Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery, Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgery & Laser Surgery

Laser Hair Removal

Many men and women have areas of excess hair that they are constantly troubled with. Waxing, shaving, and depilatories work well to remove hair, but it always grows back. There are more successful and permanent ways to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is a procedure in which a laser beam is used to destroy excess hair. Lasers can achieve “permanent” reduction of hair. This means that the amount of hair in the area can be reduced on a long-term basis. While laser hair removal does not remove 100% of the hair in a treated area it can effectively remove 80-85% of the hair and the hair that is left is much finer and grows in much slower. Patients who have laser surgery for hair removal can expect 5-9 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart to achieve the best results.

All treatments are done by our highly trained Physician Assistants. Lasers are medical devices that can potentially cause complications including burns and scars if operated by untrained personnel. 

PRETREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

  • The treatment area should be shaved or closely clipped before each treatment. Keep in mind that it might be difficult to determine the borders of your area of excess hair growth, so please take careful note of these borders prior to shaving. 
  • Refrain from tweezing, waxing, electrolysis or other epilation methods for at lease 4 weeks prior to treatment and for the duration of treatments.
  • We recommend that you discontinue sun tanning, the use of sun-tanning beds and self tanning cream 4 weeks before and throughout the treatment course. This will reduce the chance of skin color changes and the development of new lesions. 
  • Always use an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen on all exposed treatment areas, liberally reapplying throughout the day. Wear protective, light-occluding hats and clothing’s. 
  • Discontinue the use of exfoliating creams such as Retin-A (tretinoin) and other skin exfoliating products to the areas to be treated 3 days prior to treatment. 
  • If you have a history of herpes simplex outbreaks (cold sores) in the area of treatment please notify us. Medication can be prescribed by us to decrease the chances of an outbreak occurring. 

POSTTREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

  • You may return to normal activity immediately post treatment. 
  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. Areas may initially appear red which usually resolves in a few hours, but can last a couple of days. Occasionally some areas have small red bumps (similar to bug bites). This usually resolves in a few days to a week. Rarely, blisters may form on the skin. If this occurs, topical antibiotic ointment should be applied often to blistered areas until they heal. 
  • Treated areas can be washed with a gently fragarence-free cleanser (e.g., Cetaphil, Purpose, Neutrogena) and topical antibiotic ointment may be applied to any crusted areas until healed. 
  • Apply a sunscreen with and SPF of 15 or higher daily to the sun-exposed skin, and avoid excessive sun exposure to the treated areas. 

 

Discounted packages available. To view pricing check our our Cosmetic Menu

If you have any questions or concern, please call our office at (909) 981-8929. 

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