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An excess of hair in the wrong places is a common aesthetic problem affecting both men and women. Some women experience unwanted facial or body hair, requiring constant waxing. Men often have unwanted hair on the chest or back. If you have unwanted hair, you are likely shaving, undergoing regular waxing appointments or apply various depilatory products to create hair-free legs, underarms, bikini zone, back, chest, arms, or face. 

Who is a candidate for unwanted hair removal?

If you have unwanted hair on any area of your face or body, you may be a candidate for laser hair removal. Individuals with lighter skin and darker hair are the best candidates, as the laser energy targets melanin, the pigment giving hair its color. However, Dr. Ostad uses advanced equipment for safe laser hair removal for most skin and hair types. 

What should I expect in a hair removal procedure?

You will wear eye protection during your hair removal procedure. A topical anesthetic may be applied so you are comfortable during the process. A hand-held laser instrument is applied to the skin. It may have a cooling device on the tip, or a cooling gel applied to protect your skin. You may feel a sensation similar to a warm pinprick when the doctor activates the laser and the beam passes through your skin to the hair follicles. The procedure time will reflect the size and number of areas treated.

Why choose Ariel Ostad MD PC?

  • Dr. Ostad is known as an expert in his field and named as a Top Doctor on Castle Connolly and RealSelf
  • He is a double board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon
  • Dr. Ostad and his staff receive advanced training and stay ahead of the curve with the most recent developments in laser hair removal and other aesthetic procedures
Dr. Ariel Ostad


Is there any recovery after hair removal?

You may experience redness and swelling for the first few hours after treatment. Apply ice to the treated area to minimize discomfort. Avoid sun exposure for six weeks after laser treatment, or as instructed by Dr. Ostad, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser beams to remove unwanted hair. The laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. That light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the hair follicles that produce hair, inhibiting or delaying future growth.

What results can I expect with laser hair removal?

After laser treatment, you will shed hairs in the following days or weeks. Repeat treatments are usually needed, as natural hair growth and loss occur in cycles, and follicles in the new growth cycle will respond to the procedure.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Caring about our patients and our community: An update on the coronavirus outbreak

Hello Everyone,

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our practice is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and city health officials as we schedule patients.

Our Practice is open for essential procedures, however we encourage you to continue using our Telehealth feature.

There are steps our practice is taking, and those we ask our patients to take, to ensure the safety of all. We have further increased cleaning practices across the office and our ambulatory surgical facility. We ask if you feel you have any respiratory symptoms with cough or fever you seek care from your primary physician. We have zero reports of any staff member or volunteer who has been in contact with someone with the virus. We consider our practice to be a safe and welcoming space for those who need our dermatological and cosmetic services in this difficult time.

We hope to continue to serve you and provide you with our services. We continue to be guided by our unwavering mission and long standing values to care for our patients.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our office staff or nurses or email us at [email protected]

Please use this time to stay home, help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and tend to your health and your loved ones.

We will come out of this stronger and more resilient than before.

With thanks for your cooperation,

- Dr. Ariel Ostad

We are open for essential procedures only, starting May 18
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