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Laser Services

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive technique that uses highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles and inhibit future hair growth. Treatment is effective for most parts of the body.

If the laser hair removal candidate has the following contraindications, he/she should not receive the procedure:

  • Uses photosensitizing medications (evaluated with medical history);

  • Has unshaven hair;

  • Uses topical tanning products;

  • Has tattoos or permanent makeup in the area;

  • Has plucked/waxed four weeks or fewer prior to the procedure;

  • Has intentionally received sun exposure four weeks or fewer prior to the procedure;

  • Uses Retin-A or hydroquinone three days or fewer prior to the procedure

It feels like a rubber band snapped against the skin. Particular areas of the body can be more sensitive, such as the underarms, bikini, and upper lip. Each person's pain tolerance can vary. Cold compresses can reduce discomfort. Our laser has a cooling mechanism that also help with making the treatments more tolerable.

Because hair grows in cycles, it typically takes 3-4 laser hair removal treatments to provide significant hair reduction, and more for complete reduction.

Laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. Some hair could be resistant to the laser treatment or grow again after treatment—although the new hair growth might be finer and lighter in color.

Possible laser hair removal side effects include:

  • Mild swelling around the hair follicles; and/or

  • Pigment changes may occur, especially in those with darker skin.

 

These changes are usually temporary:

  • Slight redness of the skin; and/or

  • Temporary irritation resulting in blistering, crusting, scarring, or other changes in skin texture.

Special care must be taken for those with darker skin. A less intensive laser should be used to avoid damaging the outer skin. Anyone who has tanned, used a spray tan, or gone to a tanning booth should avoid getting laser hair treatment to avoid possible damage to their skin.

Vein and Hyperpigmentation (brown spots) Treatment

The Nd:YAG laser is most effective for very small spider veins or telangectasias. Spider veins are thin, blue or purple veins that do not cause symptoms and are only cause for cosmetic concern. Larger varicose veins or veins that are symptomatic do not get good results from treatment with the laser. Telangectasias are tiny, red veins that do not cause symptoms and are only a cause for cosmetic concern.

If the laser vein patient has the following contraindications, he/she should not receive the procedure:

  • Pregnant or nursing;

  • Taken Accutane any time in the past 6 months;

  • Active herpes infection;

  • If you have a history of herpes, but do not have an active infection, we will prescribe antivirals;

  • Undergoing radiation or chemotherapy;

  • History of hypertrophic or keloid scars;

  • Has intentionally received sun exposure four weeks or fewer prior to the procedure;

  • Uses Retin-A or hydroquinone three days or fewer prior to the procedure;

  • Uses topical tanning products

Laser vein treatments are very effective and may sometimes only take one treatment, however, there are other times where additional treatments may be required. Unfortunately, there is no scientific way to determine the

number of treatments that will be necessary from a consult.

Possible vein treatment side effects include:

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Minor bruising

  • Tenderness at the treatment site

If you are having your leg veins treated, it is recommended that you wear compression stockings (20-30 psi) continuously for 7 days after your treatment. You may purchase these at a medical supply store or pharmacy.

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