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Earlobe Reduction

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is a procedure in which a beam of light passes through the skin to the root of the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. The laser energy is then transformed into heat, which disables the hair follicle. This results in hair growth that is significantly hindered or even permanently eliminated. Specialized cooling methods are used to gently chill the skin while removing the unwanted hair. Complete hair removal may be achieved in only three visits.

 

Both men and women can take advantage of this procedure to treat unwanted hair on their back, shoulders, neck, forehead, eyebrow area and virtually any other unwanted places. People elect to derive benefit from this procedure because it is painless and requires little to no recovery time. This procedure has proven to be safe, gentle and effective, affording people a simple solution to unwanted body hair.

How is a laser hair removal procedure performed?

During a laser hair removal procedure, your surgeon will run a laser that produces a powerful beam of invisible light over the area you are treating. The invisible light emitted from the laser passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. This action disables the hair follicle and reduces its ability to grow new hair. Lasers used in this procedure are designed to act on hair follicles only, leaving surrounding tissues untouched. The pulses produced by the laser create a minor burning or stinging sensation that most patients can tolerate without the need of any anesthetic. After the procedure, your treated area may be slightly pink or swollen, producing the feeling of mild sunburn for a day or two.

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How long does a laser hair removal procedure take?
Laser hair removal procedures normally last from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the size and scope of the area you are treating.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Laser hair removal is a pain-free procedure and anesthesia is not required. However, some patients choose to apply a topical anesthetic to avoid feeling any sensation from the laser.

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Where is the procedure performed?

Laser resurfacing procedures may be performed in a hospital, an outpatient surgical facility, or surgeon's office.

When can I return home and resume normal activities?

You may return home or to work immediately following your treatment. Since anesthesia is not required, you will not need to make arrangements for someone to drive you. Laser hair removal procedures are noninvasive so you can immediately return to your normal activities, including work or your exercise routine.

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How do I prepare for a laser hair removal procedure?

Your physician will normally advise you to avoid sun exposure to the areas you are having treated for two weeks prior to your procedure. In most cases, you will be asked to shave the area intended for treatment the day before your procedure. You also will be advised not to have pluck, wax or electrolysis hair removal procedures for six weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment.

What precautions are necessary during recovery?

Patients should avoid sun exposure to treated areas for two weeks.

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What are the possible complications after a laser hair removal procedure?

Though complications with laser hair removal are rare, there is a minimal chance of scarring, and in certain instances increased or decreased skin pigmentation may occur on the sites being lasered. In most cases, changes in pigmentation will resolve themselves during the natural healing process. Avoiding sun exposure can minimize this risk. If sun exposure cannot be avoided, be sure to wear protective sun block lotions at all times. It is always important to be informed about the possible complications before any procedure. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.

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What results can I expect after a laser hair removal procedure?

After your procedure your skin will usually be red and swollen, but this will disappear in a short time. On occasion, small crusting or pimples may appear around your hair follicles. Your physician can provide you with an antibiotic ointment that will quickly reduce these symptoms. You should experience a significant reduction in the growth of new hair at your treated areas. To achieve permanent hair loss, at least three treatments will probably be needed at one to three month intervals.

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Choosing the right surgeon

To obtain further information regarding ear surgery, we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive a complimentary consultation with a specialist in your area, simply fill out our Online Referral Form or call Toll Free 800.434.6760.


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