Medspa at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery

Laser Hair Removal

At our SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa by El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, we believe in giving you superior options when it comes to your aesthetic needs.

For unwanted body hair, we offer two types of laser hair reduction technologies, Cynosure Vectus and LightSheer Duet by Lumenis. Laser hair removal is a more effective solution …no more plucking, shaving, waxing, or electrolysis depilatories!

Hair Reduction Areas

  • Arms
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Legs
  • Underarms

Hair Reduction Candidates

Laser hair reduction is available for all skin types, including very light and very dark skin, and most hair colors. Your provider will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.

Lumenis LightSheer Duet Laser – Permanent Hair Reductionlightsheer hair removal laser

Now there is a fast and virtually pain-free, answer to laser hair removal: High-Speed LightSheer Duet Laser, an innovative removal method that reduces treatment times by up to 75%. High-Speed LightSheer Duet for Hair Reduction makes even larger body areas such as shoulders and backs, chests or legs more efficient and affordable. High-Speed LightSheer Duet Laser is the world’s most advanced treatment for effective removal of unwanted hair.

LightSheer Technology

The High-Speed LightSheer DUET is a laser that produces a larger beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, allowing the hair to absorb the light and heat up. As it heats up, the hair shaft and bulb are damaged which significantly impedes its ability to re-grow. And with the large spot size, the process treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously, making the treatment much faster than traditional laser hair reduction alternatives.

Laser hair reduction requires multiple treatments. This is because the laser works best when hairs are in an early growth stage and all the hairs are not in this phase at the same time.

The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure and the skin type. Side effects are rare and, if they do occur, are typically minor. They may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle, which is, in fact, positive clinical results and indicate that the follicle has responded to treatment. Most people return to normal activity right away.

Cynosure Vectus Laser – Permanent Hair ReductionVectus-Laser

Cynosure Vectus is clinically-proven technology that targets and destroys cells responsible for hair growth without harming surrounding skin. It’s a simple approach to permanent hair reduction that’s fast, easy, and FDA-cleared. Light-based hair removal can work for almost everyone, including all skin colors and most hair types.

Laser hair reduction treatments take just minutes for small areas and about a half hour for larger areas. Most people feel only a slight, momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure. Several laser hair removal treatments are recommended for the best results. Your treatment provider can help tailor a plan just for you. You do not need to let hair grow out between treatment sessions.

Some typical side effects of laser hair removal include a mild sunburn-like sensation (redness), accompanied by some minor swelling immediately following the treatment. These effects may last a few days. You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

Laser Hair Reduction Pre-and Post Intrstructions

Pre-Treatment Instructions for Laser Hair Reduction:

  • Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction, not permanent hair removal. You will notice an improvement after the first treatment, individual results will vary and is not guaranteed.
  • The area being treated cannot be exposed to the sun. A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of SPF15 should be applied when exposed to the sun.
  • Refrain completely from using tanning beds or self-tanning products 3 weeks from treatment. If you have recently tanned we will postpone your treatment until your skin has returned to its normal color (usually 2-3 weeks).
  • Do not wax, tweeze or use a depilatory agent for 2-3 weeks prior to treatment.
  • The area being treated should be shaved prior to treatment unless otherwise instructed by the technician. If the area to be treated has a heavy growth of hair, you should shave just before coming to the office. There will be a $20 razor/time fee if the technician needs to shave the treated areas on the day of the procedure. Please be sure to pre-shave prior to your appointment.
  • Do not wear make-up, deodorant, perfumes, powders, moisturizers, or body lotion on the areas to be treated.
  • If you are coming from a place other than your home and have applied any of the above listed items on the area(s) being treated, we ask that you please wash off the area(s) in the restroom prior to treatment (cleanser will be provided upon request).
  • Avoid the use of Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Benzoyl Peroxide, or any Alpha or Beta Hydroxy product for 1 week before and after treatment, or as instructed by the technician.
  • Please note that you may be more sensitive to the procedure if you are pre-menstrual or taking antibiotics.
  • If the skin on the area to be treated is broken, inflamed, recently started/finished Accutane or have a herpes outbreak we will have to reschedule.
  • If you are prone to herpes outbreak, please notify the technician.
  • You cannot be treated if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant.

