Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Essence Medispa

Cosmetic Dermatology located in Highland, NY

Imagine never having to waste another moment of your valuable time shaving, waxing, or plucking. Your dream can become a reality with Lumenis® LightSheer® laser hair removal treatments offered by Stephen Weinman, MD, and the team at Essence Medispa. Find out if laser hair removal is right for you by booking a consultation at this Highland, New York, medical spa. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

Which areas can be treated with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal with the revolutionary LightSheer platform is a safe and effective treatment for virtually all skin and hair colors. The LightSheer system emits beams of light energy through your skin and into your hair follicle. This gentle energy immediately converts into heat, which stops hair growth and forces hair to shed away.

Laser hair removal is an ideal solution for dramatically reducing hair growth just about anywhere on your body. Some of the top-requested treatment areas for women include:

  • Face and neck
  • Full bikini
  • Full legs
  • Underarms
  • Eyebrows

But laser hair removal is equally as effective for men, too. Some of the most popular areas for gentlemen include:

  • Full back
  • Ears and nose
  • Face and neck
  • Chest and abdomen

Of course, this isn’t a full list of treatment areas. If you have other spots you’d like to target, just let your aesthetic specialist know during your consultation.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Yes. The main reason why laser hair removal is such an in-demand service is that it gives you back your time. After completing your laser hair removal package at Essence Medispa — it can take at least four to eight sessions — you notice a dramatic reduction in hair growth and seriously smoother skin.

Sometimes, however, new hair growth occurs. In most cases, this only affects women. Hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy or menopause can sometimes stimulate new hair growth. If you experience this issue, you can always come back to Essence Medispa for a follow-up session to target those new, stubborn hairs.

What does it feel like to get laser hair removal?

The groundbreaking technology behind the LightSheer system is so advanced, your laser hair removal sessions are more comfortable as compared to similar platforms. It’s normal to feel some warmth and even experience mild snapping sensations — like tiny rubber bands hitting your skin — during your laser hair removal sessions at Essence Medispa.

At no point should you be in pain. Usually, any uncomfortable sensations only occur for a split second on more delicate areas, like your upper lip or bikini line. To ensure you’re as relaxed and comfortable as possible during your appointment, you can come into Essence Medispa about 20-30 minutes ahead of time to apply a topical numbing cream.

Start your path to smoother, silkier skin by booking a laser hair removal consultation at Essence Medispa today. Request an appointment online, or call the office to book.

Individual results may vary.

Imagine never shaving, waxing or tweezing again! Essence MediSpa can permanently reduce hair on your face and body and on most skin tones for both men and women of all ages. With Essence MediSpa’s LightSheer Duet, one of the most advanced technology in the Hudson Valley for hair removal, you will not have to grow the hair out during treatment. Essence MediSpa offers world-class service and one of the most experienced practices in laser hair removal in the Hudson Valley including:

  • Certified Medical Practitioners
  • Complimentary Consultations
  • Experience with procedures since 2002
  • All-Inclusive Pricing
  • SOFT, SMOOTH SKIN… EVERYWHERE No more bumps, stubble, or irritation. Essence MediSpa’s laser hair removal leaves your skin smooth – all the time.
  • PERSONALIZED TREATMENT PLANS Your personalized treatment plan is designed by our trained medical and nursing professionals to remove hair from any skin type, complexion or body part.
  • FAST AND EASY Most treatments take less than 15 minutes. And because the process is non-invasive – no recovery time needed!
  • FINANCING AVAILABLE Essence MediSpa offers credit card payment and Care Credit.
  • AFFORDABLE PLANS FOR ANY BUDGET Laser hair removal has a less overall cost than the alternative electrolysis, shaving or repeated waxing.

With Essence MediSpa’s advanced laser technology, you will not have to grow the hair out during treatment. Essence MediSpa offers world-class service minutes from your home.

For Her

  • Facial Hair
  • Full Bikini
  • Underarms
  • Full Legs
  • Eyebrows

For Him

  • Facial Hair
  • Neck Hair
  • Chest/Abdomen
  • Full Back
  • Ear/Nose Hair

Laser Hair Removal using equipment such as the LightSheer Duet is now safer, faster and more effective than at any time in the history of hair removal. Other methods for hair removal are becoming increasingly obsolete. The practitioners at Essence MediSpa have years of experience removing unwanted hair in the Hudson Valley. Call today for a free consultation.


Essence MediSpa is one of the most experienced practices in the Hudson Valley. We have been providing permanent laser hair reduction since 2002. You will see the same practitioner each time you come to our facility, and that practitioner has been using the same technology on hundreds of patients. Essence MediSpa has one of the most advanced laser hair removal system in the Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Newburgh area. The LightSheer Duet is a state-of-the-art laser and we offer treatments to patients throughout Ulster County and Dutchess County including Highland, New Paltz, and Woodstock. While cosmetic procedures have become less expensive than in the past, there is still a considerable cost involved, and everyone wants to get the most for their hard-earned dollar.  Essence offers laser hair removal for large areas with a fast and comfortable treatment in a cost-effective manner. In addition to being one of the best in the area at these procedures, our practice is also very discreet. Essence MediSpa is a practice that many local physicians refer patients to, knowing that Dr. Weinman’s practice is one of the most experienced in this procedure. Dr. Weinman and Jennifer Pena are always available to answer your physician’s questions. At Essence MediSpa, the safety of procedures is one of our highest priorities. Lastly, while most procedures are quite tolerable, any procedure involving laser hair removal can be uncomfortable to some degree. Our equipment offers the most comfortable treatment of any system on the market, but some people are still unusually sensitive to discomfort. Essence MediSpa offers the option of Nitrous Oxide gas (also called laughing gas, dentist gas, sweet air.) We are one of the only practices that offers this option and while very few of our clients need it, those who do truly appreciate having it available.


