With the fast-paced lifestyle of today, we are all looking for new ways to maximize our time. Though it may seem like a relatively trivial part of your day, hair removal — shaving, waxing, plucking, and threading — can consume a lot of time and money each month. Fortunately for men and women seeking Las Vegas, NV, laser hair removal, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the expert team at VIP Plastic Surgery offer a wide variety of permanent hair reduction treatments that are designed to save you time, money, and stress when it comes to unwanted body hair.
In the constantly changing world of cosmetic surgery, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the options available. Dr. Khorsandi and his highly educated team are committed to providing the most exceptional level of patient care, and will take the time during your consultation to explain the advantages of each method as well as the differences between them. At this time, the laser technician will also assess your hair, discuss your goals, answer your questions, and recommend a laser treatment that best fits your needs. Following your consultation, in some cases on the same day, you will have your first of several laser hair removal sessions.
It is important to fully understand the process of laser hair removal before undergoing the treatment. Below, we answer some of the most common questions asked by men and women considering laser hair removal.
What should I expect during a laser hair removal session?
Depending on the area of your body being treated, laser hair removal sessions can vary in length, intensity, and discomfort. In general, each session will begin with the highly skilled and trained technician assessing your hair and hair growth, then calibrating the laser based on that information. You will be given protective eye shields to wear while the treatment is being performed. For smaller areas like the face, upper lip, and underarms, a treatment session may only last 10 – 15 minutes, while a larger area such as the back or legs typically lasts about 30 – 45 minutes.
At the conclusion of the treatment, the technician will apply a soothing agent like aloe, as well as sunscreen, to the treated area. It is recommended that patients avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity for 24 hours after each session, and that the sun be avoided as much as possible during the entire course of treatment.
What kind of hair does it work on?
In general, men and women with fair skin and dark, coarse hair usually see the most dramatic results after laser hair removal, though it can be an effective option for almost anyone. The best way to find out if you may be a good candidate for laser hair treatment is to schedule a consultation at VIP Plastic Surgery today.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Most patients report a minimal level of discomfort associated with laser hair removal, but it is generally mild and does not last beyond the treatment session. With each pulse of high energy that is delivered to the hair follicle by the laser, patients may experience a slight stinging sensation, often equated to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. This feeling can be more intense in areas with thicker, coarser hair, but it is still easily tolerated by the majority of people. To minimize the discomfort as much as possible, the state-of-the-art lasers at VIP Plastic Surgery’s Las Vegas facility simultaneously deliver a stream of soothing cold air.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
For a large number of men and women who undergo laser hair removal, their results are very long-lasting. The targeted follicles are destroyed by the laser and should not regrow, but in some cases people can experience new follicle growth even after treatment. As we age, our hormones go through ups and downs, and these hormonal changes can play a role in new growth. Fortunately, new growth that occurs over time can be addressed through a subsequent laser treatment plan.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
A minimum of three sessions are required in order to give you the best possible chance for dramatic and lasting hair reduction, but most patients end up needing an average of 3 – 5 sessions to achieve the smooth, hairless look they desire. A great deal of this depends on individual factors including hair color, skin tone, hair growth rate, and the thickness or coarseness of the hair.
Treatment sessions are scheduled 3 – 4 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal between sessions, as well as to ensure that the hair follicles are being targeted when they are in their active growth state. Follicles go through periods of dormancy, and if targeted during this stage, they will not respond to the laser treatment. Between treatment sessions, you should not wax, pluck, thread, or use depilatory creams, but you are able to shave if you desire. This ensures that the hair follicle is in the appropriate active phase for the next scheduled session.
How do I get started?
If you think laser hair removal may be right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation. Contact Dr. Christopher Khorsandi at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, today and learn more about how you can throw out that razor for good.