Patients who are tired of using temporary and painful methods for removing unwanted hair can benefit tremendously from a laser hair removal procedure. The licensed laser technicians at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA perform laser hair removal procedures using a new generation laser system called LightSheer. Procedures are customized to help patients meet their aesthetic goals as quickly, safely, and easily as possible. Patients who undergo the procedure do not have to worry about their hair growing back for up to two years.
A Laser Hair Removal Procedure at Premier Image and Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Laser hair removal is performed as an in-office procedure. The procedure is needle-free and does not require any anesthesia. A licensed laser technician places the LightSheer handpiece over areas where the patient wishes to remove unwanted hairs. Light is absorbed by dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface and converted to heat. This destroys hair follicles.
Very little discomfort is felt during the procedure. The sensation is nothing more than that of a very slight snap of a rubber band. Procedure time depends on the size of the area being treated. Most procedures are very quick. Multiple procedures are needed for complete hair removal. Maintenance and touch up procedures may be used as needed.
The skin usually appears a bit red after the procedure, but will quickly return to its normal color. Ice and elevation may be used to help speed up the process. Laser technicians give patients detailed recovery instructions after their procedure. Patients who follow post-procedure instructions recover quickly. Patients are advised to avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure for six weeks after their procedure.
It usually takes 3-6 treatments for hair in the treated areas to be completely removed. Once the final results are seen, patients feel more confident. Their lives are much easier because they do not need to constantly groom themselves. They also do not have to deal with pain from waxing and cuts from shaving. They can comfortably and confidently wear clothing types of all styles and sizes without having to worry about unwanted hairs showing.
Men and women who would like to remove unwanted hairs on their face, legs, underarms, bikini line, chest, back, and other areas may be candidates for a laser hair removal procedure. The procedure is usually reserved for patients who have healthy skin and no serious medical conditions. Patients who are interested in the procedure are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation with a licensed laser technician at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery to determine if they are candidates.
An Initial Laser Hair Removal Procedure Consultation
An initial consultation is an important part of laser hair removal. Each consultation consists of the following:
- A medical history review
- A physical examination in which pictures may be taken for comparative purposes
- A discussion regarding goals and expectations
Laser technicians are very patient, attentive, and detail-oriented. They listen to patients’ concerns and desires and create customized treatment plans. The goal of treatment plans is to completely remove unwanted hair. Countless patients have been able to reach their aesthetic goals following a laser hair removal procedure at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are there risks associated with laser hair removal?
There are risks associated with all medical treatments. Because laser hair removal is non-invasive, the risks associated with the procedure are very minimal. Risks and the measures taken to minimize them are explained in detail to patients during initial consultations. The overwhelming majority of patients find that the benefit of completely removing unwanted hairs far outweighs the minimal risks associated with laser hair removal.
What are the advantages of LightSheer for Laser Hair Removal?
LightSheer is a laser hair removal system made by Lumenis, a global leader in laser-based technology. The advantages LightSheer has over similar laser systems include the following:
- Handpieces come in various sizes to help treat all areas
- The most advanced laser hair removal technology
- Topical anesthetics do not need to be used
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery have seen and tested various laser hair removal systems and determined that LightSheer is the best device available.
How many treatments will I need?
Patients respond differently to treatment. In general, it takes about 3-6 treatments for complete hair removal. Patients usually see a 75%-90% reduction in unwanted hairs about half-way through treatment. Factors that influence the amount of treatments patients need include the color and texture of the hairs and the body site being treated. Coarse hairs usually respond better to treatment than soft ones.
How long do I have to wait between treatments?
Treatments are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Is laser hair removal the same thing as electrolysis?
Laser hair removal is not the same thing as electrolysis. Electrolysis is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a sharp epilator into the skin and sending radio-frequencies to hair follicles. Laser hair removal is completely noninvasive. It is actually more effective than electrolysis. Laser hair removal is widely considered the best treatment option for permanent hair removal.
Are laser hair removal procedures only performed on patients who have certain skin and hair colors?
Patients who have skin and hair colors of all types can have their hair permanently removed by having a laser hair removal procedure.
Can I tan after my procedure?
Sun exposure can negatively affect results and should be avoided for six weeks after the procedure. Tanning beds should also be avoided.
Do men commonly have the procedure?
Men commonly undergo laser hair removal procedures. The procedure is especially popular for removing unwanted hairs on the back. After final results appear, men no longer have to worry about asking someone to shave or wax their back. Other areas are commonly treated as well.
Can the procedure be performed on bald men so they do not have to shave their heads?
Laser hair removal procedures have been performed on the head. Men who are interested in having the procedure so they do not have to shave their heads are encouraged to arrange an initial consultation. Goals will be discussed and an appropriate treatment plan will be created.
Are there alternatives to laser hair removal?
Shaving, tweezing, and waxing are alternatives to laser hair removal. However, none of these alternatives provides patients with long-lasting results. The majority of laser hair removals are performed on patients who do not get results using these alternative options or are tired of having to schedule their lives around them.
Is there anything I have to do to maintain my results?
Hair follicles are destroyed and hair growth is prevented for up to two years following the procedure. Patients do not need to do anything to maintain their results. No shaving or waxing is necessary.
How do I know if the procedure is right for me?
Patients who want to get rid of unwanted hairs for up to two years should consider laser hair removal procedure. Patients who have skin conditions that could possibly affect the results may not be candidates for the procedure. The definitive way for patients to determine if the procedure is right for them is to attend an initial consultation at Premier Image Laser and Cosmetic Surgery.
Is it important to have my procedure performed by a licensed technician?
It is very important for patients to have their procedures performed by licensed technicians. Licensed technicians that work hand-in-hand with board-certified plastic surgeons are able to provide patients with the best results. The licensed technicians at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery have been trained by Dr. DeJoseph. Their understanding of laser technology and equipment and ability to perform laser procedures are unprecedented.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my procedure?
Because hair follicles must be active at the time of treatment, patients should not wax or tweeze before their procedure. Patients are usually asked to not shave 2-3 days before their procedure.
Can laser hair removal be performed on the bikini line?
The bikini line is one of the most popular areas for patients to have laser hair removal. Results following the procedure are fantastic. Women feel confident and comfortable in swimwear and short shorts. Women who are interested in having laser hair removal on their bikini line are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation. Because the area is very small, fewer treatments are usually needed and results are seen quicker than procedures in larger areas.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
Patients are asked to bring a list of the medications and herbal supplements they are currently taking. A list of questions and concerns is also helpful.
How do I schedule my initial consultation?
Patients who are ready to get rid of unwanted hairs can easily schedule an initial laser hair removal procedure consultation by contacting Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA at 777-457-6303.