Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Overview

Laser hair removal is a series of treatments targeting specific areas of the body for the elimination of hair and residual hair growth. Almost every one spends time, money and energy shaving, waxing and tweezing unwanted and unsightly hair from our faces, legs, under arms and backs. All of these temporary hair removal strategies require constant attention to an endless cycle of hair growth. If you’re tired of the perpetual fight against unwanted hair, laser hair removal offers a beautiful and permanent solution for your hair removal woes.

Imagine your legs and bikini area as smooth as chrome without ever needing a razor or a waxing appointment. Imagine a hairless back without ever worrying if you missed a spot. Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing a beautiful complexion without even a hint of mustache. Imagine the time, money and effort you can save with a permanent hair removal solution.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Cosmtic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Cosmetic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in laser hair removal, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Since laser hair removal is not a surgery, many surgeons have a registered nurse or other licensed professional perform laser treatments for their practice. These practitioners usually have significant experience with the laser devices used at the site. Make sure to ask the surgeon who will be performing your treatment, ask for their credentials and experience, and ask to see their before-and-after photos. If you do not feel comfortable with the practitioner performing the treatment, you do not have to commit to the procedure.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the different aspects of laser hair removal:

  • There are many different manufacturers of lasers for hair removal. Ask which device or devices your surgeon uses and why? The benefits and recovery periods vary for each device, and the surgeon should determine which treatment will provide the best results for you based on your skin tone, hair color and hair texture.
  • Will the laser treatment affect your skin tone?
  • How many treatments will be necessary to achieve your desired result?
  • Do you need to avoid sun exposure before and after treatment? For how long?
  • Hair grows in cycles, and laser hair removal will work during a certain time of the cycle. What should you do between treatments as new cycles of hair growth continue?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Laser Hair Removal Surgeon. If you already have surgeon in mind, our patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery

Immediately following treatment your skin might appear sunburned and possibly a little swollen. Depending on the area being treated, your surgeon might prescribe a topical cream to soothe the area. After a few days, your skin may flake or peel similar to the effects after a tan or sunburn.

You will want to clean your skin with a mild soap and not use any astringents or chemicals that might irritate your skin. Your hair may "grow out" within the following week – which is caused by the dead hair growing out of the treated follicles. The hair can be shaved, but you should not wax or tweeze these hairs.

You should avoid sun exposure of the treated area until your skin has completely healed.

Laser Hair Removal Risks

Risks from laser hair removal are minimal and are usually temporary when they do occur. During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What is the risk of skin discoloration?
  • What is the risk of burning or blistering of the skin?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with laser hair removal nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Laser Hair Removal

If a full treatment regime is followed, laser hair removal will permanently remove unwanted hair.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Cosmetic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Laser Hair Removal Surgeons in your area, who specialize in laser hair removal, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.