two lasers for hair removal: GentleLase and GentleYAG. Both lasers are extremely effective in destroying the hair follicles responsible for unwanted hair growth and contain cooling technology that keeps your skin safe and discomfort minimal. GentleLase is best for treating patients with light skin and dark hair. The Alexandrite laser uses long-pulse, high-energy technology to effectively eliminate hair follicles. GentleYAG, on the other hand, is designed specifically to treat patients with dark or tan skin and uses a 1064 wavelength. Both lasers can be used to remove unwanted hair anywhere on the body. Other commonly used laser hair removal devices include IPL and diode laser technology. The “best” laser depends on your skin tone, skin type, and type of hair being treated. When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Green, she will assess your treatment area and determine your best treatment plan.
How long does laser hair removal last?
Laser hair removal treatment produces long-lasting results that, for many, provide permanent hair reduction in the treatment area. Once multiple treatments have been performed to target all hair follicles while in the active hair growth phase, laser hair removal can last forever. The treatment is a relatively permanent solution for hair removal across many body parts, including the face, back, arms, chest, bikini line, and legs. Some patients may need to occasionally engage in maintenance treatment sessions to keep the treatment area completely hair-free and smooth.
Can you get laser hair removal while pregnant?
Pregnancy causes hormone levels to shift, leading to changes in and on the body. Some pregnant women experience increased hair growth across their bodies, and shaving can become increasingly challenging with a growing baby bump. Therefore, some pregnant women want to turn to laser hair removal to rid themselves of excess hair. However, the effects of laser hair removal on pregnant women have not been tested in clinical trials. For that reason, Dr. Green recommends that you do not receive laser hair removal treatment while pregnant. If you are experiencing excessive hair growth in unwanted areas during pregnancy, you can consult on other possible solutions with Dr. Green.
Does at-home laser hair removal work?
At-home laser hair removal devices have become increasingly popular, and many may find them appealing initially due to their convenience and relatively low cost. Laser hair removal requires multiple treatment sessions because of the natural hair growth cycle. Each laser hair removal treatment can cost several hundred dollars, and at-home laser hair devices can be purchased online for just $400-500. This may seem like a great investment at first. However, at-home laser hair removal treatments have several drawbacks. First, they are only suitable for certain candidates. The laser technology of at-home devices is not advanced enough to safely adjust settings to treat patients with darker skin tones. This limits who can safely and effectively use at-home laser hair removal treatments to individuals with light skin and dark hair.
The at-home laser hair removal devices are much smaller than professional-level machines and less powerful. This makes at-home devices a poor treatment choice for large areas. Even for treating small areas, at-home laser hair removal devices may not be powerful enough to make it completely hair-free. Further, compared to having professional treatment with a board-certified dermatologist, there is a higher risk of overtreating an area with an at-home device and, as a result, experiencing unwanted side effects, such as burns or hyperpigmentation. With these considerations, it is typically more cost-effective to go to a dermatologist in the first place to ensure the laser hair removal procedure is done correctly and results in permanent hair removal.
In addition, at-home laser hair removal treatments are not categorized as “medical devices”. Rather, they are labeled as “cosmetic devices,” so they do not require FDA approval, nor are they regulated closely. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends seeking laser hair removal treatment with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures available, including laser hair removal. Dr. Green will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for unwanted hair removal and skin rejuvenation that best suits your needs and goals.
Does laser hair removal cause cancer?
No. Laser hair removal treatment with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that is safe and effective for semi-permanent hair reduction. Laser hair removal is not associated with any known long-term side effects. Laser hair removal does not cause cancer. In fact, laser treatment is often used to treat lesions that could be early signs of cancer, such as sun spots and moles. Laser hair removal is perfectly safe, especially when an expert dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, performs your treatment.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The total cost of laser hair removal treatment ultimately depends on several contributing factors, including the geographic location of the office in which you are treated, the experience level of your provider, the size of the treatment area, and the total number of treatment sessions required to achieve your ideal results. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for a treatment session of laser hair removal was approximately $389 in 2020. Laser hair removal can be performed on many body areas, including the face, arms, underarms, back, chest, legs, and pelvic area. The cost of laser hair removal treatment typically increases as the size of the treatment area increases, so if you are receiving treatment on your upper lip, it will likely be less expensive than receiving treatment on your chest.
The type of institution at which you receive laser hair removal treatment is also a key factor in determining how expensive the treatment will be. If you elect to receive treatment at a MedSpa, it can be less expensive than receiving treatment from an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City. However, there American Academy of Dermatology recommends always having laser hair removal treatment with a board-certified dermatologist to guarantee the best results and prevent unwanted side effects such as burns or hyperpigmentation. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan for unwanted hair removal and skin rejuvenation that best suits your specific concerns and ideal aesthetic goals. The total cost of laser hair removal treatment can be determined at that time.
Is laser hair removal worth it?
