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If unwanted facial hair or body hair is an embarrassment and holding you back, a permanent hair reduction procedure can offer a quick, safe and long-lasting solution. Dr. Sterry offers hair removal laser treatments at his Manhattan office on all skin types, using the newest and most advanced generation of Palomar IPL lasers available. There are many reasons why the Palomar IPL system provides the best laser hair removal. New York patients can expect a faster, more comfortable and less painful experience with this advanced technology.

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You can remove and reduce hair on practically every part of the body:

To provide the best laser hair removal, New York specialist Dr. Sterry utilizes specific wavelengths of light to get rid of unwanted hair at the follicle level, which helps prevent it from growing back. Whether you want to remove hair from a small portion of your body like the upper lip or a large portion of your body like the legs, it is safe and effective. The only part of the body unsuitable for hair removal laser treatment is around the eyes.

Dr. Sterry offers hair removal laser treatments at his Manhattan office on all skin types, using the newest and most advanced generation of Palomar IPL lasers available.

Laser Hair Removal

After receiving a non-invasive hair removal laser treatment, patients can return to work, school and their normal routines right away. There is no pain during recovery, and patients typically say it is less painful than waxing. The best part is that the results last much longer than waxing. There should be no re-growth for at least a month or so after the procedure, and when the hair does grow back, it is greatly reduced from what it was before. Most people do, however, need to return for some additional treatments in the future.

If you think laser hair removal could be right for you, call Dr. Sterry's office today to schedule a consultation.

Laser Hair Removal FAQ

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a treatment method that uses light at a specific wavelength to remove unwanted hair at the follicle level and impair its regrowth. This method works very well on large areas of unwanted hair, such as the back or legs. It's safe to use virtually anywhere on the body, except near the eyes.

How does laser hair reduction work?

Light energy from the laser unit is attracted to and absorbed by the pigment of the hair follicle. The laser energy slightly damages the bulb of the hair follicle, preventing hair regrowth while sparing the surrounding tissues.

Does laser hair reduction work better on some patients than on others?

Yes. Laser hair reduction works best when there is a strong contrast between your hair color and the color of the surrounding skin. For this reason, the lighter your skin and the darker your hair, the better a candidate you are for laser hair reduction.

How long does a laser hair reduction treatment take?

The time required for each treatment depends on the size of the area we're tending to. An upper lip or chin can be done in about two minutes—if it takes that long. On the other hand, it can easily be half an hour to treat a man's entire back. Because laser hair reduction treats hundreds of hair follicles at a time, it takes only a short time to treat areas that would take more than an hour with electrolysis.

How many laser hair reduction treatments are needed to see results?

That depends on a number of factors. It could take six, eight or even 10 treatments, depending on the color of the hair, the color of the skin and how thick the skin is in the area. We normally leave about a month, or sometimes two, between treatments.

Does laser hair reduction hurt?

That depends on the area being treated, as well as the patient. There is some level of discomfort. For some people, it's not much different that a rubber band snapping gently at your skin. But for other people, it really gets their attention. The groin and the flank area seem to be two of the most sensitive.

What can you expect after laser hair reduction treatment?

You can go back to work right after a laser hair reduction treatment. The truly amazing thing is that even for patients who find the treatments uncomfortable, once it's finished, so is the pain. This is not like a sunburn where you'll be unhappy all night. The discomfort disappears as soon as the laser finishes.

Many patients have told me that the laser is much less painful than waxing. There is rarely some red spotting in the treated areas following a treatment. When this happens, it typically is gone by the next day. Patients need to avoid sun exposure for about two weeks after treatments.

What results can you expect from laser hair reduction?

Basically, all of the hair in the treated region will be removed for at least a month or so. There will be some regrowth, but it will be very fine at first. Most people notice a nice reduction after only one treatment. However, over time the hair does seem to return and we need to treat again. Eventually people end up with a tremendous and permanent reduction of the hair in treated areas.

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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