Benefits of Laser Hair Removal from a Cosmetic Surgeon
Laser hair removal procedures are more popular than ever, with good reason. Unwanted hair on the face and body plagues many women and some men as well. Of course, there is certainly no end to how you can deal with excess hair. For starters, there is waxing at home or waxing at the salon, cream hair remover, cream hair bleach, shaving and tweezing – the list goes on.
One thing is for sure. Each one of the hair removal methods listed above has at least one serious downside. Waxing at home is messy, and it’s expensive at the salon. Cream hair remover can burn your skin clean off, and bleach is dangerous around linens and clothing. Finally, tweezing is time-consuming and each pull can be quite painful. Fortunately, for women and men alike who have unwanted hair on their faces and bodies, we live in a time where laser hair removal is an option.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a form of hair removal that is done at a cosmetic surgeon or medical spa office. You cannot and should not perform laser hair removal at home. It must be done by an experienced and licensed professional.
The procedure involves pulsing light beams that penetrate intensely into your hair follicles to destroy them and render them useless for further hair production. Laser hair removal does not cause any other damage to the skin, and there is little to no risk for this outpatient procedure.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do You Need?
A series of treatments will be required to complete the hair removal process. This is because humans have several cycles of hair growth that must be addressed. The number of visits you need will also depend on the location and size of the treatment area. We’ll work with you to determine an effective treatment plan for your needs.
What to Expect
This is a step by step overview of how this procedure works, from the beginning of your journey to the end.
Step 1: Consultation
When you go in for a consultation, your surgical team will ask you some basic questions, so it helps to have thought about your answers before going in.
Questions may include:
- What are your goals with this procedure?
- Have you had any previous surgeries?
- Are you currently on any medications, vitamins, or supplements?
- Do you have any medical conditions or allergies?
The Laser Hair Removal San Diego team will discuss all treatment options with you and recommend a treatment plan. They’ll also discuss potential risks or side effects from the procedure, as well as the outcome of the procedure.
At the end of your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask your board-certified plastic surgeon questions. If something about the procedure is unclear to you, you must ask for clarification so you fully understand the procedure.
Step 2: Preparing For Your Procedure
Once you’ve scheduled your procedure, it’s time to start preparing to go under the laser. Following all the instructions that your surgical team provides will ensure you have a safe and effective procedure.
To prepare, you may be asked to:
- Wear sunscreen or stay out of the sun
- Avoid pretreatments like shaving, plucking, or electrolysis
- Stop smoking for at least 6 weeks before (this helps the healing process)
- Avoid taking medications that may increase bleeding (like aspirin)
Step 3: The Laser
The procedure itself is noninvasive and fairly pain-free. This is an outpatient procedure so you can go home the same day, and most patients require little to no downtime. Laser hair removal typically takes about 2 – 3 hours, and multiple sessions may be required for full effectiveness.
Step 4: Post-Laser
After the procedure, you should be able to resume most normal activities. There may be some redness on the treated area, but this should dissipate in a few days. You should notice a reduction in hair immediately.
It may be recommended that you follow a certain skincare regiment, as well as regularly applying sunscreen, especially to the treated areas.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal With a Cosmetic Surgeon?
The best thing about laser hair removal is that it’s permanent. Once it’s done, you don’t have to worry about the hair and getting rid of it anymore. Results are gradual, but as you continue to treatments you’ll see a reduction and ultimately removal of unwanted hair in the treated area.
Any kind of treatment or procedure involving lasers can have risks. Choosing a cosmetic surgeon for your treatment ensures you are seeing a trained professional who can provide safe, comfortable, and effective treatment. With so many laser hair removal locations available, choosing a highly qualified technician is the best choice you can make.
Not only will laser hair removal remove hair, but it can also even out your complexion. As the lasers go to work on the follicles, the skin can also be affected, causing some discolorations, like sunspots or signs of aging, to fade away.
Finally, if you get the right cosmetic surgeon, the procedure is quick, and you get exactly what you want. Your skin will be left undamaged while the hairs disappear.
This procedure is safe to use anywhere on your body – even on tender regions like the bikini line or face. Unlike painful wax or consistent shaving, laser hair removal can remove hair from these regions permanently.
In addition to the relative permanence of hair removal, laser hair removal will continue to be modified in ways that will only make this revolutionary technique more efficient and involve less recovery time. As technology becomes better, the costs for this procedure will also decrease.
With the success of the procedure, you’ll feel more confident, beautiful, and at ease. It may also save you time during your day – you won’t need to shave before going to the beach.
Laser Hair Removal Quick Facts
Laser Hair Removal is becoming more and more common. Here are some statistics to help you to think about getting the procedure done yourself:
- Over 100,000 women and nearly 15,000 men had laser hair removal in 2018
- $238 average cost
- One to two days = Average Recovery Time
Overall, laser hair removal provides permanent effects, with minimal invasiveness and pain.
5 Common Questions
Here are answers to five commonly asked questions to consider.
How permanent is laser hair removal?
Electrolysis is the only FDA method to remove hair permanently. Laser hair removal, however, drastically reduces hair growth by killing the follicle – allowing the patient to eventually stop shaving and other procedures altogether.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
On average, laser hair removal can cost between $238 and $429, depending on factors like the location of the procedure, the experience of the medical team, and the number of treatments needed.
What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
Like any procedure, laser hair removal does have some side effects. These can include redness, swelling, skin color changes, crusting, and risk of infection. These effects tend to be minor and dissipate within a few days of the procedure.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Compared to other hair removal treatments, laser hair removal is painless. It is much quicker and more effective than waxing, without all the painful pulling and hot wax. Patients say that it feels like pinpricks or a sneeze, depending on the treatment area.
How many sessions does it take?
The amount of laser hair removal sessions it takes to achieve the full effect varies based on the treatment area, hair thickness, and hair type. Typically, you’ll need about 4 to 6 sessions, which need to be spaced out, so the entire cycle may take up to nine months.
What Are You Waiting For?
There are at-home laser hair removal products on the market today. Many are expensive, not user-friendly, and not nearly as effective as a clinical treatment. If you’re thinking about trying one of these at-home products, proceed with caution, and be prepared for lackluster results.
If you think you may be interested in getting laser hair removal treatment for your unwanted hair, contact Sadrian Plastic Surgery today. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be able to provide you with additional information on the procedure and tell you about our treatment staff. We can also book your first consultation appointment over the phone. We can’t wait to see you in our office and help you get rid of unwanted hair finally with laser hair removal.