The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes safely through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. The energy is transformed into heat, which permanently disables the hair follicle from producing new hairs.


In one study at the University of Miami Medical School, 96% of clients were satisfied with their LightSheer treatment results. 800 treatments were performed and there were only two side effects, namely temporary lightening of the skin which resolved in two months. The FDA has approved the LightSheer for PERMANENT hair reduction and removal of superficial varicose veins. This is an important and carefully considered decision by the FDA, after review of multiple university studies. There are very few hair removal systems that can make this claim. This is why we chose the LightSheer system, and why you should as well. Not all lasers are created equal! Other lasers are not as effective as the LightSheer, which is the most advanced laser with the longest record of safety available for removal of unwanted hair.


Yes. When a hair follicle is destroyed it is said to be sterile, and can never produce a hair again. Over the course of the treatments thousands of hair follicles are destroyed. However, with some medications, aging and hormonal changes, dormant hair follicles can begin to produce hairs. Bear in mind, these hairs would have grown anyway, thus adding to an already undesirable hair growth area. A long-term clinical study was done to evaluate the LightSheer, and of the 92 patients studied, all had temporary hair loss and 89% had long-term hair loss. Hairs that did regrow were thinner and lighter (baby hair) than they were previous.   *Results may vary from individual to individual.


The LightSheer Laser System was developed after years of research at the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, one of theworlds leading and most respected medical research facilities. The laser was carefully designed to be effective at treating unwanted hair without damaging the skin, which has been a problem with lasers of the past. Multiple studies at medical universities such as Cornell University and Harvard Medical Schools have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the LightSheer. The Lightsheer has been in use for over 6 years and has the longest track record for safety of any system. This is the most important reason we chose the LightSheer out of the dozens of available technologies.


While individual pain tolerance varies, the majority of our clients are pleasantly surprised at how little discomfort is experienced with LightSheer treatment. Other laser systems can be more painful, leaving the public with the general impression that laser hair removal hurts. One of the main reasons we chose the LightSheer was how little pain was produced to get excellent results. All laser hair removal devices hurt to some degree, and if you are told that a laser system is “painless,” you are either being misinformed or the system being used will not be effective. For our clients that have large areas done or who have very low tolerance for discomfort we have available nitrous oxide (sweet air, dentist gas,) but it is rarely needed.


We are able to treat clients of all ages, even children. Over 1/4 of our clients are men. The LightSheer is FDA approved for all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals. Treatments are customized according body location, skin and hair color. The ideal client is one who has light skin and dark hair. We do not recommend treatment of hair that is white, blond or grey. If your hair is starting to turn grey or white consider getting treated as soon as possible. You would not be a candidate for laser hair removal if you: Have a history of poor wound healing. Have an active herpes infection (cold sore) in the treatment area. Have used Accutane in the last 6 months. If a client has a history of herpes or cold sores in the desired treatment area but no active infection we request that they call and we will prescribe a herpes suppressing medication before treatment.


The laser energy is absorbed by a color-producing chemical called melanin. The darker the hair or skin, the more melanin is present. If a person has dark skin or a tan there is more melanin present and therefore a lower laser setting must be used to avoid a burn. The unwanted hair will also receive a lower energy pulse and the treatment will be less effective. As a result the client will need more sessions to achieve desired results.


On your initial visit a medical history is obtained and a photograph is taken. The area is shaven and a test flash of the laser is applied. Most clients can be treated without any delay, but patients with darker skin may have to return after a waiting period of several days. During the actual treatment a gel is applied to your skin the laser tip is moved over your skin. The laser tip produces controlled pulses of light which penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles, permanently damaging them so they cannot grow new hairs. The laser tip is actively cooled and the treatment is only slightly uncomfortable, described as a mild sting. During the test flash you can judge yourself the level of discomfort, and for more sensitive areas may elect to have an anesthetic cream applied which will completely numb the area being treated. The majority of clients do not require any topical anesthesia. After the treatment your skin will be cleansed and medical grade aloe vera gel will be applied. On repeat visits you simply arrive with the area to be treated already shaved and the treatment is performed quickly without any test flash or waiting period.


The treatment is very quick. Areas such as face, bikini lines and underarms take 2-3 minutes, while backs, chests and legs take somewhat longer, on the order of 30-60 minutes.


Treatments are scheduled at 4-8 week intervals. You should not wax or pluck hairs you want removed for 3-4 weeks prior to treatment.


Your hair goes through cycles, and it is only during the growth phase that the hair follicle is susceptible to being treated. You may find that one treatment has very impressive results, but several treatments are necessary for the best results.


The energy of the laser only affects hair follicles in their growth phase, so usually more than one treatment is needed. The average number of treatments is 4-6, but sometimes as many as 10-12 treatments may be required to achieve a client’s goals. This number varies with hair type, skin type and treatment area. Pre-Payment Package: To make laser hair removal more affordabale, at Essence MediSpa we offer clients packages in which discounts are given for multiple treatments. The specifics of this payment method depend on skin and hair type, and will be explained in a phone consultation or during the initial visit.


You should avoid direct sunlight 2-4 weeks before the treatment as well as after. You need to avoid tweezing and waxing 3-4 weeks before a treatment, but bleaching of the desired treatment areas can be done 2 weeks prior to your appointment. Shaving is not a problem, but it is best to have some hair growth at the time of your visit so the physician can see your growth pattern. If you have had a herpes infection or cold sore in the treatment area we request you call first and herpes suppressing medication will be prescribed to be started before your treatment.


Any area of the body can be treated, but we do not treat the area immediately around the eyes. Frequently requested areas include sideburns, chins, upper lips, underarms<