Laser hair removal with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, is a safe and effective procedure to remove unwanted body hair or facial hair. After approximately 6 treatment sessions of laser hair removal, 90% of patients experience permanent hair reduction in the treatment area. While many at-home laser hair removal devices are available online, these devices can be more harmful than beneficial. Not all at-home laser hair removal treatments have been approved by the FDA. Additionally, patients tend to be too aggressive with at-home treatments, incorrectly assuming that intensifying treatment will produce results more quickly. Unwanted side effects can include permanent skin damage. Consulting with a dermatologist like Dr. Green guarantees the best results and prevents unwanted side effects. Whether choosing to undergo laser hair removal to reduce the time needed between shaving, have hair-free skin for warm weather, or prevent ingrown hairs, it is worth it!
Who can perform laser hair removal?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends having laser hair removal treatments with a medical professional, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC. While many med spas may offer laser hair removal, it can not be guaranteed that the provider has had the thorough training required to safely and appropriately utilize the laser technology to remove unwanted hair. Potential unwanted side effects of laser treatment can include blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and even scarring. These side effects typically occur when an inappropriate laser setting is used for a given patient. Having laser hair removal with an experienced board-certified dermatologist helps eliminate the risk of encountering unwanted side effects and guarantees the best cosmetic results.
What is Intense Pulsed Light/IPL laser hair removal?
Intense Pulsed Light, IPL, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that utilizes various wavelengths of light to target various skin concerns. IPL can treat skin discoloration, facial redness, sun damage, and various signs of aging and remove unwanted hair from the face and body. Patients describe the sensation of having IPL laser hair removal treatment as similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Sun exposure should be limited before IPL laser hair removal, as the presence of a sunburn or tanned skin could negatively impact treatment. If you suffer from melasma, you should also avoid IPL treatment as the light energy may exacerbate the hyperpigmentation. Patients should refrain from using topical retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids in the treatment area before IPL, as well as waxing, tweezing, plucking, or threading hair for at least two weeks before the procedure. This is important because the cosmetic procedure relies on the pigment in the hair follicle to target unwanted hair. Laser hair removal with IPL typically takes 6 treatment sessions. Patients can resume normal activity immediately upon completion of the procedure, as there is no downtime associated with IPL laser hair removal. IPL is a less effective treatment method for unwanted hair removal compared to the laser technology used by Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC. Since IPL uses many different wavelengths of light, it is a more diffuse treatment.
What are the negatives of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved procedure for effectively eliminating unwanted hair from the face and body. When you have laser hair removal treatment under the supervision of an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green, the risk of encountering unwanted side effects is diminished. Some patients may experience temporary skin irritation following laser hair removal, including mild redness and swelling. Rare side effects may include blistering, crusting, hyperpigmentation, and scarring. The risk of developing such side effects increases when laser hair removal is performed by an inexperienced or unqualified provider, such as in a medical spa setting.
Laser hair removal is a procedure that requires multiple treatment sessions to provide long-lasting results. This is because laser hair removal can only target the hair in the active growth phase. Approximately 20% of hair is in the active growth phase, also known as the anagen phase, at a given time. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she will work with you to establish a timeline for your laser hair removal treatments to ensure that you fully remove all unwanted hair and get the best cosmetic results.
Do you shave before laser hair removal?
Yes. Patients should shave the treatment area no less than 24 hours before laser hair removal. It is better not to shave immediately before the appointment, as this can increase the chance of swelling and irritation in the treatment area. Shaving is an important part of preparing for the laser hair removal treatment because it ensures the hair is an appropriate length. While shaving is recommended, patients should not tweeze, pluck, wax, or thread the area between laser hair removal treatments. These hair removal methods remove the hair strand from the follicle, which would render the laser hair treatment ineffective. This is because laser hair removal depends on targeting pigment from the unwanted hair inside the hair follicle. When you have laser hair removal with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, you will receive all the pertinent information regarding laser hair removal preparation and aftercare.
How do I begin my laser hair removal today?
Unwanted hair can be a frustrating problem for men and women alike. For many, unwanted hair on the face and body can cause feelings of self-consciousness. Waxing, plucking, and tweezing are time-consuming methods of hair removal that produce incredibly short-lived results. Laser hair removal for unwanted facial and body hair has become one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the world due to the ease of having treatment and excellent, long-lasting results. Most patients will experience permanent hair reduction from laser hair removal with a short series of quick and easy treatments. Dr. Green was among the first dermatologists in New York City to offer laser hair removal to her patients in the Upper East Side and has been performing the best laser hair removal, using state-of-the-art laser technology, for over two decades.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients worldwide with the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures available, including laser hair removal, Botox, dermal fillers, microneedling, chemical peels, and more. She is consistently identified as one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, The New York Times, and New York Magazine for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan best suited to your specific concerns and ideal aesthetic goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green, please contact us online today or call the NYC office at 212-535-3088.