Following Laser Hair Removal Treatment

  • Post-laser, the skin will have slight reddening and swelling of the follicle.
  • After the second week, you will then start to see improvement.
  • It is very important that you take precaution with sun exposure to prevent any hyperpigmentation.
  • You may apply ice packs if needed to help with any swelling.
  • The area being treated may become itchy, it is important not to scratch the area, you may, however, tap for comfort.
  • When cleansing the treated area, make sure not to rub aggressive or use any harsh cleansers, micro-exfoliating
  • scrubs, or alcohol-based products.
  • The hair being treated will need to push itself out of the follicle, for the first two weeks the treated area(s) may
  • be difficult to shave.

Care of Treated Area

  • Do not scratch or rub the treated area.
  • No self-tanners or tanning beds are allowed 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Avoid swimming, sports, strenuous exercise, sauna, steam room, whirlpool for 2-3 days following the treatment.
  • No Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Benzoyl Peroxide, or any Alpha or Beta Hydroxy preparations for 48 hours following treatment. If the skin in the treated area turns brown or crusts, do not scratch, rub, pick, or use any kind of exfoliation for 7-10 days or until the treated area heals.
  • Do not shave the area if crusting is present.
  • You may apply an over-the-counter antibiotic such as Bacitracin or Polysporin which will help alleviate the redness and protect the area and cortisone (gel or cream) for itching and irritation.
  • If swelling occurs, apply ice. Wrap the ice in a soft cloth. Discomfort/stinging may be alleviated with Tylenol.
  • If make-up is allowed; it must be applied and removed delicately. Mineral makeup is preferred because of its non-irritating effects. Excess rubbing can open treated area(s) increasing the chance of scarring. A gentle cleanser is recommended to be used for the first 48 hours or until any reactions have subsided. Cleansers and Mineral make-up is available at El Paso Plastic Surgery Center.

Possible Side Effects of Treatment

  • Discomfort-When a pulse is triggered it may cause varying degrees of discomfort. Some describe the sensation as stinging, while others compare it to a rubber band snap. A burning sensation may last for up to an hour after treatment. Most people may require a topical anesthetic (be sure to use only topical anesthetics that will not act as a vasoconstrictor).
  • Damage to Natural Skin Texture- A crust or blister may form, may take from 5 to 10 days to heal.
  • Pigmentation- There may be a change of pigmentation in the treated area. Most cases of hypo-hyper-pigmentation occur in people with darker skin, or when the treated area has been exposed to sunlight before or after treatment. In some patients, hyperpigmentation occurs despite protection from the sun. This discoloration usually fades in three to six months, but in rare cases, mainly hypopigmentation, the change of pigment may last longer or be permanent. Care should be taken with sun exposure to avoid hyper-pigmentation!
  • Scarring-There is a very small chance of scarring, such as enlarged hypertrophic scars. In very rare cases, abnormal, large, raised keloid scars may appear. To reduce the chance of scarring, it is important to carefully follow all post-treatment instructions and exclude patients that have a genetic tendency for scarring.
  • Swelling-Immediately after treatment, especially of the nose & cheeks, the skin may swell temporarily, usually subsides within hours to 7 days.
  • Fragile Skin-The skin at or near the treatment site may become fragile. If this happens, avoid make-up and do not rub the area, as this might tear the skin.
  • Bruising-Very rarely, a bruise may appear on the treated area. It may last 5 to15 days. As the bruise fades, there may be rust brown discoloration of the skin, which fades in one to three months.

The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Sozer will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” form on this page and someone will contact you to set your appointment.

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